Best Alternative Songs


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The Top Ten

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Can I slap someone for In the End being number one? That's nonsense. This is legendary. Best alt rock song ever: maybe no, but better than In The End and lots of others. My personal favorite is Iris - Goo Goo Dolls.
Simply the greatest alternative song ever made. A true masterpiece worthy of praise nothing will ever compare to it. It still inspires awe to this day.
Nirvana sounds pure with a lot of spirit in it. They don't really rely on sound boosting gadgets unlike linkin park. Kurt cobain is one of the best musician of our time.
[Newest]Amazing song amazing band. No doubt it's the best alternative song ever, it's basically the one that propelled the alternative scene. In the end by Linkin Park is great and deserves to be number 2, no other two songs even come close to those two!

2In the End - Linkin Park
The perfect spot for the song! No song can ever take its place. Simply the best song in its genre. Chester and Mike, hats off to both of you! Thank You for creating this masterpiece!
This song is about life because whatever we do or how much we try to succeed in the end nothing matters... T's such a depressing song, but absolutely true
In The End...
Wins Hands down...
This is as good as it gets...
Chester Bennington And Mike Shinoda rock...
[Newest]Best ever legend song of Linkin Park...
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3The Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin
I love almost all these songs but Breaking Benjamin is like my... Life band. I always listen to them when I feel alone. They make me feel like my life is important... I guess that's why they will always be my number one.
This song introduced me to modern rock and is the reason for the 3000 songs in my collection!
I feel music is only meant to sound good and not take years for one to develop a taste for it.
This song should at least be better then in the end I like that song but you know men have feeling for women and this song helps with the feeling of being scared to death of asking a girl out so this song should actaully be number one
[Newest]One word description to this song: Beautiful

4The Kill - 30 Seconds to Mars
Many of the songs "30 second to mars" the inspiring journey of my life I love every song and the content of the content of the lyrics.
I love it how Jarred Leto puts much emotion to this song. It's one of my favorite. And also, this song gives me an adrenaline rush when ever I listen to it. )
The song that changed the world and reached every ear on this planet, I'm surprised why In The End is 9 ranks above this song!?!
[Newest]This is my absolute favorite song and it has changed my life so much.

5Blackbird - Alter Bridge
This is not the place for an all time awesome song, this song should be at least #1 (with a huge gap between it and #2).
This song was a fusion between Alternative Music, Hard Rock, Metal and Post-Grung, this song has changed many people's lives with it's unmatched Rhythm, Riffs and singing.

And Myles Kennedy's voice is one of the best among all time, he's truly the best Vocalist till now.

This song is 8 minutes and it broke all musical limits and we ended up hearing a phenomenal Song that will never be imitated, this song is a one in a lifetime musical experience that you shouldn't miss!

Alter Bridge... YOU ROCK!
This song is a masterpiece, and a lot of the songs on this list are just awful, I've heard almost every song on this list and Blackbird beats them all by a long shot
Maybe this is the best song ever irrespective of the place it holds in this list as this song easily stands out of any list with no atom of dubiousness...
Very strong, meaningful, heart-touching and thought-evoking song.
Might have listened to hundreds of times in less than a month.
Thanks to Alter Bridge for having created a Masterpiece.
[Newest]Starting tune and chorus more than best

6Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
The only rock song that broke the limits between rock and pop music, you can never find a person who hates this song no matter what type of music he likes.
This song should head this list without any competition!


What is this doing all the way down at 27!? And why isn't Nirvana number 1?!
[Newest]This is my least favourite Evanescence song, but I still love it.

7Numb - Linkin Park
What the hell? , this song must be the first song in this list, I really wondered! It makes ma heart stop when listen to it I fell like something tell to stand up and destroy anything I see
Who the hell put this song behind a naked baby?
This song must be at number 1 list. It is so good that I never get tired of listening this song again and again.
[Newest]Linkin Park I love you

8Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
MRC... they rock my worldddd totally and simply AH-MAZING
the startin riff made my grandma also rock to it... definitely no 1
I didn't think theyd make it to Alternative, let alone number three. But heck yes. This song is overplayed but still inspiring and amazing.
[Newest]Best song ever! Never gets old! I get goosebumps every time I listen to this, it's so good

9Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
Green Day is by far the best alt. Band ever and this is one of their best songs. This song is absolutely amazing, it has meaning, it has life. There can not be a better song or a better band ta that, well maybe one republic. But I have listened to Green Day my whole life and I fell in love with this song when it first came out.
This song is amazing in so many ways; The lyrics are incredible, the tune is enchanting, The singer's voice couldn't have been a better match, And the title by itself is pretty Awesome!
the best alternative sng, should have been the no. 1
[Newest]This should be at least in the Top 5 we all know it's true

10Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Yay for the one actual alternative song. Emphasis on alternative not alt rock or grunge
One of the most diverse and fun alternative songs to listen to. It has such fantastic riffs and lyrics. The Killers are the future of alternative rock
This is the only Alternative song on this list. It's also the greatest song of all time.
[Newest]Got that on my iPad, this song is so cool, so as the music video!

