How Much Do You Know About Grunge Music?
Crank up the air guitar decibels and find those ratty jeans your significant other told you to throw away 20 years ago because grunge has risen again. Everybody ditched the greasy, long hair an equally long time ago. But as long as your memory spans beyond the length of your current locks, you’ll rock this quiz.
We’ll quiz you on grunge bands, lead singers, popular albums, and the grunge fashion style. If you recall the difference between Alice in Chains and Alice in Wonderland (hint: one is a grunge band), you’re off to a rock-solid start.
You don’t have to hail from the 1990s to do well on this quiz. You’ve probably seen plenty of kids wearing that Nirvana shirt with the yellow smiley whose idea of teen spirit is wild dances on TikTok (if you’re that person taking this quiz: hi!). Even Post Malone, that bizarre-looking hip-hop guy in the Bud Light commercials, professes to be heavily influenced by Kurt Cobain.
Grunge music left an indelible imprint on rock music of the late 20th century. Dark music from the late 1970s alongside the 1980s alternative rock music scenes influenced grunge. Bands like Sonic Youth and the Pixies paved the way for bands like Nirvana to explode onto the scene with angst anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The overall sound fuses elements of punk rock, traditional hard rock music, metal, and classic rock.
The pop culture fascination with the minimalist, defiant presentation of grunge musicians didn't end with Kurt Cobain's passing. Bandmate drummer Dave Grohl picked up the jagged pieces by forming the Foo Fighters — arguably the most famous rock band of the last 25 years. The Stone Temple Pilots band combined heavy metal, grunge music, and pop sensibility to become an extremely successful follower in Pearl Jam's footsteps. Legendary grunge frontman Chris Cornell joined forces with Rage Against the Machine instrumentalists.