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The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked  

Coley Reed
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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
Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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

Labels: Relentless Records, Jive Records, RCA Records

Career Began: Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States of America

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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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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

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

Career Began: Abingdon, United Kingdom

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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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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

Career Began: Sheffield, United Kingdom

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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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Alternative Rock, Funk Metal

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

Career Began: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Alternative rock, Post-grunge

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

Career Began: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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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Muse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Alternative Rock, Electronica

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

Career Began: Teignmouth, United Kingdom

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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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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

Labels: Vertigo Records, Island Records, Marrakesh Records

Career Began: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

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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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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

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

Career Began: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

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) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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

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

Career Began: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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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Catfish and the Bottleme... is listed (or ranked) 10 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

Nationality: yes

Labels: good

Career Began: crawley

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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Indie rock, Baroque pop

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

Labels: DGC Records, XL Recordings

Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America

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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Bastille is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Synthpop, Alternative rock

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

Labels: EMI, Virgin Records

Career Began: Greater London, United Kingdom

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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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Alternative rock, Pop

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

Labels: Interscope Records

Career Began: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

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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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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

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

Career Began: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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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Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Alternative rock, Pop punk, Emo

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

Career Began: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

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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Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Indie rock, Psychedelic pop

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

Labels: Modular Recordings

Career Began: Perth, Australia

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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Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Indie Rock, Baroque Pop

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

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

Career Began: Montreal, Canada

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

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

Career Began: Palm Desert, California, United States of America

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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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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

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

Career Began: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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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Alt-J is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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

Labels: Infectious Records

Career Began: Leeds, United Kingdom

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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The Raconteurs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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

Career Began: Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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

Nationality: United States of America

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

Career Began: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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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Silversun Pickups is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing

Albums: Swoon, Carnavas, Neck of the Woods, Future Foe Scenarios, Well Thought Out Twinkles, + more

Labels: Dangerbird Records

Career Began: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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 ...more
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The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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

Career Began: Limerick, Republic of Ireland

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
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The Wombats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
g.mckinn123 added
Pop punk, Indie pop, New Wave

Albums: The Wombats, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, Girls, Boys & Marsupials, + more

Nationality: really good acc fucking banging, saw them at reading fest and met will from fucking crawley had a whale of a trime defi

Labels: 14th Floor Records, Bright Antenna

Career Began: Liverpool, United Kingdom

The Wombats are an English indie rock band formed in Liverpool. The band comprises native Liverpudlians Matthew Murphy, Daniel Haggis and Norwegian-born Tord Øverland Knudsen. The band is ...more