Best Alternative Bands of All Time

The Contenders: Page 2

21 The White Stripes The White Stripes The White Stripes are an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they ...read more.

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

The White Stripes most definitely need to be higher. They have an interesting, and unique, simplistic approach to rock music which few have been able to replicate. Most of all, they manage to make incredibly heavy and large scale music, while only having two members. That in and of itself is a great reason for them to be higher on the list.

So much better than than today's "alternative" bands. Most of them are just dumb pop bands.

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22 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

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.

This band to me can easily match up with Nirvana, and people in general just have a hard time of crowning a new number one because they are stuck in the past. Welcome to the twenty first century, this band will blow you away. "It's time" and "Demons" are two of three of their hottest songs from their first album "Night Visions", and then "Shots", "I Bet My Life", and "Smoke and Mirrors" from their newest album "Smoke and Mirrors." They also have great singles like "Roots" and "Monster," and finally let's not forget that their most well known song from "Night Visions," "Radioactive" has been in the Billboards top 100 for 87 consecutive weeks, longer than any artists in 55 years, and on top of that this band hit stardom only three years ago.

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!

An amazing band, really should be higher.

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23 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

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

Love Patrick stump such an energetic vocalist, many songs that really get you're blood flowing. Good songs to work out with.

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24 Incubus Incubus Incubus is an American rock band from Calabasas, California. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, and drummer Jose Pasillas while enrolled in Calabasas High School and later expanded to include bassist Alex "Dirk Lance" Katunich, and Gavin "DJ Lyfe" Koppell; ...read more.

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,

Incubus are the most influential band from my childhood and growing up years. And the music from their first four albums were almost all "works of art", in the truest sense. That's what music started out as and I feel like they are one of the fading remnants of true originality and music creating (as I feel nowadays this type of artist only makes up about 10-25% of music).

Incubus spelled sideways is rock your testes off you homos!

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25 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

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.

No one can compare to layne staley's unique vocals... Don't even get me started with their lyrics... Pure raw emotion... They should be in the top 5 at least

This band always seems to be severely underrated while they are not really alternative rock as much as they are alternative metal, they still sound great (I don't like metal) and they are one of the most resilient bands around they kept going even after Layne died and their comeback happened to be successful.

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26 Panic! At The Disco Panic! At The Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

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!

Lots of people in the comments are bashing on Panic!, and I'll admit, at the beginning of listening to them, I didn't think they were that great either. But honestly, they have grown to be one of my absolute favorites. If you actually take time to go beyond the surface of the lyrics, there is amazing quality and depth. And not only that, they are so creative, and they create something absolutely new with each album. Alternative music is in the core of my heart because I always crave something new and different. And each Panic! Album has complete diversity with themes ranging from the Beatles, synth, pop, and punk. And their stage presence is also mentionable, as it is AMAZING. Recordings and videos just can't capture the full, rich, quality sound and timbre of Brendon's voice. You're blown away, and you have fun at the same time. And you can tell that the band has fun along with you, doing backflips, dancing, and interacting with the crowd. Panic! Is amazing, and I adore them.

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?

Ryan ross was an amazing lyricist it was so unfortunate that he left the band but I love their music it's so catchy!

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27 The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

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!

They definitely deserve the number 1 spot. Morrissey is a lyrical genius and Johnny Marr's guitar work is absolutely incredible. The music and the lyrics compliment each other perfectly. They essentially created alternative rock. The Smiths are incredible, definitely worth the less!

Oh my god seriously. This band is a band that deserves to be in top 5. This list is the worst. I was just checking the list and Linkin Park was in no.2, Green Day was in no.3 and I can forgive that. But how can Coldplay be at no.4.

Oasis 1 spot higher than this? I don't think so.

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28 Paramore Paramore Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York.

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!

Paramore are awesome. They have amazing music and great lyrics. Hayley is a vocal powerhouse. Josh, Hunter (in their Paramore days) and Taylor have killer guitar skills (I'm inclined to say Josh had the best sorry Taylor and Hunter), Jeremy is key in keeping a bassline strong and Zac plays those drums with so much energy I wonder how he was still standing after those concerts! They all bring so much passion to the music scene with great, catchy and relatable lyrics and killer music!

On the other side of it all they are still really humble, they all care about their fans a lot and know that's why they are where they are. They put so much energy in all they do and haven't become influenced to change who they are because of fame.

Some argue that they aren't Alternative rock or punk pop anymore (or that they never were) but if you look deep enough into their music they definitely are. They've taken experiences of all kinds and turned them into musical perfection ^_^

Well I grew up with Paramore. When I first heard That's what you get when I was 9 on the radio, I knew I would like them for a long time and I was right. After listening to Crush Crush Crush, they became my favourite band. Even though I didn't really like it when they became more of an alternative pop band than alternative rock, I still like, I think it's great how they're following their music tastes without fearing backlash from fans. Even though they aren't my favourite band anymore, they still have a big place in my heart.

