Unfortunately underrated subgenre of alternative rock that appeared in the mid-'90s. A category of music that is unfarily judged by idiots as comprising only of crappy bands such as Creed and Nickelback, when, in reality, those terrible bands only became popular years after the awesome, original groups of post-grunge bands popped up.

First of all, post-grunge *is* a defined sound. Post-grunge is influenced by grunge, and alternative rock in general, as well as older bands. Its main traits are distorted, grungey guitars and soft verse/hard chorus song patterns, similar to grunge. However, post-grunge is considerably more radio-friendly than grunge, with a cleaner production.

Post-grunge became massively popular throughout the year of 1995, with hit singles from bands such as Bush, Toadies, Silverchair, Foo Fighters, Collective Soul, and more. Post-grunge bands didn't carry the pretentious, fake "anti-fame" attitude exhibited by the original grunge bands, and weren't afraid to create catchy, memorable songs; these songs charted higher on the Billboard Hot 100 and Top 40 charts than any grunge song. By the middle of the year, grunge had faded away, with post-grunge, industrial rock, and alternative rock in general being the new dominant forces on rock radio.

Post-grunge can be very AWESOME, depending on what you're listening to. As long as you avoid Creed and Nickelback, post-grunge is good stuff. Basically, what post bands did was take the grunge sound and sugarcoat it. People claim post-grunge ripped off grunge, but if you wanna go by that token, grunge ripped off just as much from '70/'80s bands, and even Nirvana were almost sued for ripping off a song from Killing Joke. Here's my opinion: If you think a song sounds good, listen to it, and enjoy, regardless of whether or not it's a poppy radio song. Make up your own decision, don't bash something just because it's the 'cool' thing to do.

Recommended songs:
Bush - Everything Zen, Greedy Fly
Silverchair - Israel's Son, Freak
Collective Soul - Gel, Where The River Flows
Seven Mary Three - Cumbersome, Water's Edge
Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot, Jurassitol
Foo Fighters - I'll Stick Around, Monkeywrench
Live - I Alone, Lightning Crashes
Brother Cane - And Fools Shine On
Sponge - Plowed
Toadies - Tyler, Possum Kingdom
Typical grunge snob: LOL, post-grunge sucks!

Some guy: One word: TOADIES.

Typical grunge snob: Oh, yeah... I guess I was just thinking of crappy, fake bands such as Creed and Nickelback, who are terrible representations of what is truely a great sub-genre. I'm gonna go punch myself now, for being so stupid!
by Fragile Frankie May 13, 2009
A genre of music that basically describes any music inspired by grunge bands but isn't grunge. Usually post-grunge guitar is less distorted and the music is a little more pop inspired. This music has unfortunately dominated modern rock radio since about 1995.
Seether, Staind, Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, Nickelback, 3 Doors Down, Three Days Grace, Matchbox 20, Candlebox, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, and Creed.