The Contenders

11Pain - Three Days Grace
Amazing song, this song made Rock music look good, I'm a Three Days Grace hater but I admit I absolutely love this song and "Never Too Late".
The meanings are deep and touching, the music is entertaining, the PAIN screams is artistic and the whole song is resemble of Art, Drama and Will.

With respect and honor I say "WELL DONE THREE DAYS GRACE"!
Why isn't this song #1
It's the most beautiful song I've ever witnessed, though I don't really like 3 Days Grace but this song is a masterpiece!

It really gets you motivated and fully engaged...
The lyrics, the music, the melody and Adam's fantastic voice really gets you addicted to this song, you will keep hearing it on and on and you'll never get bored of it!
Why isn't this song in the Top 10?
It's Three Days Grace's Signature!

This song is one of the Rock masterpieces of this decade... and not just that, this song is everywhere, I've heard it in many series like Grey's Anatomy, CSI: New York and I've seen it live on Ghost Whisperer.
I mean it wouldn't be that famous if it isn't awesome!

Hear it and you will feel true addiction!
[Newest]I prefer Animal I Have Become

12Never Too Late - Three Days Grace
It's one of the best alternative rock songs
Best ever, the lyrics are perfect!
The lyrics are so good
[Newest]You people should know your tastes...

13Creep - Radiohead
One of the greatest songs ever, and truly one of the anthems of the 90s and one of the best songs about self-loathing. Very depressing yet very beautiful.
Santa Barbara killer was this guy!
This song is epic... Should be first! Nirvana is overrated...
[Newest]Never heard a song better than this

1421 Guns - Green Day
First song I heard by them besides Good Riddance, (who hasn't heard that song!? ) It has a good feel to it. This sing really shows you their range of generas they fit into, not just punk. Punk isn't just a genera though either so... What do you think?
It's so damn perfect! I play it over and over..
How is this song not in the top ten

15Hero - Skillet
I've never seen a song so enthusiastic, so mind catching, so entertaining and heart stopping!
This song is a mind blower!

Why the Hell isn't this song on the top of this list, the judges really need to re-filter there results...

Skillet... is our "Hero"
This the greatest song ever! Skillet should be in the top ten because they give so much passion, so enthusiastic, so mind catching, so entertaining and heart stopping! Our hero... Skillet

16Far Away - Nickelback
Great song that anyone can relate to
The best song in the whole world
Such a heartfelt song that many of us can relate to even if we haven't loved yet.

17Dear God - Avenged Sevenfold
Perfect lyrics for the perfect rhythm... This is more than just a song which makes one feel taken away to the new world...
This is a song which defines good music with great lyrics=the best song ever...
One of a kind... I repeat... One hell of a kind

18Everlong - Foo Fighters
This powerful song captures the essence of the Foo Fighters perfectly and is so unforgettable. I feel very confident saying that I will never tire from hearing its memorable riff and Dave's voice. The way that the song stops, goes kinda quiet and then explodes is amazing!
Simply the BEST BAND of all time. They are everything a band should be. Excellent musicians, great songwriters, and funny as hell.
This should be top 5 at least! Such a good riff for such an awesome song

19Waiting for the End - Linkin Park
My favorite song. It's so catchy
My favorite song, glad to see it's risen to the top 20's in the list.
Really nice Hip Hop song, and sucessful try too.

20The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
This song is what I listen to whenever I get bullied. It reminds me of how things will get better. I admire this song and I base my life on its meaning and lyrics. This song has and always will get me through hard times.
This song always picks me up on a bad day. I love listening to it while in the car. One of the best on my iPod!

21I Miss You - Blink-182
This song deserves much more than this ranking. It's such a nice song an I love the lyrical content of the song. Plus the band music is great. BLINK-182 all day.
I don't mind Green Day. However, their music does not even compare to the sheer brilliance of each and every Blink-182 song. I miss you is my favorite blink song and deserves to be #1. Or at least much higher than it's current ranking.
what!? I miss you should in the top 3!
this is the best alternative song I ever hear.
yeah BLINK 182! glad to see you together

22Awake and Alive - Skillet
SKillet can pretty much kill any other of these bands on this list. They're songs are thought out and better than the metal on the list. Long live Skillet!

