Best Alternative Bands of All Time

The Top TenXW


Nirvana is clearly the best band ever!
Kurt Cobain is amazing!
They should be number one!

I really don't think Nirvana should be number 1. They are awesome and great musicians come on they had like 3 good albums

How the heck is Linkin Park possibly number 1? Nirvana is one of the greatest and more influential bands of all time, rated the 30th greatest musical act of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Linkin Park, although a good band, is absolutely nothing compared to Nirvana.

Why the hell is this after linkin park? They definitely deserve to be at the top spot.

You know your right

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2Linkin Park

Well linkin park has always been loved by people. All of their songs are great and famous. So they really deserve this spot. We all love you linkin park...

Linkin park, you have that power which I want in a music. I'm truly like all your songs...
I think you are a catalyst to the rock music, without you rock is incomplete.

Amazing band with the rare ability to expand and create genres.
They are not afraid to experiment, and they take pride in every song they write. Their popularity is well-deserved.

Seriously this doesn't deserve to be in top 2 spot, this should be somewhere below 15.

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3Green Day

Green Day is my entire life! When Green Day is over so is my life! That is how much I love their music!

Go listen to their song. Then come vote. GREEN DAY rules. If you know vh1, their favorite Band is vh1. Don't care what you think but GD IS AWESOME. Observe the pattern.
GOOD-o=GOD-o=GD. At every stage, it gets better. Their inspired by the ramones. They used to have another drummer for their 1st albums. Together, billie, tre and mike have formed the gods of alt and punk. Rock

Green Day on 4th? Seriously! I mean Linkin Park on 1st? Seriously, something is wrong! Green day should be no. 1!

Green Day is definitely awesome but Linkin Park deserves better..

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they are indeed the best! they have a huge range of songs! >><<
look at songs like don't panic, clocks, warning sign, the scientist, fix you, politik, life in technicolor, viva la vida, violet hill, strawberry swing, lovers in japan, green eyes, a message, trouble, in my place, shiver, speed of sound, sparks, high speed,... the list never ends... as their immortal talent... they are rightly the numero uno of alternative rock band of all time!

True that! This is the best band ever. I think I've listened to Viva la Vida about 100 times in the past couple of days! Incredible. Absolutely incredible! I think a lot of people agree! - 4daysbro

The best bands of all times are from england. Coldplay is one of them. You know? coldplay music helps you a lot. When you hear it you feel like a God. Songs like Yellow, The Scientist, trouble, Fix you, Viva La Vida, Lovers in Japan, Clocks, In my Place, Gravity, White Shadows, Square One, Sparks, Green Eyes, Violet hill, Shiver, etc.

The Best Song Of Theirs Is Speed Of Sound. Its Is So Much Of A Modern Music. Wish I Could Make Songs Like Those.

They have many good songs that makes me feel they are unbelievable!

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Radiohead are one of the best bands I've heard, I love all their music and the uniqueness of what they do. Awesome band

There utilization of sound is unparalleled. They feel a rhythm, set a mood, and construct lyrics accordingly. They are also continually inspired to experiment, leaving them ahead of the curve when compared to other bands in their cumbersome "genre".

RADIOHEAD, the BEST band in the world
HAIL TO RADIOHEAD! - jonnytielman

Great! Great! Great!

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6Red Hot Chili Peppers

These guys are one of the best bands around if you haven't heard Blood Sugar Sex Magik or Calfornication then you missing out on so much these guys got me into rock!

They're just like the alternative angel sent by the gods of rock..
They wave the sound just like moving the earth..

Not exactly funk not exactly alt rock, but wonderful nonetheless. Highly reccomend Blood Sugar Sex Magik and The Uplift Mof* Party plan. *= o - IknowAlotAboutMusic

Best bassist ( flea ) and best guitarist ( frusciante of course ) so for me they are second after nirvana!

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Muse is awesome. Nobody can beat them, no matter what anybody else says. In my own world and Muse is at the center of it! Muse deserves to be at the top of every alternative and rock chart out there. Or at least that's my opinion.

