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Best Alternative Bands/Artists

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 a bunch of college towns. Many of the alternative bands are from those big cities.

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

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?"(50 items)
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    7раса Rock music, Grunge, Alternative

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    Synthpop, Electronic music, Alternative

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    added by cremistlv Par~a~digm

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    added by CilasLee Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Dave Asgrove Band Jazz, Alternative, Blues

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    Indie pop, Indie, Indie rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Heavy metal, Punk rock, Alternative

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    Indie pop, Alternative

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    new! Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Terminator Ted Electronic music, Alternative

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    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Folk punk

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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    Alternative, Indie

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    Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

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    Syvia Indie pop, Synthpop, Alternative

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    Britpop, Alternative rock, Glam rock

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    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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    Americana, Alternative country

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    new! Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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    Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    Pop music, Ska, World music

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    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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    new! Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Alternative hip hop, Synthpop, Pop music

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    Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Alternative rock, Noise pop, Indie rock

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    Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

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    Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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    Nu metal, Rapcore, Rap metal

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