17 Pictures Of When Seattle Grunge Took Over The World

Published November 30, 2016
Updated January 7, 2019

An inside look at the Seattle grunge music scene that gave the world Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam.

In the mid-1980s, Seattle, Washington incubated a divergent rock scene unique to the area. Combining elements of punk and heavy metal with an introspective lyrical approach, the “Seattle sound” developed while the rest of America fawned over synthesizers and big hair.

Later known as grunge, this budding scene sprouted bands like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden, invigorating a nationwide love affair with alternative rock.

Today, we look at the Seattle grunge era that defined a generation:

Seattle Grunge Bat Cave
The Melvins
Nirvana In 1989
Dave Grohl
17 Pictures Of When Seattle Grunge Took Over The World
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For more, check out this documentary on the Seattle grunge scene:

Enjoy this look into the Seattle grunge music era? Then check out our other galleries on the height of the '90s rave scene and when punk took over New York City.

Alexander is a Brooklyn-based cofounder of All That's Interesting with an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in History and Economics and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies in Economics. He specializes in American history, the Cold War, and true crime.