Best Alternative Bands of All Time

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121Audioslave ...read more.

It is one of that bands, that defines my way of life. I wish I could see them live, I know - it's impossible nowadays... Great vibe of tim. Com's bass plus tom's freaky guitar style...

It's depressing that all of those self-harm emo bands and many crap bands are higher than Audioslave. - wyattn97

I searched the entire list to find Audioslave and I am disappointed that I had to search so long.. 123? Really? NM.

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122Ash

Absolutely amazing!
Should be higher because of songs like Envy.
Only 71st?
I listen to these guys to cheer me up.

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123Interpol

I know why Interpol is below the below the list :they sound like more European style, with a bit of England sound (cold wave not so popular in USA...). But Antics, the second album is such a great one, with great bass, keyboards... I listen to them each day for about one full year. They're so brilliant, lyrics excellent. It is not overblasted by fake studio sounds. They are real alternative music like it was in the 80'. I was so grateful to know them at the time, because there was nothing good in music (otherwise The Strokes) and I was so depress... but everyone forgot the early 21st century already.

Really? They do not need an explanation

124HalestormHalestorm is an American rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale, her brother drummer and percussionist Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bassist Josh Smith .

Damn they are perfect but unfortunately totally unknown! They should be one of the top ten! One of the reasons they are unknown is because they are newborn. I assure you in 5 years they will be more famous than evanescence. They're style is like them but so much better songs! I believe Lzzy Hale their vocalist is the best female rock singer ever!

SERIOUSLY, GUYS! What does it take to get this through your thick skull!

What have you ever hear LZZY this list is MORONIC

They've got some Really Energetic songs.

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125Tindersticks

The alternative melancholic romantic perfection...

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127Boys Like GirlsBoys Like Girls is an American pop rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2005, the group gained mainstream recognition when it released its self-titled debut album.

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.

This band must be in top tens

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128TrainTrain is an American roots rock band from San Francisco, formed in 1993. The band currently consists of Patrick Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, Jerry Becker, Luis Maldonaldo, Hector Maldonado, Drew Shoals, Nikita Houston and Sakai Smith.

Ok jeez. Should be way higher. I know they are also pop, but still good. Also the idiot who said "should be #1" is probably a pop fan.

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129Lostprophets

Why the hell is lost prophets way out here? They deserve to be higher in the list!

They should be on the last, every song is ruined because of that

Alt. Rock band who people don't respect anyymore because of watkins. But there were other members too and COME ON! They deserve a place on this list for rockeing for over a decade.

130Kaiser ChiefsKaiser Chiefs are an English indie rock band from Leeds who formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming and establishing themselves in their current name that same year.

These guys are super popular in England now!

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131Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur have their own distinctive sound that truly makes you feel, the influenced so many bands and to this day they are still producing good music their last album being released in 2009. Honestly this band should be much higher

Seriously? How is this band so low. It has over 10 albums and it influenced a lot of alternative rock bands of today.

They have a really heavy great sound. I recommend the albums Dinosaur and You're Living all Over Me. - IknowAlotAboutMusic

Should be way higher on the list. Jesus, what's wrong with people?

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132Young Guns

Great band at their start hope they keep up the great work

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134Limp BizkitLimp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

Limp Bizkit has been around for a long time and put out consistently great sound. They will endure.

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135Royal BloodRoyal Blood are an English rock duo formed in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2013. The band's sound is reminiscent of and rooted in modern blues rock, hard rock, garage rock and psychedelic rock.

What about "Little Monster", and "Come On Over"?!?!?!?

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136Awolnation

AWOLNATION deserves much higher than this! For one, so many bands that were listed before AN are mainstream (not alternative at this point-for example) or metal, or some other genre that is NOT alternative. But also, half the bands that WERE, sound so unoriginal. Whenever I hear them, I can't tell which band is which! AN has a unique, distinct sound that couldn't be mistaken for any other band. That said, other bands that have a very unique sound are Franz Ferdinand, Harvey Danger, the White Stripes, and the Black Keys (all of which were either listed way lower than they should have been or have not been listed yet). Whoever compiled this list obviously does not possess a taste for this genre of music, because of the extreme inadequacy and clear ignorance. One can see that all the most well known bands are at the top. Anyone who truly appreciates Alternative music understands that the whole point of alternative is that it's not mainstream, and that unpopular bands can be (and are) ...more

AWOLNATION is the best band I've ever listened to. They make the best songs ever and have a unique sound and style. They should be way higher on the charts. I mean the owner just bought a 1.5 million dollar retreat at a beach. There is not one song by them I don't like. They are all I listen to on my IPod. This band is amazing.

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137REDRed is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002. The band's lineup consists of singer Michael Barnes, guitarist Anthony Armstrong, and bassist Randy Armstrong.

What? #069. This band deserves to be in the top 15 but is down here cause of its unpopularity. It's a far better band than Creed and Tokio Hotel.
My personal favorite are-
1) Never be the same again

2) forever
3) let go
4) Mystery of you
5) feed the machine
6) Already over.

You should at least try this out for once. They are the best...!

SERIOUSLY!?!?! It should've been in top ten for sure!
Okay, you might think I'm saying this cause I like this band,
But try it yourself once, I bet you would agree.
Its just that its not much recognized.

They're probably this low on this list because people label them more of a Christian rock band, but do realize that Christian rock has similar sounds to alternative rock. If you look at top Christian rock bands, this band is like number 2. They definitely need to be higher up on this list

People have to listen to "FEED THE MACHINE" one of the best songs ever

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138Biffy Clyro

These guys are by far the best band I have ever listened too, and every single one of their songs is brilliant. How they are so far down is beyond me; and people clearly are blinded by a couple of songs or stories about other bands that somehow justify a place over Biffy.

Still don't get how the hell these are so far down! Are you actually kidding me that these are below Panic at the Disco?

These guys are the best band I have ever listened to, and for some of these other bands to somehow warrant a place over them probably because of one song someone has heard is ludicrous. Every single one of their songs is masterclass and they at least deserve a place in the top 10, if not 5.

Band I feel can rival nirvana! These lads deserve at least top 10 spot

139PlaceboPlacebo are an English alternative rock band, formed in London in 1994 by singer-guitarist Brian Molko and guitarist-bassist Stefan Olsdal.

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!

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!

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

King of Medicine, in a way

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140ToolTool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

Disgusting that Tool is ranked under a lot of these talentless noise polluters. I mean seriously? Nickelback, Matchbox 20, Linkin Park, and Coldplay are in the top 50? Faith in humanity has been officially lost.

Tool encompasses everything a band should be. Musical diversity and uniqueness, lyrics that have meaning, and artistic genus when it comes to the visual things they do on their albums and in their shows.

Tool was and is the new Alternative rock. It sounds like metal, but is so much more and for smart people too. Rock on Maynard and Company

Should be #1. No other band comes close!

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