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The 90s were my generation for music. This was my transition from hair metal and mediocre pop to a new sound, full of an energy that I had not experienced before. The grunge era, emerging from Seattle in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was known for its raw, distorted guitar sounds, and introspective, often angst-filled lyrics. In my view, there were 5 “main” grunge bands, each with a different style. Below are the most iconic songs1 from each of those bands:

# 1 "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana (1991)"

Often considered the anthem of the grunge movement, this song’s catchy, yet dissonant riff and Kurt Cobain’s passionate vocals helped propel Nirvana to international fame and brought grunge to the mainstream.


# 2 "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden (1994)

Known for its surreal music video and Chris Cornell’s distinctive voice, this song is a blend of psychedelic rock and heavy metal influences, showcasing the diversity within the grunge genre.


# 3 "Alive" by Pearl Jam (1991)

Featuring Eddie Vedder’s powerful vocals and Mike McCready’s memorable guitar solo, this song became one of Pearl Jam’s most famous tracks and a staple of 90s rock.


# 4 "Would?" by Alice In Chains (1992)

Recognized for its dark, moody sound and Layne Staley’s haunting vocal style, this song exemplifies the heavier, more introspective side of grunge.


# 5 "Plush" by Stone Temple Pilots (1992)

While often associated with grunge, Stone Temple Pilots brought a more melodic and hard rock sound to the genre. “Plush” became one of their most successful and enduring hits.


  1. yeah, iconic. Not their best. I will take “Heart Shaped Box” over “Teen Spirit”; “Sex Type Thing” over “Plush”. Etc.