1. a genre of music originating in seattle that lasted from the late 80's to the mid 90's.

2. something almost nobody else on urbandictionary.com can correctly define.
Grunge: the big 4 ( the ones every grunge fan knows) Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam

Lesser knowns: Green River, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney, Tad.

bands that sound like grunge, but can't be since they aren't from seattle: smashing pumpkins, hole, sonic youth, candlebox

bands that are confused with grunge, but are actually post grunge: silverchair, everclear, foo fighters, stone temple pilots.

bands confused with grunge for reasons i cannot possibly understand: tool, nickelback, Neil Young, hinder.
by M.S.G.... December 12, 2008
Grungers are the most fuck-off hardcore rockers you'll find. Filthy, uncaring and quite often stoned, they have created some of the best music ever to grace Earth.
Some say Green River started this phenomina, but this is argued. And to be honest, I can't be fucked.
Nirvana weren't the only, nor the best, grunge band ever. They just brought it to the masses.
All you fuckers who are obsessed with Nirvana ought to give Mudhoney, Dinosaur Jr., Pixies, L7 and Temple of The Dog a listen.
I could go on.
But I don't wanna.

Nobby of minor but very talented band, Cosmic Creeper, made me fall in love with this genre. So like, give it a listen. And we'll play catch with some vibes.
Nobby: Man, you gotta get some good music in you, Grunge (a.k.a Seattle Sound, dummy) is what YOU need..

-weeks later-

Nobby: DUDE. Your hairrrr...
Me: Yeahmann. Haven't washed it in weeks.
Nobby: Fuckin' sweet, man.
by EPPIE-DEMIC. March 12, 2007
First of all, grunge is not a style. It is a genre of music that started in the late 80s. If you see a person wearing a Nirvana shirt with purple hair and Doc Martens, that does not make them "grunge". They may call themselves grunge but like I said it's not a fashion style. It is a music genre. Nirvana did not start grunge. There had been many bands before Nirvana that were grunge. Nirvana isn't the only mainstream grunge band either. Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, and many more bands are all grunge. There is no such thing as soft grunge. That has never existed and it never will. When people say "Grunge is dead," they don't know what they are talking about because there are bands out there that are grunge. So grunge is simply a music genre and nothing else.
Sarah: I'm grunge. I have pastel hair, Doc Martens, and a Nirvana tee shirt.

Max: No you're not. Grunge is not a style. It is a genre of music like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
by Maybetomorrow February 24, 2013
Grunge is a term used particularly by the media in hopes of classifying the unusual, unique and different sounds that emerged from the Seattle scene during the late 1980's and good portion of the 1990's. However, some Music Historians argue that grunge had existed long before these decades, suggesting that musicians such as Neil Young and The Wipers were the first artists to use the "grunge effect" in their musical compositions. This term indicated the murky, "dirty" sounds that originated from guitars from various artists such as: Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Melvins, Bush, Green River, Alice In Chains, Candlebox, Helmet, Love Battery, Mad Season, Porno for Pyros, Screaming Trees, Silver Chair, The Stone Roses, Stone Temple Pilots, Temple of The Dog and many other bands. Yet, hard and heavy metal rock had been embedded in grunge's roots, since most of the inspirations originated from "raw rock" during the 1960's - 1970's.

Another analogy associated with grunge music is a term known as "The Explosion of The Big Four". This described the sudden explosion of underground thrash/analytical-punk/metal music in the mainstream. The "Big Four" refers to the main bands that had caused grunge music to be such a success: Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

Furthermore, the era in which grunge became popular had other causes as well. Most of the younger generations rebelled against parents and society, causing them to turn to music in which they could relate to, instead of the typical 1980's hair metal scene, which included artists such as Poison and Motley Crue, who typically wrote about unrealistic and uncreative occurrences that did not deeply impact society.
by Mamasita Angelita February 04, 2006
gunge is in the middle of metal a punk rock it started mostly around the time of 1985,it was big around 89 and the 90s. people say it die around when kurt kobain died but not really (and im a huge nivana and kurt cobain fan)hopefully it will come around soon because all the emo shit is ripping off of grunge punk rock(especially punk rock) and metal god help us save us from the FUCKING CRYBABY EMOS.
gurnge kid)i am going to make grunge alive again.
emo fuck)like hell you are i like mainstreem music so give me some paper and your guitar so i can write about a girlfriend i never had.
by jackpopp August 26, 2006
truelly cool type of music. People get carried away with thinking it was the death of metal ect. what it truelly is is some pretty kickass music, some great songs came from grunge artists. I would describe the sound as simply hard rock that goes up and sniffs the line of heavy metal. people say it stems from punk, and im just not seeing any reasons why... but why downplay their opinions? all you need to know is grunge is good. Like music for how it sounds, not what you think it did or didnt do for your scene. An era of truelly original music.
ALICE IN CHAINS-, awesome hard rockin mothas

SOUNDGARDEN, awesome hard rockin mothas

PEARL JAM- good ass band

NIRVANA- people need to stop downplaying nirvana, their not my favorite, but if you claim youve never tapped your foot when smells like teen spirit came on the radio your a downright liar

STP- is fuckin amazing nigs

IRON MAIDEN- for sure not grunge.... however IS the best band in the world.... UP THE FUCKING IRONS! HEAVY METAL LIVES
by Michaelsjackson8 July 10, 2006
Late form of *mostly* US punk, for the most part characterized by:
-gloriously filthy distortion on guitar and often on bass
-LOTS of feedback
-thick sound, usually in the lower octaves
-being generally raw and “unpolished” (but still good quality, mind you!)
-vocals that are either loud, mumbling, and unintelligible; yelled angrily and are, once again, unintelligible; or overly pronounced in a bitter, pissed off, or sarcastic manner
-lyrics that are often metaphoric and angsty, crestfallen, regretful, bitter, ironic, sarcastic, disdainful, symbolic, etc.
-lack of focus on looks/appearances and more focus on the music itself
-being against sexism, racism, and homophobia (and pretty much any other kind of discrimination)
-lack of emphasis on being “macho”
-being supportive of female involvement in music

Bands such as Green River, Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney, Alice in Chains, The Melvins, Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, Screaming Trees, Nirvana*, Dinosaur Jr., Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Silverchair, etc. (and trust me, there’s a lot more)

*Nirvana is not the first grunge band (Green River is more like it), nor are they the best one. They’re great and one of my favorite bands, but there are plenty that equal or outdo them. And for the record, Smells Like Teen Spirit is nowhere NEAR their best song, and Nevermind is CERTAINLY not their best album. Bleach is a far better album, and as for songs, Paper Cuts, Floyd the Barber, Scoff, Downer, Milk It, Pennyroyal Tea, and Scentless Apprentice all completely OWN Smells Like Teen Spirit.

**Disclaimer-esque-thingy: Although reading about different genres of music is informative and beneficial, the best way to learn about any type of music is to go buy the CD and experience it yourself (at full volume). And for goodness sake, please refrain from listening to it on those godawful devices known as MP3 players. CD players, boomboxes, and multiple-disk stereo systems are the way to go!
If you listen to the influences of your favorite grunge bands, you'll find even more awesome music.
by awkwardLAD April 22, 2009

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