Your Favorite Post-Grunge

  • “Post-Grunge” is a term used to describe bands that take the raw and unpolished elements of Grunge and refine them for a broader audience, making them more radio-friendly and commercially viable.
  • On RadioVideo.Music, 391 songs are tagged “Post-Grunge.” Among them, 241 have over ten millions views on YouTube, and 73 have over one hundred millions.
  • Overall, the 5 most popular tracks are Linkin Park‘s “In The End,” Hoobastank‘s “The Reason,” 3 Doors Down‘s “Here Without You,” Linkin Park‘s “New Divide” and Foo Fighters‘s “The Pretender.” “In The End” and “The Reason” have over a billion views and “In The End” is expected to reach 2 billion in the coming year.
  • The genre is still very much in vogue today. We have selected the 20 “Post-Grunge” tracks that have seen the highest growth in “consumption” over the past 6 months.
  • Here they are below in descending order of growth

Updated on Jul 3,2024

1 . Nickelback - When We Stand Together

Released in 2011, Nickelback’s “When We Stand Together” is a powerful call to unity and solidarity against global issues, sharply critiquing societal apathy towards injustices and questioning collective responsibility. Filmed in Malibu State Park, the music video shares the same hilltop used in the TV series MAS*H.

The music video is directed by Justin Francis.

Writer(s) : Chad Robert Kroeger, Ryan Anthony Peake, Michael Dougla Kroeger, Joseph Moi Publisher(s) : Black Diesel Music Inc, Zero G Music Inc, Arm Your Dillo Publishing Inc, Moi Music Productions Inc, Warner Tamerlane Publishing Co
Genres : Metal, Rock,alternative metal, canadian rock, post-grunge

Featured on the 2011 album Here and Now

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2 . Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love

“Accidentally in Love,” released in 2004, was specially written for the film "Shrek 2" directed by Andrew Adamson and Conrad Vernon, featuring the voices of Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz. The song was nominated for numerous awards, including an Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy, and quickly became a hit with its upbeat tune and joyful lyrics. It represents a key moment in the film where the main characters explore their feelings.

The music video is directed by Meiert Avis.

Writer(s) : Daniel John Vickrey, Matthew Malley, David Lynn Bryson, David A Immergluck, Adam Fredric Duritz Publisher(s) : Songs Of Dwa, Songs Of Universal Inc, Pw Ballads, Jones Falls Music
Genres : Folk/Acoustic, Rock, Metal,neo mellow, pop rock, post-grunge, rock

Featured on the 2004 album Shrek 2 : Soundtrack

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3 . The Used - The Taste Of Ink

Produced by John Feldmann, “The Taste of Ink,” released in 2002, is The Used’s debut single, known for its post-hardcore style. The song captures the raw energy and emotion of youth, perfectly embodied by frontman Bert McCracken, who has also collaborated with bands like My Chemical Romance. This track marked a turning point for the band, gaining international recognition and propelling them onto the alternative music scene.

The music video is directed by the Malloys.

Writer(s) : Branden L Steineckert, Quinn S Allman, Jeph Howard, Robert C McCracken Publisher(s) : Used Movement Music
Genres : Metal, Pop, Rock,alternative metal, neon pop punk, pop emo, post-grunge, post-hardcore, screamo

Featured on the 2002 album The Used

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4 . Rage Against The Machine - Bombtrack

“Bombtrack,” released in 1992, is the opening track of Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled album. The song, iconic for the band, critiques social and economic inequalities with incisive lyrics and powerful music. Led by Zack de la Rocha and guitarist Tom Morello, known for his unique style and innovative guitar effects, the band denounces oppression and calls for resistance. The video shows support for the Peruvian revolutionary movement Shining Path and its leader Abimael Guzman, with the single’s cover featuring a mirrored version of Alberto Korda’s iconic image of Che Guevara.

The music video is directed by Peter Christopherson.