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29 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Not sure that it is alternative, but they rocks!
I love their live performance. Amy Lee has beautiful voice

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.

Listen bring me to life or my immortal then vote
great voice
amy lee rocks

Are they alternative? But I still love them.

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30 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

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

All the new bands are getting all the votes while this spectacular band sits at 40. Soundgarden was one of the first alternative bands ever and has such a unique song and a spectacular set list. Definite #1 for me.

Simply a great band, they need more attention

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31 Keane Keane Keane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1995. The group currently comprises Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tom Chaplin.

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.

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!

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!

Great band. Actually, my favorite to this day. Tim songs are just great, beautiful... And Tom's voice as many say "heaven sent"... Touches hearts. Touched mine :)
Keane always...

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32 The Strokes The Strokes The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998. They consists of Julian Casablancas (lead vocalist), Nick Valensi (guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Nikolai Fraiture (bassist) and Fabrizio Moretti ...read more.

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

The strokes are the best American band going right now!

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33 The Fray The Fray The Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA and platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and ...read more.

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

One of the greatest bands of all time! I can't believe they're number 30! All of their songs are so well-written and beautiful... And they put Linkin Park as number 1? I'm a fan of them as well, but The Fray deserves at least the top ten.

My goodness! The Fray has just so many amazing songs. It totally deserves number 1! Their music is just amazing!

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34 Blink 182 Blink 182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) ...read more.

most funny & talented, relaxed band I've ever seen. my favourite! they're exactly what I understand under alternative.

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!

I have been listening all the ten suggested songs by them... Each one of them were good... Am loving the band by now

Funny, catchy and still going strong.

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35 OneRepublic OneRepublic OneRepublic is an American pop rock band. Formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2002 by lead singer Ryan Tedder and guitarist Zach Filkins, the band achieved commercial success on Myspace as an unsigned act.

For many people, they think OneRepublic is just a pop band. But this is not true. Their style of music ranges in all sorts of different genres (ranging from rock to orchestra to gospel to electronic and so on) and they are one of the few "genreless" bands out there. And if a band is genreless and does not have a specific genre or style, then they qualify to be placed into the ALTERNATIVE category, which OneRepublic certainly is. And in my opinion, I think they are one of the best bands in the alternative category as lots of their songs they write have meaning and every song does not sound the same at all. And finally, this is just my opinion and you don't have to agree with what I said.

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! "

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.

Pretty sure they're not alternative but okay, still like them.

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36 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

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.

So many people out their hate Nickelback. Sure, they've had a few not-so-great songs, but then again doesn't everyone? I love their guitar, and they are still walking through the massive wind of hate that is being hauled at them at every opportunity. Please don't hate on them, or any artist.

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!

Yeah, because I can totally relate to songs about sex, strippers, and alcohol. - Dunsparcity

A lot of people love Hero by Mariah Carey, but my favourite 'Hero' song is by Nickelback. They put out some really solidly great songs, with the husky voice of the lead singer, it really goes well with the style of music they put out. Awesome combination of vocals and instrumentals.

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37 Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006, the band was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes after the disbandment of the group Before Today, which was formed out of the San Diego punk rock scene.

They suck! Emo isn't alternative. I don't care if they saved your life, they aren't alternative.

I LOVE PIERCE THE VEIL! They are awesome! I won't say that they saved my life, but they helped me get through tough times. My favorite album is Collide With The Sky!

Just an awesome band. Vic has a striking voice and live they are gorgeous.

Their songs have great meaning and have a wide range of vocals and instrumentals. Definitely worth higher votings, but we don't need them to know how much they mean to us.

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38 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi that formed in 1996. The band originally consisted of Brad Arnold (vocals/drums), Todd Harrell (bass guitar) and Matt Roberts (guitar). They were soon joined by guitarist Chris Henderson, and later by drummer Richard Liles.

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

Should be up there a bit higher in my opinion. Brad Arnold does a great job of conveying his emotions into his vocals, and they had some really memorable, quintessential rock tracks such as "When I'm Gone" and "Kryptonite".

Real 100% alternative rock band of all time, no one can compare this band.. Best vocals brad arnold.

What is wrong with this list?!?!?!

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39 Oasis Oasis Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

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

Oasis one the band that influence me..champagne supernova and wonderwall

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40 The Clash The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

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.

What in the hell is the clash doing down here? They're not that good, but they're better than many of the overrated bands they have in the top 10.

All these other bands are pretty mediocre. Nirvana is SO overrated. The Clash is so much better than all of these other bands!

Talented: Yes
Do I always want to hear about politics and rebellion while listening to music: No

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