Nirvana
Nevermind
Badmotorfinger
Soundgarden

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Using the sludgy, murky sound of the Stooges and Black Sabbath as a foundation, Grunge was a hybrid of heavy metal and punk. Though the guitars were straight from early '70s metal, the aesthetic of grunge was far from metal. Both the lyrical approach and musical attack of grunge were adopted from punk, particularly the independent ideals of early '80s American hardcore. The first wave of grunge bands -- Green River, Mudhoney, Soundgarden -- were heavier than the second, which began with Nirvana. Nirvana was more melodic than their predecessors and they also had signature stop-start dynamics, which became a genre convention nearly as recognizable as fuzzy, distorted guitars. After Nirvana crossed over into the mainstream, grunge lost many of its independent and punk connections and became the most popular style of hard rock in the '90s.

Grunge Artists Highlights

Nirvana
Nirvana
Soundgarden
Soundgarden
Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
Mudhoney
Mudhoney
Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
L7
L7

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Grunge Album Highlights

Nevermind
Nirvana
Nevermind
Badmotorfinger
Soundgarden
Badmotorfinger
Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles
Mudhoney
Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus ...
Dry as a Bone/Rehab Doll
Green River
Dry as a Bone/Rehab Doll
Bricks Are Heavy
L7
Bricks Are Heavy
Singles [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Various Artists
Singles [Original Motion ...

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Grunge Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana
Would? Alice in Chains
Even Flow Pearl Jam
Hunger Strike Temple of the Dog
Touch Me I'm Sick Mudhoney
Pretend We're Dead L7
Nearly Lost You Screaming Trees
Outshined Soundgarden
Bruise Violet Babes in Toyland
Plush Stone Temple Pilots

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