Best Alternative Bands of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
Linkin 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.
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2Nirvana
Nirvana is clearly the best band ever!
Kurt Cobain is amazing!
They should be number one!
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.
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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!
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4Coldplay
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!
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.
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5Muse
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!
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6Radiohead
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!

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7Red 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

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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
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9Three 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.
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1030 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
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The Contenders

11My 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
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12U2
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.
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13The 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!
YYYYYEEEESSSSS! THE KILLERS ARE WAY BETTER THAN ALL THE OTHER BANDS ON HERE THEY DESERV NUMBER 1! BRANDON FLOWERS RULES!
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!
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14Breaking 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
Breath
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.
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15Pearl 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.
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16Arctic 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!
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17R.E.M.
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

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18Blink 182
Blink 182 is one of the ONLY bands that gets into you.
They're funny, creative and have a way with words.
Can't wait for their new album! GO BLINK 182.
Mark, Travis and Tom!
most funny & talented, relaxed band I've ever seen. my favourite! they're exactly what I understand under alternative.
I have been listening all the ten suggested songs by them... Each one of them were good... Am loving the band by now
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19Keane
Keane are an English alternative rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1997. The group currently comprises Tim Rice-Oxley (piano, backing vocals), Tom Chaplin (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Hughes (drums, percussion) and Jesse Quin (bass guitar, percussion), who first played with the band in late 2007 during the concerts of the single The Night Sky. Their original line-up included founder and guitarist Dominic Scott, who left in 2001.
I remember how I found Keane's music and how I fell in love with them. So many people seem to like Coldplay, The Killers or U2 more just because they're more famous. Everybody knows these bands. I guess the 'magic' of Keane is hidden. Not everyone is able to find it. Anyway, I love their wonderful lyrics, melodies and of course Tom Chaplin's golden vocals. Just listen to Keane songs like 'This is the Last Time', 'Crystal Ball', 'Nothing in My Way', 'My Shadow', 'Sovereign Light Café', 'Perfect Symmetry', 'We Might As Well Be Strangers' or 'Disconnected'. I bet at least one of these songs will take your breathe away!
Keane are simply brilliant- no matter how much hypocritical slagging off the NME does, they still continue to succeed, and have long outlived many other bands that have tried to mock them in an attempt to be cool. Keane are a very talented band, and also very gracious and kind people; it's great that they've remained as down to earth as they were before the first of their five number one albums came out!
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20Evanescence
Not sure that it is alternative, but they rocks!
I love their live performance. Amy Lee has beautiful voice
listen bring me to life or my immortal then vote
great voice
amy lee rocks
The best and most beautiful eyes open my heart to keep up her mind as it navigates life's meaning in the song evanescence, who inspires all of my steps on the way to achieve a dream of light.
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21Weezer
Weezer in 26? have you heard some songs like "Buddy Holly", "Dope Nose", "Hash Pipe", "We Are All on Drugs", "Say It Ain't So"... Weezer has many great songs, you should hear it

rock2metal

Most classic hits per band. Hands down a million people know more than one of their songs off the top of their head
Are you kidding me? Weezer is the best band I've ever known. Haunt You Everyday is the best song when we were felt alone...
And I want to see gigs with Weezer, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Radiohead and Blur there..
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22Incubus
54, Really? Who is voting pre-teens born in the early 2000s? Come on guys lets get those votes in and move Incubus to at least the top 10...
Incubus are Genius

Their is no band in the world that could produce the same music as incubus.

Incubus never get old and although their last album isn't as good as the rest they still are a band you could listen to over and over again,

Best alternative band of all time

Should be top 10 for sure...

...

