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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
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Bossanova, Trompe le Monde
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Ten, Vs., Vitalogy
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Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Gish
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The Bends, OK Computer, Pablo Honey
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Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside
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Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Monster
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Dirt, Jar of Flies EP, Alice in Chains
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Pinkerton, Weezer (The Blue Album)
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Dirty, Washing Machine, Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star
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Broken EP, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile
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Odelay, Mellow Gold, Mutations
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Ritual de lo Habitual
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The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Ænima, Undertow, Opiate EP
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Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee
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Green Mind, Where You Been, Hand It Over
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Garbage, Version 2.0
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Repeater, Steady Diet of Nothing, In on the Kill Taker
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Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Electriclarryland, Independent Worm Saloon, Piouhgd
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To Bring You My Love, Rid of Me, Dry
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The Soft Bulletin, Clouds Taste Metallic, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart
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Loveless, Glider EP, Tremolo EP
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The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Either/Or, XO, Elliott Smith