Writer(s) : Timothy Commerford, Tom Morello, Zack M De La Rocha, Brad J Wilk Publisher(s) : Retribution Music
Genres : Metal, Rock, Hip Hop,alternative metal, alternative rock, conscious hip hop, funk metal, hard rock, nu metal, political hip hop, post-grunge, rap metal, rap rock, rock

Featured on the 1992 album Rage Against The Machine

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5 . Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes

“Behind Blue Eyes” is a cover of The Who’s famous song, released in 2003. Limp Bizkit, led by Fred Durst, also known for his collaborations with artists like Method Man, adds a nu-metal twist to this introspective ballad, highlighting the duality of human emotions. The song was also featured in the animated film "The Angry Birds Movie."

The music video is directed by Fred Durst.

Writer(s) : Peter Dennis Townshend Publisher(s) : Fabulous Music Ltd
Genres : Metal, Rock,alternative metal, funk metal, nu metal, post-grunge, rap metal, rock

Featured on the 2005 album Results May Vary

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6 . Faith No More - Digging The Grave

“Digging the Grave,” released in 1995, is an energetic track by Faith No More, a pioneering alternative rock band. The song features powerful guitar riffs and dynamic vocals by Mike Patton, reflecting the band’s evolution towards a rawer, more direct sound. The song was also featured in the television series Beavis and Butt-Head.

The music video is directed by Marcus Raboy.

Writer(s) : Michael Andrew Bordin, Bill Gould, Michael Allen Patton Publisher(s) : Big Thrilling Music
Genres : Metal, Rock,alternative metal, alternative rock, funk metal, funk rock, hard rock, nu metal, post-grunge, rap metal, rock

Featured on the 1995 album King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime

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7 . Spacehog - In the Meantime

Released in 1996 and produced by Bryce Goggin, “In the Meantime” is Spacehog’s most famous track. Featuring a sample from “Telephone and Rubber Band” by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, the song is marked by its catchy bass riff and spacey melody. Frontman Royston Langdon, also known for his collaborations with artists like The Last Internationale, delivers a memorable performance. The song was used in several films and TV shows, including the VH1 series “Hindsight” and the video games Guitar Hero 5 and Rock Band 3.

The music video is directed by Jake Scott.

Writer(s) : Royston Langdon Publisher(s) : Hog Space Music Ltd
Genres : Rock, Metal,glam rock, pop rock, post-grunge

Featured on the 1995 album Resident Alien

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8 . Better Than Ezra - Good

“Good,” released in 1995, is the single that propelled Better Than Ezra into the spotlight, becoming an anthem on college radio stations. The song, with its catchy chorus and nostalgic lyrics, explores the positive aspects that can emerge from the end of a relationship despite the initial pain. The band, led by Kevin Griffin, is often associated with other alternative scene artists like Toad the Wet Sprocket.

The music video is directed by Chris Applebaum.


Genres : Rock, Metal,pop rock, post-grunge

Featured on the 1995 album Deluxe

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9 . Paul Oakenfold - Starry Eyed Surprise (w/ Shifty ShellShock)

“Starry Eyed Surprise,” released in 2002, is a single by Paul Oakenfold featuring Shifty ShellShock, the rapper from Crazy Town. The song blends elements of electronic music and rap, creating a festive and euphoric atmosphere. Oakenfold, a DJ renowned for his collaborations with Madonna and U2, brings his expertise in music production.

Writer(s) : Harry Nilsson, Andrew Ling Gray, Seth Brooks Binzer, Fred Neil, Paul Mark Oakenfold Publisher(s) : Universal Music Publishing Limited (Gb), Chrysalis-Music-Ltd, Arlovol Music, Mute Song Ltd
Genres : Metal, Rock, Electronic,trance, alternative metal, funk metal, nu metal, post-grunge, rap rock

Featured on the 2002 album Bunkka

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10 . Silverchair - Tomorrow

“Tomorrow,” released in 1994, is the single that launched the career of Silverchair, an Australian alternative rock band. The song, written by the band members while they were still teenagers, critiques excess and complacency. Frontman Daniel Johns, who later collaborated with Paul Mac on The Dissociatives project, delivers an intense and emotional performance, inspired by a TV show depicting a wealthy man experiencing poverty.

