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! - somekindofaguy

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.

If they had more years, they would have surpassed a concert of 250000 fana

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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 include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...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.

LP Forever. Their songs sooth my soul. Songs like Crawling and Somewhere I Belong helped me get over depression. RIP Chester

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3 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. 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 rock. Some ...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

Green Day on 4th? Seriously! I mean Linkin Park on 1st? Seriously, something is wrong! Green day should be no. 1!

Ok I'm not sure how a rap group like linkin park or the monotonous singing of Kurt kobain can possibly surpass the greatness of the trio that is Bj Armstrong Mike dirnt and tre cool


Ps: where the hell is imagine dragons?!

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4 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

Tonality and commitment to perfect tracks. I can't find believe that Linkin Park is even on the list

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5 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.

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

Not alternative. And Coldplay is just a bunch of sellouts. No true rock band when duet with Beyonce - Nevertoreturnagain

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6 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

They were the best, they pretty much defined 90's and early 2000's alt rock music... - bhand13493

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7 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 five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...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!

Best band ever! Nothing against the other, but Muse really should be at least in the top 5 of this list!

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8 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of obviously Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, songwriter), Pat Smear (lead guitarist, pianist), Nate Mendel ...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.

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

awesome

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9 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.

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!

How is it possible that the likes of Evanescence, and Breaking Benjamin can be even thought of in the same sentence as Pearl Jam. Let alone rated higher, and I'm not even a big fan of Pearl Jam, but come on people. Pearl Jam is in the top 15 bands of all time. So they for sure deserve a rating higher then 16 for a genre they helped pioneer.

How are they number ten? At least in the top 5. what people. Nirvana and Pearl Jam are the best alternative bands of the 80s - Nevertoreturnagain

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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

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.

Awesome band. I don't know how they do it, but every song is like an ornament, so beautifully crafted and so detailed. Wonderful. - CrowdedChisel

R.E.M. Are the fathers of successful alternative rock how on earth are they only at 10 behind mediocre, more modern bands like Linkin Park or Muse.

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The Contenders

11 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.

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

I have 17 U2 CDs. But they aren't that good anymore...but still should be higher - Nevertoreturnagain

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12 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

I love them

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13 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst.

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.

On one the most best band every one should hear them

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14 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!

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!

15? Lot of people don't like Arctic monkeys because it's a modern band and they prefer 90s rock BUT DUDE THEY ARE AMAZING. I don't like modern bands of the 00's, I only prefer Arctic monkeys because they are totally good and BADASS sometimes. Alex turner it's a poet,Nick o malley it's a bassist with amazing skills, Jamie cook is a guitarist with amazing riffs and Matt Helders is just a BEAST DRUMMER. They have 5 studio album that if you listen to them deep inside you will fall in love with them,like me and like all their other fans. I want Arctic Monkeys to be at least in the 10th place.

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15 30 Seconds To Mars 30 Seconds To Mars Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band consists of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević.

30 Seconds to Mars puts more heart and soul into their music than any band I have ever known. Each song, each lyric, each beat, every video is a carefully thought out process of ideas from the brain of one mr. Jared Leto. He cares what he puts his name on and if it isn't the best you won't see it or hear it. They have the most devout group of fans I have ever known and the band appreciates each and everyone of them. that is why they are the best.

I have many favorite band's. Paramore and Muse and Nirvana and I can list a lot, I'm a terrible music fan, but 30 Seconds to Mars are my favorite band for 4 years. I will always vote for them!

they are the best alternative band of 2011. Come on they should at least be at the top tens, at No. 3 cause they are way way better than radio head. Original is not the best way to describe them, they are angelical

It's the best group ever! I'm the Echelon!

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16 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.

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.

Why is Linkin Park always at the top of these sites? My list would be:

1. Nirvana
2. Pixies
3. R.E.M.
4. Radiohead
5. Pearl Jam

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17 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

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.

Radiohead is my favorite but Pumpkins NEED to be higher

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18 The Killers The Killers The Killers is an American 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 Killers are SO underrated. How can one-hit wonders like Three Days Grace be rated higher than them? All of The Killers songs sound great and the meanings behind them are inspirational. Brandon Flowers and the rest of the band are also known to be one of the most down to earth guys, something we don't see from 99% of the bands here. Come on, Green Day is rated higher than them? What songs do they have? Wake Me Up When September Ends, Boulevard of Broken Dreams and American Idiot? Compare that to The Killers' Mr. Brightside, When You Were Young, Smile Like You Mean It, All These Things That I've Done, Shot at the Night, etc. This band deserves the #1 Spot on this list, not others. They're arguably even better than U2 because they remain consistent whereas U2 takes a long time just to get back to their original sound. Did I mention that The Killers sound AWESOME live? This band is very rare because their live performances beats their studio recordings! Check out For Reasons Unknown ...more

They rule.

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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.

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.

Thank you
Muse
QOTSA
Linkin Park
White Stripes
Alter Bridge
AiC
A7X

For protecting me from
FIR
BVB
BOTDF
BrokenCyde
HU

Thank you very much.

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20 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.

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

Most classic hits per band. Hands down a million people know more than one of their songs off the top of their head

Brand New wasn't on the list so I went with Weezer since weezer is good

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