This is a list of American grunge bands. It includes rock bands and solo artists formed in the USA whose primary genre is grunge or either they have or had the elements of it in their music style. Grunge music is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged during the mid-1980s in the American state of Washington, particularly in the Seattle area. Inspired by hardcore punk, heavy metal, and indie rock, grunge is generally characterized by heavily distorted electric guitars, contrasting song dynamics, and apathetic or angst-filled lyrics. The grunge aesthetic is stripped-down compared to other forms of rock music, and many grunge musicians were noted for their unkempt appearances and rejection of theatrics.
Grunge — it was the sound that defined the early '90s, and with this list of the 10 Best Grunge Bands, we're looking back on the acts that started a musical revolution and turned the music world on its ear.
Music video by Nirvana performing Smells Like Teen Spirit. (C) 1991 Geffen Records.
Nirvana introduced grunge to mainstream audiences in 1991, with the release of their critically acclaimed album, Nevermind.
Grunge was one of the most controversial types of music back in the day so let's see which band made it a legend!
If you lived in Seattle during the mid-1980s, you couldn’t escape the grunge scene, especially if you were a music journalist. But was grunge really a movement? Hard to say as many of these bands are more metal-based. So basically, it was a name given to hard rock bands out the northwest.
Music video by Pearl Jam performing Even Flow. (C) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
Pearl Jam's 1991 album, Ten, outsold Nirvana's Nevermind.
These bands exemplified the Seattle Sound. In this WatchMojo video, we count down our picks for the top 10 most influential grunge bands in history.
It wasn’t difficult to make Nirvana at the top of our list of 10 Great Grunge Bands. It’s quite possible that without Nirvana, this list wouldn’t be here.
Music video by Soundgarden performing Black Hole Sun. (C) 1994 A&M Records.
Soundgarden won the Grammy award for "Best Hard Rock Performance" in 1995 for "Black Hole Sun."
Here is a list of ten grunge bands that I feel are the most important of the genre. Rather than subjectively rank them in order of who I think is “best”, I decided to order the bands chronologically by date formed, starting with the earliest.
If you’ve ever worn a pair of Doc Martens and a flannel shirt, you’re probably familiar with the ten best grunge bands. Developed in Seattle in the late 1980's, grunge music was a gritty, honest, and usually depressing offshoot of modern rock.