Been to every concert, love them

There's no bands that can produce the sound that they do.
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23Oasis
One of my favorite band I have ever heard. They are really different than others. Wonderwall, Stand by me, Supersonic, Champagne supernova were my favorite. Once I listened many times their songs at my age of 24-28. I have a dream to listen their live songs. I wish I could...
One of the greatest indie alternative rock music bands. It is one of my favorite bands (probably the first one) that I listen to their music since their beginning. Especially in the 90's it was something else. British really have it for this kind of music! Definitely, it should be in the top ten. I'm waiting for their reunion..
Brilliant band, although it's a shame they seperated. I'm very glad they've put together Beady Eye, though - missing Noel, but still a great band
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24Paramore
I idolize Paramore! Based on everyone's opinion I think Paramore should've at least been number five. Based on my opinion it should've been number one! Screw Linkin Park (I love them too, but not as much as Paramore).
The best band ever. How are they not in the top ten?
They're music is beautiful, but on a different level than most bands. Lyrics that make no sense at first, capture the pain and angst that haunt people's lives. We all connect with Paramore's songs at some level.
They are the greatest band...
EVER!
They have some awesome riffs. Hayley, the vocalist, has some POWERFUL voice. The drums on their songs are so good, and I don't know what else to say! Just listen to some of their songs, like "Turn it off", "My Heart", "All we know", "The Only Exception", and of course "Misery Business".
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25The White Stripes
The White Stripes hold that sense of rock and blues foundation that everyone should at least try out. Distinctive unadorned musical attack with Jack on guitar and vocals and Meg's drumming creating that perfect sense of straightforward, raw alternative rock. The duo is genuine, they stick to their roots and do their thing like no one else can.
This actually makes me angry this duo are by far and a way the best alt rock group ever. Its called alternative rock and there's nothing like the white stripes out there not even the raconteurs with the same person from the white stripes are in the white stripes league
How on earth are those other bands so high up? The White Stripes brought this genre to public attention and this band only has two members. Really unique band and better than all those bands above.

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26Nickelback
I totally agree wit you man they should be at least in top 10 listen to far away that will change their minds beautiful song.. Me so sad 2
Savin you their 2nd best song everybody please vote for nickel back
Their inspiring,
Just listen to their songs and try to relate them to your life you'll definitely be surprised how close they come. I'm a fan of almost every band in this list and huge lover of alternative and rock and believe me when I say it these guys deserve a WAYY higher spot than 27!
In my humble opinion, Nickelback has published some amazing music. Sure, some of their lyrics aren't exactly appropriate and I can understand that viewpoint from the haters. However if you can look past that, the music in general has an awesome sound and it never bores me.
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27Smashing Pumpkins
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.
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.
omg how arent SP 1st place? They are like the best alternative rock band ever omg!..
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28Pixies
The most inffluential alt band ever. Only one bad song per album, greatest band of their generation, no questions asked.
Simply the best. This whole chart is a joke. Has anyone even heard Vamos!? Thought this was alt rock, not pop rock.
Pixies should be so much higher. They are alternative rock and set it's standards for all time after. If you are the band that inspired Kurt Cobain, you deserve to be a lot higher than 25.
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29Fall 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.
They might not be the best band but they have made a mark in music, they are still currently still making it in the business, and I will always love their style and many of there great songs that have came out over the years, so some love for Fall out boy
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30OneRepublic
One republic is the best band. They should be in the top ten in my opinion. They rock. One Republic is one of the greatest.
OneRepublic simply should not be number 60 it should at least be in the top 20 if not 10. I'm not saying they're the best, but they are a lot better than most of these bands.
OneRepublic is one of my favorite bands ever. Their songs are consistently good, but few of them get any attention- I asked my friend if she knew the song Secrets by OneRepublic, so she was like, "No. Sing it! " I did, and she was like "that's BY ONEREPUBLIC?! BUT THAT SONG WAS SO POPULAR! "
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31Rise Against
Best alternative band! with songs like savior, prayer of the refugee, Make it Stop and Help is on the way
Amazing band. Uses amazing guitar rifts mixed with dynamic and unique tempos to create truly great songs.
Survive, Injection, Life Less Frightening, This Is Letting Go... Must I really go on? They truly are a great band! Rise Against!
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32Rage Against the Machine
Almost 20 years after their first album and they're still amazing. Tom is the man, and this band speaks truth not like the crap that other artists of today. Deserve top 25 at least.
Best band on the list. Should have been number one. No one can beat Zack's poetic lyrics and the angst in his rapping...
The new generation ain't common with the bands of the 90's... You have lost your innocence about what rock music really is... Don't absorb the present, trail back, listen to these legacies.. They will rock your world.. Peace men
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33System of a Down
Dude its the
Serj Tankian voice
Shavo Odadjian bass
John Dolmayan drums
Daron Malakian guitar
What do you need
A lot of overrated, trashy bands are taking spots higher than this awesome band! These guys are so conscious about the society and have songs of meaning. (not a band singing about why they're angry and don't know why and smash their head on walls). Listen to their songs and you'll feel the difference... Then vote for them to be #1!
The greatest band of all time by far!

