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
439 207
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Pearl Jam Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

3
444 213
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Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Gish

4
469 234
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Radiohead The Bends, OK Computer, Pablo Honey

5
382 177
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Soundgarden Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

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369 181
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Pixies Bossanova, Trompe le Monde

7
344 166
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Alice in Chains Dirt, Jar of Flies EP, Alice in Chains

8
332 166
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Weezer Pinkerton, Weezer (The Blue Album)

9
348 181
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R.E.M. Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Monster

10
298 146
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Nine Inch Nails Broken EP, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile

11
299 156
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
275 151
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Beck Odelay, Mellow Gold, Mutations

13
280 157
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Sonic Youth Dirty, Washing Machine, Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star

14
264 169
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Tool Ænima, Undertow, Opiate EP

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230 151
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Jane's Addiction Ritual de lo Habitual

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221 162
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Garbage Garbage, Version 2.0

17
190 158
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Pavement Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee

18
164 143
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Dinosaur Jr Green Mind, Where You Been, Hand It Over

19
152 132
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
132 118
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
188 189
Björk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Björk Debut, Post, Homogenic

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161 159
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Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About

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156 156
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Everclear Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, World of Noise

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144 141
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The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin, Clouds Taste Metallic, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart

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143 140
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My Bloody Valentine Loveless, Glider EP, Tremolo EP

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132 129
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PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love, Rid of Me, Dry

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126 122
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Fugazi Repeater, Steady Diet of Nothing, In on the Kill Taker

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107 101
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Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion, Dust, Uncle Anesthesia

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108 103
The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Hole Live Through This, Celebrity Skin, Pretty on the Inside

31
120 123
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

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96 92
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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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116 119
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Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Piece of Cake

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108 109
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Filter Short Bus, Title of Record

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129 138
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Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane over the Sea, On Avery Island

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116 124
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Placebo Placebo, Without You I'm Nothing

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93 98
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Liz Phair Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart, Whitechocolatespaceegg

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105 120
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Wilco Summer Teeth, Being There, A.M.

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78 107
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Sleater-Kinney Call the Doctor, Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock

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74 102
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Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, Painful, Electr-O-Pura

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71 101
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Guided by Voices Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Mag Earwhig!

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72 103
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Built to Spill Perfect From Now On, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, Keep It Like a Secret

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67 95
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Slowdive Souvlaki, Pygmalion, Just for a Day

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65 92
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Sunny Day Real Estate Diary, LP2 (The Pink Album), How It Feels to Be Something On

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71 104
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Bikini Kill Pussy Whipped, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, Reject All American

46
63 95
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At the Drive‐In In/Casino/Out, Vaya EP, Acrobatic Tenement

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58 88
Local H is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Local H As Good As Dead, Pack Up the Cats, Ham Fisted

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58 88
Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Mogwai Young Team, Come on Die Young

49
72 112
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
68 106
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