Best Alternative Bands of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

Nirvana is clearly the best band ever!
Kurt Cobain is amazing!
They should be number one!

Nirvana is an overrated band, and they are still popular just because Kurt died very young and this makes him more famous!

How the heck is Linkin Park possibly number 1? Nirvana is one of the greatest and more influential bands of all time, rated the 30th greatest musical act of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Linkin Park, although a good band, is absolutely nothing compared to Nirvana.

Why the hell is this after linkin park? They definitely deserve to be at the top spot.

It annoys me when people say that Nirvana, and Nevermind, are both overrated, because when they finally offer an explanation, they only have their own opinion of the music to share. That's not what "overrated" means. Calling something "overrated" is to deny the importance of the subject. Liking the music is more of a subjective take, whilst how under or overrated a band is takes facts into account. Nirvana, whether you like them or not, were, and still are, important in popular rock music. The ripples of what albums like Nevermind did, can still be felt today in a lot of popular music. They weren't necessarily doing anything that the Pixies weren't already doing, musically speaking, but they certainly popularized it and popularized a subculture of people. To call a band like that overrated is a bit like denying the fact that the sky is blue, or that the grass is green. People just enjoying making their arguments stick out as more than just pure opinion by using words like "overrated", ...more

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2 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.

Well linkin park has always been loved by people. All of their songs are great and famous. So they really deserve this spot. We all love you linkin park...

Linkin park, you have that power which I want in a music. I'm truly like all your songs...
I think you are a catalyst to the rock music, without you rock is incomplete.

Amazing band with the rare ability to expand and create genres.
They are not afraid to experiment, and they take pride in every song they write. Their popularity is well-deserved.

Most people think: Linkin Park is second? That's nuts!
Well, I admit that their latest songs are too much pop, and are not the best if you exclude One More Light. But, if you read the lyrics of every song you will understand what Linkin Park is about. Linkin Park's lyrics talk about life, some are uprising, some depressing. And about their latest songs, this is the reason they are not pop, even if they sound like pop:
There have actual lyrics.
I mean, hating Linkin Park is completely fine, but no one should only judge by the sound.

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3 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

Radiohead are one of the best bands I've heard, I love all their music and the uniqueness of what they do. Awesome band

There utilization of sound is unparalleled. They feel a rhythm, set a mood, and construct lyrics accordingly. They are also continually inspired to experiment, leaving them ahead of the curve when compared to other bands in their cumbersome "genre".

RADIOHEAD, the BEST band in the world
HAIL TO RADIOHEAD! - jonnytielman

The group created such a diverse sound and touched the transcendental darkness, on the way revealing a spectrum of emotionality previously unknown to the human being. - Bulat

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4 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative ...read more.

Green Day is my entire life! When Green Day is over so is my life! That is how much I love their music!

Go listen to their song. Then come vote. GREEN DAY rules. If you know vh1, their favorite Band is vh1. Don't care what you think but GD IS AWESOME. Observe the pattern.
GOOD-o=GOD-o=GD. At every stage, it gets better. Their inspired by the ramones. They used to have another drummer for their 1st albums. Together, billie, tre and mike have formed the gods of alt and punk. Rock

That is the most incoherent blob of utter nonsense I have read today. Actually, this entire month. - dlbk03

I am a Green Day fanatic, I LOVE them and their music, I get bullied a lot for listening to them, but I don't give a crap. They have taught me to be strong. I Play guitar and they are the inspiration behind it! While I love Radiohead and the cure, I think Green Day should take the number one spot. - Klaus_Baudilaire

They are better than radiohead

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5 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

These guys are one of the best bands around if you haven't heard Blood Sugar Sex Magik or Calfornication then you missing out on so much these guys got me into rock!

They're just like the alternative angel sent by the gods of rock..
They wave the sound just like moving the earth..

Not exactly funk not exactly alt rock, but wonderful nonetheless. Highly reccomend Blood Sugar Sex Magik and The Uplift Mof* Party plan. *= o - IknowAlotAboutMusic

How are they not #1?

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6 Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

The best bands of all times are from england. Coldplay is one of them. You know? coldplay music helps you a lot. When you hear it you feel like a God. Songs like Yellow, The Scientist, trouble, Fix you, Viva La Vida, Lovers in Japan, Clocks, In my Place, Gravity, White Shadows, Square One, Sparks, Green Eyes, Violet hill, Shiver, etc.

The Best Song Of Theirs Is Speed Of Sound. Its Is So Much Of A Modern Music. Wish I Could Make Songs Like Those.

Only Alternative for 4 albums. - Soulstealer

They are indeed the best! they have a huge range of songs! >><<
look at songs like don't panic, clocks, warning sign, the scientist, fix you, politik, life in technicolor, viva la vida, violet hill, strawberry swing, lovers in Japan, green eyes, a message, trouble, in my place, shiver, speed of sound, sparks, high speed,... the list never ends... as their immortal talent... they are rightly the numero uno of alternative rock band of all time!

