Best Alternative Bands of All Time
The Top Ten Best Alternative Bands of All Time
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
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
One of my favorite bands of all time, they make a lot of amazing music.
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.
This band saved my life. Nirvana could never have done such a thing. It was Linkin Park that lent me a helping hand in my darkest days, when I was overdosing on crack, weed and so many other drugs. Linkin Park will always be the best
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
Green Day on 4th? Seriously! I mean Linkin Park on 1st? Seriously, something is wrong! Green day should be no. 1!
Green Day changed people for the better. Basket Case getting people through anxiety.
Give me novacaine helping the effects of drugs
Good Riddance helping people go through tough times and walk away
Bobd helping people by showing a good side of happiness
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
This is an amazing band, and they deserve all the praise they could possibly get. - Adrian_4
20 years relevant... Um, come on ladies and gents. It can't even be argued that they should be out of the top 5. Large range of styles through the years as well. There is a PJ song out there for everyone...
The best band should be number 1 for sure! I love how good their songs are!
Pearl jam is the greatest band of all time bro if you don't like them your crazy bro. Aaaamaaziiinnggg!
I love Pearl Jam - Eddie Vedder uses his voice so well to convey the wonderful meaning in their songs, and they are good-hearted people and rock live! I vote them equal first with Linkin Park - they are my equal favourite bands in the world!
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.
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
This is not a good list... Linkin park sitting there on the top not surely my cup of tea... When you hear to linkin park... You are just thrilled with all the sound and all the synth they produce... I like coldplay a lot... Their best work till date is FIX YOU! The song saddens me a lot at the same time the 2nd part also give strength... Their other good scores are the scientist, clocks, politik, in my place, yellow, lost, viva la vida, paradise from the recent album MYLO XYLOTO!
R.E.M. should be way higher than it is. I mean they nearly invented alternative rock
Both REM and U2 basically started the Alternative movement in the early 80's so they are basically one in the same. This is a mix of Alternative, Grunge (Nirvana) and current Alternative (Dragons) so I guess the list is treating them as one in the same.
Pretty underrated when you compare them to others on this list.
Is this a joke or something?! R.E.M. 31. They INVENTED alternative rock. People are just dumb and they don't know good music when they hear it. Honestly, R.E.M. should be number one, no question about it.
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.
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
How the hell can Coldplay be ahead of this legend? Easily in the top three, coming very close to Nirvana.
Amazing. Bono's soulful voice really rings out, and the lyrics get imprinted in your head. Even 80's-90's hits like "Where the Streets have no Name" and "Bullet the Blue Sky" still touch people 'round the world. Best part? THEIR FREAKING 50 YEARS OLD!
U2 is the only band with such great songs that compare to Matchbox Twenty and Old Maroon 5 (2002-2011) for me
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.
Should be higher up. Like top 5 higher. Let me know when you find someone with a better voice than Bono. I’m waiting.
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.
Most of these are either too noisy, heavy handed, or plain nasty. Some are okayImagine Dragons. Mostly I enjoy classic rock feel, like Bush or Pearl Jam..Nirvana had their moments of greatness, but I only found that out after Kurt Cobain died. Unfortunately many great songwriters/ singers,also had depression, like Kurt, and are no longer with us.RIP to Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland,Kurt Cobain,Amy Winehouse,etc.
This is disgraceful. Seeing of the best bands on earth at 27th. Listen to rooster, man in the box, check my brain. The raw riffs, heavy drums... They just pulverize any band that tries to come close them.
Staley's voice, Jerry's lyrics, sexy Mike on bass and Sean on drums, nothing is better.
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 has got to be one of the greatest and most talented bands on the planet. In a world where auto tune and lip sync is as common as people wearing shoes we live in today, this band as well as others have been rising up against the mainstream media and into the hearts and souls of their many loyal fans. What makes Muse the most stand out (to me) is that they pour every inch of magic into their songs that gets me to stop whatever I am doing and listen word from word and note to note. Muse brings us combination after combination of different musical styles that no one had ever thought of and they deserve more than just a grammy. Truly, they have every right to be honored the greatest alternative rock band of all time.
Muse is the most talented band on the planet. When all is said and done, 20-30 years from now I truly believe Muse will be #1, or #2.. only because the Beetles are more mainstream, but not nearly as talented. - Scottg
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
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.
The Smashing Pumpkins where here before almost all the other bands on this list and will be here after many are dead and gone. Their sound diversifies and changes with time, exploring alternative, metal, grunge, rock, hard rock, and rock opera. They have soul sinking ballads of depression, drug use and loss (Try Try Try, Tonight Tonight) and rage inducing rock numbers that make you want to scream and shout (Bullet With Butterfly Wings). The Smashing Pumpkins have never gotten the recognition that they should and it hurst to see them so low on this list.
This band should be top 5-10, no offense but how is My Chemical Romance ahead of The Smashing Pumpkins. - Soulstealer
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
The Black Parade and 3 cheers are so beautiful and emotional with great rock songs, and heavy power ballads.
