Best Alternative Bands of the '90sfirstplace Here is a list of bands that I am putting in my files. I want to collect their songs, the songs, that became a hit during the boom of alternative rock up until the time when hybrid hardcore flourished. If there's something that's missing from this list you are welcome to add them.
The Top Ten
Nirvana is the band responsible for making grunge music popular. A great band.
The best grunge band, and one of the best bands.
Nirvana didn't make grunge, they just made it popular and better. Too bad kurt cobains dead...
One of the best alternative band in the 90's - firstplace
The only bands that really mattered in the 90s, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana.
A classic great alternative rock band.
THE best 90s band. No competition.
Radiohead>Nirvana... It's not even close
This band are truly amazing. Ok Computer is one of the best albums of all time. Amazing band.
Even though every 90's alternative list seems to put Nirvana on top with good reason, but there is no reason Red Hot Chile Peppers should be any worse than 2. Give Californication, Otherside, Dani California, Under the Bridge, and Scar Tissue a listen. (There are many other good RHCP songs but I only listed the most popular ones.) The guitarist precision is astounding (Californication) and the bassist is purely amazing (Listen to Can't Stop for the best bass line of any alternative song) I can't see why Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins are above RHCP.
I love this band!
RHCP should be no. 2 or 3, not 9! Damn people..
They are great Anthony Keidis and Co. rule.
Champagne Supernova is probably the best song from the 90's. Noel Gallagher is one of the best song writers of all time, especially during this time.
Noel Gallagher is an unbelievable song writer. Still remains so today with his solo stuff.
People say they ripped off The Beatles. But they are a great talented band.
I wouldn't consider them alternative - Gruunge
Just one of the oldest bands. They started back in mid 90s but they're still around and still producing hits - firstplace
They were the only band at the time keeping punk rock alive. Say what you want, they're still punk.
There early Music is much better than there American Idiot album.
Fake punk band still has some good albums though. If you want real punk listen to bands like Bad Religion, Pennywise, Rancid, Suicidal Tendencies,etc.
Eddie Vedder had amazing vocals, Mike McCready had fantastic solos, and Jeff Ament wrote the best music. Love Jeremy and Alive.
Only Nirvana's impact was greater and easily outclasses everyone on this list! ( Just one man's humble opinion )
With tracks like "Rusty Cage" and "Jesus Christ Pose" (and a less known but incredible track "Room a Thousand Years Wide", I can't see how Soundgarden could be left off this list, and be below Pearl Jam for that matter... Just saying!
Foo fighter is a term used by World War II pilots to identify UFOs.
For sure should be higher up. Just listen to Rooster, Would? And Man In The Box.
They sang "happy birthday 🎂 to a 17 yr old swimmer
I still think this should be way higher as the made the face of alternative you would never hear them in the radio as they were alternative like the meaning
They have a great debut album they also have some good later music.
Should be at #2 right below nirvana a great band
Should be higher! Should be Number ONE!V 1 Comment
Best of all time - michaeltre
Foo fighter is a term used by World War II pilots to identify UFOs. And the name of the band is Foo Fighters, it's plural. They are definitely one of my Favorite bands. Founded in 1994 by Dave Grohl, they're not one of the oldest.
One of the oldest, I still wonder about the meaning of their name. I guess it was taken from one of the controversial files I think from area 51. I am not sure. - firstplace
One of the few 90s alternative rock bands that still make great music today.
One of the best bands of the 90' and still one of the greatest vocals I have ever heard. Plus Stephen Jenkins was amazing, I wonder where he is now. - firstplace
One of the oldest still rocking band - firstplace
Should be top ten, the last of true punk rock and still significant today
Should be a little higher on the list
One of the most misunderstood bands, I think because their song isn't really the kind which you will get to like when you first hear it, you have to listen to their songs twice or thrice before you get to like it. And the lyrics is very poetic. But I just put them on the 9th because although they are my favorite, they still are young. - firstplace
They aren't alternative. They fall under the category of alternative metal, but that's a subgenre of metal. Not alternative
Deftones are pioneers of alternative metal, they revolutionized the genre.
I am putting this band on my list because simply they are good, too bad they disbanded too early, I had their album before and I think all of the songs there was good. - firstplace
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