The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s

Over 4.3K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Alternative & Indie Bands of the 1990s
Voting 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.
Most divisive: Hole
Ranked by
  • Nirvana
    1,302 votes
    Nevermind, In Utero
  • Radiohead
    1,246 votes
    The Bends, OK Computer, Pablo Honey
  • Smashing Pumpkins
    1,140 votes
    Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Gish
  • Pearl Jam
    1,094 votes
    Ten, Vs., Vitalogy
  • Soundgarden
    935 votes
    Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside
  • R.E.M.
    943 votes
    Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Monster