Stone Temple Pilots had a grunge sound on Core however, their later albums were post-grunge.
by bobman4 July 10, 2008
A derivative genre of grunge that incorporates other elements of rock. The earliest varieties had mainly strophic melodies with folk and hard rock auras (Pearl Jam, Collective Soul, The Smashing Pumpkins, the Foo Fighters). Approaching the twenty-first century, post-grunge had diversified. Some bands drew from a melodic grungy punk vibe (e.g. Eve 6, Feeder), some blended bluesy or soulful singing with a subtle Jam Rock/Glam Rock facade (Counting Crows, Matchbox Twenty, Spacehog, Dishwalla, Marcy Playground), some were engrossed in turning nu metal into an alternating consonant-dissonant sound (Creed, Limp Bizkit, Incubus, even Live had undertones), some were inspired by the ethereal ear wash of psychedelic ambiance of Space Rock (Course of Nature, The Tea Party, Ours, 3 Doors Down's "Kryptonite,"), some thrived off the pumped drumming and psychedelic strumming of Stoner Rock (primarily bands whose earlier songs were classified as Grunge, such as Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, STP), and some flooded their melodies with the flat minor chords characteristic of blues rock (Mad Season, Powderfinger, Wide Mouth Mason, Kenny Wayne Shepherd). In the early 2000's, post-grunge garnered a widespread mainstream crowd with bands who focused on the mellifluous fluctuations of the singing voice and on a Roots Rock/Soft Rock instrumental precedence (Lifehouse, O.A.R., The Calling, Matthew Good Band).
Some post-grunge bands during the earliest part of the twenty-first century time also interlaced hard rock with pop and folk overlays (Nickelback, Default, Days of the New, even Aerosmith's 2001 comeback).As alternative metal gained popularity in the middle of the 2000's, post-grunge saw a heavier metal influence with an explosive sing-along chorus (Three Days Grace, Puddle of Mudd, Crossfade, Alter Bridge). Once the 2010's hit, post-grunge chiefly shifted to a Southern Rock/bluesy hard rock texture (Black Stone Cherry, Cavo, Saving Abel, Redlight King, Halestorm). Most of what you hear on contemporary rock radio stations are a marriage of alternative metal and post-grunge, as these two genres are not as discrepant and have blurred together (Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Sick Puppies, Adelitas Way, this list is endless). Pretty soon, post-grunge will be outshone by a perceptible post-post-grunge genre.
by Kachcharghan February 08, 2014
Music for douchebags. Post-grunge is a broadly-defined genre, but in general it refers to excreable acts like Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, Staind, Hoobastank, 3 Doors Down, Creed, Collective Soul, Silverchair, Candlebox, and Switchfoot. Because they all have essentially the same "singing" style, every post-grunge frontman is interchangeable, and every post-grunge song sounds exactly alike, no matter the band. Chord progressions are childlike in their simplicity, but it doesn't matter because the guitars are heavily distorted and the lead singer is often found making inhuman sounds into the mic. Post-grunge music can make 80s synth-pop look like Mozart by comparison, but somehow these groups continue to rake in cash hand over fist. Blame the douchebags who listen to this garbage, I guess.
Dude A: Post-grunge is awesome!
Dude B: You're a complete and utter douchebag.
Dude A (sadly): I know.

"It's Been Awhile"? Since what, you wrote a song that didn't suck balls?
by Walt Nichols February 10, 2009
Bands that pretty much got signed after the release of nirvana's in utero and pearl jams' vs. Or formed in 1993 or 1994. These bands lacked underground sound and angsty lyrics. Bush was the first succesful post-grunge band not stp. Post-grunge lost popularity in the later 90s. But was mainstream again because of shitty bands like nickleback and creed. But 2000s post-grunge can be good to like three days grace and later seether.
Post-grunge:bush,live,collective soul,foo fighters. Not post-grunge:stp,L7, screeming trees
by sage thunderbolt March 15, 2010
A made-up music genre created by bored moronic suit and ties at record labels, radio stations, and MTV so that everyone can clamor on to another phony genre.
Bands like Three Doors Down, Hinder, Nickelback, Creed, Saliva, Three Days Grace, Godsmack, etc. all use the word to avoid being called metal, which they really are, but a really bad, sucky dumbed down version of it.
Hinder is not a Post-grunge band, but a hair band without the hair
Godsmack is not a post-grunge band, but a metal band with their instruments tuned down.
Daughty not a post-grunge band, but a Bon Jovi/Nickelback wanna-be.
Nickelback is not a post-grunge band, but a Bon Jovi Wanna-be.
Post-grunge is genre that doesn't exist.
by Henri Pyr February 06, 2008
Post-Grunge formed after Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain died and evolved into A sound that was a little more catchy and pop-punk but still contained the heavy guitar sound and rythms/similar guitar riffs. Some may argue that this sub-genre is Alternative. Also bands in the Post-Grunge genre lost the "Grunge Image" ripped up clothes, messy hair The Biggest Post-Grunge bands are Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, and Silverchair
Dude 1: Do you like post-grunge?
Dude 2: Yeah its cool but The original Grunge is better
by Ian August 11, 2005

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