Best Alternative Albums of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Ok Computer - Radiohead Ok Computer - Radiohead

Good God, What is wrong with you people? Sure Linkin Park is great as an artist and Hybrid Theory is a great album but let's talk about quality here... Radiohead is the greatest alternative artist of all time and Ok Computer is the the Dark Side Of The Moon of The 90's. Not to mention the best album of the 90's.

Definitely my best album in a very long while.
Radiohead has been the best in transforming from what I was calling dirty alternative rock to dirty electronic-rock. That was just before their electronic turn, and sometimes I regret we don't get the OK computer sound on their new albums.

Find me a singer that can put more emotion in his voice. I have yet to find a single one.

I'm absolutely shocked...I expected Nevermind to be first on this list by far. Well, props to all the people who recognize how truly great this album is. Absolute perfection.

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2 Nevermind - Nirvana Nevermind - Nirvana

One of the best albums of all time, and definitely the best alternative album.

This is THE game changing Alternative album!

This album is amazing.

It is full of energy, mornfulness, and melody.

Kurt expressed so much in his music, with songs such as Lithium, Breed, Drain You, Polly, Come As You Are, In Bloom and SLTS this album defines alternative music!

Thank you to Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Butch Vig.

3 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

This is the best alternative album in the world

This album is epic! Should be first!

4 Demon Days - Gorillaz Demon Days - Gorillaz

My favorite album, Good songs, Good band, Good cover ;) especially Feel good inc

Love all the songs on this album! Especially Feel Good Inc and Dirty Harry!

5 In Rainbows - Radiohead In Rainbows - Radiohead

Radiohead in general is the obvious #1 choice here.

6 Siamese Dreams - The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dreams - The Smashing Pumpkins V 1 Comment
7 Ten - Pearl Jam Ten - Pearl Jam
8 A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay

This album along with the Bends by Radiohead should be number one. Kid A at a close second. Also where is Parachutes by Coldplay on this list? As you can probably tell Coldplay and Radiohead are my favorite bands. I love OK Computer but I find it to be overrated as the first half of the album is a lot better than the second half (I know, Lucky and No Surprises are good, but I have never understood the Tourist, Electioneering, and Climbing up the Walls). But going back to AROBTH, this album is great from start to finish. It starts with probably my favorite song, Politik, that's loud and has emotional piano from beginning to end, to one of my favorite ballads of all time "Amsterdam" at the end. People need to stop giving Coldplay crap and realize that they are a great band that doesn't just make pop music. They make music that actually has substance more than all of the pop artists. Just because they get more recognition than other Alt. Bands doesn't mean that they write meaningless pop ...more

Should be number 1! Best album ever. Every sing song is a true masterpiece! Clocks, politik, amsterdam, a whisper, etc all show the true versatility of the band in that they can make each and every song unique but equally as beautiful. They show their true talent in this one! This album is filled with different emotions and with every album of coldplay's, they are giving the listener's their heart and soul. It's clear that the band gave us their heart and soul in this album especially! It is just wonderful.

9 In Absentia - Porcupine Tree In Absentia - Porcupine Tree
10 Resistance - Muse Resistance - Muse

There is not a better band out there, other than muse! The emotion behind this album is amazing! Truly a work of art.

How the hell is a PEARL (crap) JAM album better than the Resistance.?

The Contenders

11 Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
12 We're Here Because We're Here - Anathema We're Here Because We're Here - Anathema
13 Dirt - Alice In Chains Dirt - Alice In Chains

People don't how much energy and soul that Layne put into signing every song off this album. When you have songs like down in a hole, rain when I die, them bones, sick man, rooster, and would? All on the same album you know you did something right. Not too mention how much chemistry developed between mike and jerry to develop such great instrumentals. - rautera

I don't think AIC as alternative. They're more Metal. So does LP and RATM they're just rap rock. Alternative rock is like Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Radiohead etc..

14 Origin of Symmetry - Muse Origin of Symmetry - Muse

My personal ranking :

1. Origin of Symmetry (Muse)
2. Kid A (Radiohead)
3. OK Computer (Radiohead)
4. Absolution (Muse)
5. A Rush of Blood to the Head (Coldplay)

15 The Queen is Dead - The Smiths The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
16 The Bends - Radiohead The Bends - Radiohead V 1 Comment
17 Superunknown - Soundgarden Superunknown - Soundgarden
18 Weather Systems - Anathema Weather Systems - Anathema
19 Doolittle - Pixies Doolittle - Pixies
20 American Idiot - Green Day American Idiot - Green Day
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Top Remixes (7)

1. In Absentia - Porcupine Tree
2. Ok Computer - Radiohead
3. We're Here Because We're Here - Anathema
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1. Nevermind - Nirvana
2. Superunknown - Soundgarden
3. Ten - Pearl Jam
rautera
1. Ok Computer - Radiohead
2. Stupid Dream - Porcupine Tree
3. Nevermind - Nirvana
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