True that! This is the best band ever. I think I've listened to Viva la Vida about 100 times in the past couple of days! Incredible. Absolutely incredible! I think a lot of people agree! - 4daysbro

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7 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.

Surely number 1 Grunge Rock Band

The best band should be number 1 for sure! I love how good their songs are!

Good

Pearl jam is the greatest band of all time bro if you don't like them your crazy bro. Aaaamaaziiinnggg!

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8 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate ...read more.

In this day and age where music has to be "PRODUCED" into somewhat crappy air-able songs, this band stands head and shoulders above the rest. Every song on every CD sounds exactly the same at the live show. They are a group of musicians who have become masters of their craft. I went to see Skin and Bones in Seattle WA at the Key Arena and it was the BEST live show I have ever seen in my life to this day.

How the hell can Coldplay be ahead of this legend? Easily in the top three, coming very close to Nirvana.

Foo Fighters its a band who has been playing since 1995, and since then they keep innovating, every album they made its absolutely well done, with lots of passion. I do really think that they are one of the best alternative bands ever

Oh my god! Foo Fighters are one of the most important bands ever in my opinion, hence the reason that they headline almost every music festival that they are invited to play at, and sold out Wembley Stadium at a concert! Nirvana were a shadow of a band but somehow got second! :O

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9 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

Any of the bands ranked above them in this poll would trade places with them in a second. Their unique sound, incredible music, and undeniable influence over time - musically and culturally - make U2 the giant of giants in this genre.

The Edge's Delay rules. - SharkDestroyer

No one can compare to U2. No one can compare to their influence on rock music, and their epic albums.

This is one Rock Band that I really worship. Go ahead! Hate them. But that won't change their popularity and how they have influenced (positively) upcoming bands let alone modern music in general. These gentlemen released their first album (Boy) back in 1980 and their lineup is still the same. They are still Bono, Adam, Larry and The Edge. How about that? I really admire them. They deserve a higher position than this. Really great albums - except Zooropa. - StephB

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10 R.E.M. R.E.M. R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.

R.E.M. should be way higher than it is. I mean they nearly invented alternative rock

Linkin Park and Coldplay are great bands, but they can't be in top 10 on this kind of list. Top 50, maybe, but not top 10.
As many people here said before me, R.E.M. invented alternative rock. Of course, there were some post-punk bands before them that set the base for it (Joy Division, The Cure, Talking Heads), but R.E.M. made alternative rock the way we know it today. That's enough reason to get them on #1. - Adrian_4

Linkin Park sucks.

Without R.E.M, bands like Nirvana would not exist.

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The Newcomers

? Therapy? Therapy? Therapy? is an alternative metal band from Northern Ireland. The band was formed in 1989 by guitarist–vocalist Andy Cairns from Ballyclare and drummer-vocalist Fyfe Ewing from Larne, Northern Ireland.
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The Contenders

11 Muse Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 ...read more.

Muse is awesome. Nobody can beat them, no matter what anybody else says. In my own world and Muse is at the center of it! Muse deserves to be at the top of every alternative and rock chart out there. Or at least that's my opinion.

11th place?!?!... Silly public voting systems... Let the experts vote muse would be 1st

I first saw them at the grammys 2011 and I've been their biggest fan since. Search 'muse wembley' into YouTube, you will be blown away!

Muse is better than the other bands, Radiohead is for passive-agressive people and Green Day are playing again and again the same music since 1989.

Besides the fact that Radiohead is more diverse than Muse, I love both. - Userguy44

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12 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Staley's voice, Jerry's lyrics, sexy Mike on bass and Sean on drums, nothing is better.

I just love this band. STANLEY IS A MUSICAL pIoNeEr.

The first the greatest

In my opinion, many of today's "Alternative" bands wouldn't have the success that they now enjoy without the work of Alice In Chains. This band was one of the best if not the best pioneer's of alternative music. It's to bad that the media didn't and still doesn't give these guys the credit that they so deserve. Even without Layne they are still a really good band, even though it is different than what their fans are used to... They still kick butt. RIP Layne Staley you are missed.

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13 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

FAVORITE BAND EVER! They sing about real problems and feelings, not just getting drunk and partying

My Chemical Romance is amazing! They are my favourite band ever. They always change it up, and their new album did it! It is like an amazing dystopian novel, and this is it in song form. Listen to it, you won't be disappointed.

My chemical romance is amazing. In ways more than a band as well, they save LIVES

Classics like "Welcome to the Black Parade" and "I'm Not Okay" to songs like "Cancer", "The Light Behind Your Eyes", and "The Ghost of You". They have songs that deal with mental issues that are the most relatable I've ever seen. I've never heard a band that talks about the real life problems like My Chemical Romance. Heck, My Chemical Romance has done more for me than a therapist could. Love to Gerard, Mikey, Ray, and Frank!

