Listomania: Ranking the 10 Best Seattle Grunge Bands of the '90s

On December 31, 2009, when Chris Cornell tweeted that the "Knights of the Soundtable" would "ride again," fans assumed 2010 would become known as the year of Soundgarden, finding the '90s grunge legends reforming and regaining their once dominant form.

Disappointingly, they were only half right; the rockers did ultimately regroup, but only ended up making a handful of select live performances, and an appearance on Conan. As the year winded down, the whole thing began feeling more and more like a ruse cobbled together to hawk copies of their new greatest hits album -- or copies of Guitar Hero, depending on who is being asked.

Then, this week, seemingly from out of the blue, the band made a somewhat surprising  announcement on their website and posted a black-and-white image of themselves jamming in a studio. Said the statement:

Over the past few months, we've been busy jamming, writing and hanging out together -- exploring the creative aspect of being Soundgarden. It feels great. We have some cool new songs that we are going to record very soon. Thank you for all of the support!
After a lackluster 2010 from the band, we won't blame anyone for treating this news with a we'll-believe-it-when-we-see-it attitude. But, despite our doubts, we're still pretty darned jazzed.

Enough so to rank our top 10 bands from the 1990s Seattle grunge scene, anyway.

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Cory Graves