The music video is directed by Mark Pellington.

Writer(s) : Daniel Paul Johns, Benjamin David Gillies Publisher(s) : Tinea Flab Pty Ltd, Sony Music Productions Pty Ltd
Genres : Metal, Rock,alternative metal, alternative rock, australian alternative rock, australian psych, australian rock, grunge, nu metal, post-grunge

Featured on the 1994 album Frogstomp

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11 . Faith No More - Last Cup Of Sorrow

“Last Cup of Sorrow,” released in 1997, is a track by Faith No More notable for its music video and single cover inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film "Vertigo" starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. The song, with its complex arrangements and heavily compressed vocals by Mike Patton, explores themes of disillusionment and loss. This track is a perfect example of Faith No More’s ability to fuse genres and push the boundaries of rock music.

The music video is directed by Joseph Kahn.

Writer(s) : Bill Gould, Michael Allen Patton Publisher(s) : Clnslate Music Publishing
Genres : Metal, Rock,alternative metal, alternative rock, funk metal, funk rock, hard rock, nu metal, post-grunge, rap metal, rock

Featured on the 1997 album Album of the Year

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12 . Live - Selling The Drama

Co-produced with Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, “Selling the Drama,” released in 1994, is a single by Live known for its introspective lyrics and distinctive alternative sound. Frontman Ed Kowalczyk explores themes of spirituality and the search for meaning. The song was a success on rock radio and helped establish Live as one of the leading bands of the era.

The music video is directed by Julia Heyward.

Writer(s) : Patrick Mic Hael Dahlheimer, Edward J Kowalczyk, Chad A Gracey, Chad Taylor Publisher(s) : Mucho Loco Music Ltd
Genres : Rock, Metal,grunge, pop rock, post-grunge

Featured on the 1994 album Throwing Copper

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13 . Nickelback - How You Remind Me

“How You Remind Me,” released in 2001, is one of Nickelback’s biggest hits, reaching the top of international charts. The track, with its catchy riffs and introspective lyrics by Chad Kroeger, addresses themes of error and forgiveness. The music video shows the band performing in a small venue, interspersed with scenes of Kroeger’s character being haunted by memories of his ex-girlfriend.

The music video is directed by Greg and Colin Strause.

Writer(s) : Michael Dougla Kroeger, Ryan Vikedal, Ryan Anthony Peake, Chad Robert Turton Publisher(s) : Warner Tamerlane Pub Corp, Arm Your Dillo Publishing Inc, Zero G Music Inc, Ladekiv Music Inc, Black Diesel Music Inc
Genres : Metal, Rock,alternative metal, canadian rock, post-grunge

Featured on the 2001 album Silver Side Up

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14 . Candlebox - Far Behind

“Far Behind,” released in 1993, is an emotional tribute by Candlebox to Andrew Wood of the band Mother Love Bone, a close friend of the group who died of an overdose. Frontman Kevin Martin, often associated with the Seattle grunge scene and bands like Pearl Jam, delivers a heartfelt performance. “Far Behind” became a major success and remains a classic 90s rock anthem.

The music video is directed by Nick Egan.

Writer(s) : Peter Andrew Klett, Kevin Colin Martin, Scott John Ric Hard Mercado, Bardi David Martin Publisher(s) : Wc Music Corp
Genres : Metal, Rock,alternative metal, alternative rock, grunge, nu metal, post-grunge

Featured on the 1993 album Candlebox

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15 . Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio

Released in 1999, “Guerrilla Radio” is an iconic track by Rage Against the Machine from their album “The Battle of Los Angeles.” The song vigorously critiques the media and the American political system, urging awareness and action. The band, led by Zack de la Rocha, performed this track during a memorable appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman," where de la Rocha wore a "Free Mumia Abu-Jamal" T-shirt. The video, which contrasts fashion overconsumption with images of sweatshop workers, is said to parody Gap commercials.

