music The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s  

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List Rules Please consider an artist's '90s work ONLY when voting (lucky Weezer.)

These 100 bands and artists' music helped define the "alternative" rock era of the '90s and influenced the next generation of indie rock this century.
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Nirvana Nevermind, In Utero

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Radiohead The Bends, OK Computer, Pablo Honey

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+ - 257 111
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Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Gish

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+ - 255 111
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Pearl Jam Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

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+ - 212 89
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Soundgarden Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

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+ - 216 93
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R.E.M. Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Monster

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+ - 191 79
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Weezer Pinkerton, Weezer (The Blue Album)

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+ - 215 101
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Pixies Bossanova, Trompe le Monde

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+ - 193 93
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Alice in Chains Dirt, Jar of Flies EP, Alice in Chains

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+ - 174 83
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Nine Inch Nails Broken EP, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile

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Beck Odelay, Mellow Gold, Mutations

12
+ - 171 84
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
The Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We?, No Need to Argue

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Sonic Youth Dirty, Washing Machine, Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star

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Garbage Garbage, Version 2.0

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Tool Ænima, Undertow, Opiate EP

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Jane's Addiction Ritual de lo Habitual

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Björk Debut, Post, Homogenic

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Pavement Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee

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+ - 87 66
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Butthole Surfers Electriclarryland, Independent Worm Saloon, Piouhgd

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Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About

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+ - 92 77
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The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin, Clouds Taste Metallic, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart

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Dinosaur Jr Green Mind, Where You Been, Hand It Over

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+ - 82 70
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PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love, Rid of Me, Dry

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+ - 73 62
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Soul Asylum Grave Dancers Union, Let Your Dim Light Shine, And the Horse They Rode In On

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Everclear Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, World of Noise

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Fugazi Repeater, Steady Diet of Nothing, In on the Kill Taker

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Hole Live Through This, Celebrity Skin, Pretty on the Inside

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Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Piece of Cake

29
+ - 69 68
Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Elliott Smith Either/Or, XO, Elliott Smith

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My Bloody Valentine Loveless, Glider EP, Tremolo EP

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+ - 71 72
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Placebo Placebo, Without You I'm Nothing

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Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane over the Sea, On Avery Island

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+ - 61 63
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Filter Short Bus, Title of Record

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+ - 65 69
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Wilco Summer Teeth, Being There, A.M.

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+ - 53 56
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Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion, Dust, Uncle Anesthesia

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+ - 47 51
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Veruca Salt Eight Arms to Hold You, American Thighs, Blow It out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt

37
+ - 52 58
The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
The Lemonheads It's a Shame About Ray, Car Button Cloth, Come on Feel the Lemonheads

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Liz Phair Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart, Whitechocolatespaceegg

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+ - 46 55
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Bikini Kill Pussy Whipped, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, Reject All American

40
+ - 47 61
Manic Street Preachers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible, Everything Must Go, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

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Built to Spill Perfect From Now On, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, Keep It Like a Secret

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+ - 39 52
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Sunny Day Real Estate Diary, LP2 (The Pink Album), How It Feels to Be Something On

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Guided by Voices Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Mag Earwhig!

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Sleater-Kinney Call the Doctor, Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock

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Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Lazer Guided Melodies, Pure Phase

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Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, Painful, Electr-O-Pura

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+ - 30 43
Local H is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Local H As Good As Dead, Pack Up the Cats, Ham Fisted

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Sebadoh Bakesale, Bubble and Scrape, Sebadoh III

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At the Drive‐In In/Casino/Out, Vaya EP, Acrobatic Tenement

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+ - 40 61
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Aphex Twin Come to Daddy EP, Richard D. James Album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92