100 Greatest Grunge Songs

Top 100 Grunge Songs

A subgenre of alternative rock, the grunge scene emerged towards the end of the 90s and became hugely popular in the 90s. This space brings to light a list of the best grunge songs.

Grunge also referred to as the Seattle sound is an amalgamation of punk elements infused with heavy metal. Distorted guitar parts are often used in grunge songs to lay emphasis on rhythm structures in compositions. While grunge bands draw influences from varied music genres, a strong influence of early punk is notable in grunge music. The themes and lyrics vary among grunge bands. However, the centrifugal element often addressed through songs in grunge is about apathy and social alienation. Towards the mid 80s bands started experimenting with a new sound.

Bands in Washington, especially in the Seattle scene started flourishing with a sound that came to be known as grunge.

The early grunge movement was led by Seattle’s underground music scene. While number of grunge bands remained unsigned in the late 80s, it all changed with the emergence of the 90s. With the 90s, the grunge revolution became stronger backed by the alternative music scene. A number of grunge acts started emerging in the early 90s. Suddenly grunge started gaining momentum globally. Record companies started signing grunge bands as popularity of grunge grew in the 90s. Many previously unsigned bands in the 80s got an opportunity to sign recording contract deals with record labels. A number of grunge bands also released their music albums independently.  

Popularity of bands such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Mudhoney, Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden propelled grunge to a new level. Furthermore, Music channel MTV promoted the alternative and grunge scene in a big way making the music globally accessible. The fuzzy distortion guitar sound has become epic in grunge. Towards the fag end of the 90s many bands started disbanding to peruse new musical interests. The grunge fever that had reached dizzy heights in the early 90s started fading away. While many grunge bands faded away, they left their musical mark influencing the modern rock sound in music.

Grunge has had a major influence on nu metal bands and bands post grunge. While the power of grunge dwindled in the late 90s, few acts from the 90s are making a comeback with new albums. Will grunge make a big comeback? Time will tell.

The space below showcases an epic list of the best grunge songs.

100 Greatest Grunge Songs

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana
  2. Black Hole Sun- Soundgarden
  3. Come As You Are- Nirvana
  4. Interstate Love Song- Stone Temple Pilots
  5. Man In The Box- Alice In Chains
  6. Touch Me I’m Sick- Mudhoney
  7. Even Flow- Pearl Jam
  8. Outshined- Badmotorfinger
  9. Plush- Stone Temple Pilots
  10. Lithium- Nirvana
  11. Alive- Pearl Jam
  12. Hunger Strike- Temple of the Dog
  13. Jeremy- Pearl Jam
  14. Them Bones- Alice In Chains
  15. Backwater- Meat Puppets
  16. Heart Shaped Box- Nirvana
  17. Nutshell- Alice In Chains
  18. Blurry- Puddle of Mudd
  19. Possum Kingdom- The Toadies
  20. Everlong- Foo Fighters
  21. Big Empty- Stone Temple Pilots
  22. Creep- Radiohead
  23. Glycerine- Bush
  24. Nearly Lost You- Screaming Trees
  25. Oh, Me- Meat Puppets
  26. About a Girl- Nirvana
  27. Pretend We’re Dead- L7
  28. Black- Pearl Jam
  29. Chole Dancer/Crown of Thorns- Mother Love Bone
  30. Vasoline- Stone Temple Pilots
  31. Spoonman- Soundgarden
  32. Violet- Hole
  33. Down In A Hole- Alice In Chains
  34. In Bloom- Nirvana
  35. Rearviewmirror- Pearl Jam
  36. Say Hello 2 Heaven- Temple of the Dog
  37. Cherub Rock- The Smashing Pumpkins
  38. Take A Dive- Green River
  39. Death of Me- Red
  40. Jesus Christ Pose- Soundgarden
  41. Serve The Servants- Nirvana
  42. Come Down- Bush
  43. Long Gone Day- Mad Season
  44. Far Behind- Candlebox
  45. The Pretender- Foo Fighters
  46. All Apologies- Nirvana
  47. Grind- Alice In Chains
  48. Blow Up The Outside World- Soundgarden
  49. Doll Parts- Hole
  50. Monkey Gone To Heaven- Pixies
  51. Get Free- The Vines
  52. Paw- Jessie
  53. Sex Type Thing- Stone Temple Pilots
  54. No Rain- Blind Melon
  55. Lake of Fire- Meat Puppets
  56. Fell on Black Days- Soundgarden
  57. Today- Smashing Pumpkins
  58. Goin’ Blind- Melvins
  59. Crown of Thorns- Pearl Jam
  60. Shine- Collective Soul
  61. Grease Box- Tad
  62. Out of Focus- Love Battery
  63. Holy Roller- Mother Love Bone
  64. Rain When I Die- Alice In Chains
  65. Oblivion- Mudhoney
  66. Bullet With Butterfly Wings- Smashing Pumpkins
  67. No Excuses- Alice In Chains
  68. Out There- Dinosaur Jr.
  69. Between The Eyes- Love Battery
  70. This Is Shangrilla- Mother Love Bone
  71. Wake Me- Grey Daze
  72. Here Comes Sickness- Mudhoney
  73. Bodies- Smashing Pumpkins
  74. Seven- Sunny Day Real Estate
  75. Tomorrow- Silverchair
  76. River of Deceit- Mad Season
  77. Yellow Ledbetter- Pearl Jam
  78. Your Savior- Temple of the Dog
  79. Feel The Pain- Dinosaur Jr.
  80. Vruca Salt- Seether
  81. I Stay Away- Alice In Chains
  82. You Know You’re Right- Nirvana
  83. Machinehead- Bush
  84. All Hail Me- Veruca Salt
  85. Break- Three Days Grace
  86. Exhausted- Foo Fighters
  87. Seven Mary Three- Cumbersome
  88. Rooster- Alice In Chains
  89. High on The Hog- Tad
  90. Burden In My Hand- Soundgarden
  91. Jennifer’s Body- Hole
  92. Lizzy- Melvins
  93. Dead and Bloated- Stone Temple Pilots
  94. Pretty Noose- Soundgarden
  95. Schizophrenia- Sonic Youth
  96. Fade Into You- Mazzy Star
  97. Skeletal History- The Mark Lanegan Band
  98. Little Pink Stars- Radish
  99. Nearly Lost You- Screaming Trees
  100. Wicked Garden- Soundgarden

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  • Lightningforce  28-03-2017
    Some of these songs I know like "Black Pearl Jam." Very upeat and professional music. I love the way you intonated with your writing and style, giving exact and precise information. It's music that makes the heart happy. The sounds are dynamic and entertaining, in-depth and very well structured with most of their grunge songs. You have written a lovely article on this kind of music and made me think how I miss music; I usually watch movies. But this is really sound knowledge and with the grunge rising in the 90's they have even become more popular on demain the year 2000's and beyond. The background history you have painted a lovely picture and you know exactly what you are writing about.
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  • ilovegemni110  27-03-2017
    You have collected a huge detail about the grunge rising in 90s even if you have shared with us the tracks summery, one would like to trace one of them enabling to easily find in your article. Awesome to read and need its background history as well.
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  • ilovegemni110  27-03-2017
    You have collected a huge detail about the grunge rising in 90s even if you have shared with us the tracks summery, one would like to trace one of them enabling to easily find in your article. Awesome to read and need its background history as well.
    reply 0