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Danielle Dauenhauer
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Naming the best alternative rock songs of all time is quite the burden to anyone that considers themselves a fan of alt rock. As someone who proudly wears that moniker, I was a bit affronted when the voting I did made so little impact on the final rankings of radio station ALT 98.7 fm's list of the 98 best alt rock songs "of all time". All time. Not 2013, not the decade or even the century...ever.

In reordering this list of the greatest alt rock songs ever (according to some insignificant sample of terrestrial radio listeners in LA) by some of the top alternative artists of all time, the hard part wasn't separating the actual timeless alternative rock songs from the crap songs filling out the 98, it was deciding what order to put 50-odd songs that should all have been 99 or greater in some semblance of order that justified their inclusion among songs like "Jeremy", "Song 2", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and other alt rock staples that truly deserve to be called the top alternative songs of all time.

List of best alt rock songs ever (my way) is a reorder of what I was given by the listeners over at KYSR 98.7 fm. The original rank is listed and some of the songs have commentary (mostly when I don't believe the song to actually be alternative). Make no mistake, there are some doozies missing from what purports to be a greatest alt rock songs ever list. While there's some merit to including quality one-hit wonders like "Flagpole Sitta" and "No Rain", there's not a single song from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hole, The Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Garbage, Flaming Lips...I could go on, promise.

Anyhoo, you've got my order. Vote on the best alt rock songs in history, make your own ranking, go nuts.

1
30 10
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Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana - ALT Rank: 2

2
7 0
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3
23 7
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Creep (album version) ALT Rank: 22

4
25 9
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Losing My Religion R.E.M. - ALT Rank: 12

5
22 7
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Yellow Coldplay - ALT Rank: 13 (I have a little problem calling this "alt" as opposed to pop, but if we go with alt, it belongs high up

6
19 6
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Wonderwall ALT Rank: 5

7
17 5
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Zombie The Cranberries - ALT Rank: 80

8
11 2
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Talk (radio edit) ALT Rank: 78

9
13 5
Feel Good Inc is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list ALT 98.7's Best Alt Songs Of "All Time"...My Way
Feel Good Inc Gorillaz - ALT Rank: 61

10
13 5
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Starlight Muse - ALT Rank: 28

11
14 6
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Undone Weezer - ALT Rank: 90

12
10 3
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13
13 6
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Soul Meets Body ALT Rank: 14

14
7 1
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The Cave Mumford & Sons - ALT Rank: 39

The Best Songs on XXXTentacion's New Album "?"

15
13 7
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Sex on Fire Kings of Leon - ALT Rank: 33

16
14 8
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Demons Imagine Dragons - ALT Rank: 6

17
19 14
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Mr Brightside The Killers, Killers - ALT Rank: 32

18
7 2
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It's Time Imagine Dragons - ALT Rank: 71

19
14 9
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Radioactive Imagine Dragons - ALT Rank: 21

20
10 5
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Electric Feel MGMT - ALT Rank: 68

21
9 4
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Supermassive Black Hole Muse - ALT Rank: 73

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

22
11 6
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Take Me Out ALT Rank: 94

23
10 5
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Song 2 Blur - ALT Rank: 64

24
13 8
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Everlong (Acoustic) Foo Fighters - ALT Rank: 10

25
9 5
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1979 ALT Rank: 57

26
9 5
Mad World is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list ALT 98.7's Best Alt Songs Of "All Time"...My Way
Mad World Michael Andrews, Gary Jules - ALT Rank: 31

27
9 5
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Kids MGMT - ALT Rank: 3

28
9 5
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Buddy Holly ALT Rank: 15

All Of The Affairs And Backstabbing Behind Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours"

29
8 4
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30
8 4
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Enjoy the Silence Depeche Mode - ALT Rank: 79

31
8 4
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32
7 3
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Little Talks Of Monsters and Men - ALT Rank: 48

33
14 11
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Hurt Johnny Cash - ALT Rank: 7

34
11 8
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Black Hole Sun Soundgarden - ALT rank: 51

35
10 7
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New Slang The Shins - ALT Rank: 74

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

36
9 6
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Clocks Coldplay - ALT Rank: 44

37
9 6
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No One Knows ALT Rank: 77

38
8 5
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Wrong Way Sublime - ALT Rank: 70

39
7 4
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Gold On the Ceiling Black Keys - ALT Rank: 58

40
7 4
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No Rain Blind Melon - ALT Rank: 95

41
7 4
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Melt With You (live) ALT Rank: 91 (this is not an alternative rock song)

42
6 3
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Safe and Sound Capital Cities - ALT Rank: 81

The Best Songs With Kentucky in the Title

43
5 2
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Tighten Up The Black Keys - ALT Rank: 19

44
12 10
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Pumped Up Kicks Foster the People - ALT Rank: 16

45
11 9
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Seven Nation Army The White Stripes - ALT Rank: 11

46
9 7
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47
7 5
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Such Great Heights The Postal Service - ALT Rank: 18

48
7 5
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Hallelujah Jeff Buckley - ALT Rank: 85 (this is maybe indie rock)

49
6 4
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I Will Wait Mumford & Sons - ALT Rank: 76

50
6 4
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My Hero Foo Fighters - ALT Rank: 26