64+ Best Grunge Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational grunge quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Grunge Quotes

People act like Nirvana invented grunge; they just took it and personified it. Billy Corgan

I think it’s mainly when I need inspiration I look at the old pictures. I don’t find it as much in the new stuff. I love Carole Lombard. I think she’s wonderful. Gloria Grahame was really great. Garbo. Dietrich. People knew how to create an illusion. Now everything is very realistic and straightforward. Everyone’s grunge. Kelly Rutherford

Link Wray. He was the beginning of Grunge, way before anybody you know. Neil Young

All the skateboarding brands that I was into had graphic T-shirts. In the 90s, there were different styles that went along with the different influences in skateboarding, whether that be hip hop or rock and roll and grunge. And that’s what I was into, so I was following all that. Virgil Abloh

What people don’t realize is that the so-called Seattle grunge scene grew out of several close knit gourmet supper clubs. Kurt Cobain

I had phases of listening to rap and trap, and then I had phases where I’d listen to post hardcore, rap, grunge, metal all that. I had different time periods of listening to different music. And now it all clashes together. Juice Wrld

Grunge, man, that was incredible. It was dangerous. Songs could be short, long, a lark, majestic. You were constantly being surprised. Martin Popoff

I experimented with fashion as it being more like art, allowing what I wore to express what I was feeling on the inside. Androgyny, rock culture, and grunge they definitely had an effect on the things that made me feel cool and comfortable. Ruby Rose

Grunge, like Nirvana and all that. Heavy metal, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns and Roses, drum and bass. But the energy in that music, I love it. Dizzee Rascal

I find it interesting where grunge originated from and then where it was taken, which was high fashion. My dad was so poor that they kept going to Goodwill to get donated ripped jeans. It wasn’t a fashion decision it was an ‘I don’t have any money, I have no other choice’ type of decision. Frances Bean Cobain

We had a wonderful time with this kind of grunge awareness, where suddenly rock was cool again. People wanted to head loud guitars. Billy Corgan

Best two rock voices I’ve heard in a last few years both have been from grunge bands it’s Eddie Vedder and the other one is Chris Cornell from Soundgarden. Bruce Dickinson

I absolutely think the Seattle grunge sound was instrumental to my music education. David Cook

Grunge gave me a sense of identity, and I remember really associating with Silverchair, who were these chilled out Australian teenagers. The fact that they were teenagers was a big deal for me. It was like, Oh, man, you don’t have to be a 30-year-old to do this. Kevin Parker

I never really followed grunge. Robert Quine

When it comes to grunge or even just Seattle, I think there was one band that made the definitive music of the time. It wasn’t us or Nirvana, but Mudhoney. Nirvana delivered it to the world, but Mudhoney were the band of that time and sound. Eddie Vedder

What was interesting about grunge was that it was this death sentence to the rock that had preceded it, which was hair metal. Mike D

I grew up in the 90s in the time of grunge when if you didn’t go on stage in jeans and a T shirt you weren’t real. That seemed ridiculous to me. Jack White

Some of my early musical memories are attached to grunge. Mike Posner

Something happened in the nineties. There was a shift. I don’t want to blame it on grunge or the rise of indie but that was basically it. It was seen as dirty and kind of ignorant to have these ambitions, to want to be a big band. Brandon Flowers

Heart weren’t part of a movement like grunge we were our own kind of movement. Nancy Wilson

My first band was called Nubert Circus, a very embarrassing, dumb name. It means nothing. We were kind of grunge. I would say we were more funny punk, a lot of songs about food and stuff like that. Phil Elverum

I wanted to kill Auto Tune like Kurt Cobain killed the hair bands. Jay-Z

If someone says grunge or punk, you know what the sound is, but if you say No Wave, it’s kind of mysterious. That was the most interesting part and should have been the most inspirational thing about it here’s this collective sonic insanity, and none of it sounds anything alike. Lydia Lunch

There’s not a word that describes us. We’re not alternative, metal or grunge we’re not any of that. We’re just what we are. Jerry Cantrell

I grew up in the grunge era. I’ve always resisted the idea of being part of a machine, wanting just to be an artist in my own right. But at some point, I just realized shutting things out took more energy than just letting it in. Kevin Parker

The word grunge became a household term, and fashion runways were filled with flannel shirts and long underwear. Dave Grohl

In the early 90s, it was grunge everybody was fully clothed. Alanis Morissette was one of the biggest artists in the world, never wore makeup, wearing Doc Marten boots, and then the Spice Girls turn up, and suddenly it all looks a bit burlesque suddenly they’re the biggest band in the world. Caitlin Moran

When you’re in a band before it got to grunge you dressed the bit. So yeah, I’ve always had an attitude with the clothes. Ringo Starr