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14 Smashing Pumpkins Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation.

There are fewer bands with discographies as diverse and high quality as the Smashing Pumpkins. What sets them apart from many other bands on this list is their flexibility. From the classic fuzzy dream of Cherub Rock to the sweeping orchestral arrangement of Tonight, Tonight, brooding Cure-esque There it Goes, the saccharine wonderland of Cupid de Locke, the tender beauty of For Martha, the jangly psychedelia of I Am One, and the addictive poppiness of 1979 and Perfect, the Pumpkins have not lost an ounce of their artistic integrity and skill. Regardless of how much they diverged from their most easily associated Siamese Dream sound, they continue to remain distinctly unique in their artistry. Billy Corgan (perfectionist, prolific songwriting genius, and underrated guitar virtuoso) spearheaded one of the most fluid and honest bands in Alternative Rock. Many bands on this list wouldn't be here if it weren't for the tremendous (and often overlooked) influence the Smashing Pumpkins ...more

This band should be top 5-10, no offense but how is My Chemical Romance ahead of The Smashing Pumpkins. - Soulstealer

Billy Corgan is an amazing song writer and Siamese Dream is such a good album. Every time they play they have that unique sound, where it sounds like there is 20 guitars but there is only 2. The sound and control that Jimmy Chamberlin brings on the drums is fantastic. The Pumpkins are one of the most influential bands of the 90's.

Why are these below my chemical romance? What on earth is wrong with the world and the youth of today. Billy Corgan is a musical genius.

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15 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

Yes, Imagine Dragons is a good band. But I'm really surprised that people are commenting stuff like "Oh they should be top 5! " Remember these guys are still very young onto the scene for the most part. They are also much more pop-oriented than most bands here. Consider how many classic bands you would have to put them ahead of to make top 5 happen. Right now the top 5 is Nirvana, Linkin Park, Green Day, Radiohead, and Coldplay. Who are you going to displace from that group? Foo Fighters, and Red Hot Chili Peppers would also have something to say about it (among like 10-15 other bands). They definitely have done a lot of good things for music in a short period of time and I enjoy their music. But just because they are currently dominating the alternative scene in terms of mainstream popularity doesn't make them an all time contender (It doesn't necessarily make them the best alternative band active either). I think #22 is a perfectly generous spot considering how long they have been ...more

I must say that I'm genuinely surprised that Imagine Dragons are this low on the list. They might not match up to bands like Nirvana, but Linkin Park at number one? Really? I love Linkin Park, but Imagine Dragons or me into alternative, and they are going to keep me in. Songs like "Demons, " "Ready, Aim, Fire, " and "Bleeding Out" are going to make history.

They are the best

This band to me can easily match up with Nirvana, and people in general just have a hard time of crowning a new number one because they are stuck in the past. Welcome to the twenty first century, this band will blow you away. "It's time" and "Demons" are two of three of their hottest songs from their first album "Night Visions", and then "Shots", "I Bet My Life", and "Smoke and Mirrors" from their newest album "Smoke and Mirrors." They also have great singles like "Roots" and "Monster," and finally let's not forget that their most well known song from "Night Visions," "Radioactive" has been in the Billboards top 100 for 87 consecutive weeks, longer than any artists in 55 years, and on top of that this band hit stardom only three years ago.

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16 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. ...read more.

Best music I ever heard! love it, and listening it 24/7.
the lyrics that they right are so koewl! I have 4 albums of them and like them all four!

they should be more famous!

Simply Phenomenal, these guys give the listener exactly what he desires to hear, they are one of the rare bands whom are famous for more than one song (Pain, Animal I Have Become, Never Too Late, The Good Life)... Most of the other bands on this list are loved for a certain song only, and this is what makes 3DG distinguished! - DJZeezo

This band inspired me to start my musical career. There songs have so much feeling, Adam's voice is perfect. The rage shown in there songs is so inspiring. They are perfect. Name one song that they have made that's not amazing.

The absolute best band EVER!

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17 Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, ...read more.

If you think the Arctic Monkeys don't deserve the number 1 spot, That's Where You're Wrong. You may ask 'Who are Arctic Monkeys? '. Well, Only Ones Who Know their music will really appreciate their greatness.

In 2004 they released their demo album 'Beneath The Boardwalk', and ever since, they have been building their style Brick By Brick, releasing five studio albums, all containing Mad Sounds. I've done some Brainstorming, and I can think of 505 reasons why they are the best band in the world. I won't write them all, otherwise I'd still be here When the Sun Goes Down. But I will tell you that I have A Certain Romance with their music.

The Bad Thing about this site is that nobody appreciates good music. Seriously, it's berserk. So Snap Out of It, and vote for the Arctic Monkeys! And if not, Do Me a Favour and Leave Before the Lights Come On.