23Time Is Running Out - Muse
Come on this song is catchy, moving, clever, great use of all instruments. Muse is one of the greatest bands and don't deny it
This is a great song by a great band, they are the best! How did it come to this?


No one can beat Muse! 16 years and still going strong
[Newest]This is the single best song in the world.

24I Hate Everything About You - Three Days Grace
The best song ever. Three days grace is the biggest band they are so good at what they do, every song of em is perfect, its about u, its about the way we see our day. Three Days Grace are the best, I don't know if there is a good enough word to describe them. Just wish they never stop doing this great job, they do now, because I love them so much. I wanna see them. I hope they will come someday to Bulgaria, and even if I can't go to see them I'll find a way cause you can't miss Three Days Grace's concert!

25Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
A classic hit about the insecurity all of us feel at one time or another. The Goo Goo Dolls Iris really brings the feeling of loneliness home.


Greatest song by goo goo dolls. THis should be way up the top.


This is the best Alternative Rock Song, guys! How can you be so dumb? This is simply brilliant! I love this song!

26Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Is the best alternative song of all time, its simply! The lyrics, the notes in the guitar, the supreme bass, and the drumms of chad its the perfect complement for a perfect song in all tim!
Callifornication is a classic song of love and pain with yes give or take lyrics that at first don't make sense but if you pay attention you might find a beautifull meaning above the over the top melody riff tempo rhythm and the amazing solo
Best of RHCP, great vocals and lyrics. One can never get bored of this song listening to it again and again. The melody, rhythm, guitar is too good to be described in words.

27Walking Disaster - Sum 41

28Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day
Definitely deserves a Top 10 spot.

29My Immortal - Evanescence

301979 - The Smashing Pumpkins
Paws what you're doing. You got to be kitten me right meow, this is a catastrophy. No smashing pumpkins until the 50s? Seriously? These guys were The alternative band of the 90s, and this nostalgiac song deserves top 10 recognition. come on now.

31The Night - Disturbed
This song should at least be in the top 10... Such a great songs. Two years since I began listening To disturbed but this song still remains right on top. Great riffs, awesome vocals, great lyrics and a killer solo... This song defines disturbed.
This song demolishes every song around it

32Clocks - Coldplay
This should be number 1. It is a great song in every sense. Lyrics are good, rhythm is great, (piano rocks), and deserves a better position
It is truly a masterpiece. It will be heard for a long time
Best song EVER! Nothing like it out there.
I love this song, it came out when I was little, and I've been listening to it for a long time. I love the piano a lot!
[Newest]Deserves #1, this song is amazing. One of the top Coldplay songs in my opinion.

33Miss Murder - AFI

34Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

35What I've Done - Linkin Park
Its shocking that this song does not form part of top 20 in this list... Brilliant music, fantastic lyrics!

36Give Me a Sign - Breaking Benjamin
Man this should be way above... surely one of the best songs by breaking benjamin... great lyrics too
This song is so deep. It should be in the top 10.
Are you kidding me? This song at least desrves to be in top 20.

37Testify - Rage Against the Machine
Why isn't Rage higher up on the list... this is blasphemy.

38Perfect Day - Lou Reed

39You Know You're Right - Nirvana
One of my favorite songs of all time.


40From the Inside - Linkin Park

41Country Song - Seether

42Save You- Simple Plan
Amazing song! Amazing band.
This song should be higher

43Come As You Are - Nirvana
Come as you are at 72 :-( so bad
Must be in the top tens! Its really good

44Majesty - Madrugada

45Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana

46Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park
awesome song... can light up any environment.. nobody can ever get tired of listening to this marvelous song.. all hail linkin park...! <3 <3
Unique, and with awesome meaning!

47Mirrorball - Elbow

48Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
why did I vote for them? well duh! their freakin awesome and off the chain! and so is the yeah yeah yeahs my two fave bands!

49Headstrong - Trapt

50Paralyzer - Finger Eleven
I hate finger eleven
but I only like this song

51Reptilia - The Strokes

52Are You Ready - Three Days Grace

53The Pretender - Foo Fighters
What! This is definitely a top 10er. This deserves a better spot than punk ass bands like My Chemical Romance, lp or Green Day.
The Foo Fighters are hands down one of the besg Alternative bands, this song should be higher on the list...

