Photo: via Pinterest

alternative music ALT 98.7's Best Alt Songs Of "All Time"...My Way  

Danielle Dauenhauer
1.2k votes 103 voters 4.2k views Embed

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
26 9
Ranker Video
Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana - ALT Rank: 2

Celebrities Killed by the Internet Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?

2
23 7
Ranker Video
Creep (album version) ALT Rank: 22

3
24 8
Ranker Video
Losing My Religion R.E.M. - ALT Rank: 12

4
22 7
Ranker Video
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

5
18 5
Ranker Video
Wonderwall ALT Rank: 5

6
16 4
Ranker Video
Zombie The Cranberries - ALT Rank: 80

7
10 2
Ranker Video
Talk (radio edit) ALT Rank: 78

8
13 5
Ranker Video
Starlight Muse - ALT Rank: 28

9
13 6
Ranker Video
Soul Meets Body ALT Rank: 14

10
13 6
Ranker Video
Undone Weezer - ALT Rank: 90

11
13 6
Ranker Video
Sex on Fire Kings of Leon - ALT Rank: 33

12
9 3
Ranker Video

13
13 7
Ranker Video
Everlong (Acoustic) Foo Fighters - ALT Rank: 10

15
6 1
Ranker Video
The Cave Mumford & Sons - ALT Rank: 39

16
9 4
Mad World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list ALT 98.7's Best Alt Songs Of "All Time"...My Way
Mad World Michael Andrews, Gary Jules - ALT Rank: 31

14 Episodes Of "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant" That Will Make You Say "How Did You ... The Finest Breasts In Entertainment

17
10 5
Feel Good Inc is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list ALT 98.7's Best Alt Songs Of "All Time"...My Way
Feel Good Inc Gorillaz - ALT Rank: 61

18
7 2
Ranker Video
Little Talks Of Monsters and Men - ALT Rank: 48

19
8 3
Ranker Video

20
10 5
Ranker Video
Take Me Out ALT Rank: 94

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

22
11 6
Ranker Video
Black Hole Sun Soundgarden - ALT rank: 51

23
8 3
Ranker Video
Electric Feel MGMT - ALT Rank: 68

24
13 8
Ranker Video
Radioactive Imagine Dragons - ALT Rank: 21

25
5 0
Ranker Video

26
13 8
Ranker Video
Hurt Johnny Cash - ALT Rank: 7

27
8 3
Ranker Video

28
10 6
Ranker Video
New Slang The Shins - ALT Rank: 74

29
8 4
Ranker Video
Buddy Holly ALT Rank: 15

30
8 4
Ranker Video
Song 2 Blur - ALT Rank: 64

The Best Country Singers with Deep Voices The Best Oi! Punk Bands

31
8 4
Ranker Video
Kids MGMT - ALT Rank: 3

32
7 3
Ranker Video
Melt With You (live) ALT Rank: 91 (this is not an alternative rock song)

33
7 3
Ranker Video
Enjoy the Silence Depeche Mode - ALT Rank: 79

34
7 3
Ranker Video
Gold On the Ceiling Black Keys - ALT Rank: 58

35
5 1
Ranker Video
Tighten Up The Black Keys - ALT Rank: 19

36
8 5
Ranker Video
Wrong Way Sublime - ALT Rank: 70

37
7 4
Ranker Video
1979 ALT Rank: 57

38
6 3
Ranker Video
No Rain Blind Melon - ALT Rank: 95

39
5 2
Ranker Video
It's Time Imagine Dragons - ALT Rank: 71

40
11 9
Ranker Video
Seven Nation Army The White Stripes - ALT Rank: 11

41
9 7
Ranker Video
Somebody That I Used to Know Gotye - ALT Rank: 38

42
8 6
Ranker Video
Clocks Coldplay - ALT Rank: 44

43
8 6
Ranker Video

44
8 6
Ranker Video
No One Knows ALT Rank: 77

Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Musical Movies With the Best Songs

45
7 5
Ranker Video
Such Great Heights The Postal Service - ALT Rank: 18

46
6 4
Ranker Video
I Will Wait Mumford & Sons - ALT Rank: 76

47
6 4
Ranker Video
My Hero Foo Fighters - ALT Rank: 26

48
5 3
Ranker Video
Give It Away ALT Rank: 84

49
5 3
Ranker Video
Anything, Anything ALT Rank: 93

50
4 2
Ranker Video
The Space Between ALT Rank: 98 (this is not an alternative rock song)