The Best Depressed Grunge Music from the 90s

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A list of the best grunge music from the 90s to help you get through your depression.

Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was one of the most popular grunge songs of the early ’90s. The song is about teenage angst and rebellion, and its lyrics are often interpreted as a call to action for disaffected youth. The song’s heavy guitars and aggressive vocals epitomized the grunge sound, and its success helped to make Nirvana one of the most popular grunge bands of the ’90s.

Alice in Chains- Would?

Alice in Chains is one of the most successful grunge bands of all time. They achieved mainstream success with their second album, Dirt, which was released in 1992. The album was certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and contained the hit singles “Would?”, “Them Bones”, and “Angry Chair”. The album has been cited as one of the best grunge albums of all time.

In 1996, Alice in Chains released their self-titled third album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The album contained the hit single “Again”, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. The band toured extensively in support of the album and played at a number of high-profile music festivals, including Lollapalooza and Ozzfest.

Since their formation, Alice in Chains has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and have been nominated for seven Grammy Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

Pearl Jam- Even Flow

Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” is a perfect example of the grunge sound. The heavy guitars and dark lyrics create a perfect song for anyone who’s feeling depressed.

Stone Temple Pilots- Creep

Stone Temple Pilots are an American rock band from San Diego, California, that originally consisted of Scott Weiland (lead vocals), brothers Dean DeLeo (guitar) and Robert DeLeo (bass, backing vocals), and Eric Kretz (drums). The band’s first album, Core, was released on September 29, 1992.

“Creep” is a song by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots. It is the second single from their debut album, Core. The song ended up being the band’s highest charting single in the US, peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. In Canada, “Creep” peaked at number two on the RPM Top Singles chart.

Soundgarden- Black Hole Sun

“Black Hole Sun” is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, the song was released as the third single from the band’s fourth studio album, Superunknown (1994). It is one of the band’s biggest hits, and remains one of their most well-known songs. The music video, directed by Marc Schelmetti, won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.

Temple of the Dog- Hunger Strike

Temple of the Dog was an American rock band that paid tribute to the late singer Andrew Wood. The band was founded in 1990 by Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron, together with Mother Love Bone members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. Mike McCready would later join the project as lead guitarist, and the quintet recorded their self-titled debut album in just two weeks.

Released in April 1991, Temple of the Dog featured the hit single “Hunger Strike”, which reached number four on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA in 1992 and has since been certified double-platinum. Temple of the Dog was praised by critics and is often hailed as one of the greatest grunge albums of all time.

Alice in Chains- Down in a Hole

Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. The initial lineup was rounded out by drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr, who was replaced in 1993 by Mike Inez.

Stone Temple Pilots- Interstate Love Song

Stone Temple Pilots’ Interstate Love Song was released in 1994 as part of their album Purple. The song is a melancholy ballad about long-distance relationships. The lyrics are written from the perspective of a man who is driving cross-country to visit his lover.

The song is notable for its catchy hook and guitar riff. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remains one of the band’s most popular songs.

Nirvana- Come As You Are

Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” is one of the best examples of grunge music from the 1990s. The song deals with themes of depression and suicide, and its dark lyrics are offset by the bright, poppy chorus. The result is a catchy, memorable song that has become one of Nirvana’s most iconic tracks.

Pearl Jam- Jeremy

“Jeremy” is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam, with lead vocals sung by Eddie Vedder. The song was released as the third single from the band’s second studio album, Vs. (1993). “Jeremy” peaked at number five on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. The song’s music video was directed by Mark Pellington and won four MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Video of the Year. In 2007, Pearl Jam recorded a live version of “Jeremy” for their live album, Live at Lollapalooza 2007.

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