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The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

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Vote 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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  • The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording ...more
  • Muse
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    Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Dominic ...more
  • The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals). Mark Stoermer ...more
  • Foo Fighters are an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1994. The band was founded by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana ...more
  • Radiohead
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    Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), brothers Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other ...more
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres ...more
  • Arctic Monkeys is an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2002. The group consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Matt Helders (drums, vocals), Jamie Cook (guitar, keyboards) and ...more
  • The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, guitar), D'arcy Wretzky (bass), James Iha (guitar), and Jimmy ...more
  • Weezer
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    Weezer are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1992. Since 2001, the band has consisted of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums, ...more
  • Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006. The group currently consists of Matthew "Matt" Shultz, Brad "Dave" Shultz, Jared Champion, Daniel "Tich" ...more
  • Tame Impala is the psychedelic recording project of Kevin Parker, from Perth, Australia, and signed to Modular Recordings. The band rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of its debut album ...more
  • Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, ...more
  • Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band formed in 1996 in Palm Desert, California. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, lap ...more
  • Panic! at the Disco is the solo project of American musician Brendon Urie. It was originally a pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer ...more
  • Alice in Chains (often abbreviated as AIC) is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who later recruited ...more
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  • Imagine Dragons are an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne "Wing" Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel ...more
  • The Cranberries were an Irish rock band formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989 by lead singer Niall Quinn, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler. Quinn was replaced as lead ...more
  • Bastille
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    Bastille are an English indie rock band formed in 2010. They began as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. The four-piece is completed by Chris 'Woody' ...more
  • Pixies
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    The Pixies are an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering. Co-founder Kim Deal left in ...more
  • Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and ...more
  • Silversun Pickups is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles that was formed in 2000. The band is composed of Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Christopher Guanlao, and Joe Lester. The band ...more
  • The Raconteurs, also known as The Saboteurs in Australia, are an American rock supergroup that was formed in Detroit, Michigan, featuring four members known for other musical projects: Jack White, ...more
  • Alt-J
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    alt-J is an English indie rock band formed in 2007 in Leeds, England, by Gwil Sainsbury, Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green. The band's debut album An Awesome Wave was released in May 2012 ...more
  • Beck Hansen (born July 8, 1970), known mononymously as Beck, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his experimental and lo-fi style, ...more