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34The Strokes
If I made this list, The Strokes would be at # 1. Each album they make just is better than the last. I think The Strokes will always be my favorite band. I honestly believe they will always be a band that produces wonderful music, unlike many other bands much higher on this list.
Every album, every song, so wonderful. I'm not campaigning to make them a higher spot on the list because not everyone shares the same tastes in music, which is a wonderful think, but I invite you all to check out any song.
Dudes why the heck aren't strokes on the top ten list!?!? They are my favorite band of all time much less alternative. SERIOUSLY...? I dare everyone who reads this comment to look up the strokes and listen to one of their songs
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35Papa Roach
This band rocks..
I love the "Scars"

The last resort and many more..
This band really rock!
Tough to pick in this list; but papa roach stands out to me as the most entertaining. Songs like: Burn, Last Resort, Scars, Forever, Getting away with murder, Not Listening, Take Me, Be Free, Infest; god almighty I could go on for another couple of lines. I'm disappointed its ranked so low but that ain't gonna stop them from being my #1!
! Papa Roach number 31! That is absolute bull! They have such a unique sound. They should be WAY, WAY further up!
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36Alice In Chains
In my opinion, many of today's "Alternative" bands wouldn't have the success that they now enjoy without the work of Alice In Chains. This band was one of the best if not the best pioneer's of alternative music. It's to bad that the media didn't and still doesn't give these guys the credit that they so deserve. Even without Layne they are still a really good band, even though it is different than what their fans are used to... They still kick butt. RIP Layne Staley you are missed.
This is disgraceful. Seeing of the best bands on earth at 27th. Listen to rooster, man in the box, check my brain. The raw riffs, heavy drums... They just pulverize any band that tries to come close them.
Creed at 17 and AIC at 26, is this list based on talent? Because if this is the case, I question everyone's sanity. Obviously AIC is one of the trail blazing bands that paved the way for many of the list above, seriously give credit and respect where it is due.
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37Creed
oh come on... creed deserves more...
one last breath, what if, higher, my sacrifice, with arms wide open, my own prison, one, whats this life for they deserve to be on top ten

aaronstoneis

I gotta say they have a really great sound, I will never get bored of their music

rock2metal

Creed must be in first followed by the matchbox 20 and I can't believe that THE CALLING didn't made to the top 60... What... And where's the lips of an angel that became a phenomenal hit here in the Philippines... Hinder must have a spot even in top 70

welwel

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38Soundgarden
These guys should be way above 100. One of the groups that defined 90's alternative. Chris Cornell is a great songwriter, Kim Thayil is a great guitarist. People need to stop voting for Linkin Park and vote for Soundgarden.
They fall under the great 90's grunge sup pop genre. I recommended the albums Badmotorfinger and Telephantasm. Also for metal heads.

IknowAlotAboutMusic

They best band ever also they have the best singer chris cornell. Black hole sun one of the best song ever.
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39The Fray
Best. Band. Ever. This should be so much further up! I mean come on! Haha
Look after you! Never say never! You found me! How to save a life! Enough reasons for this band to be number 1
The Best ever band. They Catch all emotions really the best. Nothing can outshine THE FRAY. Guys Vote for them make it number one, they really desreve it.
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40Chevelle
Listen to Hats off to the Bull, and you'll see why Chevelle deserves to be in the top 10. For the past few albums, they've gone back to what makes them Chevelle, have experimented as a band musically and have always shown how creative and powerful as a rock band, especially for 3 guys, let alone brothers and a brother in law, they really are. Pete write some of the most creative and introspective lyrics. They've dominated rock radio, they've had ten top-10 hits since their second album and currently their latest single, "Face to the Floor" is golding on the #1 rock song for 6 weeks. They have set the bar for all modern rock bands to follow.
For 3 dudes (used to be 3 bros, now 2 bros and a brother in law - still a family affair! ) they are able to get a HUGE, heavy modern alternative sound. They've matured over the years, but compared to the likes of similar acts three days grace and breaking benjamin, frontman pete loeffler writes significantly more thought-provoking lyrics. And he's got one of the best screams in rock today! Definitely worth a nod! Good songs: point #1, the red, send the pain below, family system, I get it, the clincher, get some, letter from a thief, jars.
The only rock gig that has genuinely and consistently put out amazing rock music for the past ten or so years. Pete Loeffer writes lyrics that you are very true to life and that may take some getting used to seeing as how abstract they could get. They've remained my favorite band ever since I heard of them back in 2009. Every album is golden to me.
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41The Smiths
The smiths invented alternative music! They should at least be in the top 5!
Check out their "the sound of the smiths" Album it's amazing!
The best there has ever been. Why they are not number one, I will never know. The Smiths blow Linkin Park out of the water. The Queen is Dead. Meat is Murder. Strangeways, Here We Come. All amazing albums.
They are not only the best alternative band ever, but also the best band ever!
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42The Clash
The Clash has some of the best music of the 80s and can't be overlooked in changing rock and roll and adding this group of music, the alternative group.
The father of many of these bands... Is this a joke?
Good bands prevail for ages, so no matter your place here, you prevail as my number one!

