Billy Corgan says this is the greatest ’90s grunge band

Quite the admission

Billy Corgan has revealed which ’90s band he thinks were the greatest.

Speaking to Alternative Nation, The Smashing Pumpkins frontman answered the question with apparently little deliberation: “Nirvana”.

Much has been written about the rivalry between Corgan and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain over the years.


In a 2014 interview with The Independent, Corgan said how the pair “didn’t necessarily get along”. And in 2017 Corgan admitted he had felt suicidal in the past as a result of Nirvana’s success diminishing his own.

Despite the rivalry, Corgan – who used to date Cobain’s widow Courtney Love – has sung Nirvana’s praises before.

“He really was that talented,” he told The Independent.

“I like to think the world with him would have been a better place, and I like to think a lot of the crap music that followed wouldn’t have existed if he had been around to criticise it,” he said. “Because he had the moral standing to slay generations with a strike of the pen.”

The Smashing Pumpkins recently played a mammoth 30th anniversary show with Courtney Love, Peter Hook, Deftones’ Chino Moreno and others.