Grunge Forever

Nirvana's NevermindMusic peaked in 1991-1994. Specifically, the days between the release of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit and the moment a self-inflicted gunshot pierced Kurt Cobain's brain. There is little doubt of this fact.

Here we are in the year 2002..almost 2003 and this music from the early 90's "grunge" scene continues to dominate rock charts. Lets take a closer look at the current top 7 from CFNY's (I'm well aware they're now Edge102, but they'll always be CFNY to me) Thursday 30 which I have posted below.

  1. Nirvana - You Know You're Right
  2. Foo Fighters - All My Life
  3. Pearl Jam - I Am Mine
  4. Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows
  5. U2 - Electrical Storm
  6. Audioslave - Cochise

Notice anything interesting about these bands? Am I stuck in a time-warp? Holy moly Marge...every band represented or at least a part of every band represented is straight outta 1991. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

Nirvana - A band straight outta 1991.
Foo Fighters - A band with a lead singer and song writer straight outta Nirvana which is a band straight outta 1991.
Pearl Jam - A band straight outta 1991.
Queens of the Stone Age - A song with a drummer straight outta Nirvana which is a band straight outta 1991.
U2 - A band straight outta 1991.
Audioslave - A band with a lead singer straight outta Soundgarden which is a band straight outta 1991.

Get the picture? Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell and Dave Grohl have something to do with 6 of the top 7 songs in the current Thursday 30. Further proof that 1991 Seattle was the epitome of rock unquestionably, undeniably and unarguably.

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Jason Meltzer Patterson

ok but u2 is the exception, they are so NOT stright outta 1991

September 20, 2007 @ 12:43 PM

Toronto Mike

Dude, you're missing the point. U2 was active and charting in 1991. The point is (was) that nothing from the previous decade was making headway like the performers from an earlier time.

September 20, 2007 @ 1:16 PM


"Here we are in the year"...
The Edge Top 30 (May 28th, 2009) includes:
Green Day (1), The Tragically Hip (5), Pearl Jam (9)
Rise Against (18), Nine Inch Nails (21), Rancid (22), Depeche Mode (23), Our Lady Peace (30)
-for 8 of 26 different bands, 30.7%

JackFM Top 20 (May 23rd-29th, 2009) includes:
AC/DC (1), The Tragically Hip (3), Nickelback (4) (15) & (19), Green Day (5), Coldplay (8), Pearl Jam (9)
U2 (16) & (20), Staind (18)
-for 8 of 17 different bands, 47.1%
combined 13/(26+5+8) = 13/39 = 33.33%
One is a "new music" station owned by a Shaw subsidiary; the other is a Rogers owned station with a broadcast TV video show.

May 31, 2009 @ 2:23 PM


Wow! What a time machine back to an era where rock, be it alternative or the heavier stuff, actually had a pulse and still warranted it its very own countdown. Spent many fond Thursday evenings in
the early '90s listening to Martin Streek count it down. One small quibble: Audioslave's "Cochise"
only has one 'h' in it, the second one. Good stuff!!

November 30, 2017 @ 9:54 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


15 years later, I've fixed the typo. Thanks!

November 30, 2017 @ 10:14 AM


Well, congratulations on your anniversary!! Fifteen years ago I was nearly 30 and still a few years
removed from even beginning to think about investigating the scary Interwebs!! (P.S., still quite
sad that I missed the not-so-golden-age of the dial-up connection!!)

November 30, 2017 @ 10:17 AM



You saved a hell of a lot of time by skipping dial-up

November 30, 2017 @ 2:35 PM


I'm sure you're quite right, but can't help but feel that the digital technological revolution passed
me by. Children come out of the womb more equipped for this age than I could ever hope to be!!

November 30, 2017 @ 2:42 PM

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