On a side note, isn't it funny how each member of the Holy Emo Trinity, is not considered emo and became pop musicians in the 2010's.
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.
Its unfair to call Imagine Dragons a rock band or a pop band...because they're BOTH. Definitely should be higher on this list.
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.
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!
48? really, when there are bands like Panic! at the disco above? Come on people get your act together and vote! These are the best band around at the min and Alex turner is simple a genius! Vote! vote! and vote again!
Their debut, 'Whatever People Say I Am...,' reinvigorated the British indie rock scene in the mid 2000s and their most recent album, AM, may very well be the best alternative album since the Strokes' debut. There isn't anything else out there that sounds like what AM has achieved in melding post-punk, r'n'b, hip-hop, hard rock, and psychedelia into an organic sound. They are truly an original band and are keeping guitar-based rock alive with their willingness to experiment and push boundaries. Not to mention that Alex Turner is one of the best lyricists of this generation.
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.
When I was only into trance and electro music and heard my roommate to three days grace's "i hate everything about you" I kind of started linking this band and by the end of the same week already listened to all of their known songs since then I couldn't pass a day without listening to them. I sincerely over like this band.
These guys were some of the best thing to come out of the 80s underground. VOTE THEM! not quite my favourite and though.
Simply the best. This whole chart is a joke. Has anyone even heard Vamos!? Thought this was alt rock, not pop rock.
Black Francis one of the greatest American songwriters (Bowie called him THE greatest). Joey Santiago the most underrated guitarist ever. Fresh edgy weird funny bad ass music that still holds up long after the overplayed and now boring catalogs of most of the current top ten alt bands listed.
Really? 18th? Behind Imagine Dragons, My Chemical Romance, and Linkin Park? You guys are nuts.
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.
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.
How on earth are those other bands so high up? The White Stripes brought this genre to public attention and this band only has two members. Really unique band and better than all those bands above. - admonlee
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.
They fall under the great 90's grunge sup pop genre. I recommended the albums Badmotorfinger and Telephantasm. Also for metal heads. - IknowAlotAboutMusic
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.
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.
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.
Weezer in 26? have you heard some songs like "Buddy Holly", "Dope Nose", "Hash Pipe", "We Are All on Drugs", "Say It Ain't So"... Weezer has many great songs, you should hear it - rock2metal
Plush, Dead & Bloated, Lady Picture Show, Interstate Love Song, Wicked Garden, Vasoline, Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart, Big Empty...Enough Said
This band is amazing! Now this is a true Alternative Rock Band. Not in the likes A7X, PTV, SWS, or P! ATD! - Soulstealer
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
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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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.
Just listen to their songs and try to relate them to your life you'll definitely be surprised how close they come. I'm a fan of almost every band in this list and huge lover of alternative and rock and believe me when I say it these guys deserve a WAYY higher spot than 27!
Yeah, because I can totally relate to songs about sex, strippers, and alcohol. - Dunsparcity
No, you sir are deaf. Avenged isn't Alternative. It's Rock verging on metal.
This band isn't Alternative at all, It's Heavy Metal/Hard Rock. No offense. - Soulstealer
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...
Why the hell is Avenged Sevenfold down here.. People, get your ears working, because there music is amazing. You all are deaf.
These guys should be in the Top 3.
I'm actually upset that joy division is at 24! it should be up at the top 3 with the smiths and the cure
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.
The father of alt. Rock should be in top 3
My favourite band of all time and daydream nation literally destroys every other album in existence! VOTE!
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.
System of a down is the most innovative and experimental alternative band ever. They should be higher
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
Criminally insane they are not #1. Almost every other band on this list is retarded. U2 and Coldplay beyond suck,and are boring,depressing repetitive and lack any real talent. The Cure is creative, compelling, and often unpredictable. They don't resemble their rivals at all. Probably the most unique band of the 80's.
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.
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
So many more:/
Disturbed is an AWESOME band! I grew up with them!
Come on! They should be at least in the top ten
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...
Oasis are low on this list because their popularity stayed within the UK with them barely getting any attention in America & the major demographic of this site are American users. - Joeljohns249
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..
Why is oasis so low down. This must be one of the worst lists ever. I mean, coldplay, imagine dragons!? AHEAD OF OASIS!? Coldplay are alright but iamgine dragons I mean come on. since I'm here I'm gonna have a rant about imagine dragons. They call themselves a rock band which annoys to death. their songs are awful and more people listen to Don't Look Back in Anger than radioactive. you wouldn't play believer over wonderwall or supersonic would you.
Underrated band. "Counting Stars" is one of my all-time favorites
OneRepublic deserves the top 10. Overlooked and ignored as usual :(.