Linkin Park at number 1? Bah! Humbug

39! ! Best Band Ever! Should be up there in the top 5!
'I bet you look good on the dancefloor' - Best Punk/Indie song ever!
Open your ears people and listen to them, best group of the 21st century!

They should be number 1! no doubt

Best lyricist. Most imaginative, descriptive, and so full of emotion. Simply great music with deep meanings.

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18 Pixies Pixies The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances, but reunited in 2004. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering.

Really? 18th? Behind Imagine Dragons, My Chemical Romance, and Linkin Park? You guys are nuts.

Simply the best

Simply the best. This whole chart is a joke. Has anyone even heard Vamos!? Thought this was alt rock, not pop rock.

come on

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19 The White Stripes The White Stripes The White Stripes are an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they ...read more.

The White Stripes hold that sense of rock and blues foundation that everyone should at least try out. Distinctive unadorned musical attack with Jack on guitar and vocals and Meg's drumming creating that perfect sense of straightforward, raw alternative rock. The duo is genuine, they stick to their roots and do their thing like no one else can.

How does a two piece band make so much noise? I have no idea but I love it

This actually makes me angry this duo are by far and a way the best alt rock group ever. Its called alternative rock and there's nothing like the white stripes out there not even the raconteurs with the same person from the white stripes are in the white stripes league

The White Stripes most definitely need to be higher. They have an interesting, and unique, simplistic approach to rock music which few have been able to replicate. Most of all, they manage to make incredibly heavy and large scale music, while only having two members. That in and of itself is a great reason for them to be higher on the list.

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20 Incubus Incubus Incubus is an American rock band from Calabasas, California. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, and drummer Jose Pasillas while enrolled in Calabasas High School and later expanded to include bassist Alex "Dirk Lance" Katunich, and Gavin "DJ Lyfe" Koppell; ...read more.

54, Really? Who is voting pre-teens born in the early 2000s? Come on guys lets get those votes in and move Incubus to at least the top 10...

Incubus are Genius

Their is no band in the world that could produce the same music as incubus.

Incubus never get old and although their last album isn't as good as the rest they still are a band you could listen to over and over again,

Incubus are the most influential band from my childhood and growing up years. And the music from their first four albums were almost all "works of art", in the truest sense. That's what music started out as and I feel like they are one of the fading remnants of true originality and music creating (as I feel nowadays this type of artist only makes up about 10-25% of music).

They are frigging epic, honestly Brandon has one of the best voices I've ever heard in my life, he honestly sounds better live than on the album.

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21 Weezer Weezer Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner.

A band that released 2 completely different but also very much influential albums right out of the grunge movement that would shape alternative rock for years to come. Creating emo itself. No Weezer, no chemical romance. So why are they so far down? I don't know.

My favorite band. They helped redefine alternative after Kurt Cobain's death and are very influential amongst modern alternative and indie bands.

Weezer's song writing is better than at least 10 bands above it on this list

Best live act ever. Is it complex? No. Is it fancy? No. Are there all kinds of gimmicks and pyrotechnics? No. Just music that utterly blows you away even though it in itself is not overly complex. Then at the end of the show their big encore show ender was to flash the lights on the Weezer logo. Yeah, flashing a few lights. You could hear the crowd in space. They went to wild over only this... You know why? Because Weezer is legendary and deserves way more admiration than they get, especially critically. Factor into the equation that they get taken for granted and that 70% of people are operating at a below average intelligence, which makes no sense... but is actually true. Sadly. You can't get blood from a a stone and you can't get a philistine to appreciate something so nuanced, lovely and significant.

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22 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

A real Alternative Band, honestly it should be higher than Green Day. - Soulstealer

Excuse me, how is Soundgarden not in the top ten, if not in front of the smashing pumpkins, of all bands? Ridiculous. I understand about the Food Fighters, and, of course, Nirvana, but please! Make way for the real god of Grunge, Chris Cornell! He has an awesome voice, he can go high, low, scream, he's the whole package. He's obviously better than the whole lot of Linkin Park and Smashing pumpkins put together!
Let me remind you of one of their hits-
Black Hole Sun- the words in it dampen your soul with the depression that was felt writing the song. Either that, or Chris Cornell was stringing random words together in a new song. Even if he did, it sounded perfect

These guys should be way above 100. One of the groups that defined 90's alternative. Chris Cornell is a great songwriter, Kim Thayil is a great guitarist. People need to stop voting for Linkin Park and vote for Soundgarden.

Way better than Nirvana which is the most overrated band of all time!

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23 Joy Division Joy Division Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

I'm actually upset that joy division is at 24! it should be up at the top 3 with the smiths and the cure

Lmao, there are so many trash bands ahead of these guys (i.e. Nickelback, Imagine Dragons, COLDPLAY). Also, a lot of these bands aren't even alternative, like A7X for example. This band should be no. 1, no question. - RighteousMalevolent

It is obvious that a best "alternative" list is flawed when Joy Division is not in the top ten. They we're one of the founding fathers of alt rock.

