Best Alternative Albums of All Time


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

V 1 Comment
2 Nevermind - Nirvana

This song/album changed the world.

Why is this second? - Userguy44


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

V 2 Comments
3 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

Amazing album - Camaro6

It shd be the number 1

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

V 1 Comment
4 Ten - Pearl Jam

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

5 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..

6 Siamese Dreams - The Smashing Pumpkins

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!

This list really sucks

7 In Rainbows - Radiohead

Radiohead in general is the obvious #1 choice here.

A great album

8 Weezer (Blue Album) - Weezer

No way this is 30. Top ten for sure

9 American Idiot - Green Day

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

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

10 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

The Contenders

11 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!

12 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.

13 Dookie - Green Day
14 The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
15 Demon Days - Gorillaz

Amazing. Each song is just so unique and great.

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

16 Weather Systems - Anathema
17 Origin of Symmetry - Muse

Should be in the top 10. - Userguy44

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

This album have no bad songs! Should be higher.

19 Superunknown - Soundgarden
20 Lightbulb Sun - Porcupine Tree
21 In Utero - Nirvana

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

22 A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds to Mars
23 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.

24 30 Seconds to Mars - 30 Seconds to Mars
25 Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
26 Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morrisette
27 Kid A - Radiohead
28 We're Here Because We're Here - Anathema
29 Insomniac - Green Day

Best green day album for me for sure. don't know if it deserves to be higher on the list but I'm glad it's here.

30 Am - Arctic Monkeys
31 End of Silence - Red
32 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

33 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.?

34 Phobia - Breaking Benjamin
35 Plastic Beach - Gorillaz
36 Jar of Flies - Alice in Chains
37 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins
38 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

This is 1 of the best albums of the 2000s

39 Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park

This album is a joke

40 The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

Best album ever made

41 Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden
42 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.

43 The Colour and the Shape - Foo Fighters
44 Pinkerton - Weezer

74? That's the internet!

45 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.

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

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

47 Unplugged - Nirvana
48 Blood Sugar Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers

This really deserves to be higher by the way I feel like BSSM should be their best ranked album not Californication even though I like both really much

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

49 This Is War - 30 Seconds to Mars
50 Lonerism - Tame Impala
8Load More
PSearch List

Related Lists

Best Alternative Metal Albums Best Alternative Albums of 2014-2015 Best Alternative Rock Albums of 2016 Best Alternative Rock Albums of 2015 Greatest Grammy Award Winning Alternative Music Albums

List Stats

800 votes
129 listings
8 years, 363 days old

Top Remixes (11)

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

View All 11

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.