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The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2020, Ranked

Updated March 11, 2020 3.2k votes 326 voters 10.2k views30 items

List RulesVote up your favorite alt rockers in 2020.

Whether you like infectious guitar riffs or wry lyrics, the best alternative rock bands of 2020 have it all. The 2020 class of alt-rockers includes veteran acts, newcomers, and everyone in between. Some of the best alternative rock bands of 2020 have massive tours on the calendar while others, like Evanescence, are releasing highly anticipated new albums.

Everyone from the Foo Fighters to the Killers, and Maroon 5 to Imagine Dragons are making an epic splash in 2020. Living legends like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, and Weezer are also leaving their marks on the year with new music, as well as tours in North America and beyond. 

Which alt-rock band do you think will own 2020? Vote your favorite 2020 alternative rockers up to the top of this list and add any artists we may have missed.

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    Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 and consists of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. They put out two self-released albums, Twenty One Pilots in...  more
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    Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of the band's career, they have been a trio with drummer Tré...  more
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    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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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, lead...  more
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    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
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    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 1975 is an English indie rock band formed in Manchester. The group consists of Matthew Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel, and Ross MacDonald. They have released four EPs, while their self-titled...  more
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    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
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    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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    Deftones is an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. It was formed in 1988 by Chino Moreno (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Stephen Carpenter (lead guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums)...  more
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    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 Kean,...  more
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    OneRepublic is an American pop rock band from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by Ryan Tedder and Zach Filkins, the band achieved commercial success on Myspace as an unsigned act. In late...  more
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    Evanescence ( E(E)V-ə-NESS-ənss) is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1995 by singer and pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. After recording independent albums, the band...  more
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    Grouplove is an American indie rock band that formed in 2009 by Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi, Sean Gadd, Andrew Wessen, and Ryan Rabin. Ryan Rabin produced their debut EP which was originally...  more
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    The Pretty Reckless is an American rock band from New York City. The current members are Taylor Momsen, Ben Phillips, Mark Damon and Jamie Perkins. Their debut album, Light Me Up, was released on...  more
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    Haim is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band consists of sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, and drummer Dash Hutton. The group's pop sound on their studio work stands...  more
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    The Airborne Toxic Event is an American indie band from Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. It consists of Mikel Jollett (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steven Chen (guitar, keyboards), Adrian Rodriguez...  more
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    Kasabian ( kə-SAY-bee-ən) are an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. The band's original members were vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, guitarist Chris Karloff,...  more
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    Twin Atlantic

    Twin Atlantic are a rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. The band is composed of Sam McTrusty, Barry McKenna, Ross McNae and Craig Kneale. They have released three albums: Vivarium, Free and Great...  more
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    Pvris (pronounced "Paris" and stylized as PVRIS) is an American rock band from Lowell, Massachusetts, formed by members Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski, and Brian MacDonald. The band formed originally under...  more
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    Echosmith is an American rock and indie pop band formed in February 2009 from Toluca Lake, Los Angeles. The band is composed of four siblings: Graham, Sydney, Noah, and Jamie Sierota. Echosmith...  more
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    Angels & Airwaves (stylized and abbreviated as ΛVΛ) is an American rock group, featuring Tom DeLonge (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass guitar), David Kennedy (guitars, keyboards), and Ilan Rubin...  more
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