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
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
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
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
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
a genre of music that's not just Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Mainly consists of dirty guitar chords with lower tuning and lots of distortion. The grunge "look" consists of ripped jeans, flannel shirts and a I-don't-care attitude. The so called "godfather" of grunge, Kurt Cobain hated the word to describe the music. Nirvana was the first to popularize grunge (unintentionally), but they are not the only grunge band, Alice in Chains and Soungarden are other examples. If you want to act grunge, you have to be chilled out and not really care, respect women and others and hate jocks. Obscure indie bands are good too.
Grunge isn't dead, it's just taking a lazy afternoon nap.
by Brendan McPherson January 14, 2009
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
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