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! "
Awesome band, but they are trip-hop, not alternative in any way. - Adrian_4
How the heck is this even CLOSE to 90th place? They are expertly executed, with only one man singing, one crew producing, and a whole lot of good writing. Their music is unique and speaks to people in different ways depending on their own experiences, and no two people will interpret one of their songs the same. It actually builds up an interesting, non-cliched history of its virtual members. And to top it all off, it's actually officially the number one virtual band ever. It's so actually good yet there are so many bad bands above this, mostly because the icon the adder chose (probably accidentally; don't blame them) is unrepresentative of their uniqueness.
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
I agree that Gorillaz are awesome, but they're not alternative. They are trip hop. - Adrian_4
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
Until the End
I Will Not Bow
Give me a Sign
Blow me Away
They been my favorite band since I started listing to them the 1st song I heard was away and ever since I can't stop listing to them I don't really have a favorite song because I love all of then
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
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!
About 60% of bands above them in this list admit to being directly influenced by the Smiths.
Considering NME, probably the most significant alt rock publication, sees the Smiths as the single band which has had the most influence on them, you can surely appreciate these guys must be top 3 on influence and stature, even if you don't like all their music.
The smiths invented alternative music! They should at least be in the top 5!
Check out their "the sound of the smiths" Album it's amazing!
They definitely deserve the number 1 spot. Morrissey is a lyrical genius and Johnny Marr's guitar work is absolutely incredible. The music and the lyrics compliment each other perfectly. They essentially created alternative rock. The Smiths are incredible, definitely worth the less!
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.
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
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.
This band is so awesome. Some of the songs are pretty meaningful like Kristy, Are You Doing Okay, The Kids Aren't Alright, and Gone Away, while some of their other songs are awesome to just rock out to like Your'e Gonna Go Far Kid, Pretty Fly for a White Guy and Self Esteem.
YYYYYEEEESSSSS! THE KILLERS ARE WAY BETTER THAN ALL THE OTHER BANDS ON HERE THEY DESERV NUMBER 1! BRANDON FLOWERS RULES!
When You Were Young
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!
The killers is the only band that represents good old music style. There is a story and a reason behind every song. They don't sing about woman cars and money. They sing about love relationships and even for the society. (human) The truth is that they didn't have a great success on those charts or on the music destroyer "mtv" but this is because they didn't change their style in order to be liked they stayed loyal to their influences till their last masterpiece "battle born"they really deserve to be on this list. If they had made the band many years ago they would have the fame and success of the beatles because back then people appreciated good music and lyrics.
They should be much higher than PTV and SWS because they aren't Alternative. - Soulstealer
Myles Kennedy is legendary.. Great compilation of songwriters and musicians. Great bass riffs, unique drummer who loves his small cymbals, and two incredible guitarists. The songwriting stands apart from a lot of artists today.
This is the band with capital B... listen to Isolation from the last album called AB III. Alter Bridge is the best alternative band on the scene nowdays with beautiful guitar riffs and very, very good singer. And YES, this list is a fake. What about Breaking Benjamin at fifth place? I like them too, but have you ever seen their live performance? So booring... Try Alter Bridge m/
The blackbird album alone puts them into the top 3! Its arguably one of the best albums ever to be recorded... hits like watch over you, blackbird, buried alive, rise today, white knuckles, before tomorrow comes, brand new start, and coming home! Give it a listen, you'll understand
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.
I LOVE PIERCE THE VEIL! They are awesome! I won't say that they saved my life, but they helped me get through tough times. My favorite album is Collide With The Sky!
Just an awesome band. Vic has a striking voice and live they are gorgeous.
Best Christian Alternative Rock Band Ever. This band has great music ranging from soft to hard in many songs. - Soulstealer
What? #069. This band deserves to be in the top 15 but is down here cause of its unpopularity. It's a far better band than Creed and Tokio Hotel.
My personal favorite are-
1) Never be the same again
3) let go
4) Mystery of you
5) feed the machine
6) Already over.
You should at least try this out for once. They are the best...!
SERIOUSLY!?!?! It should've been in top ten for sure!
Okay, you might think I'm saying this cause I like this band,
But try it yourself once, I bet you would agree.
Its just that its not much recognized.
They're probably this low on this list because people label them more of a Christian rock band, but do realize that Christian rock has similar sounds to alternative rock. If you look at top Christian rock bands, this band is like number 2. They definitely need to be higher up on this list
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
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.
My all time favorite alt band is beneath literally (and I mean literally) all of the absolute worst bands I have ever heard.
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
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
I gotta say they have a really great sound, I will never get bored of their music - rock2metal
Tremonti owns it! "Full Circle" (2009) just proved the band they are...no letting up putting out great music! Definitely worth waiting for...NEXT!
They can write songs about love, breakups, partying, sorrow, and just about everything in between.
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.
I really like Patrick Stumps voice. It’s so original. Way to low on the list
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.
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
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
Do they count as Alternative? - Soulstealer
The fact that they are below PTV shows the lack of knowledge on Alternative Music. - Soulstealer
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.