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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.

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Music video by Nirvana performing Smells Like Teen Spirit. (C) 1991 Geffen Records.

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Nirvana introduced grunge to mainstream audiences in 1991, with the release of their critically acclaimed album, Nevermind.

Pearl Jam - Even Flow

Music video by Pearl Jam performing Even Flow. (C) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

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Pearl Jam's 1991 album, Ten, outsold Nirvana's Nevermind.

Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun

Music video by Soundgarden performing Black Hole Sun. (C) 1994 A&M Records.

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Soundgarden won the Grammy award for "Best Hard Rock Performance" in 1995 for "Black Hole Sun."
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