Best Alternative Albums of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Ok Computer - Radiohead Ok Computer - Radiohead Product Image

Definitely my best album in a very long while.
Radiohead has been the best in transforming from what I was calling dirty alternative rock to dirty electronic-rock. That was just before their electronic turn, and sometimes I regret we don't get the OK computer sound on their new albums.

Find me a singer that can put more emotion in his voice. I have yet to find a single one.

Good God, What is wrong with you people? Sure Linkin Park is great as an artist and Hybrid Theory is a great album but let's talk about quality here... Radiohead is the greatest alternative artist of all time and Ok Computer is the the Dark Side Of The Moon of The 90's. Not to mention the best album of the 90's.

I'm absolutely shocked...I expected Nevermind to be first on this list by far. Well, props to all the people who recognize how truly great this album is. Absolute perfection.

It's the real art

2 Nevermind - Nirvana Nevermind - Nirvana Product Image

This album is amazing.

It is full of energy, mornfulness, and melody.

Kurt expressed so much in his music, with songs such as Lithium, Breed, Drain You, Polly, Come As You Are, In Bloom and SLTS this album defines alternative music!

Thank you to Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Butch Vig.

One of the best albums of all time, and definitely the best alternative album.

This song/album changed the world.

Why is this second?

3 Ten - Pearl Jam Ten - Pearl Jam Product Image

One of the greatest albums of all time. Every single song off this album is also great.

Way overshadowed by Nevermind. Also, it has "Black".

4 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park Product Image

More than 30 million copies sold worldwide. All the songs in this album are great. It should be at the top.

This album is epic! Should be first!

5 Siamese Dreams - The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dreams - The Smashing Pumpkins Product Image

Amazing album! From the beginning song's opening riff in Cherub Rock to a 90's favorite "Today" throw in Mayonaise,Rocket,Soma and Disarm this album from top to bottom was as solid as they come, awesome!

Great album all the way through.

6 Dirt - Alice In Chains Dirt - Alice In Chains Product Image

People don't how much energy and soul that Layne put into signing every song off this album. When you have songs like down in a hole, rain when I die, them bones, sick man, rooster, and would? All on the same album you know you did something right. Not too mention how much chemistry developed between mike and jerry to develop such great instrumentals.

I'm not the biggest fan of Alternative but this album is without a doubt the best in my opinion, a perfect combination of Metal and Alternative and this album shows who the true best grunge band is.

This really should be number 1 it's better than all of Nirvanas albums and is a near perfect album

7 Weezer (Blue Album) - Weezer Weezer (Blue Album) - Weezer Product Image

No way this is 30. Top ten for sure

8 American Idiot - Green Day American Idiot - Green Day Product Image

How is this behind Gorillaz? Ever heard of Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Holiday, Jesus of Suburbia, American idiot, wake me up when September ends? Also OK Computer deserves to be higher than never mind. Karma police, paranoid android, the list goes on.

I like the band Green Day because their songs are cool.

9 In Rainbows - Radiohead In Rainbows - Radiohead Product Image

Radiohead in general is the obvious #1 choice here.

A great album

10 A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay Product Image

This album along with the Bends by Radiohead should be number one. Kid A at a close second. Also where is Parachutes by Coldplay on this list? As you can probably tell Coldplay and Radiohead are my favorite bands. I love OK Computer but I find it to be overrated as the first half of the album is a lot better than the second half (I know, Lucky and No Surprises are good, but I have never understood the Tourist, Electioneering, and Climbing up the Walls). But going back to AROBTH, this album is great from start to finish. It starts with probably my favorite song, Politik, that's loud and has emotional piano from beginning to end, to one of my favorite ballads of all time "Amsterdam" at the end. People need to stop giving Coldplay crap and realize that they are a great band that doesn't just make pop music. They make music that actually has substance more than all of the pop artists. Just because they get more recognition than other Alt. Bands doesn't mean that they write meaningless pop ...more

Should be number 1! Best album ever. Every sing song is a true masterpiece! Clocks, politik, amsterdam, a whisper, etc all show the true versatility of the band in that they can make each and every song unique but equally as beautiful. They show their true talent in this one! This album is filled with different emotions and with every album of coldplay's, they are giving the listener's their heart and soul. It's clear that the band gave us their heart and soul in this album especially! It is just wonderful.

