Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Grunge songs of all time 2017, Grunge is a subgenre of punk rock that emerged during the mid-1980’s in Seattle, Washington State. Grunge became mainstream music in the early 1990’s after the release of Nirvana Nevermind album. Bands like Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots are some of the earliest musicians to do Grudge and become so well known. The success of these bands boosted the popularity of punk rock and made Grunge the most popular form of rock music at that time.
Grudge music features harsh guitar chords, heavy riffs and drumming, and whose performers wear sloppy clothes and possess a don’t-care attitude. In fact the term grudge was coined to describe the murky and dirty guitar sound combined with heavy metal and punk elements.
Grudge music popularity has since gone down. The list below is composed of songs that are the best of this genre. Let’s take a look.
- 10. Man in the Box – Alice in Chains
- 9. Black – Pearl Jam
- 8. Crown of Thorns – Mother Love Bone
- 7. Bikini Kill – Riot Grrrl
- 6. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
- 5. Plush – Stone Temple Pilots
- 4. You Know You’re Right – Nirvana
- 3. Would? Alice in Chains
- 2. Touch Me I’m Sick – Mudhoney
- 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Here we present the list of top 10 best Grunge songs of all time 2017.
10. Man in the Box – Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains is a Punk rock band famed for the song, Man in the Box. It is a rock band that deserves more credit than is given to them.
Man in the Box best displays Layne’s vocal abilities. His ability to sing high to low vocals this makes the song epic. The amazing vocals, the deep meaningful lyrics, the mind-blowing riffs and that overwhelming solo by Layne. One word to describe this song, amazing!
9. Black – Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam is an American rock band from in Seattle, formed in 1990. Pearl jam became mainstream after the release if their first album, Ten. Eddie Vedder, the lead vocalist wrote the perfect lyrics to the perfect ballad, Black
Black is a near perfect if not perfect power ballad filled with emotion and you can actually hear the pain in Eddie’s voice. With awesome lyrics, great riffs and wonderful vocals, this is one powerful song and one of our favourite songs.
8. Crown of Thorns – Mother Love Bone
Mother Love Bone was formed in 1988 and did not last long thereafter. The band demise came after the lead vocalist death after a drug overdose. However, the band did produce some epic tunes and did great live shows. Crown of Thorns is one such song.
Crown of Thorns is the flawless blend of Wood’s vocal abilities and guitar skills of guitarist Stone Gossard. The band member separated and moved on to join other bands.
7. Bikini Kill – Riot Grrrl
Riot grrrl is an underground feminist punk group from Olympia, Washington state formed in 1990. Riot grrrl bands discussed women’s issues like rape, domestic abuse, female empowerment, and the patriarchy in their music, and dedicated time to organizing women to encourage their participation in rock and roll music.
Members of riot grrrl bands often wore baby-doll dresses and bows in their hair. Bikini Kill is one of their finest creations with a strong message.
6. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
The band is from Washington State formed on the early 1990’s. They came to fame after releasing their album, Superunknown in 1994. Black Hole Sun is their most popular song from that album. It is a dark song written by their front man Chris Cornell’s ominous lyrics.
Black Hole Sun topped the Billboard charts and spent a total of seven weeks at number one. This is one of the well-known songs of the 1990’s. The video was on constant replay on the televisions music channels. A great reminder of the 90’s.
5. Plush – Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots is a band from Diego, California. After forming in 1989 under the name Mighty Joe Young, the band signed with Atlantic Records then changed its name to Stone Temple Pilots. The band found immediate success in 1990’s
Stone Temple Pilots were some of the founding bands of Grunge. Plush is their most popular singles gone in 1992. The band lead vocalist Scott Weiland’s does the song justice with flawless vocals. That coupled with guitars immersed in distortion make for a great song. The song was reaffirmation that grunge was still a great genre of music.
4. You Know You’re Right – Nirvana
Nirvana are the kings of Grunge music. They are the one who brought this genre mainstream with the release of the album, Nevermind.
You Know You’re Right is one of Nirvana’s best songs of all time. The raw vocals, the painful and heart-wrenching lyrics, the perfection in the drums, the guitar even though it only has three chords, the quiet-to-loud and loud-to-quiet effect resonates in your ears like nothing else, and it just gets you pumped!
This is the best song of the most amazing band ever.
3. Would? Alice in Chains
Would? Stands out in every facet of composition, it has a great off beat sound, one of the greatest bass riffs in history, a dark and haunting guitar part and Layne Staley’s amazing vocals. Layne’s scream/howl after the guitar solo is the most expressive vocal part I’ve come across and will make anyone empathetic to the disease.
This song embodies everything that is Grunge music – dark, gritty, real. With killer baseline, hardcore drums and beautiful melody, throw in Layne’s fantastic, unparalleled voice and you have a true masterpiece,
This song is possibly the best to come of the Grunge era
2. Touch Me I’m Sick – Mudhoney
Touch Me I’m Sick is Mudhoney’s greatest song not forgetting the catchy title. It has everything you’d want from a Grunge song. Naughty lyrics, crazy guitars skills, a vigorous and vulgar performance. Mudhoney defined Grunge even if he did reach fame of nirvana or Pearl Jam, we consider Mudhoney one of the greatest.
This is such an amazing song. Pure Grunge at its finest. Its catchy, funny, and undeniably a feel good song. This song deserves one of the top slots in this list.
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
This song was a game changer. One song of this genre that made it to the charts in 1990 and introduced the mainstream audience to Grunge music. Nirvana is with no competition, the greatest Grunge band of all time!
Kurt Cobain is the one guy that truly changed the face of the Grunge industry sad he had to die so young. He left a rich legacy and his singing will always be remembered. He was a great singer and songwriter. This hit song Smells like Teen Spirit is just amazing, from music to lyrics. A perfect song and definitely the best Grunge song of all time.
Grunge is not as popular or well-known as it was the case in the early 1990’s, but the songs that were the first bunch of this genre are still some of the best music ever made. After the death of Cobain Kurt in 1994, the genre started going down. Kurt was the person who made this genre so popular and the person responsible for its fall. There are many great musicians doing this kind of music that Kurt made us aware of by making this music famous.
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