Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Top 50 Grunge Songs

While listening to the new album by Alice In Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, I suddenly felt an overwhelming need for grunge. The one from the good ol' times, from the 90s: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Staley's Alice In Chains... Then I decided to surf for some good genre charts online. I found plenty of them. Not from the big media side of the Web, but rising from the land of blogs, radios, fans, communities. All smelling like a warm memory of teen spirit. So I played a game: I picked 12 of these charts and I assigned some points to each song. 100 points for #1, 99 for #2, 98 for #3 and so on.

The result is the following Top 50, that I soon spotified and that now is lovely soundtracking a little insomniac mid-june night.
Grungely enjoy!


1 Pearl Jam Jeremy 942
2 Pearl Jam Alive 934
3 Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit 889
4 Alice In Chains Would? 871
5 Soundgarden Black Hole Sun 852
6 Pearl Jam Black 809
7 Nirvana Come As You Are 780
8 Stone Temple Pilots Plush 775
9 Nirvana Heart Shaped Box 732
10 Temple of the Dog Hunger Strike 721
11 Stone Temple Pilots Interstate Love Song 673
12 Pearl Jam Even Flow 672
13 Alice In Chains Man in the Box 614
14 Nirvana Lithium 587
15 Screaming Trees Nearly Lost You 583
16 Soundgarden Spoonman 576
17 Soundgarden Outshined 573
18 Alice In Chains Rooster 556
19 Mudhoney Touch Me I'm Sick 534
20 Stone Temple Pilots Sex Type Thing 492
21 Nirvana All Apologies 484
22 Alice In Chains Nutshell 438
23 Toadies Possum Kingdom 397
24 Nirvana About a Girl (live) 393
25 Stone Temple Pilots Big Empty 392
26 Mother Love Bone Chlow Dancer/Crown of Thorns 386
27 Alice In Chains No Excuses 385
28 Temple of the Dog Say Hello 2 Heaven 376
29 Bush Comedown 367
30 Alice In Chains Got Me Wrong (live) 362
31 Nirvana You Know You're Right 357
32 Pearl Jam Yellow Ledbetter 340
33 Blind Melon No Rain 329
34 Soundgarden Jesus Christ Pose 300
35 Nirvana Rape Me 300
36 Stone Temple Pilots Wicked Garden 295
37 Pearl Jam Betterman 289
38 Mad Season River of Deceit 287
39 Nirvana In Bloom 286
40 Bush Glycerine 282
41 Collective Soul Shine 281
42 Smashing Pumpkins Cherub Rock 280
43 Soundgarden Burden In My Hand 274
44 Hole Doll Parts 264
45 Bush Everything Zen 253
46 Mother Love Bone Star Dog Champion 251
47 Nirvana Drain You 246
48 Alice In Chains Them Bones 244
49 Pearl Jam Rearview Mirror 239
50 L7 Pretend We're Dead 237



These are the single charts I datamined. As you can see, sources are quite different: blogs, radios, even youtube users. I followed just one rule: at least 25 songs for chart. I assumed it as a proof of love and, somehow, quality. Making a Top 10 is a quick and easy shot, making a Top 25 requires you some more time & passion. 

Top 50 Grunge Songs (YouTube user Th3offspring)
Best Grunge Songs (YouTube user Beckonor)
Best Grunge Songs of All Time (The Top Tens)
Top 50 Greatest Grunge Songs - The Best Filth Ever (RYM user headfullaled333)
Greatest Grunge Songs... (Ranker)

Top50 Stats

Top bands
10 songs: Nirvana
7 songs: Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam
5 songs: Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots
3 songs: Bush
2 songs: Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog
1 song: Blind Melon, Collective Soul, Hole, L7, Mad Season, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, Smashing Pumpkins, Toadies

68% of the playlist is made by the first 5 bands (Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots)

Multi-songs albums
5 songs: Nevermind (Nirvana)
4 songs: Ten (Pearl Jam)
3 songs: Core (Stone Temple Pilots), Sixteen Stone (Bush)
2 songs: Badmotorfinger (Soundgarden), Dirt (Alice In Chains), In Utero (Nirvana), Jar of Flies (Alice In Chains), MTV Live In New York (Nirvana), Purple (Stone Temple Pilots), Singles (original soundtrack, Alice In Chains' Would? was included in Dirt, too), Stardog Champion (Mother Love Bone), Superunknown (Soundgarden), Temple of the Dog (Temple of the Dog)

Sorry prize: The Man Who Sold The World (Nirvana). #51, just out of the chart... :-(

Full data stats

web charts: 12
total different tracks: 316

4 charts: Alive (Pearl Jam)
3 charts: Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
1 chart: Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden), Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog), Lithium (Nirvana), Nutshell (Alice In Chains), Down In A Hole (Alice In Chains, #67 in the aggregated chart)

Frequent flyers
Present in 11 charts: Jeremy (Pearl Jam), Alive (Pearl Jam)
10 charts: Would? (Alice In Chains), Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)
9 charts: Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana), Black (Pearl Jam), Come As You Are (Nirvana), Plush (Stone Temple Pilots)
8 charts: Heart Shaped Box (Nirvana), Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog), Interstate Love Songs (Stone Temple Pilots), Even Flow (Pearl Jam), Nearly Lost You (Screaming Trees), Touch Me I'm Sick (Mudhoney)
7 charts: Man in the Box (Alice In Chains), Lithium (Nirvana), Spoonman (Soundgarden), Outshined (Soundgarden), Rooster (Alice In Chains), Sex Type Thing (Stone Temple Pilots), All Apologies (Nirvana)

Top bands (by number of songs)
30 songs: Pearl Jam
29 songs: Alice In Chains
28 songs: Nirvana
23 songs: Soundgarden
15 songs: Stone Temple Pilots
12 songs: Bush
8 songs: Mudhoney
6 songs: Temple of the Dog
7 songs: Candlebox, Smashing Pumpkins
6 songs: Screaming Trees, Silverchair
5 songs: Hole, Mother Love Bone, Pixies

Top bands (by points)
6842 Nirvana
6533 Pearl Jam
5502 Alice In Chains
4279 Soundgarden
3498 Stone Temple Pilots
1518 Temple of the Dog
1397 Bush
998 Mudhoney
966 Screaming Trees
811 Mother Love Bone

Not-very-grunge names mentioned in the charts (besides Blind Melon and Smashing Pumpkins, who made the Top50): Beastie Boys, Beck, Cake, Flaming Lips, Interpol, Jimi Hendrix, Mazzy Star, My Bloody Valentine, Nada Surf, Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Pavement, Pixies, Porno for Pyros, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth, Tool, Verve, Weezer.

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