Are you kidding me. This list is wac if this iconic post uk-punk group is not in the top 20. Most of these groups borrowed from this amazing group.

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24 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

Hey guys here is something really funny I think u should do. Download the app called Djay, get on it, play How you remind me by nickelback and turn the thing on the side all the way up then all the way down lol - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

Very deep lyrics, just like your mum

In my humble opinion, Nickelback has published some amazing music. Sure, some of their lyrics aren't exactly appropriate and I can understand that viewpoint from the haters. However if you can look past that, the music in general has an awesome sound and it never bores me.

So many people out their hate Nickelback. Sure, they've had a few not-so-great songs, but then again doesn't everyone? I love their guitar, and they are still walking through the massive wind of hate that is being hauled at them at every opportunity. Please don't hate on them, or any artist.

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25 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

This band isn't Alternative at all, It's Heavy Metal/Hard Rock. No offense. - Soulstealer

No, you sir are deaf. Avenged isn't Alternative. It's Rock verging on metal.

Lmao, calling this band alternative is like calling AC/DC heavy metal. - RighteousMalevolent

Just saw them in concert for my first time and it was my first concert ever, they're music is pretty much the best rock music ever in my opinion. It's just crazy how they can put so much emotion in some songs but still rock out at the same time. Avenged Sevenfold is amazing and if you don't like them then something wrong with you...

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26 Sonic Youth Sonic Youth Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up.

Although I prefer Radiohead, (my favourite band) Sonic Youth embodies "alternative" better than any other band here, let alone Coldplay. Really? People these days have forgotten what "alternative" means. Most of the bands in the top ten are pop rock, art rock, and punk rock. Sonic Youth, on the other hand, are very alternative, and turn noise into music. Listen to them, they are very weird (in a good way).

These guys really need to be higher. I know you'll hear that about every band here, buy these guys were amazing. Their unconventional song structure worked amazingly. You can't name any other band that has to bring nearly a dozen guitars on stage because of tuning. One has three low E strings! And we all know what Thurston did with the screwdriver. Please, don't vote for those higer guys now, just get these lower people where they need to be.

Absolute best. You cannot doubt the fact their influence is extremely widespread and the bands they influenced spawned great music as well. (Mudhoney, Nirvana, and the good part of the grunge scene, for example)
Why aren't they number one? Right. They didn't sell out and sing crappy pop tunes. They were too good.

The fact that Sonic Youth is barely in the top thirty shows exactly how legitimate this list is.

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27 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.

If I could only listen to one band for the rest of my life, that band would be Breaking Benjamin, hands down, no contest, etc. My favorite songs (no particular order):
Dance with the Devil
Evil Angel
Breath
Until the End
I Will Not Bow
Give me a Sign
Blow me Away

Unbelievable band, they are amazing man!, all their songs makes me happy- well not all songs from saturate except medicate and wish I may-. but the only bad thing that some times they use bad words, in some songs to all of them.

what I say can nevr convince you all you can do is listen and be amazed by their music

People, people, people... breaking benjamin's rock cannot be matched

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28 Chevelle Chevelle Chevelle is an American rock band that formed in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Joe Loeffler.

For 3 dudes (used to be 3 bros, now 2 bros and a brother in law - still a family affair! ) they are able to get a HUGE, heavy modern alternative sound. They've matured over the years, but compared to the likes of similar acts three days grace and breaking benjamin, frontman pete loeffler writes significantly more thought-provoking lyrics. And he's got one of the best screams in rock today! Definitely worth a nod! Good songs: point #1, the red, send the pain below, family system, I get it, the clincher, get some, letter from a thief, jars.

Listen to Hats off to the Bull, and you'll see why Chevelle deserves to be in the top 10. For the past few albums, they've gone back to what makes them Chevelle, have experimented as a band musically and have always shown how creative and powerful as a rock band, especially for 3 guys, let alone brothers and a brother in law, they really are. Pete write some of the most creative and introspective lyrics. They've dominated rock radio, they've had ten top-10 hits since their second album and currently their latest single, "Face to the Floor" is golding on the #1 rock song for 6 weeks. They have set the bar for all modern rock bands to follow.

Other than killing it at shows their lyrics actually have a truly interesting meaning. Delving deep into any of their songs you find that something you were looking for in the song.

The only rock gig that has genuinely and consistently put out amazing rock music for the past ten or so years. Pete Loeffer writes lyrics that you are very true to life and that may take some getting used to seeing as how abstract they could get. They've remained my favorite band ever since I heard of them back in 2009. Every album is golden to me.

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29 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

A lot of overrated, trashy bands are taking spots higher than this awesome band! These guys are so conscious about the society and have songs of meaning. (not a band singing about why they're angry and don't know why and smash their head on walls). Listen to their songs and you'll feel the difference... Then vote for them to be #1!

