5 Soft Grunge Music Tracks You Need to Hear

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If you’re looking for some new music to add to your collection, check out these five soft grunge tracks. They’re perfect for mellowing out or getting lost in thought.


Are you a fan of grunge music? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out these five soft grunge tracks! From hauntingly beautiful ballads to hard-hitting rockers, these tracks are sure to please any fan of the genre. So without further ado, here are five soft grunge music tracks you need to hear!

“I Wanna Be Adored” by The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses’ “I Wanna Be Adored” is the perfect song for anyone who’s ever felt misunderstood. It’s a case study in how to turn anger and frustration into something beautiful. With its crashing drums and slicing guitars, the song is an anthemic call to arms that feels both absolutely timeless and totally of its moment.

“Come As You Are” by Nirvana

“Come As You Are” is a song by American rock band Nirvana, written by frontman Kurt Cobain. It is the opening track and second single from the band’s second album, Nevermind (1991), released on DGC Records. The song was Nirvana’s biggest hit, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the charts in several countries.

The song was recorded in March 1991 at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California. Cobain told producer Butch Vig that he wanted a sound like AC/DC’s “Back in Black”, and Vig achieved this by using small amplifiers and keeping the guitars low in the mix. The lyrics were written in a hotel room Cobain shared with Novoselic, during a period when the lyrics of grunge songs were often dark and angst-ridden.

Although some interpreted the lyrics as nihilistic, Cobain claimed they were meant to be comforting: “It’s like saying ‘Hey, I’m dirty and I don’t mind/I’m here to party/I’m not dead yet'”. The song became one of Nirvana’s most successful singles; it remained atop Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart for nine weeks and was ranked number 45 on its year-end list for 1992. The music video was directed by Samuel Bayer and featured live footage of the band performing at Seattle Center Coliseum intercut with shots of a nude model crawling on all fours.

“Yesterday” by The Beatles

Most people think of The Beatles as a hard rock or pop band, but they actually experimented with different genres throughout their career. “Yesterday” is a soft grunge song that was released on their 1965 album “Help!” Although it’s not as well-known as some of their other songs, it’s definitely worth a listen.

“Yesterday” is a ballad with a simple, yet catchy melody. The lyrics are about loss and nostalgia, two themes that are common in grunge music. The song has a melancholy feel to it, but the Beatles’ trademark harmonies give it an uplifting quality as well.

If you’re a fan of grunge music, or if you’re just looking for something different from the Beatles, “Yesterday” is definitely worth a listen.

“In Bloom” by Nirvana

On Nevermind, “In Bloom” follows “Come As You Are” as the second song. It’s one of the most straightforward tracks on the album, both musically and lyrically. The music is underpinned by a simple but hard-hitting drumbeat, which is complemented by Krist Novoselic’s bass lines. The song features some of Cobain’s most recognizable guitar work, with his signature LonnyREVERB buzzsaw sound in full effect. The lyrics are written in typical Nirvana fashion, with Cobain taking potshots at the grunge haters and music industry insiders who didn’t understand what he and his band were trying to achieve. “In Bloom” is a perfect example of Nirvana’s unique blend of melody and heaviness, and it remains one of their most popular songs to this day.

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