Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Top 50 Grunge Songs of All TIme

l to r: Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Layne Staley,
image from fanboysanonymous.com

The recent death of singer Chris Cornell has provoked many to lament how another grunge hero is gone. Arguably the four biggest grunge bands in the early ‘90s were Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains. Only Eddie Vedder, lead singer for Pearl Jam, is still alive.

This post, however, is meant as a celebration of the grunge era. This is a look back at the biggest songs the genre produced. As with all Dave’s Music Database lists, this list is created by an aggregate of best-of lists from multiple sources. Here are the top 50 grunge songs:

1. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
2. Pearl Jam “Alive” (1991)
3. Alice in Chains “Would?” (1992)
4. Temple of the Dog “Hunger Strike” (1991)
5. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun” (1994)
6. Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1991)
7. Stone Temple Pilots “Plush” (1992)
8. Pearl Jam “Even Flow” (1991)
9. Screaming Trees “Nearly Lost You” (1992)
10. Pearl Jam “Black” (1991)

11. Mudhoney “Touch Me I’m Sick” (1988)
12. Soundgarden “Outshined’ (1991)
13. Nirvana “Lithium” (1991)
14. Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song” (1994)
15. Nirvana “All Apologies” (1993)
16. Nirvana “Heart-Shaped Box” (1993)
17. Alice in Chains “Man in the Box” (1991)
18. Nirvana “Come As You Are” (1991)
19. Alice in Chains “Rooster” (1992)
20. Soundgarden “Spoonman” (1994)

21. Stone Temple Pilots “Big Empty” (1994)
22. Stone Temple Pilots “Sex Type Thing” (1992)
23. L7 Pretend We’re Dead” (1992)
24. Hole “Doll Parts” (1994)
25. Alice in Chains “Them Bones” (1992)
26. Mad Season “River of Deceit” (1995)
27. Toadies “Possum Kingdom” (1994)
28. Nirvana “You Know You’re Right” (1994)
29. Mother Love Bone “Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns” (1989)
30. Nirvana “In Bloom” (1991)

31. Bush “Glycerine” (1995)
32. Alice in Chains “Nutshell” (1994)
33. Blind Melon “No Rain” (1993)
34. Temple of the Dog “Say Hello 2 Heaven” (1991)
35. Bush “Everything Zen” (1994)
36. Smashing Pumpkins “Cherub Rock” (1993)
37. Nirvana “Rape Me” (1993)
38. Pearl Jam “Rearviewmirror” (1993)
39. Pearl Jam “Yellow Lebetter” (1992)
40. Stone Temple Pilots “Wicked Garden” (1992)

41. Hole “Violet” (1994)
42. Collective Soul “Shine” (1994)
43. Meat Puppets “Backwater” (1994)
44. Nirvana “About a Girl” (1989)
45. Pearl Jam “Daughter” (1993)
46. Alice in Chains “Got Me Wrong” (1992)
47. Pearl Jam “Better Man” (1994)
48. Soundgarden “Rusty Cage” (1991)
49. Stone Temple Pilots “Creep” (1992)
50. Soundgarden “Jesus Christ Pose” (1991)


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