The Top 10 Hottest Men in Grunge

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Sure, it was the era of long, dirty hair and wearing long johns to the bar -- but '90s grunge sure did throw up some eye candy. Here, to honor the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind, as well as Cameron Crowe's new Pearl Jam documentary Twenty, are the top 10 hottest men of grunge.

See also: The Top 10 Hottest Women in Grunge

10. Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots

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Mr Weiland is at the arse-end of this list because he was at the arse-end of grunge -- Stone Temple Pilots were a last-minute, barely included, almost-impersonation of the genre, to be honest. But there's no denying it -- S.T.P. slipped in at the last minute and, for a while there, long before his face got all emaciated and drug-worn, Scott Weiland was quite a cutie. Think, red-haired Weiland in the video for "Plush". Yes, there was a goatee involved, but try and remember: while chin guards are heinous now, they were perfectly acceptable at the time.

9. Mark Arm, Mudhoney

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Truthfully, Mark Arm was never -- and will never be -- pin-up material (unless you're into that Iggy Pop thing). He was always all scrawny arms, pointy facial features, and limp hair. The reason he's in here though, is simple -- "Touch Me, I'm Sick". To disaffected teenage girls coming of age in the early '90s, there simply wasn't a sexier song to make out to. And while his face may not have it, his voice sure does. So, thanks Mudhoney -- thirty-something men and women the world over are still saluting you for soundtracking their teenage sexy time.

8. Mark Lanegan, Screaming Trees

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For a long time, Mark was often distinguished from his Screaming Trees bandmates simply as "the one who isn't fat." This did the vocalist a terrible disservice we think, for he was (and still is, actually) all brooding and manly sex-appeal; low key and intense; the kind of man who could drink a bottle of whiskey and still conduct an hour-long discussion on philosophy, before taking you home to make sweet, sweet love. And who wouldn't want to wake up next to that delicious, gravelly voice?

7. J. Mascis, Dinosaur Jr

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We're gonna keep this one short because we're embarrassed to even admit it, but before he turned into chubby Gandalf, J. Mascis was sexy -- sexy in an ugly-hot kind of way, sure, but sexy nonetheless. Maybe all that skillful (guitar) fingering had something to do with his forbidden appeal...

6. Andrew Wood, Mother Love Bone

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Before Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament went on to form Pearl Jam, they were two fifths of Mother Love Bone -- grunge forerunners with a flamboyant, charismatic, and often androgynous vocalist by the name of Andrew Wood. Wood was spectacularly good at making slightly effeminate seem sexy and, if he hadn't gone and overdosed on heroin right before M.L.B.'s debut album came out, probably would have been a really big deal. If we are to find a silver-lining in this tragedy, it has to be Temple Of The Dog -- the Soundgarden/Pearl Jam supergroup formed to pay tribute to Wood. "Hunger Strike" is a bonafide classic.

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mick666
mick666

I am so sick of STP being lumped in with grunge, or worse yet, being called a rip-off of freakin' Pearl Jam! They sound nothing like PJ, and their music is classic L.A. style HARD ROCK, not that stinkin' boring and neutered grunge. Enough.

mioumiou
mioumiou

this list is just all f.upped.. we all knew kurt would be no.1, turns out he was no.2.. anywho, he doesnt even belong on the list.. we're talking grunge here.. not hop-ons.


correct list would be: no.1 mark arm (green river, anyone? come on..) and then of course j mascis, for bringing the guitarwork into the whole genre.

being the creator of something automatically puts you at the top, simple as that.

MMMM
MMMM

Jerry Cantrell should definitely be at the top

MMMM
MMMM

Jerry Cantrell should definitely be at the top

ShaeEros
ShaeEros

I see everyone else wanted Lanye Staley from Alice In Chains but I have always thought that Mike Starr was one the sexiest guys ever. Every feature of Mikes face circa 1990 is perfect.

mms4
mms4

WHAT. No Alice in Chains? Not even Layne? You ought to be ashamed

Stardriv
Stardriv

Er Eddie above Kurt? and also how could you forget Layne Staley!!

lampshade
lampshade

Not including Layne Staley is a CRIME!!  I agree with Eddie being number one, but good God Layne was gorgeous.  What the hell, people??

Guest
Guest

Back in the day, Jerry Cantrell was hotter than anyone on this list by far.

MS
MS

seriously, no layne staley??

Scott W.
Scott W.

I wonder if I could get a job at the SFWeekly....It seems like Weiland's write up was copied and pasted from reviews back in the day when STP was kicking everyones ass in "Grunge". It's weird how the only "Grunge" album STP had was Core-even then you could barely call it that.  Use your own brain to make your own judgements.  It's no longer 'cool' to bash Weiland.  It's heinous now-but perfectly acceptable at the time. pffffffffff

Michael
Michael

Scott Weiland has one of the most dynamic voices of all time. Why can't the man get his due? Extremely talented.

Dan
Dan

How can this bitch bash Weiland/STP for being an "almost-impersonation" of grunge when guys from fucking Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr, and Soul Asylum were listed? But of course, gotta jump at the chance to somehow trash talk STP, even though it's not 1993 anymore.

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