The Contenders
11 In Absentia - Porcupine Tree In Absentia - Porcupine Tree Product Image

Glad it's in the top 10. Extremely underrated album by an extremely underrated band who definitely need more recognition.

12 Superunknown - Soundgarden Superunknown - Soundgarden Product Image
13 Doolittle - Pixies Doolittle - Pixies Product Image

If there weren't Nevermind, there would be no OK Computer.
But without Doolittle, there would be no Nevermind.
This should be at least in top 8.

I think this should be in the top 5 at least it should be 1.Nevermind 2.Ritual De La Habitual 3.Doolittle 4.Ok Computer 5.Dirt

Just a great f-ing album!

14 Dookie - Green Day Dookie - Green Day Product Image
15 The Queen is Dead - The Smiths The Queen is Dead - The Smiths Product Image

Album Changed my life

16 Demon Days - Gorillaz Demon Days - Gorillaz Product Image

Pure genius. Every song captures a new emotion and stage in life. I might just be biased because this album got me through some hard times, but I honestly can't even begin to explain my love for this album

Love all the songs on this album! Especially Feel Good Inc and Dirty Harry!

Amazing. Each song is just so unique and great.

17 Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends - Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends - Coldplay Product Image

Great from start to finish. It has such a distinct sound from anything else and it makes it even better! The theme and message of this album is clear and persistent in every song, and every single song sounds so different from the other. But every song is absolutely incredible, especially Lovers in Japan, Lost!, and Death and all of his friends

18 Weather Systems - Anathema Weather Systems - Anathema Product Image
19 Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers Product Image

This album have no bad songs! Should be higher.

20 Origin of Symmetry - Muse Origin of Symmetry - Muse Product Image

My personal ranking :

1. Origin of Symmetry (Muse)
2. Kid A (Radiohead)
3. OK Computer (Radiohead)
4. Absolution (Muse)
5. A Rush of Blood to the Head (Coldplay)

Should be in the top 10.

21 X&Y - Coldplay X&Y - Coldplay Product Image

Should be way higher! Absolutely incredible album from start to finish. Every song is great and the band really shows what they are capable of. The lyrics are also immeasurable.

22 Disintegration - The Cure Disintegration - The Cure Product Image

Ahh the good old days of high school and no one knew who the cure was...

23 Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine Product Image
24 The Bends - Radiohead The Bends - Radiohead Product Image

Despite not being the greatest Radiohead album, The Bends is what inspired Muse and Coldplay, without which they would have never existed.

This should be top 2 just after OK Computer.

25 In Utero - Nirvana In Utero - Nirvana Product Image

My god, what has this world come to? This album - AT NO. 26? Good lord, you've got to be kidding me. ESPECIALLY if it's below 3 albums I haven't even heard of, as well as being below 22 albums that I have heard of but that the only other albums that can compete with this one are "Nevermind" (also by Nirvana), "Ok Computer" (Radiohead), Dirt (Alice In Chains), Superunknown (Soundgarden), and the Blue Album (Weezer). That and maybe a couple other albums are literally it. At worst, this should be at No. 3. At best, it should DEFINITELY deserve to be at the top spot. Sure, Nirvana's earlier albums are great and I know a lot of people would kill me for saying that this is better than "Nevermind", which is also an absolute masterpiece, but like Nirvana themselves, I thought that while the production was stellar. It just seemed to mainstream and polished, and I'm not the biggest fan of that. I like albums with more rawness and grit, both production-wise, ...more

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