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The Best Alternative Rock Bands/Artists

List Criteria: Upvote your favorite alternative rock bands. Only bands unless a certain bandmember had success outside of the group

Alternative rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good alternative rock bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top alternative rock bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Alternative rock groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all alternative rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest alternative rock bands of all time, since the most famous alternative rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best alternative rock music.

You can click on the alternative rock band names to see more information about that particular notable alternative rock group. If they're near the top of the best alternative rock artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top alternative rock bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the alternative rock band names themselves.

List items include U2, Nirvana and many additional items as well. Your favorite items on this list deserve to be at the top. This is what they're doing. The best items on this list are the ones with the most votes, so show things like Prince and Taylor Swift some love.

All important, significant and iconic names in alternative rock music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new alternative rock bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of alternative rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into alternative rock music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good alternative rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent alternative rock bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative rock musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular alternative rock bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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