43Panic! At The Disco
I was always told that I had to listen to music that defined my culture: pop, rap, hip hop, dance, blah blah blah. But I met someone who showed me Panic! And I just could never get the name out the back of my mind. One day out of sheer curiosity I looked them up. I now know all of their songs. P! ATD should be farther up because they change lives. Panic! At The Disco has made me an individual, because they're individual. They bring a unique sound to my life and those around me. So, keep those votes coming and support the powerful sounds of Panic! At The Disco!
Panic! At The Disco is a band that has made a lot of creative songs since their first album. I do not get why they are ranked so low. One thing I find good on their albums is that no album sounds the same. The first was unique, combining classical and techno, the 2nd sounding more of the 60's and the third combining both the albums. They are a lot more creative than some of the bands ranked above them like Tokio hotel and Creed. Come on, how come creed is at that number?
Panic! At The Disco is fabulous! I love their lyrics, in the first album especially. Brandon has such a wonderful, rich voice! And he's also sexy! Double win! It sucks Ryan's gone now, but the band is still amazing and totally worth being higher than this!
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44Imagine 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.
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!
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
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45Black Veil Brides
Why is the best band EVER way down here? This amazing group has not only given me something to live for, but they have inspired me to make my dreams come true. Come on guys! Vote for them!
This band is my favorite. I can always relate to their music. They helped me get through everything in life. They are an inspiration!
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46Joy Division
Are you kidding me. This list is wac if this iconic post uk-punk group is not in the top 20. Most of these groups borrowed from this amazing group.
The father of alt. Rock should be in top 3

47Seether
If everyone knew the songs these guys played then they would be acleast top 10.
Shaun Morgan is just plain epic! Seether should be closer to the top, they have some of the best music ever. If I always got what I wanted, I know I would get more Seether music! Seether should be in the top 20.
Seether is truly one of those bands that just does its own thing which turns out great, in my opinion they are the best alrternative band out there
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48Blur
I love blur, they're one of my favourite bands and I really hope they end up higher in this list sometime soon. Go Blur!

