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The Top 10 Hottest Men in Grunge

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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


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


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


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

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


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.

5. Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum

Technically, Soul Asylum wasn't a grunge band. But the guys in this band sure bunny-hopped onto the back of the genre to achieve their most successful sales period -- and who could blame them? We loved scruffy Dave because even though he always looked like he smelled like a thrift store, he was all wide-eyed and pouty-mouthed and slightly dopey angst. Plus he dated Winona Ryder, which is a sure-fire way of proving that you're cool. His scene in Reality Bites still pleases us greatly to this day.

4. James Iha, Smashing Pumpkins


In the midst of The Billy Corgan show, it always seemed easier for the other three quarters of Smashing Pumpkins to try and blend into the background and stay eternally mute -- so part of Iha's appeal is his mystery, his silence, his ... holy crap, would you look at those lips? Iha's pretty, okay? Pretty, pretty, pretty -- you just might not have noticed because of the bald primadonna at the front.

3. Chris Cornell, Soundgarden


With flowing locks blowing in the wind and hairless chest muscles on display for all to see, Chris Cornell, in his younger days, proved that sometimes, Three Musketeers facial hair can work -- and on occasion, pairing shorts with massive boots isn't all bad. The video for "Jesus Christ Pose" was, and remains, mesmerizing. And it's all thanks to Cornell screaming in the desert. Yum.

2. Kurt Cobain


It's easy to remember Kurt as looking like a wounded man-child, so frequently was he photographed with his boyish features curled up into a frown. The fact of the matter is, however, Cobain was a classically handsome cutie with a strong jawline, beautiful blue eyes, and perfectly proportioned features. We bet he would've aged really nicely as well. We still miss you, Kurt -- you and your luscious little face.
1. Eddie Vedder


Oh, go on with those cheekbones, would you? Mr. Vedder is an enigmatic package, but he's a perfectly chiseled one, which means that we can sit and marvel at his strong views and ethics while also salivating over his unique, but eternally handsome visage. And, while men don't get more perfect than Ten-era Eddie, by God, the man has aged fabulously, unlike some members of Pearl Jam (*cough -- Stone Gossard -- *cough*). It's worth going to watch Pearl Jam Twenty this weekend just for extra footage of his face.

See also: The Top 10 Hottest Women in Grunge

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