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The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked 

Coley Reed
Updated January 22, 2020 1.8k votes 313 voters 9.8k views 35 items

List Rules 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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Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Thank You, Happy Birthday, Cage the Elephant, Melophobia, Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, + more

Labels: Relentless Records, Jive Records, RCA Records

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 ...more
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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium, Mother's Milk, By the Way, + more

Labels: Warner Music Group, EMI, Warner Bros. Records, EMI Records

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 ...more
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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug, Suck It and See, + more

Labels: EMI, Warner Bros. Records, Domino Recording Company

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) ...more
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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends, In Rainbows, Amnesiac, + more

Labels: Parlophone, TBD Records, XL Recordings, Capitol Records

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, ...more
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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters, One by One, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, + more

Labels: RCA, RCA Records, Capitol Records

Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting ...more
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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Sam’s Town, Hot Fuss, Day & Age, Mr Brightside, Battle Born, + more

Labels: Vertigo Records, Island Records, Marrakesh Records

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
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Muse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Origin of Symmetry, Absolution, The 2nd Law, Black Holes and Revelations, The Resistance, + more

Labels: Mushroom Records, Dangerous Records, Taste Media, Helium-3, Warner Bros. Records

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 ...more
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Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, Vices & Virtues, Pretty. Odd., + more

Labels: Fueled by Ramen, Atlantic Records, Decaydance

Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson. Since 2015, singer Urie has ...more
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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Night Visions, Continued Silence EP, Night Visions Live, It's Time, It's Time Remixes, + more

Labels: Interscope Records

Imagine Dragons is 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 ...more
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Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Innerspeaker, Lonerism, Tame Impala, Solitude Is Bliss, Sundown Syndrome, + more

Labels: Modular Recordings

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
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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Rubber Factory, Attack & Release, Brothers, El Camino, The Big Come Up, + more

Labels: V2 Records, Fat Possum Records, Alive Naturalsound Records, Nonesuch Records

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, ...more
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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Pinkerton, Weezer, Weezer, Weezer, Raditude, + more

Labels: Epitaph Records, Geffen Records, DGC Records, Universal Music Group, Interscope Records

Weezer is 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), Brian ...more
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Bastille is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Bad Blood, No One’s Here to Sleep, Remixed, Overjoyed, Bad Blood, + more

Labels: EMI, Virgin Records

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 ...more
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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Vampire Weekend, Contra, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend, Mansard Roof, + more

Labels: DGC Records, XL Recordings

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
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Catfish and the Bottleme... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
g.mckinn123 added Catfish and the Bottlemen

Albums: real good you should check them out but fuck balance

Labels: good

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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Oceania, Gish, Adore, + more

Labels: Hut Records, Constantinople Records, Reprise Records, Caroline Records, Virgin Records

The Smashing Pumpkins (or 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), ...more
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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Dirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift, Jar of Flies, Black Gives Way to Blue, + more

Labels: Columbia, EMI Records, Virgin Records, Capitol Records

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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Queens of the Stone Age ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Songs for the Deaf, Rated R, Lullabies to Paralyze, Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork, + more

Labels: Matador Records, Rekords Rekords, Universal Music Group, Interscope Records

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, ...more
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Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Funeral, The Suburbs, Neon Bible, Reflektor, Christmas Album, + more

Labels: Merge Records, Mercury, Rough Trade Records, City Slang

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 ...more
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The Raconteurs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Broken Boy Soldiers, Consolers of the Lonely, Steady, as She Goes, Zane Lowe BBC Session, + more

Labels: Third Man Records, V2 Records, XL Recordings, Warner Bros. Records

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 ...more
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Alt-J is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: An Awesome Wave, iTunes Session, Tessellate (Remixes), Dissolve Me (Remixes), Summer Remix, + more

Labels: Infectious Records

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 ...more
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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Genre: Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk & Country rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Odelay, Sea Change, Mutations, Guero, Mellow Gold, + more

Labels: Geffen Records, DGC Records, Bong Load Custom Records, XL Recordings, Interscope Records

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 ...more
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Bring Me The Horizon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Count Your Blessings, Suicide Season, There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret, + more

Labels: Shock Records, Visible Noise, Thirty Days of Night Records, Epitaph Records, Earache Records, + more

Bring Me the Horizon are a British metalcore band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2003, the group currently consists of lead vocalist Oliver Sykes, lead guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt ...more
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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Doolittle, Surfer Rosa, Bossanova, Trompe le Monde, Come On Pilgrim, + more

Labels: Cooking Vinyl, 4AD, Artemis Records, spinART Records, Elektra Records

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 ...more
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The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? / No Need to Argue, Bury the Hatchet, + more

Labels: Cooking Vinyl, Island Records, Downtown Records, Universal Music Group, Interscope Records

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 ...more