49The Offspring
AWESOME band, love all their songs, but especially Why Don't You Get A Job, all their songs are brilliant. Legend band :D If I could only listen to one band for my entire life - The Offspring
This band is so awesome. Some of the songs are pretty meaningful like Kristy, Are You Doing Okay, The Kids Aren't Alright, and Gone Away, while some of their other songs are awesome to just rock out to like Your'e Gonna Go Far Kid, Pretty Fly for a White Guy and Self Esteem.
No clue how these guys could be rated at #45, they deserve so much more than that! Music is an art and The Offspring have mastered it! Their songs will be played forever and they are one of the few bands that you can actually listen to the entire cd and just rock out.
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50The Script
My favorite band ever! Every song is so heartfelt. I JUST LOVE THEM! I can't wait for their new songs! They are just so amazing. Their songs never fail to make me cry a river. The Script has just everything for brokenhearted people. Try listening to their songs! I'm pretty sure you'll love them
They are too much amazing. When I listen to them I feel active, energetic and happy. Therefore, I continue my day great. Same for hurts, the fray and the killers.
THE SCRIPT IS THE BEST BAND ever. I love them and their lyrics are wonderful I love them.
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51The All-American Rejects
The very best alternative band ever! Should totally be in at least the top ten. Move Along, It ends tonight, straightjacket feeling, gives you hell, real world, happy endings. These guys know what they are doing.
Sexy music! What else would one want? Great Band will beat that Linkin park one day!
Oh Please... !
'THE ALL American REJECTS were, are, and will always be the number 1 band, no matter what happens.. ! They are absolutely, unpredictably amazing.. !
Not like other freaky bands..
AAR truly knows the meaning of 'Alternative' Genre.. m/
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523 Doors Down
No one voted 3 doors down? They're one of the best rock groups I've seen... They're supposed to make the first 20
Can't believe its in the 60th spot! These guys rock!
Real 100% alternative rock band of all time, no one can compare this band.. Best vocals brad arnold.
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53Skillet
Laugh out loud, I can't believe no one added Skillet. I don't know a song of them which isn't good. All their lyrics are awesome. They deserve to be 1st. VOTE FOR THE BEST ROCK BAND EVER! I am shocked. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! HOW CAN YOU MISS SKILLET? Anyway I love them so much, they are like the best ever, every song gets to me, every lyric.. The way they sound.. Uh, I don't have enough words to explain the way their songs make me feel. I can't get enough listening!
Skillet is simply awesome. Their lyrics are so full of emotions. The first time I heard one of their songs, I thought I was in heaven. I can't understand why they're not in the top 10.
How can Skillet be here? They are awesome!
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54Pierce the Veil
Why are they 148! Are these people crazy! Please vote for them and listen to their music their mind blowing and you will fall in love with them immediatly, their the best band in the world to me!
Pierce the veil is perfect<3 I love them with all my heart and I would do anything to meet them, they saved my life and I hope they save yours
PTV is such a great band with very meaningful lyrics and a very unique sound. Their music has helped me through a lot and I owe so much to them.
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55Sonic Youth
These guys really need to be higher. I know you'll hear that about every band here, buy these guys were amazing. Their unconventional song structure worked amazingly. You can't name any other band that has to bring nearly a dozen guitars on stage because of tuning. One has three low E strings! And we all know what Thurston did with the screwdriver. Please, don't vote for those higer guys now, just get these lower people where they need to be.
Although I prefer Radiohead, (my favourite band) Sonic Youth embodies "alternative" better than any other band here, let alone Coldplay. Really? People these days have forgotten what "alternative" means. Most of the bands in the top ten are pop rock, art rock, and punk rock. Sonic Youth, on the other hand, are very alternative, and turn noise into music. Listen to them, they are very weird (in a good way).
Absolute best. You cannot doubt the fact their influence is extremely widespread and the bands they influenced spawned great music as well. (Mudhoney, Nirvana, and the good part of the grunge scene, for example)
Why aren't they number one? Right. They didn't sell out and sing crappy pop tunes. They were too good.
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56Poets of the Fall
This band, my god! 81! You got to be kidding, this is one of best bands I've ever heard. These guys simply rock.
This band should be rated a bit more higher, they perform with their hard and soul and surely deserve to be among the top 10...
You gotta be kidding M-A-N! POTF deserves a spot in the top 10 right away! They are SIMPLY CLASSIC!
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57Depeche Mode
PERSONAL JESUS! It has been classic and their songs are awesome! One has to estimate the fact that their music has such a wide range! I love the singer's voice and the feelings the songs put inside your heart.
They are simply amazing, still inspiring many of today's newest bands. They're fantastic and unique and to me they'll always be the #1. Most definitely worth of a top spot, a lot more people should know and truly appreciate them.
They should be in the top 10! The influenced MOST of the newer bands on this list.
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58Sex Pistols
Top bands in the world

