The Most Popular 90s Music for Kids Who Grunge

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If you’re looking for the most popular 90s music for kids who grunge, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll count down the top grunge songs of the 90s that are sure to get your kids moving.


The grunge movement of the early 1990s produced some of the most popular music of the decade. The raw and emotive sound of grunge captured the attention of many young people, who related to the music’s troubled lyrics and dark atmospheres. Though grunge was initially seen as a counterculture, it quickly became mainstream and had a significant impact on popular culture.

Though grunge is often associated with Seattle, the movement actually began in other parts of the country, most notably in California. Grunge artists such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden all got their start in the Seattle music scene, but it was bands like Mudhoney and Green River that laid the groundwork for what would become one of the most popular musical genres of the 1990s.

Despite its commercial success, grunge was often characterized by its DIY ethic and disdain for the mainstream music industry. Grunge artists rejected the polished sounds and flashy images of 1980s pop music, instead creating stripped-down songs with simple arrangements and dark themes. Thisraw sound was matched by an equally raw aesthetic; grunge fashion favored plaid flannel shirts, ripped jeans, and combat boots.

The popularity of grunge peaked in the early 1990s with Nirvana’s smash hit album Nevermind. But by 1994, Kurt Cobain’s suicide signaled the beginning of the end for grunge; within a few years, many of the genre’s biggest stars had disbanded or gone into hiatus. While grunge has never regained its former momentum, its impact can still be felt in today’s indie rock and alternative music scenes.

Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit

Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit: This was one of the most popular songs of the 90s and it is still popular today. It is a grunge song that was released in 1991 and it is about teenage rebellion. It has a slow, heavy beat and it is very easy to headbang to.

Pearl Jam- Even Flow

Pearl Jam is one of the most popular grunge bands of the 90s. “Even Flow” is one of their most well-known songs.

Alice in Chains- Man in the Box

Alice in Chains was one of the definitive grunge bands of the early 90s, and “Man in the Box” is one of their most iconic songs. It’s a dark and brooding track that perfectly encapsulates the band’s signature sound. If you’re looking for a song that will take you back to the days of flannel and Nirvana, this is it.

Soundgarden- Black Hole Sun

With a great sense of melody, awesome musicianship, and one of the most unique voices in rock, Soundgarden were one of the most popular bands of the ’90s. “Black Hole Sun” is one of their most well-known songs, and it’s clear to see why. The riffs are huge, the chorus is catchy, and Chris Cornell’s vocals are incredible.

Stone Temple Pilots- Interstate Love Song

Stone Temple Pilots, also known as STP, is 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, released in 1992, entered the Billboard 200 at number one and was certified 8x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Rolling Stone ranked the album #176 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. The second album Purple released in 1994 reached number one on the Billboard 200. Its lead single “Vasoline” peaked at number two on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for eight weeks in a row.

Green Day- Basket Case

“Basket Case” is a song by American rock band Green Day. It was released as the third single from their third studio album, Dookie (1994). The song has been highly acclaimed by music critics and is widely considered to be one of the best songs of the 1990s. It is also one of Green Day’s most popular songs, with many live performances and cover versions.

The song’s subject matter concerns mental illness and paranoia, inspired by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s experience with anxiety and panic attacks. The song was written by Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt in 1992, during the band’s touring days. It was recorded in 1993 at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. Producer Rob Cavestany was initially skeptical of the song’s potential, but after being persuaded by the band, he decided to record it.

“Basket Case” was released as a single in 1994 and became a commercial success, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a top ten hit in several countries. The single helped propel Dookie to record-breaking sales, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time. It has since been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song remains one of Green Day’s signature tunes and has been included in numerous Greatest Songs lists.

Offspring- Self Esteem

“Self Esteem” is a song by American rock band The Offspring. It was released in May 1994 as the second single from their third studio album Smash (1994). The song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart and number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the most successful single from the album. In 2009, “Self Esteem” was ranked number 90 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s.

Weezer- Buddy Holly

Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. The band currently consists of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar), Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals), and Patrick Wilson (drums). Weezer has released eleven studio albums, two compilation albums, a Live CD/DVD, and a greatest hits album.

“All the Small Things” is a song by American rock band Blink-182. It was released as the sixth and final single from the band’s third studio album, Enema of the State (1999). The track was written by guitarist Tom DeLonge as an ode to his then-girlfriend. The song remains the band’s most successful single to date. In 2010, Rolling Stone readers voted “All the Small Things” the 91st best song of the 1990s.

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