Dude it's the
Serj Tankian voice
Shavo Odadjian bass
John Dolmayan drums
Daron Malakian guitar
What do you need

The greatest band of all time by far! - moose4life19

I'm annoyed by how much crap made it through to the top lists. Such overhyped mainstream garbage. People need to wake up and listen to what they like. Not what is shoved down their throat or what their friends like. nevertheless, I am voting for System of a Down. I have grown less of a fan over the years, but that is because I expanded my music library from 10 artists to 97. They deserve this vote. Plain and simple

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30 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

Nope - KRX

Disturbed is simply amazing. They have such a unique sound and their lyrics actually mean something. 'Another Way to Die' actually surprised me because I've never really heard of a rock/alt band caring about something like the earth. I love them.

I grew up with disturbed! Definitely one of the best bands...
Down with the sickness
The Game
Liberate
Prayer
Deify
So many more:/

Disturbed is an AWESOME band! I grew up with them!

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31 Oasis Oasis Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

Best

One of my favorite band I have ever heard. They are really different than others. Wonderwall, Stand by me, Supersonic, Champagne supernova were my favorite. Once I listened many times their songs at my age of 24-28. I have a dream to listen their live songs. I wish I could...

One of the greatest indie alternative rock music bands. It is one of my favorite bands (probably the first one) that I listen to their music since their beginning. Especially in the 90's it was something else. British really have it for this kind of music! Definitely, it should be in the top ten. I'm waiting for their reunion..

How are Oasis only 36th, and how are they behind Nickelback? Noel Gallagher is a songwriting genius! - Aman2201

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32 The Cure The Cure The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

They should at the very least be in the top ten!

I don't care what anyone else says. The Cure not only are the ultimate masters of Goth Rock, but are also experts at true romantic ballads.

Every young person that has had any teenage angst or felt rejected or alone can relate to The Cure.

Could listen to them for hours, should be way higher on the list, and I mean where are the Smiths?!?! Disintegration is one of the only albums I own that has literally no bad songs. Truly one of the best bands of all time.

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33 OneRepublic OneRepublic OneRepublic is an American pop rock band. Formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2002 by lead singer Ryan Tedder and guitarist Zach Filkins, the band achieved commercial success on Myspace as an unsigned act.

More pop rock than alt rock honestly. Still a good band. - EllaJoy

Nope - KRX

For many people, they think OneRepublic is just a pop band. But this is not true. Their style of music ranges in all sorts of different genres (ranging from rock to orchestra to gospel to electronic and so on) and they are one of the few "genreless" bands out there. And if a band is genreless and does not have a specific genre or style, then they qualify to be placed into the ALTERNATIVE category, which OneRepublic certainly is. And in my opinion, I think they are one of the best bands in the alternative category as lots of their songs they write have meaning and every song does not sound the same at all. And finally, this is just my opinion and you don't have to agree with what I said.

OneRepublic is one of my favorite bands ever. Their songs are consistently good, but few of them get any attention- I asked my friend if she knew the song Secrets by OneRepublic, so she was like, "No. Sing it! " I did, and she was like "that's BY ONEREPUBLIC?! BUT THAT SONG WAS SO POPULAR! "

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34 Gorillaz Gorillaz Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.

Gorillaz at the NO. 34 spot. This list is a joke! - KRX

Gorillaz should be in the top 10 of this list. They've countless hits and left behind an amazing legacy.

Gorillaz are awesome. Probably the first alternative band I listened to. - Bookin

Gorillaz is amazing, they should have ranked higher. I give a million thanks for Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn for creating a very amazing band. Rock on!

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35 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi that formed in 1996. The band originally consisted of Brad Arnold (vocals/drums), Todd Harrell (bass guitar) and Matt Roberts (guitar). They were soon joined by guitarist Chris Henderson, and later by drummer Richard Liles.

No one voted 3 doors down? They're one of the best rock groups I've seen... They're supposed to make the first 20

Should be up there a bit higher in my opinion. Brad Arnold does a great job of conveying his emotions into his vocals, and they had some really memorable, quintessential rock tracks such as "When I'm Gone" and "Kryptonite".

Real 100% alternative rock band of all time, no one can compare this band.. Best vocals brad arnold.

Can't believe its in the 60th spot! These guys rock!

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36 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. ...read more.

Plush, Dead & Bloated, Lady Picture Show, Interstate Love Song, Wicked Garden, Vasoline, Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart, Big Empty...Enough Said

Definitely top ten.

How are both Pierce the Veil and Black Veil Brides both above Stone Temple Pilots on an ALTERNATIVE ROCK ranking (not to say either of those bands are bad)? Stone Temple Pilots is a absolutely top ten worthy.

I think it's an age thing, most voters are probably too young to know what alternative rock is, this band is top ten material for sure

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37 The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

How are these so low down

Lyrical poetry for the masses, kitchen sink songs for the everyman - the Smiths may have revelled in their underdog status in this list, but they deserve to be #1. Few of the bands featured would probably disagree.