59Jane's Addiction
What the HELL! Janes Addiction, in terms of influence on the music industry as a whole, and quality of music, completely crushes all the competition here! They did more for the music industry than any other group in history, oh ya and they music is AWESOME! I am a huge alternative fan and I have never heard of about half of the bands before Janes Addiction on this list. This is the order it should be. 1. Janes Addiction 2. Nirvana 3. Green Day. Not just because their music is amazing, but because they have had more influence on the genre than any other group, excluding R.E.M..
#75 is a travesty for this band. No one ever sounded remotely like them before or since, despite many attempts, and many of the bands above them on this list owe their popularity to the doors this band opened.
Jane's Addiction is by far the best alt. Band ever!
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60Simple Plan
Why is Simple Plan not in the top 20?
This is injustice!
They definitely deserve to get a higher ranking than this!
They have been my favorite band since I was 7 years old.
I grew up listening to Perfect!
Seriously? Simple plan is at eighty--two! They should be around the top tens or top twenties! Stupid people! Vote for Simple Plan 'cause they are awesome and their songs are really good. They can relate to your life and they are meaningful!
Who've ever heard simple plan's songs won't move for any other band. It's definitely the BEST. Love you simple plan. Hope to see you at the top. You'll be... Surely, oneday! I'M JUST A KID... FOREVER. BEST OF LUCK! GO ON GUYS
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61Florence & The Machine
They're amazing! From their poetic lyrics to their use of instruments (THE HARP ). I mean, you can't find musicians like Florence now a days.
I <3 florence and the machine! Every song of theirs is great!
FAVORITE BAND IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!
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62Neon Trees
Neon Trees should be at least in the top 30, they only have two albums out with a third coming this year, they had a great start and are still going and I have no clue when they will be stopped, from Tyler's goosebumping vocals, to Elaine' s upbeat drum patterns, Branden' s low tone but noticeable chords, and to Chris's guitar skills, I cannot see any reason why they should not be in the top 10 or 20 list, they have had great success and that success will keep going
They are a lot better than 51 should be in the top 30 at least.
I LOVE Neon Trees so much! Their album Pop Psychology is actually perfection. I don't think there is one bad song on the entire album! They deserve waaay better than 66!

63Angels & Airwaves
that's cool band with high skill picking and arrange with effect wars... awesome. try this
valkry missile
the war
gift
adventure
lifeline
shove
a letter to god part II
halucinations

elvis permana recommend...
I'm happy they made the cut.. They make music that just makes sense. I've never experienced a band that makes me feel so good..
Angels and Airwaves should be in the top five with Foster the People, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, and blink-182.
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64Live
Can't believe Live is getting no respect. First 4 albums all went platinum with Throwing Copper Platinum 8x. My favorite 90's band.
Best band in the world meaning everything for me and my wife best season life
For me best band ever. Lighting Crashes. Best song. I get tired of most groups songs after awhile but not them.
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65Theory of a Deadman
That's real sound, that's Music... They'll have to be in Top 20... Come on!
This band shoukd be more further

66Vampire Weekend
Honestly, I wasn't expecting Vampire weekend to be this far down the list. Outrageous!
ARE YOU FUKIN KIDING ME! They should be at least in the top 10. Their sound is unique! To you I just say 1 thing: SUK A DOG DIK you motherfukers

67Disturbed
Disturbed is simply amazing. They have such a unique sound and their lyrics actually mean something. 'Another Way to Die' actually surprised me because I've never really heard of a rock/alt band caring about something like the earth. I love them.
I grew up with disturbed! Definitely one of the best bands...
Down with the sickness
The Game
Liberate
Prayer
Deify
So many more:/

68Alter Bridge
Myles Kennedy is legendary.. Great compilation of songwriters and musicians. Great bass riffs, unique drummer who loves his small cymbals, and two incredible guitarists. The songwriting stands apart from a lot of artists today.
This is the band with capital B... listen to Isolation from the last album called AB III. Alter Bridge is the best alternative band on the scene nowdays with beautiful guitar riffs and very, very good singer. And YES, this list is a fake. What about Breaking Benjamin at fifth place? I like them too, but have you ever seen their live performance? So booring... Try Alter Bridge m/
The blackbird album alone puts them into the top 3! Its arguably one of the best albums ever to be recorded... hits like watch over you, blackbird, buried alive, rise today, white knuckles, before tomorrow comes, brand new start, and coming home! Give it a listen, you'll understand
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69The Cure
The Cure was started in 1976 so they're one of the first alternative rock bands and definitely kick started modern gothic rock. Also, Robert Smith is one of the most talented iconic singers behind Morissey. Plus, Disintegration is the best album ever!
Surprised to find them on Page 2... Great Band... Disintegration was their best album... They defined Alternative in the mid to late 80's
The Cure have an awesome body of work... Way better than some of the one hit wonders higher on the list. The deserve more respect
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70Foster the People
The Foster the People album Torches was awesome. All the songs are unique, but they manage to sound great. Some of the best songs were Pumped up Kicks, Don't Stop, Call it what you want, Helena beat, and Houdini. They have music videos for those songs.
Pumped up Kicks was on the Radio for AGES! They Should Have Been Right After All-American Rejects!
A load of people judge about little people... I'm fourteen and I love most of these bands, especially Foster the People, they're truly awesome and deserve to be way higher! They're album was great, plus my last name is in the band
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71Bowling For Soup
The creators of such beautiful music, most particularly the songs 1985 and Little Red Riding Hood, these guys deserve a much better place than this. Love for Bowling for Soup.

