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

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2
291 129
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Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Gish

3
312 144
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Radiohead The Bends, OK Computer, Pablo Honey

4
240 103
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Soundgarden Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

5
282 130
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Pearl Jam Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

6
238 112
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R.E.M. Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Monster

7
221 103
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Alice in Chains Dirt, Jar of Flies EP, Alice in Chains

8
200 89
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Nine Inch Nails Broken EP, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile

9
241 118
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Pixies Bossanova, Trompe le Monde

10
214 100
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Weezer Pinkerton, Weezer (The Blue Album)

11
190 102
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Sonic Youth Dirty, Washing Machine, Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star

12
179 96
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Beck Odelay, Mellow Gold, Mutations

13
185 103
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
159 105
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Tool Ænima, Undertow, Opiate EP

15
146 104
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Garbage Garbage, Version 2.0

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16
139 101
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Jane's Addiction Ritual de lo Habitual

17
102 75
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Butthole Surfers Electriclarryland, Independent Worm Saloon, Piouhgd

18
122 99
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Pavement Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee

19
132 117
Björk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Björk Debut, Post, Homogenic

20
100 85
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Dinosaur Jr Green Mind, Where You Been, Hand It Over

21
102 92
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The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin, Clouds Taste Metallic, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart

22
83 75
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Fugazi Repeater, Steady Diet of Nothing, In on the Kill Taker

23
101 97
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Everclear Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, World of Noise

24
104 101
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Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About

25
87 81
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PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love, Rid of Me, Dry

26
79 72
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
73 69
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Filter Short Bus, Title of Record

28
76 73
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Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Piece of Cake

29
94 96
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Hole Live Through This, Celebrity Skin, Pretty on the Inside

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30
89 90
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My Bloody Valentine Loveless, Glider EP, Tremolo EP

31
79 82
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Placebo Placebo, Without You I'm Nothing

32
63 62
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Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion, Dust, Uncle Anesthesia

33
56 56
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Veruca Salt Eight Arms to Hold You, American Thighs, Blow It out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt

34
71 76
Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Elliott Smith Either/Or, XO, Elliott Smith

35
78 86
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Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane over the Sea, On Avery Island

36
60 63
The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
68 78
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Wilco Summer Teeth, Being There, A.M.

38
49 59
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Liz Phair Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart, Whitechocolatespaceegg

39
49 60
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Bikini Kill Pussy Whipped, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, Reject All American

40
44 59
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Guided by Voices Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Mag Earwhig!

41
50 68
Manic Street Preachers is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
50 69
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Sleater-Kinney Call the Doctor, Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock

43
42 57
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Sunny Day Real Estate Diary, LP2 (The Pink Album), How It Feels to Be Something On

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44
45 62
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Built to Spill Perfect From Now On, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, Keep It Like a Secret

45
34 48
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Urge Overkill Saturation, Exit the Dragon, The Supersonic Storybook

46
34 48
Local H is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Local H As Good As Dead, Pack Up the Cats, Ham Fisted

47
41 61
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Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Lazer Guided Melodies, Pure Phase

48
39 58
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At the Drive‐In In/Casino/Out, Vaya EP, Acrobatic Tenement

49
37 55
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The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen, Congregation, Black Love

50
43 65
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 50 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