Best Alternative Albums of All Time

The Top Ten Best Alternative Albums of All Time

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.

It's the real art

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 song/album changed the world.

Why is this second? - Userguy44

3 Ten - Pearl Jam

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

Way overshadowed by Nevermind. Also, it has "Black". - Adrian_4

4 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..

Also, all those bands are alternative rock or alternative metal. - Adrian_4

5 Siamese Dreams - The Smashing Pumpkins

This list really sucks

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!

6 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!

It shd be the number 1

7 Weezer (Blue Album) - Weezer

No way this is 30. Top ten for sure

8 In Rainbows - Radiohead

Radiohead in general is the obvious #1 choice here.

A great album

9 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.

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

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 Superunknown - Soundgarden
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 Doolittle - Pixies

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. - Adrian_4

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!

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

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

Amazing. Each song is just so unique and great.

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

17 Weather Systems - Anathema
18 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)

19 Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

This album have no bad songs! Should be higher.

20 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

21 Disintegration - The Cure
22 Lightbulb Sun - Porcupine Tree
23 Purple - Stone Temple Pilots
24 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.

25 Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
26 End of Silence - Red
27 Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morrisette
28 Kid A - Radiohead
29 Am - Arctic Monkeys
30 We're Here Because We're Here - Anathema
31 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.

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 Core - Stone Temple Pilots
34 Jar of Flies - Alice in Chains
35 Throwing Copper - Live
36 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.?

37 Plastic Beach - Gorillaz
38 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

This is 1 of the best albums of the 2000s

39 The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

Best album ever made

40 Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park

This album is a joke

41 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins


42 Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden
43 Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog
44 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.

45 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.

46 The Colour and the Shape - Foo Fighters
47 Pinkerton - Weezer

74? That's the internet!

48 Meteora - Linkin Park

I prefer this to hybrid theory, there I said it! This album captures everything I love about Linkin Park, I don't what the hell happened to them after they released New Divide with A Thousand Suns & Living Things but that's not the linkin park I know, Meteora is amazing! So many of the songs are underrated such as figure.09 and lying from you and hit the floor! One of my top 3 albums ever! Love It and deserves to be in the top 10 along with Hybrid Theory!

They have a few good songs. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

49 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.

50 Blackbird - Alter Bridge
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