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.
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.
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.
There are many good songs out there.. But this one is away too special.
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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...
One thing I don't know why
I ask you why not me on top Why?
Keep that in mind that I'm the no one of all the times
All I Know that
Mike is a valuable thing
He should be on top whateve's the thing.

In The End is the BESTTT!
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3The 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!?!
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4The 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
Love the Guitar riff, the drums, the vocals, the lyrics... Perfect song
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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.
THE FEEL! The feel in this song is far beyond what I ever could have imagined. The intro riff, deep lyrics that can move you, the bass line, the beat variations especially the ringshot at the breakdown, Myles Kennedy's exceptional vocals and a damn high range. Tremonti's solo! He's a monster!
What not is there in this song. A complete melodious alternative metal song! This song deserves more! It's a MASTERPIECE!
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6Numb - 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?
Perfect lyrics.
Perfect vocals.
Perfect instrumentals.
Chester Bennington is on a roll.
Are you guys mad this is supposed to be the best song
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7Bring 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?!
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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.
Amazing song! Should be at #1!
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9Mr. 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]Favourite The Killers song, hands down! Super catchy.
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10Pain - 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 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!
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!
[Newest]I prefer Animal I Have Become
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The Contenders

11Never 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
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12Boulevard 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
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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...
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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?
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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
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16Far Away - Nickelback
Such a heartfelt song that many of us can relate to even if we haven't loved yet.
Great song that anyone can relate to
The best song in the whole world
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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...
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18Waiting 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.
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19The 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!
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20Everlong - 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.
lyrics are just plan beautiful
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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.
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
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.
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22Breaking 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!
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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
No one can beat Muse! 16 years and still going strong
This is a great song by a great band, they are the best! How did it come to this?


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24Iris - 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!
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25The 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
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26I 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!
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28Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day
Definitely deserves a Top 10 spot.
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29Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
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
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!
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.
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30Awake 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!
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31Miss Murder - AFI Listen to sample

32Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold Listen to sample

33Clocks - 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.
Best song ever...deserves no. 1 position
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34Give 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.
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35My Immortal - Evanescence Listen to sample

36Testify - Rage Against the Machine
Why isn't Rage higher up on the list... this is blasphemy.
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37Perfect Day - Lou Reed Listen to sample

38From the Inside - Linkin Park Listen to sample

39Country Song - Seether Listen to sample

40Save You- Simple Plan
Amazing song! Amazing band.
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41Majesty - Madrugada Listen to sample

42Mirrorball - Elbow Listen to sample

43Take 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!
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44Headstrong - Trapt Listen to sample

45Paralyzer - Finger Eleven
I hate finger eleven
but I only like this song
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46Are You Ready - Three Days Grace Listen to sample

47The 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...
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48Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen

49Broken - Seether Listen to sample

50Astronaut- Simple Plan
This song means the world to me
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511979 - 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.
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52Heart Song - Automatic Loveletter Listen to sample

53Subterranean Homesick Alien - Radiohead Listen to sample

54The Good Life - Three Days Grace Listen to sample

55Come As You Are - Nirvana
Come as you are at 72 :-( so bad
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56What I've Done - Linkin Park
Its shocking that this song does not form part of top 20 in this list... Brilliant music, fantastic lyrics!
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57The 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.
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58Sea Legs - The Shins Listen to sample

59Don't Stay - Linkin Park Listen to sample

60Misery Business - Paramore Listen to sample

61Metalingus - Alter Bridge Listen to sample

62Here Comes Your Man - Pixies Listen to sample

63Kings 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
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64Last Resort - Papa Roach Listen to sample

65Can'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.


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66Apologize - 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.


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67From Yesterday - 30 Seconds to Mars
I can't BELÄ°EVE... Jared is awesome
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68Hysteria - 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.


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69Paradise - 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.
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70The Reason - Hoobastank Listen to sample

71Save Me - Aimee Mann Listen to sample

72Breathe Into Me - Red Listen to sample

73Fat Lip - Sum 41 Listen to sample

74Lateraulus - 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

75Unbeleviable - EMF Listen to sample

76Dear Maria, Count Me In - All Time Low

77Face 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?
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78Unholy Confessions - Avenged Sevenfold Listen to sample

79Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin Listen to sample

80Anthem of the Angels - Breaking Benjamin
This song is simply amazing Amazing song with powerful lyrics also breaking Benjamin is an amazing band period
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81Glad Man Singing - Iron & Wine Listen to sample

82Jeremy - Pearl Jam
Come on. How is this song not in the top 10?!? And also, how is nickelback ahead of pearl jam?!?!? What
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83Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine Listen to sample

84Locking Up the Sun - Poets of the Fall Listen to sample

85Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park
What the hell is this doing here?!
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87Drift and Die- Puddle of Mudd Listen to sample

88Crawling In the Dark - Hoobastank Listen to sample

89Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam
This song was never released as a single.. A gift for all concert goers, if it had been, it would be top of the list
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90Closing Time - Semisonic Listen to sample

91Hurricane - 30 Seconds to Mars
Everybody must listen to that.. If there is somebody who didint listen to this.. SHAME ON YOU
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92Meds - Placebo Listen to sample

93Fine Again - Seether

94Story of My Life - Automatic Loveletter Listen to sample

95Before I Forget - Slipknot Listen to sample

96No Jesus Christ - Seether
its not about jesus.. its not ab out god.. its just a love song check it don't get it wrong


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97Scars - Papa Roach Listen to sample

98My Heart Is Broken - Evanescence Listen to sample

99Uprising - Muse
One of their greatest songs and an anthem of civil change. Amazing rock sound. The opening song of their massive Resistance tour is meant to be heard loud. Undeniably catchy and will be one their defining songs.
Best song ever, it is AMAZING 'a fat cats had a heart attack' :D
Way better than most of the other songs and is actually alternative not alt rock
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100New 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.
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