Musicians 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
487 239
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Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Gish

3
509 256
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The Bends, OK Computer, Pablo Honey

4
477 235
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Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

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417 202
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Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

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370 175
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Pinkerton, Weezer (The Blue Album)

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402 199
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Bossanova, Trompe le Monde

8
378 186
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Dirt, Jar of Flies EP, Alice in Chains

9
372 199
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Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Monster

10
319 166
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Broken EP, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile

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312 170
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Dirty, Washing Machine, Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star

12
304 164
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Odelay, Mellow Gold, Mutations

13
316 180
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 13 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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297 186
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Ænima, Undertow, Opiate EP

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258 161
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Ritual de lo Habitual

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240 181
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Garbage, Version 2.0

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212 173
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Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee

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186 159
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Green Mind, Where You Been, Hand It Over

19
172 145
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Electriclarryland, Independent Worm Saloon, Piouhgd

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179 171
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The Lonesome Crowded West, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About

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205 206
Björk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Debut, Post, Homogenic

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158 150
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The Soft Bulletin, Clouds Taste Metallic, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart

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143 133
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Repeater, Steady Diet of Nothing, In on the Kill Taker

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159 155
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Loveless, Glider EP, Tremolo EP

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147 140
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To Bring You My Love, Rid of Me, Dry

26
143 135
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 26 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

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133 124
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Superfuzz Bigmuff, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Piece of Cake

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164 168
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Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, World of Noise

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122 116
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Short Bus, Title of Record

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119 113
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Sweet Oblivion, Dust, Uncle Anesthesia

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120 115
The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 31 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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132 133
Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Either/Or, XO, Elliott Smith

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107 101
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Eight Arms to Hold You, American Thighs, Blow It out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt

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163 178
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Live Through This, Celebrity Skin, Pretty on the Inside

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140 150
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In the Aeroplane over the Sea, On Avery Island

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103 107
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Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart, Whitechocolatespaceegg

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123 137
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Placebo, Without You I'm Nothing

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115 129
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Summer Teeth, Being There, A.M.

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86 111
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I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, Painful, Electr-O-Pura

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83 111
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Perfect From Now On, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, Keep It Like a Secret

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74 99
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In/Casino/Out, Vaya EP, Acrobatic Tenement

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85 117
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Call the Doctor, Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock

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80 110
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Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Mag Earwhig!

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75 103
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Souvlaki, Pygmalion, Just for a Day

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73 101
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Diary, LP2 (The Pink Album), How It Feels to Be Something On

46
82 119
Manic Street Preachers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
The Holy Bible, Everything Must Go, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

47
78 113
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Come to Daddy EP, Richard D. James Album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92

48
68 98
Local H is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
As Good As Dead, Pack Up the Cats, Ham Fisted

49
67 97
Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Young Team, Come on Die Young

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76 112
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Pussy Whipped, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, Reject All American