The music video is directed by Honey, i.e..

Writer(s) : Timothy Commerford, Tom Morello, Zack M De La Rocha, Brad J Wilk Publisher(s) : Retribution Music
Genres : Metal, Rock, Hip Hop,alternative metal, alternative rock, conscious hip hop, funk metal, hard rock, nu metal, political hip hop, post-grunge, rap metal, rap rock, rock

Featured on the 1999 album The Battle of Los Angeles

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16 . The Offspring - Pretty Fly [For A White Guy]

With humorous lyrics and an infectious rhythm, “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy),” released in 1998, is a single by The Offspring known for its satire of “wiggers,” white adolescents attempting to adopt hip-hop culture. The track borrows from Def Leppard’s “Rock of Ages,” including a sample in the refrain and the phrase “Gunter glieben glauchen globen” in the intro. The song was produced by Dave Jerden, known for his work with Alice in Chains and Jane’s Addiction.

The music video is directed by McG.

Writer(s) : Harry Wayne Casey, R Finch, Stephen C Washington, Dr Dre, Daniel Webster, Raymond Guy Turner, Steven R Arrington, Mark L Adams, Snoop Dogg Publisher(s) : Sony Tunes Inc, Suge Publishing
Genres : Metal, Rock, Pop,alternative metal, permanent wave, post-grunge, punk, rock, skate punk, socal pop punk

Featured on the 1998 album Americana

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17 . Rage Against The Machine - Sleep Now In The Fire

“Sleep Now in the Fire,” released in 1999, is another powerful track by Rage Against the Machine. Produced by Brendan O’Brien, the song critiques corporate greed and American imperialism, using provocative imagery and references to challenge societal norms and power structures. Filmed on January 26, 2000, the video shows the band playing in front of the New York Stock Exchange, interspersed with scenes parodying the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" The filming caused disruptions on Wall Street, leading to the temporary closure of the NYSE doors and the brief detention of director Michael Moore by NYPD.

The music video is directed by Michael Moore.

Writer(s) : Timothy Commerford, Tom Morello, Zack M De La Rocha, Brad J Wilk Publisher(s) : Retribution Music
Genres : Metal, Rock, Hip Hop,alternative metal, alternative rock, conscious hip hop, funk metal, hard rock, nu metal, political hip hop, post-grunge, rap metal, rap rock, rock

Featured on the 1999 album The Battle of Los Angeles

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18 . Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug

Released in 1997, “The Perfect Drug” is a song by Nine Inch Nails, written for the soundtrack of David Lynch’s film "Lost Highway" starring Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette. The song is notable for its electronic beats influenced by drum and bass and jungle music, and its dark lyrics characteristic of Trent Reznor’s style. The video is visually striking, inspired by gothic and Victorian aesthetics.

The music video is directed by Mark Romanek.

Writer(s) : Daniel Patrick Lohner, Charles A Clouser, Chris Alan Vrenna, Michael Trent Reznor Publisher(s) : Unknown Publisher, Hypercube Music
Genres : Metal, Rock,alternative metal, alternative rock, cyberpunk, electronic rock, industrial, industrial metal, industrial rock, nu metal, post-grunge, rock

Featured on the 1997 album Lost Highway

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19 . Third Eye Blind - Semi~Charmed Life

“Semi-Charmed Life,” released in 1997, is a hit by Third Eye Blind that captures the carefree and hedonistic spirit of the 90s. With its catchy lyrics and fast tempo, the song paradoxically deals with dark themes like methamphetamine addiction and the despair from toxic relationships. Frontman Stephan Jenkins, known for his collaborations with other alternative scene artists, delivers a memorable performance. The song has been featured in numerous films, TV shows, and video games, including "American Pie" and "Guitar Hero: Van Halen." It even inspired a nail polish color named "Semi-Charmed" in 2022.

