What’s the Best Grunge Song Without Music?

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A list of the best grunge songs without music, perfect for when you need a break from the heavy distorted guitars and screaming vocals.

Nirvana- Aneurysm

Aneurysm is a song by American rock band Nirvana, released as the fifth and final single from their second album, Nevermind (1991). Written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl, the song was one of the first songs recorded for Nevermind. The single peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

Nirvana- Lithium

Nirvana’s “Lithium” is often cited as one of the greatest grunge songs of all time, but what makes it so special?

For one, the song is incredibly relatable. It’s about depression and feeling lost, two things that many people can identify with. The lyrics are dark and introspective, but they’re also strangely catchy and accessible.

The music itself is strength of “Lithium” as well. The guitars are grungy and distortion-heavy, but they also have a surprisingly poppy melody. The drums are driving and energetic, providing a perfect backbone for the rest of the song.

All in all, “Lithium” is a perfect example of what made Nirvana so great. It’s a dark, introspective song with catchy lyrics and awesome musicianship. If you’re looking for a perfect grunge song to listen to, look no further than “Lithium.”

Nirvana- In Bloom

Nirvana’s “In Bloom” is widely considered to be one of the best grunge songs of all time – and for good reason. The song is an absolute classic, with its catchy melody, thoughtful lyrics, and signature Nirvana sound. What makes “In Bloom” even more special, though, is the fact that it was written without any music. That’s right – Kurt Cobain wrote the entire song in his head, without any instruments or backing track.

This makes “In Bloom” a truly unique composition, and one that any Nirvana fan should check out. If you’re looking for a great grunge song without music, then look no further than Nirvana’s “In Bloom”!

Alice in Chains- Would?

Alice in Chains is a grunge band that formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987. The band’s original lineup consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Layne Staley, lead guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Starr, and drummer Sean Kinney. Would? is a song by the band that was released as a single in 1992 and was included on the soundtrack to the film Cameron Crowe’s Singles. The song peaked at number eight on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Soundgarden- Black Hole Sun

Often cited as one of the greatest grunge songs of all time, “Black Hole Sun” was released as the third single from Soundgarden’s fourth studio album, Superunknown. The song was written by frontman Chris Cornell, and it topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for seven weeks.

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