People misinterpret my emotions towards Nirvana because I’ve said things about how something happened with grunge that took a little bit of fun out of things. It’s no offense to Nirvana they were one of the greats, obviously. But something died there, too, and we haven’t quite gotten the groove back. Brandon Flowers

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. Bob Marley

I think we should wear any look we want to! The grunge style early 1990s is one of my favorites. Chloe Ting

Thank you for the tragedy. I need it for my art. Kurt Cobain

I like women who look like women. I hated grunge. No one’s more feminist than me, but you don’t have to look as if you don’t give a you know. You can be smart, bright, and attractive aesthetically to others and to yourself. Catherine Zeta

I absolutely think the Seattle grunge sound was instrumental to my music education. David Cook

My parents’ convictions, when it came to discipline, were not very strong. For my bar mitzvah, I gave out a mix tape of ’90s grunge if you got it now, you would think it was the ‘Singles’ soundtrack. Adam Pally

People who don’t feel pain anymore are the most damaged. Juansen Dizon

It’s all magic to me. Country to punk rock, all of it. Chopin to Kurt Cobain. But it always all comes back to punk for me, because that was the last time, punk rock or grunge rock, was the last time that passion ruled the airwaves. James Marsters

For a girl with such a dark mind, you’re a little too in love with the sunrise. Sherry Namdeo

Grunge was so self consciously lowbrow and nonaspirational that it seemed, at first, impervious to the hype and glamour normally applied swiftly to any emerging trend. But sure enough, grunge anthems found their way onto the soundtracks of television commercials, and Dodge Neons were hawked by kids in flannel shirts saying, Whatever. Douglas Rushkoff

That was 1993 grunge in suburbia. This was 2003 hell in Harlem. Eve Kagan

Musicians are often asked to answer for an entire culture, or for an entire movement. It’s a process of commodification. It becomes packaged and summarized in a word like emo or grunge or ‘folk music. I think that’s just language itself, trying to understand the mysteries of the world. Sufjan Stevens

Yes, I would say my comedy is grunge, evidenced by the fact my jokes have put an end to big hair glam comedy. Joel McHale

The pop musicians often leave meaning in the dust and substitute it for cartoons. The deeper artists the grunge artists in the world and the emoticon people tend to leave all of the happiness out of life like it just doesn’t exist. Hal Sparks

I have a lot of looks but right now I’m really into grunge. Messy hair, black heels. I get Michelle Pfeiffer with it. Chloe Grace Moretz

I have such an eclectic taste in music. Come to a backyard BBQ at my house, and I will run the gamut from Skynyrd to Sinatra to 90s grunge, rap, R&B, and classic rock. I have issues. If I had to pick one, I love this country artist named Craig Morgan. His music and his songs are so relatable and tell such vivid stories. Mike Vogel

We have no right to express an opinion until we know all of the answers. Kurt Cobain

Every place has its own punk flavor, but they all borrowed ideas from SoCal. It’s still a vibrant scene creeping into every crevasse of youth culture. When you hear grunge, you think of the ’90s, but when you hear L.A. punk, it’s timeless. Greg Graffin

Grunge is a hippied romantic version of punk. Marc Jacobs

With Pantera, we lived through so many trend of the day situations when grunge was huge, we were still a heavy metal band when hip hop started getting incorporated into metal, we stuck to our guns and remained a heavy metal band very purposefully. Phil Anselmo

I’m sorry. I just don’t know what’s wrong with me. JJM

Every once in a while, we have some sort of movement in music that everyone suddenly wants to work in, like grunge or rap or disco or some other musical phase, and then suddenly, that’ll be the thing to do. Todd Rundgren

The world is a pile of grunge. Jo Stafford

I grew up on, and kind of came of age, during the grunge movement and was introduced to Neil Young and Bob Dylan and grew up on that path. Jim James

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are. Kurt Cobain

After my grunge phase, I started opening my horizons and listening to more electronic stuff. I got into Radiohead, specifically Amnesiac my brother gave me that album. Kevin Parker

I’m the mold that grunge was grown in. Townes Van Zandt

Grunge came from a group of English photographers, and they were documenting their own reality I’m South American we celebrate life. Mario Testino

I don’t know much about that whole grunge thing. Todd Snider

I’m not an ’80s fan. I’m more 70s New York pre punk kind of thing, and I guess I grew up with 90s grunge, post punk pop music. Jessica Pare

Punk came along and grunge made guitar solos uncool. David Pajo

I have a lot of alter egos I would love to be a back up singer for someone someday. I have an electronic side project. I have a 90s grunge side project; I have a piano Project I have this industrial, goth electronic song, super creepy sounding, just really dark and dreary. Sharon Van Etten

Every day my style changes with my mood. Some days I’ll feel a little more grunge in the summer I like to feel girly and wear dresses. Julianne Hough