The Best Grunge Music for Headbanging

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Find out which grunge bands are the best for headbanging and why. Get ready to rock out to some of the heaviest music ever made!

Alice in Chains- “Would?”

“Would?” is a song by the American rock band Alice in Chains. It was released as the third single from their second studio album, Dirt (1992). The song was written by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell as a tribute to his friend and original Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who died in 2011.

The music video for “Would?” was co-directed by Tim Pope and Phil Harder. It features the band performing inside an abandoned warehouse intercut with footage of people living in poverty or struggling with addiction. The video was nominated for Best Hard Rock Video at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards.

Nirvana- “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

From the opening bass line and drum fill, to Kurt Cobain’s vocal wails that introduce the main riff, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is an anthem for teenage angst and headbanging. The song is a two-minute, thirty-six-second thrash through apathy and alienation, with Cobain’s simple lyrics about teenage rebellion resonating with an entire generation of disaffected youth. The song propelled Nirvana to global stardom, and remains one of the most iconic songs of the 1990s.

Pearl Jam- “Alive”

Grunge music often has a heavy, driving sound that is perfect for headbanging. If you’re looking for some great grunge tunes to get your headbanging fix, check out Pearl Jam’s “Alive.” This song has a huge sound that will get you moving, and the lyrics are sure to get you pumped up.

Soundgarden- “Black Hole Sun”

Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” is the perfect song for headbanging. The slow, heavy riff and Kim Thayil’s signature guitar sound make this song a classic.

Stone Temple Pilots- “Sex Type Thing”

Released in 1992, “Sex Type Thing” was the first single off of Stone Temple Pilots’ debut album, Core. The song is a straight up rocker with a classic grunge grit. It’s one of those songs that just begs to be headbanged to.

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