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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Nevermind, In Utero

2
476 231
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Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Gish

3
466 230
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Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

4
494 250
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The Bends, OK Computer, Pablo Honey

5
412 196
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Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

6
362 172
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Pinkerton, Weezer (The Blue Album)

7
393 195
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Bossanova, Trompe le Monde

8
368 181
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Dirt, Jar of Flies EP, Alice in Chains

9
365 192
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Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Monster

10
313 160
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Broken EP, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile

11
297 157
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Odelay, Mellow Gold, Mutations

12
312 172
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We?, No Need to Argue

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300 166
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Dirty, Washing Machine, Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star

14
285 180
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Ænima, Undertow, Opiate EP

15
249 158
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Ritual de lo Habitual

16
234 174
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Garbage, Version 2.0

17
207 167
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Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee

18
180 155
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Green Mind, Where You Been, Hand It Over

19
166 141
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Electriclarryland, Independent Worm Saloon, Piouhgd

20
172 168
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The Lonesome Crowded West, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About

21
139 127
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Repeater, Steady Diet of Nothing, In on the Kill Taker

22
199 202
Björk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Debut, Post, Homogenic

23
140 129
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Grave Dancers Union, Let Your Dim Light Shine, And the Horse They Rode In On

24
152 148
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The Soft Bulletin, Clouds Taste Metallic, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart

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154 152
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Loveless, Glider EP, Tremolo EP

26
163 165
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Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, World of Noise

27
129 123
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Superfuzz Bigmuff, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Piece of Cake

28
140 138
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To Bring You My Love, Rid of Me, Dry

29
121 114
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Short Bus, Title of Record

30
118 111
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Sweet Oblivion, Dust, Uncle Anesthesia

31
106 98
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Eight Arms to Hold You, American Thighs, Blow It out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt

32
130 130
Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Either/Or, XO, Elliott Smith

33
117 113
The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
It's a Shame About Ray, Car Button Cloth, Come on Feel the Lemonheads

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161 173
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Live Through This, Celebrity Skin, Pretty on the Inside

35
136 149
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In the Aeroplane over the Sea, On Avery Island

36
121 134
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Placebo, Without You I'm Nothing

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100 105
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Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart, Whitechocolatespaceegg

38
113 126
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Summer Teeth, Being There, A.M.

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83 108
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I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, Painful, Electr-O-Pura

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85 115
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Call the Doctor, Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock

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80 108
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Perfect From Now On, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, Keep It Like a Secret

42
73 99
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Diary, LP2 (The Pink Album), How It Feels to Be Something On

43
78 108
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Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Mag Earwhig!

44
70 98
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In/Casino/Out, Vaya EP, Acrobatic Tenement

45
72 102
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Souvlaki, Pygmalion, Just for a Day

46
76 110
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Pussy Whipped, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, Reject All American

47
67 96
Local H is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
As Good As Dead, Pack Up the Cats, Ham Fisted

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68 100
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Bakesale, Bubble and Scrape, Sebadoh III

49
74 111
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Come to Daddy EP, Richard D. James Album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92

50
78 118
Manic Street Preachers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
The Holy Bible, Everything Must Go, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours