While there are exceptions, many post-grunge groups do not explicitly refer to grunge bands as influences. Rather, they often cite as influences those bands that influenced the development of grunge itself, such as The Melvins and early hard rock acts such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. However those bands show less of a relation to these "influences" making them more of idols than the true influences they were for grunge bands of the early '90s.
By 1994 "post grunge", along with alternative rock in general, had overtaken grunge as the main rock format in America, while in Britain, Brit-pop (Britain's alternative rock scene) was becoming massively popular. However by the end of the millennium, with disappointing follow ups by most "post grunge" artists, only a few bands, like Creed, maintained continued commercial success. Many bands that survived had evolved, most notably Dave Grohl's post-Nirvana outfit, Foo Fighters, whose first two albums fit in with the rest of the "post grunge" pack.