The Top 11 Hottest Women in Grunge

Sure, the grunge era produced its fair share of long-haired, flannel-loving, Converse-wearing male beefcake. But early '90s rock also made famous a bunch of strong-minded, talented -- and really, really sexy -- female rockers. As Nirvana's Nevermind turns 20 this week, and Pearl Jam celebrates two decades years of being a band, we think it's time to look back at the top 10 hottest women in grunge.

Previously: The Top 10 Hottest Men in Grunge.

11. D'arcy Wretzky, Smashing Pumpkins

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D'Arcy Wretzky

Billy Corgan might not have been much to look at, but the Smashing Pumpkins still presented eye candy for connoisseurs of both the male and female forms. Guitarist James Iha sure was pretty, but was he prettier than bassist D'arcy Wretzky? Debatable. (Bonus fact: Wretzky now lives in a small town in Michigan, and earlier this year, she was arrested twice: once for for letting her horses wild, and a second time for driving drunk. And as a mugshot sadly proved, any good looks she had are now pretty much gone.)

10. Courtney Love

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Whatever you think of what she's done in the last 20 years, there can be no denying that when grunge was at its peak, the then-Hole singer was close to the top of hers aesthetically. Look at those big eyes, straw-colored locks, and doll face, and try to tell us that Kurt Cobain didn't do pretty well for himself (at least in the looks department).

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dif1
dif1

Perfect. Shirley Manson 1, Justine Frischmann 2, this list got it absolutely right. Love it!

Farelowsky
Farelowsky

A great punk-rock singer that rarelly is mentioned is Kim Shattuck from THE MUFFS, she would kick courtney love's ass anywhere, anyhow; she is more rocker, prettier and smarter.

Farelowsky
Farelowsky

Courtney Love has always been a wanna-be-a-rock star, and jocking about what she wanted to be (a rock star) became a popular grunge singer...yeah, and because she fucked (sexually and psicollogycally) kurt Cobain, but actually she made 2 good records.

dtbx
dtbx

Yeah, Brody Dalle must be on the list. Is hot, has a great voice and her songs are terrific.

Phil Vance
Phil Vance

Most of these women were not in grunge bands, nor were they in bands that made any music even vaguely similar to grunge.  Epic Fail.

Valencia and Duboce
Valencia and Duboce

This is one of the stupidest articles I have ever read in this lukewarm paper's meaningless non-history. A collection of retrospective "hot babes"? Bra-fucking-vo. Way to reenforce the tired stereotype that women play music because they are "eye-candy" as you so shittily put it. And the inclusion of Kathleen Hanna, whose uncompromising feminist contributions to music completely changed the role of women in punk, displayed as another sex object. Way to not only miss point, but to actually BE the target of some much of these peoples anger.

You should be ashamed of yourself, not for demonstrating such two-dimensional sexism, but for failing to rise to the challenge of covering a meaningless topic like music culture, with an integrity at all. 

Geffen1447
Geffen1447

You obviously need to get laid more. Those chicks all used their bodies to "make it" - If you consider those careers as "making it." All of that music sucked. Those chicks got "deals" because of how they presented themselves. They aren't great artists, or even artists at all. They just wanted to be famous. Don't be so naive. Silly, silly girl...

Ian S. Port
Ian S. Port

So your problem is that I chose women who challenged the sexism of mainstream rock and said that they're also physically attractive? You're upset that someone could find a confrontational (and funny, and smart) feminist like Kathleen Hanna, um, sexy?

 Welcome to 2011, where you can both respect a person for their creative and intellectual contributions to "music culture" AND find them physically attractive.

Duboce and Valencia
Duboce and Valencia

Look, I get it. You aspire to be a shittier US Weekly style "journalist." That's cool I guess.  I'm not disappointed with your acknowledgement that a random selection of mid-90's MTV packaged "grunge" artists (Garbage? Seriously?) might be physically attractive.

I take issue with the fact that you go to great lengths to focus only on these peoples looks. You wholly ignore any of their lyrical content, talent as musicians and their impact entirely. It's as if you're purposely trying to minimize their work which, all the way out here in 2011 still counts as overt sexism and is gross, pathetic and profoundly disappointing. 

It's not like we don't have to look at this crap all the time. I see that you don't give a fuck about substance or integrity which merely clumps you in with most of the crap that fills the gutter. In any ordinary circumstance I wouldn't bother commenting on empty bullshit like this, but Bikini Kill and L7 were pivotally important to me growing up. It just kind of pisses me off to see the same kind of debasing crap being spewed now that was said then. Back then, the strategy was to treat these people like some kind of cute novelty because they were women, and now it seems the same people just pretend that all they did was look pretty. It's fucking lame, you're lame for putting it out into the world and the lamest part of all is your half assed defense of your trashy nonsense.

And that concludes my trolling rant. 

Oak & Webster
Oak & Webster

Well said.  Ian's article doesn't understand genres or sexism.  Thankfully he left Mia Zapata off the list.

Valencia and Gofuckyourself
Valencia and Gofuckyourself

You did see the part where they did Hottest Men in Grunge, right? I mean, I guess ranking people based on physical attractiveness isn't the most noble of pursuits, but goddamn -- calm down. It's a fucking top ten list in a world populated with them, and it's about as thoughtful as you could possibly expect.

Also, the hilarity of such a humorless, pinched-ass response coming from someone with the name "Valencia and Duboce" cannot be overstated. It's like if there was a trolling rant about how it's unfair to make fun of investment bankers, and the user name was "Chestnut and Steiner."

Patric Fallon
Patric Fallon

My only problem with this is that Kathleen Hanna should obviously be #1.

Mrstap
Mrstap

You missed Brody Dalle.   Massive failure

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