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

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  1. 1
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
  2. 2
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music More
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
  6. 6
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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
  7. 7
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
  8. 8
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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
  11. 11
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
  13. 13
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
  14. 14
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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
  15. 15
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock More
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
  18. 18
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    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop More
  19. 19
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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
  20. 20
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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
  21. 21
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock More
  22. 22
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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock More
  23. 23
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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave More
  24. 24
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge More
  25. 25
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    Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock More
  26. 26
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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock More
  27. 27
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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave More
  28. 28
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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music More
  29. 29
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    Jangle pop, Pop punk, Heartland rock More
  30. 30
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    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore More
  31. 31
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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music More
  32. 32
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music More
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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music More
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock More
  35. 35
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    Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock More
  36. 36
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    Alternative rock, Noise pop, Indie rock More
  37. 37
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    Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock More
  38. 38
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    Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica More
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    Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing More
  40. 40
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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop More
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
  42. 42
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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
  44. 44
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap More
  45. 45
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
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    Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music More
  47. 47
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    Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing More
  48. 48
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    Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival More
  49. 49
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
  50. 50
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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
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