11th place?!?!... Silly public voting systems... Let the experts vote muse would be 1st

I first saw them at the grammys 2011 and I've been their biggest fan since. Search 'muse wembley' into youtube, you will be blown away!

HOW ARE THEY 7th! They have the GREATEST and CRAZIEST concerts, and their music is far more superb than the other bands!

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8Foo Fighters

In this day and age where music has to be "PRODUCED" into somewhat crappy air-able songs, this band stands head and shoulders above the rest. Every song on every CD sounds exactly the same at the live show. They are a group of musicians who have become masters of their craft. I went to see Skin and Bones in Seattle WA at the Key Arena and it was the BEST live show I have ever seen in my life to this day.

Foo Fighters its a band who has been playing since 1995, and since then they keep innovating, every album they made its absolutely well done, with lots of passion. I do really think that they are one of the best alternative bands ever

Oh my god! Foo Fighters are one of the most important bands ever in my opinion, hence the reason that they headline almost every music festival that they are invited to play at, and sold out Wembley Stadium at a concert! Nirvana were a shadow of a band but somehow got second! :O

20 years great songs and albums

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R.E.M. should be way higher than it is. I mean they nearly invented alternative rock

Is this a joke or something?! R.E.M. 31. They INVENTED alternative rock. People are just dumb and they don't know good music when they hear it. Honestly, R.E.M. should be number one, no question about it.

Awesome band. I don't know how they do it, but every song is like an ornament, so beautifully crafted and so detailed. Wonderful. - CrowdedChisel

For ever in my heart.

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10My Chemical Romance

FAVORITE BAND EVER! They sing about real problems and feelings, not just getting drunk and partying

My Chemical Romance is amazing! They are my favourite band ever. They always change it up, and their new album did it! It is like an amazing dystopian novel, and this is it in song form. Listen to it, you won't be disappointed.

My chemical romance is amazing. In ways more than a band as well, they save LIVES

One of the best bands I've listen to. They inspire me. They save lives. Their music, lyrics and stuffs are great.

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The Contenders


Any of the bands ranked above them in this poll would trade places with them in a second. Their unique sound, incredible music, and undeniable influence over time - musically and culturally - make U2 the giant of giants in this genre.

No one can compare to U2. No one can compare to their influence on rock music, and their epic albums.

Irish melody. Therapy? And Cranberries to follow.

Hands down best ever

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12Pearl Jam

20 years relevant... Um, come on ladies and gents. It can't even be argued that they should be out of the top 5. Large range of styles through the years as well. There is a PJ song out there for everyone...

I love Pearl Jam - Eddie Vedder uses his voice so well to convey the wonderful meaning in their songs, and they are good-hearted people and rock live! I vote them equal first with Linkin Park - they are my equal favourite bands in the world!

How is it possible that the likes of Evanescence, and Breaking Benjamin can be even thought of in the same sentence as Pearl Jam. Let alone rated higher, and I'm not even a big fan of Pearl Jam, but come on people. Pearl Jam is in the top 15 bands of all time. So they for sure deserve a rating higher then 16 for a genre they helped pioneer.

They're literally Pearl Jam, how are they below Coldplay?

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1330 Seconds To Mars

30 Seconds to Mars puts more heart and soul into their music than any band I have ever known. Each song, each lyric, each beat, every video is a carefully thought out process of ideas from the brain of one mr. Jared Leto. He cares what he puts his name on and if it isn't the best you won't see it or hear it. They have the most devout group of fans I have ever known and the band appreciates each and everyone of them. that is why they are the best.

I have many favorite band's. Paramore and Muse and Nirvana and I can list a lot, I'm a terrible music fan, but 30 Seconds to Mars are my favorite band for 4 years. I will always vote for them!

they are the best alternative band of 2011. Come on they should at least be at the top tens, at No. 3 cause they are way way better than radio head. Original is not the best way to describe them, they are angelical

The reason why I think 30 Seconds to Mars should be in top 3 is that every single song from the last 3 albums is amazing. Recording an album only with good songs is extremely difficult to achieve.

