Best Alternative Bands of All Time
The Top Ten
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
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.
Linkin Park is...honestly just an "okay" band. Don't get me wrong, I loved Hybrid Theory when it came out, and listened to them for awhile. Hell, I even listened to Mike Shinoda when he broke off from Linkin Park for awhile to make Fort Minor, and loved their album "Rising Tied". But as I got older, I kind of grew out of them. Their songs began to sound annoyingly similar, and Numb quite literally became a joke for me. And I wouldn't really even classify them as alt-rock, either. They're more Nu-metal, to me at least. A good comparison to another music group to them would be Maroon 5. They make good music, and have many, many hits that's for sure. However, their songs seem to blend together, or have the same subject it seems like - Linkin Park having a rebellious or betrayal feel to it, and Maroon 5 pretty much only being about a woman (which by the way gets incredibly repetitive). Nirvana has number one because they pushed the envelope. They developed their own ...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!
One of my favorite bands of all time, they make a lot of amazing music.
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.
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
This is an amazing band, and they deserve all the praise they could possibly get.
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!
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...
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 band should be number 1 for sure! I love how good their songs are!
Pearl Jam is the best! All their songs have great beats and clever lyrics. They’re good for when you’re happy, sad, pissed, anything! Also so great to listen to while running
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.
No one can compare to U2. No one can compare to their influence on rock music, and their epic albums.
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 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.
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.
No one can compare to layne staley's unique vocals... Don't even get me started with their lyrics... Pure raw emotion... They should be in the top 5 at least
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lets see hear:
#1 Rap never had anything to do with alternative rock
#2 Grunge not alternative rock
#3 Punk rock not alternative rock
#4 Pop rock
#5 Finally an actual accurate entry
#6 Used to be Indie, now mainstream pop rock
#7 Punk rock
#8 Post Grunge/grunge
What is wrong with you people. While all 9 of these might be good bands, only one of them is actually alternative rock, and they somehow made it into the top places.
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.
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.
Its unfair to call Imagine Dragons a rock band or a pop band...because they're BOTH. Definitely should be higher on this list.
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.
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
My favorite band. They helped redefine alternative after Kurt Cobain's death and are very influential amongst modern alternative and indie bands.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This list is a waste-of-time joke until Pixies reach at least the Top Ten all time. The current Top Ten don't need accolades as they are all already overrated, but Pixies have yet to be discovered by millions and what a tragedy that would be since they changed everything.
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.
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
A real Alternative Band, honestly it should be higher than Green Day.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
No, you sir are deaf. Avenged isn't Alternative. It's Rock verging on metal.
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.
These guys should be in the top 5 MINIMUM, just give it a try if you don't know them. It will be worth your while...