The Best Classic Grunge Music Videos

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Check out our hand-picked selection of the best classic grunge music videos. From Nirvana to Pearl Jam, we’ve got them all!

Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was one of the most important songs of the grunge movement. The music video was directed by Sam Bayer, and it was released in 1991. The video became an instant classic, and it helped to catapult Nirvana into the mainstream. The video features a group of teenage friends who are hanging out at a high school basketball game. They are all wearing flannel shirts and ripped jeans, and they are clearly bored with the game. Suddenly, Nirvana starts playing on the PA system, and the teens start moshing and having a great time. The video ends with the teens trashing the gymnasium.

Pearl Jam- Even Flow

Released in 1992, “Even Flow” was the second single off of Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten. The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and the music video was nominated for Best Metal/Hard Rock Video at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards. The video was directed by Kevin Kerslake and features live footage of the band performing in front of a large crowd.

Alice in Chains- Would?

Alice in Chains is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney. The band’s original lineup was Cantrell on lead vocals and guitar, Layne Staley on lead vocals, Mike Starr on bass and Kinney on drums. Starr was replaced by Mike Inez in 1993. William DuVall joined the band as lead singer and co-lead guitarist in 2006, replacing Staley, who died in 2002.

Would? is a song by the American rock band Alice in Chains. It was released as the second single from their third studio album, Dirt (1992).[1] The song peaked at No. 8 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,[2] making it the band’s highest-charting single,[3] and is included on Alice in Chains’ greatest hits album Music Bank (1999).

Soundgarden- Black Hole Sun

Soundgarden- Black Hole Sun is one of the most iconic grunge videos of all time. The music video was directed by Hiro Murai and released in 1994. It was nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards and won three, including Best Alternative Video.

Stone Temple Pilots- Interstate Love Song

Stone Temple Pilots’ “Interstate Love Song” is a quintessential ’90s grunge music video. The clip, which was directed by Kevin Kerslake, perfectly captures the look and feel of the band’s sound with its stark black-and-white imagery and intimate footage of STP in their element.

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