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14Three Days Grace

Best music I ever heard! love it, and listening it 24/7.
the lyrics that they right are so koewl! I have 4 albums of them and like them all four!

they should be more famous!

Simply Phenomenal, these guys give the listener exactly what he desires to hear, they are one of the rare bands whom are famous for more than one song (Pain, Animal I Have Become, Never Too Late, The Good Life)... Most of the other bands on this list are loved for a certain song only, and this is what makes 3DG distinguished! - DJZeezo

This band inspired me to start my musical career. There songs have so much feeling, Adam's voice is perfect. The rage shown in there songs is so inspiring. They are perfect. Name one song that they have made that's not amazing.

Best band ever

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15Arctic Monkeys

If you think the Arctic Monkeys don't deserve the number 1 spot, That's Where You're Wrong. You may ask 'Who are Arctic Monkeys? '. Well, Only Ones Who Know their music will really appreciate their greatness.

In 2004 they released their demo album 'Beneath The Boardwalk', and ever since, they have been building their style Brick By Brick, releasing five studio albums, all containing Mad Sounds. I've done some Brainstorming, and I can think of 505 reasons why they are the best band in the world. I won't write them all, otherwise I'd still be here When the Sun Goes Down. But I will tell you that I have A Certain Romance with their music.

The Bad Thing about this site is that nobody appreciates good music. Seriously, it's berserk. So Snap Out of It, and vote for the Arctic Monkeys! And if not, Do Me a Favour and Leave Before the Lights Come On.

Linkin Park at number 1? Bah! Humbug

39! ! Best Band Ever! Should be up there in the top 5!
'I bet you look good on the dancefloor' - Best Punk/Indie song ever!
Open your ears people and listen to them, best group of the 21st century!

48? really, when there are bands like Panic! at the disco above? Come on people get your act together and vote! These are the best band around at the min and Alex turner is simple a genius! Vote! vote! and vote again!

How is arctic monkeys 15? this band is classic!

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16Smashing Pumpkins

Lets see hear:
#1 Rap never had anything to do with alternative rock
#2 Grunge not alternative rock
#3 Punk rock not alternative rock
#4 Pop rock
#5 Finally an actual accurate entry
#6 Used to be Indie, now mainstream pop rock
#7 Punk rock
#8 Post Grunge/grunge
#9 Rap

What is wrong with you people. While all 9 of these might be good bands, only one of them is actually alternative rock, and they somehow made it into the top places.

The Smashing Pumpkins where here before almost all the other bands on this list and will be here after many are dead and gone. Their sound diversifies and changes with time, exploring alternative, metal, grunge, rock, hard rock, and rock opera. They have soul sinking ballads of depression, drug use and loss (Try Try Try, Tonight Tonight) and rage inducing rock numbers that make you want to scream and shout (Bullet With Butterfly Wings). The Smashing Pumpkins have never gotten the recognition that they should and it hurst to see them so low on this list.

Why are these below my chemical romance? What on earth is wrong with the world and the youth of today. Billy Corgan is a musical genius.

Aw man, a bunch of crap bands are at the top and smashing pumpkins only at 17? Billy Corgan makes metal sound good to me. That's quite the achievement.

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17The Killers

How?! How..?! HOW?! Did I mention "How? "? How the HELL are they so low down on the list? How are they only number 30? How did Linkin Park manage to get top spot yet the Killers are HERE? There must be an error, everybody I think you clicked the wrong vote button, just to clear everything- HERE IS THE KILLERS VOTE BUTTON, right there on the right.
There songs are amazing and have morals behind them which really get to your emotions, not forgetting covers such as Romeo ^^ Juliet (Dire Straits), Shadowplay (Joy Division) which they aced per usual. Need I say more? BRING THEM UP!