Dude! It's the Smiths what the heck is Linkin Park doing above The Smiths? Johnny Marr and Morrisey are both geniuses.

They literally invented the current alternative and indie scene and are iconic

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38 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

They are one of my favorite bands of all time. Starting out in a small town in Chicago, they turned into a really great band. They have traveled to many places including Switzerland, Taiwan, Tokyo, California, and more. But sadly, they broke up in 2009 because of issues Pete Wentz had with the band. They are very original, and you can not get any closer to Alternative music that Fall Out Boy.

FOB has extremely amazing lyrics, and the sound of their songs are truly amazing. Andy Hurley is a fantastic drummer. Joe Trohman just rocks that guitar. Pete Wentz plays the bass fabulously, and Patrick Stump has one of the most spectacular voices in this world. The should definitely be on top. Fall Out Boy is my all time favorite band. End of Story.

When Patrick Stump doesn't sound whiney I like his voice. When he does, I hate his voice. Sadly he sounds whiney far too often.

LOVE THEM!

This band has great music and great personality to match. They're all pretty funny guys, and really nice, despite what you see in the I Don't Care music video. And a warning for the haters: If you try to bad-mouth Patrick Stump on Twitter, he will polite you to death. And the youngbloods (Fall Out Boy fans) will cry out for your blood.
Fall Out Boy had me hooked the first time I heard Grand Theft Autumn/Where is Your Boy. Even if they break up, I will always support the music and the band members.
If you've only heard Centuries and Uma Thurman, you should check out some of their other songs. This really and truly is a legendary band that will go down in history. They'll be remembered for centuries

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39 The Clash The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

The Clash has some of the best music of the 80s and can't be overlooked in changing rock and roll and adding this group of music, the alternative group.

What in the hell is the clash doing down here? They're not that good, but they're better than many of the overrated bands they have in the top 10.

All these other bands are pretty mediocre. Nirvana is SO overrated. The Clash is so much better than all of these other bands!

They aren't alternative they are punk. That is why they aren't higher - Frog04

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40 The Killers The Killers The Killers is an American indie rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

YYYYYEEEESSSSS! THE KILLERS ARE WAY BETTER THAN ALL THE OTHER BANDS ON HERE THEY DESERV NUMBER 1! BRANDON FLOWERS RULES!
When You Were Young
Mr. Brightside
Sam's Town - toooooooooooooooomuch

How?! How..?! HOW?! Did I mention "How? "? How the HELL are they so low down on the list? How are they only number 30? How did Linkin Park manage to get top spot yet the Killers are HERE? There must be an error, everybody I think you clicked the wrong vote button, just to clear everything- HERE IS THE KILLERS VOTE BUTTON, right there on the right.
There songs are amazing and have morals behind them which really get to your emotions, not forgetting covers such as Romeo ^^ Juliet (Dire Straits), Shadowplay (Joy Division) which they aced per usual. Need I say more? BRING THEM UP!

First off, calm down. You like the band, we got the idea. I really can't judge you since I never heard of them. Others may not have heard of them either. Secondly, don't force your opinion on other users. Just saying. - ladybug375

The definided the glamorous indie rock and roll. Their songs are full of passion, originality and charisma. You care an love all the band mates Brandon Flowers (vocals, keyboard, ) Dave Keuning ( Guitar, backup vocals) Mark Stoermer ( Bass, backup vocals) and Ronnie Vanucci (Drums, persecution) unlike other bands that they care only for the singer. You'll see from Hot Fuss, Sam's Town, Day & Age to recent album Battle Born, how original, masterful, epic and how they band. A true band doesn't make the sound or turns into techno party ego's. A true band experiments different styles and makes songs to inspire generations.

- Ray Sierra, Juncos, Puerto Rico

A Killer Victim!

Th best band of all time.

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41 Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006, the band was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes after the disbandment of the group Before Today, which was formed out of the San Diego punk rock scene.

This is more post-hardcore than alt-rock. - EllaJoy

This band isn't Alternative Rock at all. - Soulstealer

Good band but don't deserve to be on this list compared to other bands here and to the people who say this is emo it actually is not u just have to do research

They suck! Emo isn't alternative. I don't care if they saved your life, they aren't alternative.

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42 The Offspring The Offspring The Offspring is an American punk rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1984. Formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dexter Holland, bassist Greg K., lead guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada.

Has no bad songs

This disgusts me that Pierce the Veil (not even alternative) are higher up than the OFFSPRING. The Offspring write some of the catchiest songs ever written (I mean just listen to Self-Esteem and it will be stuck in your head all day) and they are only getting better with age. - Duality

AWESOME band, love all their songs, but especially Why Don't You Get A Job, all their songs are brilliant. Legend band :D If I could only listen to one band for my entire life - The Offspring

No clue how these guys could be rated at #45, they deserve so much more than that! Music is an art and The Offspring have mastered it! Their songs will be played forever and they are one of the few bands that you can actually listen to the entire cd and just rock out.

