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The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite alt rockers in 2019.

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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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music
The 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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Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk
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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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
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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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog
Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien. Radiohead released ...more
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Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop
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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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock
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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Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
Panic! at the Disco is an American band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and features the current lineup of vocalist and guitarist Brendon Urie and bassist Dallon Weekes, who are supported ...more
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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock
Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992 consisting of Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner. The line-up has changed three times since its formation ...more
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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave
The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning. Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. would complete the current line-up of the ...more
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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock
Arctic Monkeys are an English rock band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consists of Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O'Malley, and Matt Helders. Former band member ...more
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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
The Black Keys are an American rock duo formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements ...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
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) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion
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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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise
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) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music
The Cranberries are an Irish rock band who formed in Limerick in 1990. The band consists of vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler. ...more
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Muse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music
Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard. They are known for their energetic and ...more
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The Raconteurs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
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) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap
Beck Hansen, known by the stage name Beck, is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his lo-fi, sonically experimental style, ...more
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Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge
Sleater-Kinney is an American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington, in 1994. The band's current lineup features Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar) and Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals) ...more
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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. The initial lineup was rounded ...more
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The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop
The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983. Instrumentally, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their ...more
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The Wombats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
g.mckinn123 added Pop punk, Indie pop, New Wave
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
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Catfish and the Bottlemen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
g.mckinn123 added Catfish and the Bottlemen
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The Dandy Warhols is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Rock music, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia
The Dandy Warhols are an American rock band, formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1994 by singer-guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmström, who were joined by keyboardist Zia ...more
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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock
The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included Jimmy Chamberlin and D'arcy ...more