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Seattle is the biggest city in Washington. It has long played a major role in musical culture popularizing genres of alternative rock and is the origin of major bands like Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Modest Mouse and many others. The city remains home to several influential bands, labels, and venues. Here are the 5 most popular Seattle bands.

1. Nirvana

A mix of poetic and thoughtful lyrics, with distorted guitar sounds and heavy angry drums. Nirvana are maybe the most famous Seattle band in this list. No other band is more associated with the city than Kurt Cobain and co. Nirvana nostalgia returned big time last years with the 20th anniversary edition of ‘In Utero,’ and this year it no doubt continues as they enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2. The Sonics

If you are a fan of Punk and Post-Punk then you definitely have heard of “The Sonics”. The band did in Seattle what Patti Smith did in New York, or The Stooges in Detroit. Their unique sound and lyrics, definitely are part of the Seattle Rock culture.

3. Foo Fighters

Debuting in 1994, Foo Fighters came out just when the rock scene in Seattle started to bloom. Using the Nirvana sound in his early steps, Dave Grohl managed to create an identity for the band. Now the Foo Fighters are one of the most popular bands that came out of Seattle.

4. Modest Mouse

In their long career the band from Wash has created a sound so unique and distinct that you are almost sure that it is a Modest Mouse song when you hear one. Their 1997 album, ‘The Lonesome Crowded West’ put them in the map and is considered one of the best albums that came out of Seattle. ‘Good News for People Who Love Bad News’ brought the group wider recognition, thanks in no small part to crossover hit ‘Float On,’ which became the feel-good, alt-rock anthem of the new millennium.

5. Pearl Jam

While most of the bands which came out from the iconic city are not active anymore, Eddie Vedder and the band are still thriving. Having behind them over 10 albums and a handful of successes, they pack in both nostalgia-seeking Gen Xers and a whole new generation of fresh-faced fans.

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