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43 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Almost 20 years after their first album and they're still amazing. Tom is the man, and this band speaks truth not like the crap that other artists of today. Deserve top 25 at least.

The new generation ain't common with the bands of the 90's... You have lost your innocence about what rock music really is... Don't absorb the present, trail back, listen to these legacies.. They will rock your world.. Peace men

Best band on the list. Should have been number one. No one can beat Zack's poetic lyrics and the angst in his rapping...

How on earth is Linkin Park up the top? They are in no way alternative, and all their songs sound exactly the same. Rage Against The Machine on the other hand is a real innovative and creative band, with a lot of influence in the music industry. - 1234567890qwerty

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44 Primus Primus Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys ...read more.

Primus. Yum yum yum. Pudding time!
The talent and creativity of the band is beyond belief. Claypool had mad hands, LaLonde is never where you expect him to be, and Herb always stays original, never overdrumming but always creating original lines.
The songwriting (composition) is mad, and the lyrics are crazy but with subtle undertones.
And of course, the band is among the pinnacle of 90s alt. They were one of the first alt rock/metal bands to leave the underground towards the end of the 80s, along with Jane's Addiction. Their genre itself, though, is hard to define. But it sure is alternative and experimental. - JoLeKosovo

Primus sucks

I'm not going to hate on the bands above. I'm just going to say that I dearly love this band for their unique sound : Claypool's unique and amazing basslines with LaLonde's flow of guitar solos accompanied by Tim ALexander's tasty drumming makes for perfect, unique, orgasmic songs. Plus Les Claypool's always unique vocals. Primus sucks.

Primus were pioneers of mainstream 90's rock, they were big in their heyday and still have a brilliant following of dedicated fans right now. Les Claypool is also one of the most influential and talented bass guitarists ever.

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45 Creed Creed Creed was an American rock band, formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band's best-known line-up consisted of lead vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist and vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

oh come on... creed deserves more...
one last breath, what if, higher, my sacrifice, with arms wide open, my own prison, one, whats this life for they deserve to be on top ten
- aaronstoneis

I gotta say they have a really great sound, I will never get bored of their music - rock2metal

Creed must be in first followed by the matchbox 20 and I can't believe that THE CALLING didn't made to the top 60... What... And where's the lips of an angel that became a phenomenal hit here in the Philippines... Hinder must have a spot even in top 70 - welwel

Tremonti owns it! "Full Circle" (2009) just proved the band they are...no letting up putting out great music! Definitely worth waiting for...NEXT!

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46 Sex Pistols Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history ...read more.

Not really Alternative, but possibly a pioneer but they are 100% Punk Rock. - Soulstealer

Are you all crazy? Sex pistols had alternative nailed in the 1970s! They defined the punk craze of the late 70s! You know nothing, young grasshopper!

There the best possible band because its been around for so long

God save the Queen

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47 Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1985. The band consists of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney.

What the HELL! Janes Addiction, in terms of influence on the music industry as a whole, and quality of music, completely crushes all the competition here! They did more for the music industry than any other group in history, oh ya and they music is AWESOME! I am a huge alternative fan and I have never heard of about half of the bands before Janes Addiction on this list. This is the order it should be. 1. Janes Addiction 2. Nirvana 3. Green Day. Not just because their music is amazing, but because they have had more influence on the genre than any other group, excluding R.E.M..

What? Have you ever listened to Jane's Addition? They should be in top five! What is wrong with you people? Are you all under 30 years old? What the younger generation thinks is "alternative" music is a joke. You guys have NO clue.

#75 is a travesty for this band. No one ever sounded remotely like them before or since, despite many attempts, and many of the bands above them on this list owe their popularity to the doors this band opened.

More relevant than 96% of the bands above it on this silly list

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48 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. ...read more.

I don't dislike them but they are Heavy Metal not Alternative Rock at all. - Soulstealer

Slipknot is a metal band -__-

I adore this band - iliekpiez

Slipknot can be classified as alternative metal, which is a sub genre of alternative rock.

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49 Melvins Melvins The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.

They are a metal band not alternative rock

On the metal list, people are saying they're an alternative band, not metal. Who should I believe? - Alkadikce

50 Live Live Live is an American rock band from York, Pennsylvania, composed of Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey, and Chris Shinn. Live's original lead singer Ed Kowalczyk left the band in November 2009.

Great 90s Alternative Band

Can't believe Live is getting no respect. First 4 albums all went platinum with Throwing Copper Platinum 8x. My favorite 90's band.

For me best band ever. Lighting Crashes. Best song. I get tired of most groups songs after awhile but not them.

The music always manages to touch me. It feels totally personal and its for me the best music to find myself again!

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