The Best Alternative Bands/Artists

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At the end of the 1980s, at the peak of glam rock and hair metal, a new genre began to emerge from the underground. Since it served as an option to the bloated sound of those genres that was all over the airwaves and MTV, it was aptly titled alternative rock. Over the years, alternative rock has become part of mainstream rock. But at its beginning, alt rock and all of the alternative artists were on the cutting edge of what was going on in response to those more commercial genres. The origins of the best alternative bands are in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and various college towns around the country.

So, who can be considered one of the top alternative bands, or even a good alternative band? Any list isn't complete without Husker Du and R.E.M., who represent the best college rock musicians. These alternative music bands had a huge impact on the alternative scene and influenced many, if not all alternative rock bands. Jane's Addiction can also be lumped into that category. Other popular alternative artists include Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Oasis, Blur and Smashing Pumpkins. These groups' legacy and impact on alternative music is indisputable and they continue to crank out the hits.

Who is on your top 100 alternative bands list? We know this list isn't 100 bands/artists long. . . we did that on purpose because we're alternative.

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what is the best alternative band. If you think an alternative artist or band isn't on here and should, feel free to add them to this list. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative musician ever?"
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

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    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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    Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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    New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Folk punk

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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