First off, calm down. You like the band, we got the idea. I really can't judge you since I never heard of them. Others may not have heard of them either. Secondly, don't force your opinion on other users. Just saying. - ladybug375

When You Were Young
Mr. Brightside
Sam's Town - toooooooooooooooomuch

The definided the glamorous indie rock and roll. Their songs are full of passion, originality and charisma. You care an love all the band mates Brandon Flowers (vocals, keyboard, ) Dave Keuning ( Guitar, backup vocals) Mark Stoermer ( Bass, backup vocals) and Ronnie Vanucci (Drums, persecution) unlike other bands that they care only for the singer. You'll see from Hot Fuss, Sam's Town, Day & Age to recent album Battle Born, how original, masterful, epic and how they band. A true band doesn't make the sound or turns into techno party ego's. A true band experiments different styles and makes songs to inspire generations.

- Ray Sierra, Juncos, Puerto Rico

A Killer Victim!

If you've ever asked your self,

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18Breaking Benjamin

If I could only listen to one band for the rest of my life, that band would be Breaking Benjamin, hands down, no contest, etc. My favorite songs (no particular order):
Dance with the Devil
Evil Angel
Until the End
I Will Not Bow
Give me a Sign
Blow me Away

what I say can nevr convince you all you can do is listen and be amazed by their music

unbelievable band, they are amazing man!, all their songs makes me happy- well not all songs from saturate except medicate and wish I may-. but the only bad thing that some times they use bad words, in some songs to all of them.

They changed my life... I can feel music now!

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19Fall Out Boy

They are one of my favorite bands of all time. Starting out in a small town in Chicago, they turned into a really great band. They have traveled to many places including Switzerland, Taiwan, Tokyo, California, and more. But sadly, they broke up in 2009 because of issues Pete Wentz had with the band. They are very original, and you can not get any closer to Alternative music that Fall Out Boy.

FOB has extremely amazing lyrics, and the sound of their songs are truly amazing. Andy Hurley is a fantastic drummer. Joe Trohman just rocks that guitar. Pete Wentz plays the bass fabulously, and Patrick Stump has one of the most spectacular voices in this world. The should definitely be on top. Fall Out Boy is my all time favorite band. End of Story.

When Patrick Stump doesn't sound whiney I like his voice. When he does, I hate his voice. Sadly he sounds whiney far too often.

This band has great music and great personality to match. They're all pretty funny guys, and really nice, despite what you see in the I Don't Care music video. And a warning for the haters: If you try to bad-mouth Patrick Stump on Twitter, he will polite you to death. And the youngbloods (Fall Out Boy fans) will cry out for your blood.
Fall Out Boy had me hooked the first time I heard Grand Theft Autumn/Where is Your Boy. Even if they break up, I will always support the music and the band members.
If you've only heard Centuries and Uma Thurman, you should check out some of their other songs. This really and truly is a legendary band that will go down in history. They'll be remembered for centuries

One of my favorite bands ever. Not anything like the crap they play on the radio now, they actually work to get their songs on the radio.

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20Imagine Dragons

I must say that I'm genuinely surprised that Imagine Dragons are this low on the list. They might not match up to bands like Nirvana, but Linkin Park at number one? Really? I love Linkin Park, but Imagine Dragons or me into alternative, and they are going to keep me in. Songs like "Demons, " "Ready, Aim, Fire, " and "Bleeding Out" are going to make history.

They are amazing! My friend showed me them a couple of weeks ago and ever since then they have been all I've listened to. My favorite songs from them are Amsterdam, Demons, and Its Time! They have so many amazing more like radioactive and on top but they're just some of the few <3 I'm going to a concert in march

OH MY GOSH THIS BAND IS AMAZING! They are seriiously the best thing I have ever heard. They should be number 1 without a doubt listen to radioactive and it's time they are actually the best songs you will ever hear and DEMONS! Love these guys so much, was getting so bored of music and then I heard them!

Honestly I don't know why there not in the top 10. They make loads of awesome songs! I found them back in 2012 and they're still my favourite. I haven't heard 1 song by them that I haven't loved!

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