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Grunge Music Genre Overview | AllMusic

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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.

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Nirvana Soundgarden Pearl Jam Mudhoney Alice in Chains L7

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

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Grunge Song Highlights

TitlePerformerStreamSmells 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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