Bands/Musicians The Best Alternative Bands/Artists  

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At the end of the 1980s, at the peak of glam rock and hair metal, a new genre began to emerge from the underground. Since it served as an option to the bloated sound of those genres that was all over the airwaves and MTV, it was aptly titled alternative rock. Over the years, alternative rock has become part of mainstream rock. But at its beginning, alt rock and all of the alternative artists were on the cutting edge of what was going on in response to those more commercial genres. The origins of the best alternative bands are in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and various college towns around the country.

So, who can be considered one of the top alternative bands, or even a good alternative band? Any list isn't complete without Husker Du and R.E.M., who represent the best college rock musicians. These alternative music bands had a huge impact on the alternative scene and influenced many, if not all alternative rock bands. Jane's Addiction can also be lumped into that category. Other popular alternative artists include Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Oasis, Blur and Smashing Pumpkins. These groups' legacy and impact on alternative music is indisputable and they continue to crank out the hits.

Who is on your top 100 alternative bands list? We know this list isn't 100 bands/artists long. . . we did that on purpose because we're alternative.

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what is the best alternative band. If you think an alternative artist or band isn't on here and should, feel free to add them to this list. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative musician ever?"
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3,381 1,740
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock
2
2,504 1,815
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
but chickens double d added Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog
3
2,739 1,675
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
CilasLee added Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music
4
1,791 1,394
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
5
2,614 1,579
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
but chickens double d added Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
6
2,039 1,239
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
FabianMariani added Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
7
1,559 1,238
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock
8
1,423 1,322
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
but chickens double d added Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock
9
1,520 973
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave
10
1,561 1,040
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
but chickens double d added Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock
11
1,795 1,005
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock
12
1,944 1,833
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop
13
1,374 695
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
FabianMariani added Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk
14
1,202 892
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise
15
2,041 1,309
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
RobDiLorenzo added Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock
16
1,373 876
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
muzziac added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
17
1,164 787
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
18
1,261 926
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock
19
1,086 758
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
but chickens double d added Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop
20
875 926
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock
21
1,733 1,096
Muse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
RobDiLorenzo added Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music
22
847 786
Sublime is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
but chickens double d added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
23
1,177 743
Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk
24
963 741
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
but chickens double d added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
25
1,037 690
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Bands/Artists
FabianMariani added Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock