Best Alternative Bands of the '90s

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Here is a list of bands that I am putting in my files. I want to collect their songs, the songs, that became a hit during the boom of alternative rock up until the time when hybrid hardcore flourished. If there's something that's missing from this list you are welcome to add them.

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1NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

Nirvana is the band responsible for making grunge music popular. A great band.

The best grunge band, and one of the best bands.

Nirvana didn't make grunge, they just made it popular and better. Too bad kurt cobains dead...

2Smashing Pumpkins

One of the best alternative band in the 90's - firstplace

The only bands that really mattered in the 90s, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana.

A classic great alternative rock band.

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3Radiohead

This band are truly amazing. Ok Computer is one of the best albums of all time. Amazing band.

4Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Red Hot Chili Peppers is a Californian funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.V3 Comments
5Green DayGreen Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar). Green Day are associated with punk rock and alternative rock. Some of their influences include The ...read more.

Just one of the oldest bands. They started back in mid 90s but they're still around and still producing hits - firstplace

They were the only band at the time keeping punk rock alive. Say what you want, they're still punk.

There early Music is much better than there American Idiot album.

6Oasis

Champagne Supernova is probably the best song from the 90's. Noel Gallagher is one of the best song writers of all time, especially during this time.

People say they ripped off The Beatles. But they are a great talented band.

7Pearl JamPearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.

Eddie Vedder had amazing vocals, Mike McCready had fantastic solos, and Jeff Ament wrote the best music. Love Jeremy and Alive.

8Soundgarden

With tracks like "Rusty Cage" and "Jesus Christ Pose" (and a less known but incredible track "Room a Thousand Years Wide", I can't see how Soundgarden could be left off this list, and be below Pearl Jam for that matter... Just saying!

9Alice In Chains

Foo fighter is a term used by World War II pilots to identify UFOs.

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10Third Eye Blind

One of the best bands of the 90' and still one of the greatest vocals I have ever heard. Plus Stephen Jenkins was amazing, I wonder where he is now. - firstplace

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11U2

One of the oldest still rocking band - firstplace

12Weezer

I still think this should be way higher as the made the face of alternative you would never hear them in the radio as they were alternative like the meaning

They have a great debut album they also have some good later music.

Should be at #2 right below nirvana a great band

Should be higher! Should be Number ONE!

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13Foo FightersFoo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of obviously Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, songwriter), Pat Smear (lead guitarist, pianist), Nate Mendel ...read more.

Foo fighter is a term used by World War II pilots to identify UFOs. And the name of the band is Foo Fighters, it's plural. They are definitely one of my Favorite bands. Founded in 1994 by Dave Grohl, they're not one of the oldest.

One of the oldest, I still wonder about the meaning of their name. I guess it was taken from one of the controversial files I think from area 51. I am not sure. - firstplace

One of the few 90s alternative rock bands that still make great music today.

14Deftones

One of the most misunderstood bands, I think because their song isn't really the kind which you will get to like when you first hear it, you have to listen to their songs twice or thrice before you get to like it. And the lyrics is very poetic. But I just put them on the 9th because although they are my favorite, they still are young. - firstplace

They aren't alternative. They fall under the category of alternative metal, but that's a subgenre of metal. Not alternative

Deftones are pioneers of alternative metal, they revolutionized the genre.

15Stone Temple Pilots
16The Offspring
17New Radicals

I am putting this band on my list because simply they are good, too bad they disbanded too early, I had their album before and I think all of the songs there was good. - firstplace

18Nine Inch NailsV1 Comment
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I like the style. - firstplace

20No Doubt

The old style of No Doubt, when you hear the song spiderweb, and sunday morning, it brings you back to the old days, it has 90's all over it. - firstplace

Great Band, one many acts in the current Pop and Rock scene are badly copying from, Gwen and the Gang did that in the 90�'s.

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1. Nirvana
2. U2
3. Green Day
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1. Nirvana
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Oasis
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1. Pearl Jam
2. Soundgarden
3. Smashing Pumpkins
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