54The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana

55Astronaut- Simple Plan
This song means the world to me
Listen to this song! Simple plan rocks

56Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen

57Broken - Seether

58In Bloom - Nirvana

59Heart Song - Automatic Loveletter

60Subterranean Homesick Alien - Radiohead

61The Good Life - Three Days Grace

62I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic! at the Disco
Panic! At the Disco is amazing, there really should be more of their songs on here

63The Catalyst - Linkin Park
Wow... this song is just awesome... my favorite Linkin Park song, just love it. Creepy electronics, realist and meaning lyrics and a good rhithym, perfect.

64Wonderwall - Oasis

65Don't Stay - Linkin Park

66Misery Business - Paramore

67Sea Legs - The Shins

68Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers
I don't understand why this song is way down at 65! It should at least be in the top 10! This song is amazing! All Red Hot Chili Peppers songs are the best! I love Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Evanescence, ALL ALTERNATIVE! But this song should so be at the top! It is the best Alternative Rock ever! Come on Music Luvers! This song is the best! Vote for Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers! I Love Dani California as well! Can't stop! Can't stop listening to it al all! LISTEN TO THIS PEOPLEZ
A great song by one of the greatest Alternative bands of all time. This song peaked at #1 on 13 of 16 international music charts. In the video the band poses for many "One Minute Sculptures" an idea from Austrian artist Erwin Wurm.


Can't stop listing to this track, deserve to be in top 15.


[Newest]This list is wrong just because this is at 65. what?!

69Last Resort - Papa Roach

70Here Comes Your Man - Pixies

71But It's Better If You Do - Panic! at the Disco
Hmm... That's odd, they misspelled #1...
Just can't believe that there aren't that many Panic! At the Disco songs. What a disappointment...

72Hysteria - Muse
A great Alternative/Rock hit for anyone who like Muse. This song is a classic example of what every song should be. It has an amazing bass riff, great vocals, heavy drums, and a killer Guitar Solo.


[Newest]Should be in the top 5. I love the solo but its just my opinion

73Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
Underrated on this list... Though it may be confusing it has a big message to it.

74A Line In the Sand - Linkin Park

75Metalingus - Alter Bridge

76Today - Smashing Pumpkins

77Apologize - OneRepublic
OneRepublic rose to fame with this hit. It is also the most played song in history being played 10,331 times in one week.


78From Yesterday - 30 Seconds to Mars
I can't BELÄ°EVE... Jared is awesome

79Paradise - Coldplay
Oh... Come on guys haven't you heard this song... Would be surprised if you haven't... This songs got all elements in the right mix... Heart-rising
Are kidding me! I can't believe this song is at 84!
Deserves to be in top10... Just listen and then vote... And say Para Para Paradise


, I can't believe that my favorite song was on the 77th spot! Come on guys please vote for para para paradise.
[Newest]This song is awesome.. deserves to be in the top 20s at least!

80New Divide - Linkin Park
This list is incorrect, New Divide should be number 1 in the list. Chester's vocals rocks and Brad Delson also has a great guitar riffs for alternative rock. That is why this song should be in the Top Yens. By the way, this song came from the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack
Maybe the best song I've heard, mean much for me, just love it
Should be at top 20 AT LEAST! LP was still at their finest when made this... It's so unique, energic and calm at sametime.

81The Reason - Hoobastank

82Save Me - Aimee Mann

83Breathe Into Me - Red

84Face Down - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Can't find this on iTunes... I think if red jumpsuit had put this song up it probably would have helped it's popularity... But great song
I love this song it's like the best but how come its all the way down here at #89? This song is cool it should at least near #12. Right?

85Fat Lip - Sum 41

86Lateraulus - Tool
Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal song in the past 20 years. This is Tool's best song. When they Sign a contract with iTunes I will buy a 50 dollar card and buy every single Tool album. So hurry up! If I get this song on my iPod, I will be in heaven!
Incredible song. Nuff Said

87Unbeleviable - EMF

88Dear Maria, Count Me In - All Time Low

89Bullet With Butterfly Wings - Smashing Pumpkins

90Unholy Confessions - Avenged Sevenfold

91Kings and Queens - 30 Seconds to Mars
Just amazing... Mind blaster
One of the best 30 Seconds to Mars song... You can't imagine... Just feel

92Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

93Locking Up the Sun - Poets of the Fall

94Glad Man Singing - Iron & Wine

95All Apologies (Unplugged) - Nirvana

96Jeremy - Pearl Jam
Come on. How is this song not in the top 10?!? And also, how is nickelback ahead of pearl jam?!?!? What

97Drift and Die- Puddle of Mudd

98Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine

993's & 7's - Queens of the Stone Age

100Crawling In the Dark - Hoobastank

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