The Best of Grunge Sheet Music

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Find the perfect grunge sheet music to fit your mood! We’ve collected the best of grunge sheet music so you can rock out to your favorite hits.

Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” is a song by American rock band Nirvana. It was released as the first single from the band’s second album, Nevermind (1991), in September 1991. The unexpected success of the song propelled Nevermind to the top of several Albums of the Year lists at year’s end and turned Nirvana into one of the most commercially successful rock bands of all time. In January 1992, it was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, winning the latter. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was Nirvana’s biggest hit in most countries; in some, including Australia and Sweden, it was their only number-one single. The similar success of Smells Like Teen Spirit and Nevermind is often cited as an example of grunge music’s commercial viability.

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 also includes bassist Mike Inez and lead vocalist/guitarist William DuVall. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released six studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four compilations, two DVDs and 32 music videos. The band is known for its distinctive vocal style, which often included the harmonized vocals of Cantrell and Layne Staley.

Would? is a song by the American rock band Alice in Chains. It was released as a single from their second studio album Dirt (1992). The song was well received upon release and remains one of the band’s most popular songs. It peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of 500,000 copies.

Pearl Jam- Alive

“Alive” is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Alive was released as the first single from the band’s debut album, Ten (1991). The song topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for five weeks. It reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Pearl Jam their first top 20 single. The music video features footage of concert poster artist Kerry Ray King SR. superimposed over live footage of the band performing. “Alive” peaked at number one for three weeks on the Album Rock Tracks chart and was one of eleven songs from Ten that charted on various Billboard charts in 1992 and 1993.”

Soundgarden- Black Hole Sun

Formed in 1984 by frontman Chris Cornell, Soundgarden released their debut album Ultramega OK in 1988. The band’s third studio album, Badmotorfinger (1991), brought them to the attention of a mainstream audience. After signing to A&M Records in 1989, the band released Louder Than Love (1989) and achieved their first taste of mainstream success with the album’s Grammy-nominated lead single “Loud Love”. Soundgarden continued to enjoy success with their next two albums, Superunknown (1994) and Down on the Upside (1996), selling more than eight million copies of each worldwide.

Stone Temple Pilots- Interstate Love Song

Stone Temple Pilots was 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). Since the band’s formation in 1989, its line-up remained unchanged until the firing of Weiland in 2013. Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington joined the band in early 2013. Throughout the group’s history, its musical style has shifted grungily between hard rock and acoustic rock.

“Interstate Love Song” is a 1994 song by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots. It was released in December 1993 as the third single from their second album Purple. The song peaked at number 3 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number 5 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The song was written about the members of Stone Temple Pilots being apart from each other for long periods of time while on tour.

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