72Faith No More
Faith No More is one of the biggest and best bands of all time! Just hear to Mike Patton voice! How can FNM be 57!?!?! Faith no More are one of the most creative bands of the 90

Viva Faith No More y Chile!
The craziest (in a good way) band of 90's, which arguably reformed alternative metal scene, anticipated the birth of nu-metal scene (well, it's one of the few decent nu-metal bands, along with Incubus), and 71 spot? Ok, I expected that cheap whiners like Linkin Park or Green Day are in favor today, but pleease, the half of the bands on the list consider FNM their main influence, you hear it, posers?
Somewhere in top 1o for sure!
Come on this rating is absolutely absurd. Bands like Faith no More, Pearl Jam, Allice in Chains, RHCP are too much behind. People aged under 25 should not be voting in the Best Alternative Bands of All Time.
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73Bullet for My Valentine
Best Band I Have Ever Heard It needs to be the first
The best I ever heard in my life.
So unjustified for 87th rank. Clearly deserve a position in top 10.
Come on guys.. !

74Snow Patrol
Why the hell is snow patrol and coldplay not in the top 10. With songs like run, just say yes, shut your eyes, chasing cars, chocolate, called out in the dark, and many more, snow patrol more than deserve a top 10 spot.
Good to finally see snow patrol on the list. My favorite band right up there with coldplay.
Wow. Dissapointing spot for snow patrol... Deserve to be top 10 at least
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75The Velvet Underground

76Siouxsie & the Banshees
Greatest band ever - even through all the changes that 2 decades of performing brought the Banshees, Sioux and Budgie stuck with it and even did The Creatures. Their influence is understated yet overwhelming.

77Mumford & Sons
The best band of the last 50 years (with Oasis)
Oh my god Mumford is amazing! They are so different from normal bands, and have a tune that is unique to them! I LOVE them
Why in the hell is this number 220?!
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78Boy & Bear

79Sum 41
Sum 41 is an amazing band, their music promotes being yourself and not letting other people control who you are. They're also just all-around badasses. If you don't like them then you probably never listened or you have no taste in music.
Honestly best band out there. How they are not top 25, let alone top 10 is a joke. Every one of their songs means something and comes from the heart. I have not heard one song by these guys that I have not liked before. Truly an amazing band.
They are amazing - Blood in my eyes, Hell Song, Pieces, In too deep, Still Waiting and lot more

80Of Monsters and Men
The lyrics, the tune, the beat? Everything is awesomely and creatively done! One of the best alternative bands nowadays.
Such beautiful pieces of music! The fact that some of their pieces come from folklore makes the songs even cooler!

81A Day to Remember
Their lyrics speak to me as a music lover. I can never get tired of them, they have different styles in their albums. Some screamo, some kind of "soft" But ALL of them are amazing. And ALL of them have good lyrics, that almost everyone can relate to.
I love them <3 every song. They saved my life! 1
They are the best band ever! Listen to their music and you'll fall in love immediately! I love every song of them. Vote for them
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82Dead by Sunrise
Damn they r simply awesome..!
I mean wn I lisn to dr musik
They make meh crazy
Fire
Too late
Inside of me
In the darkness
Awesome sngz ever
Guys please vote 4 thm... :-)

83Trapt

84Fugazi

85Zebrahead
This band is just amazing. Especially their album "Phoenix"!

86Lifehouse
Great voice, nice song. Best alternative ballad song. Maybe some people who like alternative music think the song is for mellow people(man), but I like the feel if I heard the song. Nice band
Forgetting this band would be a mortal sin.
Great songs great music.. Didn't get it why it is ranked so low.

