Grunge is a genre that was birthed sometime around the mid-1980s, exploded in the 90’s and then died out until the 2010’s when more and more bands seem to be reliving the times of baggy jeans, long hair and plaid shirts. The alternative rock subgenre emerged over in the States in Washington, particularly in Seattle with the independent record label Sub Pop (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney). Blending aspects of punk rock and heavy metal, the angsty lyrics that spearheaded the genre appealed to teens across the country and later across the globe. Grunge is filled with attitude, but can still be so much fun for casual music fans, to the most die hard musos.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best grunge anthems old and new. From the mainstream stuff of the 90s, to heavier and more distorted and obscure tracks that you might not have heard, to the contemporary sounds that new bands like Pulled Apart By Horses, Demob Happy, Allusondrugs and Milk Teeth are breathing in to the genre – our playlist shows the versatility of what was one of the biggest rock genres on the planet.