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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2
265 112
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Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Gish

3
289 127
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Radiohead The Bends, OK Computer, Pablo Honey

4
262 113
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Pearl Jam Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

5
220 89
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Soundgarden Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

6
222 95
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R.E.M. Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Monster

7
198 82
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Weezer Pinkerton, Weezer (The Blue Album)

8
221 104
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Pixies Bossanova, Trompe le Monde

9
200 94
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Alice in Chains Dirt, Jar of Flies EP, Alice in Chains

10
183 84
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Nine Inch Nails Broken EP, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile

11
178 89
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Sonic Youth Dirty, Washing Machine, Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star

12
168 82
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Beck Odelay, Mellow Gold, Mutations

13
175 89
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
135 91
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Garbage Garbage, Version 2.0

15
141 97
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Tool Ænima, Undertow, Opiate EP

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129 92
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Jane's Addiction Ritual de lo Habitual

17
112 88
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Pavement Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee

18
90 67
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Butthole Surfers Electriclarryland, Independent Worm Saloon, Piouhgd

19
125 104
Björk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Björk Debut, Post, Homogenic

20
103 87
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Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About

21
95 79
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The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin, Clouds Taste Metallic, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart

22
91 77
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Dinosaur Jr Green Mind, Where You Been, Hand It Over

23
96 86
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Everclear Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, World of Noise

24
74 63
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

25
82 73
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PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love, Rid of Me, Dry

26
75 68
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Fugazi Repeater, Steady Diet of Nothing, In on the Kill Taker

27
88 85
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Hole Live Through This, Celebrity Skin, Pretty on the Inside

28
71 67
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Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Piece of Cake

29
70 70
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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72 73
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Placebo Placebo, Without You I'm Nothing

31
80 83
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My Bloody Valentine Loveless, Glider EP, Tremolo EP

32
63 63
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Filter Short Bus, Title of Record

33
74 78
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Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane over the Sea, On Avery Island

34
66 70
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Wilco Summer Teeth, Being There, A.M.

35
53 56
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Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion, Dust, Uncle Anesthesia

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48 51
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Veruca Salt Eight Arms to Hold You, American Thighs, Blow It out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt

37
53 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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46 51
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Liz Phair Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart, Whitechocolatespaceegg

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47 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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43 57
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Built to Spill Perfect From Now On, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, Keep It Like a Secret

42
39 52
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Sunny Day Real Estate Diary, LP2 (The Pink Album), How It Feels to Be Something On

43
40 54
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Guided by Voices Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Mag Earwhig!

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44
40 55
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Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Lazer Guided Melodies, Pure Phase

45
46 65
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Sleater-Kinney Call the Doctor, Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock

46
42 60
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Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, Painful, Electr-O-Pura

47
30 44
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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37 55
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Sebadoh Bakesale, Bubble and Scrape, Sebadoh III

49
36 54
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At the Drive‐In In/Casino/Out, Vaya EP, Acrobatic Tenement

50
30 45
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Urge Overkill Saturation, Exit the Dragon, The Supersonic Storybook