The Best Grunge Music Quotes

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Looking for some grunge music quotes to help you get through your day? We’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the best grunge music quotes around.


Nirvana was an American rock band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. The band’s lineup consisted of founder Kurt Cobain on lead vocals and guitar, Krist Novoselic on bass, and Dave Grohl on drums. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting and best-known being Dave Grohl.

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Nirvana was one of the most influential grunge bands of the early 1990s. The band’s lead singer and guitarist, Kurt Cobain, became a symbol of teenage angst with his song “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The lyrics to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” are full of teenage rebellion and angst. The song is a rallying cry for teenagers who feel out of place in the world. The following are some of the best quotes from “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

“Here we are now, entertain us”

This line is a rallying cry for teenagers who feel like they are not being entertained by the adult world. It is a call to action for teenagers to take control of their own lives and create their own entertainment.

“I’m worst at what I do best”

This line highlights the feelings of insecurity and self-doubt that many teenagers feel. teenage years can be a time when you feel like you’re not good at anything. This line captures that feeling perfectly.

“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous”

This line speaks to the desire to escape from the world that many teenagers feel. When things are dark, it feels safer to let your guard down and be yourself.

Come As You Are

“Come as you are, as you were,
As I want you to be, as a friend,
As a friend.”

“Come doused in mud, soaked in bleach,
As I want you to be.”

“Come out to play.” -Nirvana

Alice in Chains

“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” – Layne Staley

Man in the Box

“I’m the man in the box
Buried in my shit
Won’t you come and save me?
Save me from this pit?”

Alice in Chains is one of the most renowned grunge bands of all time, and “Man in the Box” is one of their most iconic songs. The lyrics are full of despair and desperation, perfectly capturing the grunge aesthetic.


Would? is a song by Alice in Chains, released as the second single from their third studio album, Dirt (1992). The song was written by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell as an ode to his then-girlfriend, which frontman Layne Staley later admitted made him “a little bit jealous”.

The song peaked at number eight on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The music video for “Would?” was directed by Matt Mahurin, who has also directed videos for Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and U2. It features the band performing in a desolated area with cuts to Staley walking alone in a forest.

Pearl Jam

Even Flow

“Even Flow” is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. It is the third single from the band’s debut album, Ten (1991), and is one of five tracks on the album for which Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament wrote the music and Vedder wrote the lyrics. The song peaked at number two on both the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song was included on Pearl Jam’s 2004 greatest hits album, Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003).

In January 1992, “Even Flow” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. In 2006, Pearl Jam was awarded a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for the live version of “Even Flow” from the album Live at Benaroya Hall.


“I started Pearl Jam because I wanted to be in a band, and I wanted to make the best music that I could.”
-Jeremy (Pearl Jam)


Christmases come but once a year. Sometimes, people can be really stressed out during this holiday season. Thankfully, we have one of the most essential Grunge bands of all time, Soundgarden, to help us get through tough times. Here are some of the best Grunge music quotes from Soundgarden that we can all relate to.

Black Hole Sun

“Black Hole Sun” is a song by American rock band Soundgarden. It was released on May 18, 1994, as the third single from their fourth studio album, Superunknown (1994). The song topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for seven weeks. “Black Hole Sun” won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1995.

In May 2001, VH1 aired a poll of viewers’ favorite songs which featured “Black Hole Sun” in the top ten. In July 2009, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No. 94 on their list of the “100 Greatest Pop Songs” since 1963. It is also included in Pitchfork’s “The 200 Best Songs of the 1990s”.


“Spoonman” is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Written by guitarist Kim Thayil, the song was released in 1994 as the third single from the band’s fourth studio album, Superunknown (1994). It was one of two songs from the album for which a music video was produced, the other being “Black Hole Sun”.

In March 1994, “Spoonman” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. The song peaked at number three on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number nine on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 69 on its list of 150 Best Tracks of the Last 15 Years.

Stone Temple Pilots

There’s something dark and dirty about grunge music that just makes you feel alive. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a rainy day, or for when you’re feeling a little bit angsty. If you’re a fan of grunge music, then you’ll love these quotes from some of the genre’s most iconic bands.

Interstate Love Song

“interstate love song” is a song by rock band stone temple pilots, released on their second album, purple. the song peaked at number 3 on the billboard hot 100 chart and number 1 on the mainstream rock tracks chart.

lead singer scott weiland wrote the song about his girlfriend at the time, jane doe. “i was in a long-distance relationship, and i was writing this song from my perspective,” weiland said. “i think a lot of people can relate to that, being in love with someone who’s not physically there.”

the song has been described as a “grunge power ballad”, and its lyrics deal with themes of love and loss. musically, the song is powered by a simple guitar riff and features a drum solo by drummer eric kretz.


“Vasoline” is a song by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots. It was released as the lead single from their second album, Purple, in 1994.

The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s success helped Purple to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

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