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The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Updated January 22, 2020 4.5k votes 543 voters 19.5k views35 items

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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.

  • 1

    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. The group currently consists of Matthew "Matt" Shultz, Brad "Dave" Shultz, Jared Champion, Daniel "Tich"...  more
  • 2

    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 Turner (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Matt Helders (drums, vocals), Jamie Cook (guitar, keyboards) and...  more
  • 3


    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 Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), brothers Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other...  more
  • 4

    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 musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres...  more
  • 5

    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 Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording...  more
  • 6


    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 Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Dominic...  more
  • 7

    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 drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting dissolution of...  more
  • 8

    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 Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals). Mark Stoermer...  more
  • 9

    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 signed to Modular Recordings. The band rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of its debut album...  more
  • 10


    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 band has consisted of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell...  more
  • 11

    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 Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, guitar), D'arcy Wretzky (bass), James...  more
  • 12

    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 currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig,...  more
  • 13

    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. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, lap...  more
  • 14

    Catfish and the Bottlemen

  • 15


    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 singer-songwriter Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. The four-piece is completed by Chris 'Woody'...  more
  • 16

    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 childhood friends Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson. Since 2015, singer Urie has been...  more
  • 17

    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, formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who later recruited...  more
  • 18

    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 consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne "Wing" Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel...  more
  • 19


    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 currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering. Co-founder Kim Deal left in...  more
  • 20

    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 was formed in Detroit, Michigan, featuring four members known for other musical projects: Jack White,...  more
  • 21


    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 Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green. The band's debut album An Awesome Wave was released in May 2012...  more
  • 22

    The Cranberries

    Jangle pop, New Wave

    AlbumsEverybody 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

    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
  • 23

    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, musician, and record producer. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his experimental and lo-fi style,...  more
  • 24

    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 Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and...  more
  • 25


    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 Scottish musician and lead singer Shirley Manson and American musicians Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and...  more