87The Lumineers

88Boys Like Girls
I don't know how many people out there feel the way I do, but here's what I feel:
You're just like sitting on a lazy sunday afternoon and surfing through new Boys Like Girls songs on youtube. And in the middle of boggling your head over differential calculus, Stuck in the Middle starts playing. And suddenly, there are goosebumps on my hand and there's chills running down my spine, and somehow, at that moment, my entire universe snaps back into focus. That moment. That song. That feeling. That's Boys Like Girls for me.
Boys Like Girls is very popular, they have many bad things, but they overcome and release New album "Crazy World". Boys Like Girls Hit song: The Great Escape, Love Drunk, Hero/Heroine, Two is Better than One, Heart Heart Heartbreak, She's Got a Boyfreiend Now.
Boys Like Girls are one of my favourite bands! Seriously, lets not even go there! Gorgeous singing, music, member and lyrics. They're an inspiration.
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89Plain White T's
Wanna listen romantic songs and sweet songs
Then do listen to this band specially the song hey there delilah!
Some more songs like a lonely september, body parts!,
In my opinion Plain White T's should be one of the best alternative rock bands of all time, maybe I'm crazy, but if you listen to all of their songs and albums you'll see how much awesome they're! PLAIN WHITE T'S ISN'T ONLY DELILAH!

90Dishwalla
Just hear their angels or devils and counting blue cars and many more...

91Nine Inch Nails
This band was simply one of a kind. Mixed pop, and dark industrial before anyone had. They've influenced more bands above them on the list than most people realize. I mean, when Johnny Cash covers one of your songs, you are the real deal...
Have you ever listened MUSIC for God's sake? Because this is the best you can ever listen. Trent is a musical genius and I'm sorry but you are missing out too much if you haven't listened burn, beside you in time, march of the pigs, and all that could have been, the big come down, letting you, capital g, eraser, echoplex and so on. I can't say that each song of theirs is an alternative masterpiece but a masterpiece any way. Also, each band mentioned in this list are not alternative either. Whatever man, I'm pissed. Gotta listen Burn.
Sorry guys but the best band of all is here. I personally like RHCP and Muse and Radiohead and Chevelle and so on but once you listen NIN there is no turning back.
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92Shinedown
Their music is very good plus on the upside their songs have many meanings in which most other bands on this list are clearly lacking. I know they don't deserve the number one spot but they are definitely much better than half the bands placed ahead of them
Shinedown has a great, heavy, kind of music! They rock hard! I think that everyone should listen to them! They are a great band to listen to when your sad or angry!
Shinedown don't deserve to be this far.. Love there music specially second chance
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93Fun
What about them :(

94Placebo
PLACEBO PLACEBO PLACEBO! They are the most addictive drug. And they are not just the best alternate band, the just the best band ever! And that's really weird that they are just 50s... But anyway they are the best!
They are like no other band, and deserve to be the best. Brill to just listen too and sing along! They are absolutely amazing when it comes to lyrics and guitars. The best
Well, the truth is that Placebo are very alternative for this list... I mean, Linkin park and foo fighters, they are rock giants... Placebo is not that kind of band. They are more introvert, withdrawn, but they have many loyal fans that like the work they do. They are evolving all the time, producing high quality music... And of course, they have Brian... Go get 'em, tigers!
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95Billy Talent
79!
Are you kidding me?
Billy Talent is amazing!
Their songs, lyrics are incredible.
It's probably cause their Canadian, I mean if they were American they would totally be more mainstream, are you kidding me?
79?!
They take time to make an album but the reason for that is that good music takes time and that's the only kind they make. The fact that they are so far down here is unbelievable. They should be more known!
60?! Seriously how did this happen?
I love the energy they have in all there songs and how unique there lyrics are, I've been listening to them for the past seven years and I still love them. They are an amazing band that deserve to be in the top ten!

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96Guided by Voices

97Arcade Fire
A canadian band with magical songs and beautiful sounds from many kinds of instruments, a truth alternative genre.
BEST BAND IN THE WORLD

98Saliva

99L'Arc~en~Ciel
Best alternative rock band in japan like nirvana in 90s.

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Even their music videos are amazing! Look em up!

100Jimmy Eat World
One of the most influential bands in modern alternative music. Not only did they help define a genre but they far exceeded the confines of that genre. Throughout the years they have continued to grow and develop, changing their sound all while staying true to their roots and true to their fans. Perhaps not worthy of the top spot to all, Jimmy Eat World undoubtedly deserves a position in the top ten. Few things in music outweigh an overarching influence; an influence that is found in the music of Jimmy Eat World.
Great band ever! I suggest this band for 1st place!
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