The music video is directed by Jamie Morgan.

Writer(s) : Arion Gabriel Salazar, Stephan Jenkins, Kevin Rene Cadogan Publisher(s) : Music Of Everpop
Genres : Metal, Rock,alternative metal, alternative rock, pop rock, post-grunge

Featured on the 1997 album Third Eye Blind

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20 . Everlast - Ends

Released in 1998, “Ends” is a single by Everlast (Erik Schrody), former member of House of Pain. The song, from his album "Whitey Ford Sings the Blues," blends elements of rock, hip-hop, and blues. The lyrics address the consequences of materialistic lifestyles and the struggles of people living on the margins of society. Everlast, also known for his collaboration with Santana on “Put Your Lights On,” uses his raspy voice to deliver a poignant and realistic message.

The music video is directed by Samuel Bayer.

Writer(s) : Everlast, Dante Ross Publisher(s) : Clyde Pearl Music, Irish Intellect
Genres : Metal,post-grunge

Featured on the 1999 album Whitey Ford Sings the Blues

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ABOUT POST-GRUNGE

What Is Post-Grunge ?

Post-Grunge has its roots in the Grunge movement of Seattle in the 1990s, led by bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, a genre characterized by distorted sounds and often dark and introspective lyrics.
After Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994 and the dissolution of many key bands, a new wave of bands began to emerge. These bands retained the essence of Grunge but softened the more abrasive elements to create a more melodic and radio-friendly sound.

Post-Grunge In Music

With a more conventional structure than their Grunge predecessors, Post-Grunge songs typically follow a verse-chorus-verse format with catchy and memorable choruses.

Unlike Grunge, which could sometimes be nihilistic, Post-Grunge tends to have a more introspective and optimistic tone. The lyrics of Post-Grunge songs frequently address personal and emotional themes such as disappointment, sadness, redemption, and human relationships.

Post-Grunge uses distorted electric guitars but in a more polished and less chaotic manner than Grunge. Guitar solos are more frequent, and the influence of classic rock is evident in the instrumental complexity. The arrangements are often cleaner and more produced, with an emphasis on vocal melody clarity.

Post-Grunge In Culture

The cinema of the 1990s and 2000s can be said to be influenced by Post-Grunge. This influence can be seen in the dark and realistic visual aesthetics, often with an urban or suburban ambiance, and in the themes explored – youth issues like alienation, depression, and the search for identity; complicated personal relationships, often with a touch of melancholy or cynicism; and the confrontation of contemporary personal and social challenges.

These same themes are found in television series where the main characters are often facing personal challenges and a quest for identity, such as “My So-Called Life” (1994-1995) or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003). The soundtracks of these series, as well as those of video games or advertising campaigns of the era, frequently include Post-Grunge music excerpts.

Post-Grunge In Fashion

The fashion associated with Post-Grunge is less distinct and iconic than that of original Grunge. The clothing and footwear are more casual – leather or denim jackets, worn or ripped jeans, simple T-shirts, often with band logos, sturdy boots like Dr. Martens, but also classic sneakers, and worn Converse All Stars. Clothing is often layered – hoodies under jackets and layered long and short T-shirts.

ADJACENT GENRES

  • alternative metal
  • nu metal
  • rock
  • alternative rock
  • pop rock
  • rap metal
  • hard rock
  • permanent wave
  • funk metal
  • modern rock
  • grunge
  • industrial metal
  • neo mellow
  • pop punk
  • punk
  • canadian rock
  • industrial rock
  • neon pop punk
  • funk rock
  • industrial
  • socal pop punk
  • skate punk
  • rap rock

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