Best Alternative Albums of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Ok Computer - Radiohead

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.

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.

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.

Just perfect

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2 Nevermind - Nirvana

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

This is THE game changing Alternative album!

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.

3 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

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

This is the best alternative album in the world

This album is epic! Should be first!

4 Siamese Dreams - The Smashing Pumpkins

This list really sucks

5 In Rainbows - Radiohead

Radiohead in general is the obvious #1 choice here.

A great album

6 Ten - Pearl Jam
7 Demon Days - Gorillaz

My favorite album, Good songs, Good band, Good cover ;) especially Feel good inc

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

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

8 Dirt - Alice In Chains

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. - rautera

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. - christangrant

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

I don't think AIC as alternative. They're more Metal. So does LP and RATM they're just rap rock. Alternative rock is like Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Radiohead etc..

9 In Absentia - Porcupine Tree

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

This is prog rock but ok - imabigpotato

10 American Idiot - Green Day

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.

What u kidding me? No.13 seriously

The Contenders

11 A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay

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.

12 Doolittle - Pixies

Just a great f-ing album!

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

R u all retarded? Radiohead! Gorillaz! Coldplay! Alternative, seriously? ))
Doolittle is the best alternative album ever, and forever!

13 Weather Systems - Anathema
14 The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
15 Superunknown - Soundgarden
16 The Bends - Radiohead

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.

17 Origin of Symmetry - Muse

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)

18 Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
19 Lightbulb Sun - Porcupine Tree
20 Resistance - Muse

There is not a better band out there, other than muse! The emotion behind this album is amazing! Truly a work of art.

How the hell is a PEARL (crap) JAM album better than the Resistance.?

21 Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morrisette
22 We're Here Because We're Here - Anathema
23 In Utero - Nirvana
24 Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
25 Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends - Coldplay

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

26 Weezer (Blue Album) - Weezer

No way this is 30. Top ten for sure

27 Dookie - Green Day
28 Kid A - Radiohead
29 Am - Arctic Monkeys
30 Plastic Beach - Gorillaz
31 Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park

This album is a joke

32 The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
33 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
34 Ghost Stories - Coldplay

True genius by coldplay. Alhough a lot of people criticized it because of its mellow tone and its deviation from other albums, it is definitely one that deserves way more credit. If you actually listen to the album, you would see how incredible it actually is. It shows pain and heartbreak, but also light after the darkness. Each somg flows into the other and creates this incredible journey that each listener is taken through. It has no label, there are electronic elements, angels singing, beautiful guitar in every song, etc, that makes this album stand out as something different and unique from anything else done by anybody.

35 Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden
36 Funeral - Arcade Fire

It is such a good album! The group chose to use so many instruments, it's great. Each song is directly fallowed by another in a perfect chain and every single one of them tells a beautiful story.

37 Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! - Devo

I think this one should be in the top ten. - Caleb9000

38 Unplugged - Nirvana
39 The Colour and the Shape - Foo Fighters
40 Lonerism - Tame Impala
41 Blood Sugar Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers' best album, probably the best album they ever going to make.

42 Black Holes and Revelations - Muse

No, I don't necessarily think it should be number one, but I just want to point out that this album contains some of Muse's best work, songs like Exo-politics, Assassin and Take a Bow are just incredible. Even soldiers poem is a great little almost interlude type of song. Even its bonus tracks are awesome, like Glorious and Assassin GOB edition. And let's not forget the epic Knights of Cydonia to finish off the album! - uofmfan1221

43 Parachutes - Coldplay

Beautiful album with great emotion and lyrics. The message of this album shines through. This album is a mellower one, but it is incredible. Not one song is boring because each has a distinct sound and something that makes you want to hear more and more. It is amazing and should be way higher in the rankings!

44 Hail to the Thief - Radiohead
45 90125 - Yes
46 A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds to Mars
47 Stupid Dream - Porcupine Tree
48 X&Y - Coldplay

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.

49 White Pony - Deftones

I'm not sure if this album is among the best alternative albums of all time, but it's really good and a lot better than a lot of the albums on this list. - Imreallyboredrightnow

50 See You On the Other Side - Korn
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Top Remixes (8)

1. Ok Computer - Radiohead
2. In Absentia - Porcupine Tree
3. Weather Systems - Anathema
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1. Nevermind - Nirvana
2. Superunknown - Soundgarden
3. Ten - Pearl Jam
rautera
1. Ok Computer - Radiohead
2. Stupid Dream - Porcupine Tree
3. Nevermind - Nirvana
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