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The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Updated January 22, 2020 4.2k votes 458 voters 15.8k views35 items

List RulesVote up your favorite alt rockers in 2019.

Updated: check out our list of the top 10 alternative rock bands of 2020!

Whether you like infectious guitar riffs or wry lyrics, the best alternative rock bands of 2019 have it all. The 2019 class of alt-rockers includes veteran acts, newcomers, and everyone in between. Some of the best alternative rock bands of 2019 have massive tours on the calendar while others are releasing highly anticipated new albums.

Everyone from Cage the Elephant to Pixies to Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are making an epic splash in 2019. Living legends like Beck and Weezer are also leaving their marks on the year with tours in North America and beyond.

Why You So Crazy (The Dandy Warhols), Seeing Other People (Foxygen), and a new record from Sleater-Kinney are just a few examples of awesome new albums from alt-rockers. Which alt-rock band do you think will own 2019? Vote your favorite 2019 alternative rockers up to the top of this list and add any artists we may have missed.

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  • 1
    Cage the Elephant
    160
    84

    Cage the Elephant

    Punk blues, Garage rock

    AlbumsThank You, Happy Birthday, Cage the Elephant, Melophobia, Ain't No Rest for the Wicked

    Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    Radiohead
    135
    66

    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music

    AlbumsKid A, OK Computer, The Bends, In Rainbows, Amnesiac

    Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Arctic Monkeys
    150
    80

    Arctic Monkeys

    Trip hop, Dance-punk

    AlbumsWhatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug, Suck It and See

    Arctic Monkeys is an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2002. The group consists of Alex... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    132
    67

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Alternative Rock, Funk Metal

    AlbumsCalifornication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium, Mother's Milk, By the Way

    Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    The Killers
    108
    53

    The Killers

    Pop punk, Synthpop

    AlbumsSam’s Town, Hot Fuss, Day & Age, Mr Brightside, Battle Born

    The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Muse
    116
    60

    Muse

    Alternative Rock, Electronica

    AlbumsOrigin of Symmetry, Absolution, The 2nd Law, Black Holes and Revelations, The Resistance

    Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Foo Fighters
    108
    56

    Foo Fighters

    Alternative rock, Post-grunge

    AlbumsWasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters, One by One, There Is Nothing Left to Lose

    Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    The Black Keys
    94
    44

    The Black Keys

    Blues-rock, Punk blues

    AlbumsRubber Factory, Attack & Release, Brothers, El Camino, The Big Come Up

    The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Weezer
    92
    43

    Weezer

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsPinkerton, Weezer, Weezer, Weezer, Raditude

    Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. Since 2001, the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Tame Impala
    110
    69

    Tame Impala

    Indie rock, Psychedelic pop

    AlbumsInnerspeaker, Lonerism, Tame Impala, Solitude Is Bliss, Sundown Syndrome

    Tame Impala is the psychedelic recording project of Kevin Parker, from Perth, Australia, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    The Smashing Pumpkins
    73
    40

    The Smashing Pumpkins

    Shoegazing, Gothic rock

    AlbumsSiamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Oceania, Gish, Adore

    The Smashing Pumpkins (or Smashing Pumpkins) are an American alternative rock band from... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Bastille
    77
    47

    Bastille

    Synthpop, Alternative rock

    AlbumsBad Blood, No One’s Here to Sleep, Remixed, Overjoyed, Bad Blood

    Bastille are an English indie rock band formed in 2010. They began as a solo project by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Vampire Weekend
    73
    45

    Vampire Weekend

    Indie rock, Baroque pop

    AlbumsVampire Weekend, Contra, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend, Mansard Roof

    Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    65
    39

    Catfish and the Bottlemen

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  • 15
    Queens of the Stone Age
    72
    47

    Queens of the Stone Age

    Rock music, Desert rock

    AlbumsSongs for the Deaf, Rated R, Lullabies to Paralyze, Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork

    Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band formed in 1996 in Palm Desert, California.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Alice in Chains
    66
    42

    Alice in Chains

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsDirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift, Jar of Flies, Black Gives Way to Blue

    Alice in Chains (often abbreviated as AIC) is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Imagine Dragons
    129
    109

    Imagine Dragons

    Alternative rock, Pop

    AlbumsNight Visions, Continued Silence EP, Night Visions Live, It's Time, It's Time Remixes

    Imagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Panic! at the Disco
    104
    84

    Panic! at the Disco

    Alternative rock, Pop punk

    AlbumsA Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, Vices & Virtues, Pretty. Odd.

    Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Pixies
    53
    42

    Pixies

    Experimental rock, Grunge

    AlbumsDoolittle, Surfer Rosa, Bossanova, Trompe le Monde, Come On Pilgrim

    The Pixies are an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    The Raconteurs
    53
    43

    The Raconteurs

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsBroken Boy Soldiers, Consolers of the Lonely, Steady, as She Goes, Zane Lowe BBC Session

    The Raconteurs, also known as The Saboteurs in Australia, are an American rock supergroup that... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Alt-J
    58
    49

    Alt-J

    Psychedelic folk, Experimental music

    AlbumsAn Awesome Wave, iTunes Session, Tessellate (Remixes), Dissolve Me (Remixes), Summer Remix

    alt-J is an English indie rock band formed in 2007 in Leeds, England, by Gwil Sainsbury, Joe... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Silversun Pickups
    40
    30

    Silversun Pickups

    Indie pop, Noise rock

    AlbumsSwoon, Carnavas, Neck of the Woods, Future Foe Scenarios, Well Thought Out Twinkles

    Silversun Pickups is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles that was formed in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Beck Hansen
    51
    43

    Beck Hansen

    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk

    AlbumsOdelay, Sea Change, Mutations, Guero, Mellow Gold

    Beck Hansen (born July 8, 1970), known mononymously as Beck, is an American singer-songwriter,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Garbage
    41
    32

    Garbage

    Pop music, Trip hop

    AlbumsGarbage, Version 2.0, Not Your Kind of People, Bleed Like Me, beautifulgarbage

    Garbage is an American rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1993. The band consists of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Arcade Fire
    49
    45

    Arcade Fire

    Indie Rock, Baroque Pop

    AlbumsFuneral, The Suburbs, Neon Bible, Reflektor, Christmas Album

    Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button