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
399 186
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Soundgarden Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

3
452 223
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Pearl Jam Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

4
457 227
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Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Gish

5
480 246
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Radiohead The Bends, OK Computer, Pablo Honey

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385 190
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Pixies Bossanova, Trompe le Monde

7
356 176
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Alice in Chains Dirt, Jar of Flies EP, Alice in Chains

8
348 171
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Weezer Pinkerton, Weezer (The Blue Album)

9
358 187
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R.E.M. Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Monster

10
304 156
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Nine Inch Nails Broken EP, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile

11
306 168
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
286 155
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Beck Odelay, Mellow Gold, Mutations

13
291 162
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Sonic Youth Dirty, Washing Machine, Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star

14
276 176
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Tool Ænima, Undertow, Opiate EP

15
242 154
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Jane's Addiction Ritual de lo Habitual

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228 170
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Garbage Garbage, Version 2.0

17
199 163
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Pavement Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee

18
174 152
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Dinosaur Jr Green Mind, Where You Been, Hand It Over

19
160 137
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
196 197
Björk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Björk Debut, Post, Homogenic

21
137 124
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
170 165
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Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About

23
150 148
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My Bloody Valentine Loveless, Glider EP, Tremolo EP

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160 162
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Everclear Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, World of Noise

25
148 145
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The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin, Clouds Taste Metallic, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart

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138 135
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PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love, Rid of Me, Dry

27
132 126
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Fugazi Repeater, Steady Diet of Nothing, In on the Kill Taker

28
114 110
The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 28 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

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117 112
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Filter Short Bus, Title of Record

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112 107
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Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion, Dust, Uncle Anesthesia

31
124 123
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Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Piece of Cake

32
125 128
Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Elliott Smith Either/Or, XO, Elliott Smith

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157 169
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Hole Live Through This, Celebrity Skin, Pretty on the Inside

34
100 96
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Veruca Salt Eight Arms to Hold You, American Thighs, Blow It out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt

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134 145
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Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane over the Sea, On Avery Island

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118 131
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Placebo Placebo, Without You I'm Nothing

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99 102
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Liz Phair Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart, Whitechocolatespaceegg

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111 124
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Wilco Summer Teeth, Being There, A.M.

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80 106
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Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, Painful, Electr-O-Pura

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72 99
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Slowdive Souvlaki, Pygmalion, Just for a Day

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78 106
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Built to Spill Perfect From Now On, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, Keep It Like a Secret

42
76 105
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Guided by Voices Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Mag Earwhig!

43
81 112
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Sleater-Kinney Call the Doctor, Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock

44
70 96
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Sunny Day Real Estate Diary, LP2 (The Pink Album), How It Feels to Be Something On

45
68 97
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At the Drive‐In In/Casino/Out, Vaya EP, Acrobatic Tenement

46
73 107
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Bikini Kill Pussy Whipped, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, Reject All American

47
63 92
Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Mogwai Young Team, Come on Die Young

48
72 108
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
76 115
Manic Street Preachers is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
64 94
Local H is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Local H As Good As Dead, Pack Up the Cats, Ham Fisted