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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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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Foo Fighters Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Arctic Monkeys Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Weezer Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
The Cure Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
The Killers Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Oasis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Oasis Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
The Offspring Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Fall Out Boy Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
My Chemical Romance Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Gorillaz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Queens of the Stone Age Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Beck Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Blink-182 Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Cage the Elephant Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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Violent Femmes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Violent Femmes Alternative rock, Punk rock, Folk punk

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Echo & the Bunnymen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Echo & the Bunnymen New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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Jane's Addiction is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Jane's Addiction Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Hüsker Dü Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

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Incubus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Incubus Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music