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The Grunge Spectrum: Punk to Metal

Grunge is typically a fusion between punk and metal with a little rpsychedelia thrown in at some rrrrpoints. But not all grunge bands are a perfect mix between the two. The lower the number ron rrrthis list, the more rpunk the band is, the higher, the more metal the band is. Lesser rknown rrrrgrunge bands will be left out.
1Green River
Rehab Doll


Although the lead singer of this band coined the term, making Green River the first grunge band in existence, they're really just punk music. If they were the standard for grunge, 11-14 on this list couldn't even be considered close to the genre.
2Babes in Toyland
Fontanelle


For this band, punk is their first genre, grunge is like a secondary genre. You'd have to be looking for metal to even find a trace in here.
3Mudhoney
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge


Basically the opposite of Soundgarden, Mudhoney has strong punk leanings, but will on rare occasion break out a bit of the metal sound.
4L7
Smell the Magic


Described by many as just a punk band. These girls slowly drifted from punk to metal a little more on each album. Though even their last album still slightly leans toward punk.
5Nirvana
Nevermind


The most punkish of the big 4, Nirvana will at certain points completely abandon any metal influences, though very soon, the metal influence always shows itself.
6Hole
Pretty on the Inside


Gritty, rather punkish, a sprinkle of metal: Hole does a good job of being a good mix, but surely more for punk fans.
7Pearl Jam
Ten


I may not like them, but I will admit that Pearl Jam is probably a perfect fusion between punk and metal, maybe this is why they're so praised.
8Screaming Trees
Uncle Anesthesia


This band is much closer to the psychedelia side of grunge and bares little resemblance to either punk or metal. This I guess its a little more metal than punk, sort of.
9Temple of the Dog
Temple of the Dog


This supergroup (as well as Mad Season) is similar to two bands, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden (Alice in Chains for Mad Season), and because both bands land on each side of the spectrum, this gets placed somewhere near the middle.
10Mother Love Bone
Apple


A common second genre title for them is "glam punk." Despite this, their metal like riffs and weird slant towards glam metal makes this grunge band more towards the mid-bottom of the spectrum.
11Stone Temple Pilots
Core


While, this band almost comes off as alternative rock, if they show any grunge attributes, it's on the metal side. Especially on their first album.
12Alice in Chains
Facelift


Much like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains displays a much higher metal leaning, and although punk music is nearly non-existant in their music. Their high level of "alternative rock" songs make the band a tiny bit less metal. Alternative rock is awesome though, so its to no fault.
13Soundgarden
Badmotorfinger


Basically the opposite of Mudhoney, Soundgarden has strong heavy metal leanings, they will on rare occasion break out a bit of the punk sound, though its more seen on their earlier releases.
14Melvins
Bullhead


These guys are so pure metal that the only reason they're even considered grunge is because they're on the Deep Six album. Melvins and Green River being in the same sub-genre is almost ludicrous.
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