alternative music The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s  

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List Rules Please consider an artist's '90s work ONLY when voting (lucky Weezer.)

These 100 bands and artists' music helped define the "alternative" rock era of the '90s and influenced the next generation of indie rock this century.
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Nirvana Nevermind, In Utero

2
402 195
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Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Gish

3
433 216
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Radiohead The Bends, OK Computer, Pablo Honey

4
394 190
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Pearl Jam Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

5
349 161
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Soundgarden Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

6
335 162
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Pixies Bossanova, Trompe le Monde

7
303 146
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Weezer Pinkerton, Weezer (The Blue Album)

8
321 161
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R.E.M. Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Monster

9
300 154
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Alice in Chains Dirt, Jar of Flies EP, Alice in Chains

10
273 141
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
The Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We?, No Need to Argue

11
265 135
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Nine Inch Nails Broken EP, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile

12
256 143
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Sonic Youth Dirty, Washing Machine, Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star

13
247 136
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Beck Odelay, Mellow Gold, Mutations

14
234 154
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Tool Ænima, Undertow, Opiate EP

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15
209 140
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Garbage Garbage, Version 2.0

16
200 140
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Jane's Addiction Ritual de lo Habitual

17
174 143
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Pavement Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee

18
146 132
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Dinosaur Jr Green Mind, Where You Been, Hand It Over

19
135 120
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Butthole Surfers Electriclarryland, Independent Worm Saloon, Piouhgd

20
117 104
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Soul Asylum Grave Dancers Union, Let Your Dim Light Shine, And the Horse They Rode In On

21
144 139
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Everclear Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, World of Noise

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22
169 172
Björk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Björk Debut, Post, Homogenic

23
145 144
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Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About

24
131 129
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The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin, Clouds Taste Metallic, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart

25
127 125
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My Bloody Valentine Loveless, Glider EP, Tremolo EP

26
139 141
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Hole Live Through This, Celebrity Skin, Pretty on the Inside

27
114 112
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Fugazi Repeater, Steady Diet of Nothing, In on the Kill Taker

28
119 119
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PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love, Rid of Me, Dry

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29
107 107
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Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Piece of Cake

30
89 84
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Liz Phair Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart, Whitechocolatespaceegg

31
108 110
Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Elliott Smith Either/Or, XO, Elliott Smith

32
92 93
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Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion, Dust, Uncle Anesthesia

33
92 95
The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
The Lemonheads It's a Shame About Ray, Car Button Cloth, Come on Feel the Lemonheads

34
83 83
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Veruca Salt Eight Arms to Hold You, American Thighs, Blow It out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt

35
112 126
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Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane over the Sea, On Avery Island

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36
98 108
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Wilco Summer Teeth, Being There, A.M.

37
92 100
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Filter Short Bus, Title of Record

38
105 118
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Placebo Placebo, Without You I'm Nothing

39
68 91
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Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, Painful, Electr-O-Pura

40
68 91
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Bikini Kill Pussy Whipped, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, Reject All American

41
66 89
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Guided by Voices Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Mag Earwhig!

42
69 98
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Sleater-Kinney Call the Doctor, Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock

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43
53 76
Local H is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Local H As Good As Dead, Pack Up the Cats, Ham Fisted

44
59 87
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Slowdive Souvlaki, Pygmalion, Just for a Day

45
68 102
Manic Street Preachers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible, Everything Must Go, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

46
63 94
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Built to Spill Perfect From Now On, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, Keep It Like a Secret

47
47 70
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Sugar Copper Blue, File Under: Easy Listening, Beaster EP

48
62 95
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Aphex Twin Come to Daddy EP, Richard D. James Album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92

49
55 85
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Sunny Day Real Estate Diary, LP2 (The Pink Album), How It Feels to Be Something On

50
51 79
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The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen, Congregation, Black Love