Best Alternative Bands of All Time

The Top Ten

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

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

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

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

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

number 1

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

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

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

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

2000 - 2004 best alternative!

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

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

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

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

Deserve to be above Linkin Park if not 1st

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4 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

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!

I think they deserve the 2nd spot.

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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

The Best variation in alt rock ever

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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

Best band ever love Californiacation!

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

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.

BEST BAND OF ALL TIMES

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

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

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

I can't say I've listened to a Foo Fighters album I haven't liked! It's impressive how they've had such a revolving cast and still enjoyed so much success; then again with a nucleus consisting of Dave Grohl, how else will you do?

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9 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

They basically invented the genre and they owned it for decades. They are easily top 5 and likely top 2.

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10 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

How the actual HELL are the Foo Fighters, Lincoln Park, PEARL JAM, etc. ahead of U2?

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The Contenders

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

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

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

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

Matt Bellamy is the goat - Redrocky416

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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 how are they so low though My Chemical Romance is the best. Black Parade is the best album of all time

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

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

One of the best bands ever! Listen to their music and you will see why. - Userguy44

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

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

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.

They Are a amazing band siamese dream is a masterpiece

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

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

they should be more famous!

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

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

Love the dim light behind dark lyrics... love the sound

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

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

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

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 don't LIKE IMAGINE DRAGONS GO LISTEN TO SOME OF THEIR OLDER MUSIC. (BLEEDING OUT, AMSTERDAM, DREAM, FALLEN, ROUND AND ROUND, MY FAULT, 30 LIVES. AMAZING BAND

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

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

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

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

Linkin Park at number 1? Bah! Humbug

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

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!

They should be number 1! no doubt

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18 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.

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

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

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

Incubus are Genius

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

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

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

They're my favorite band ever. Period. - ZeroBlaster

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

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.

People say this band is alternative but I don't think they are that kind of alternative.well some of their songs are alternative style but I don't think they should be high because only some of their barely alternative songs - zxm

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

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

Weezer has some of the best songwriting around, as far as the first 2 albums go. They still have many great albums past the blue and Pinkerton era, but if you look at those two albums alone, Weezer may possibly be the best alternative group of all time.

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

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

The best rock band in history, let alone the best alternative rock band. No contest here. But there's a mix of tasteless record label trash for kid's (Imagine Dragons, Three Days Grace, My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park, Nickelback) and real, good, complex and honest music rock'n'roll (Pixies, Nirvana, White Stripes, Alice in Chains, Radiohead, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth...). These bands don't go in the same category.

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23 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.

Should be around 5 or 6 if not higher. I mean, they influenced Kurt Cobain.

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

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.

Their inspiring,
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

A lot of people love Hero by Mariah Carey, but my favourite 'Hero' song is by Nickelback. They put out some really solidly great songs, with the husky voice of the lead singer, it really goes well with the style of music they put out. Awesome combination of vocals and instrumentals.

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

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

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

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

Most of my favourite songs are from this band.

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

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

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

The greatest band of all time by far! - moose4life19

If you have only listened to Chop Suey! then I beg of you, listen to every song by them and you will like them all.

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

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

Why are Nickelback higher than the creators of alternative? - 445956

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

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! "

One republic is the best band. They should be in the top ten in my opinion. They rock. One Republic is one of the greatest.

36?!?!?! 36?! Should be at least top 10 - thedeadthebadandthedexter00

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

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

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

Brilliant band, although it's a shame they seperated. I'm very glad they've put together Beady Eye, though - missing Noel, but still a great band

2 of the best albums ever one year after another, followed by 5 still fantastic albums and an impact bigger than a meteor. A truly revolutionary and incredible band.

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

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.

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.

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.

This band is so good. I can guarantee they're better than Sonic Youth haha they're so bad. Wonder What's Next, Vena Sera, This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In), Sci-Fi Crimes, Hats Off to The Bull, Point #1, La Gargola, and The North Corridor are all really quality albums. And like the guy below me said, 10 top tens on the rock charts. And how the hell is Sonic Youth even on this list

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

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.

I have just recently gotten into Gorillaz, but they sound like no other band I have ever heard. They stand out in their own unique way. The way Damon Albarn sings portrays the music in many different ways depending on the song. The music videos are outstanding and the songs themselves are beautifully written. This band deserves a higher ranking. - lindseysloth

They were the the thing 6 years ago, even with their mysterious music videos being played on rage and all. I guess I don't love them, but in a way enjoy their music even now.

The Gorillaz are awesome! They deserve to be in the top 10

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32 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi that formed in 1996. The band originally consisted of Brad Arnold (vocals/drums), Todd Harrell (bass guitar) and Matt Roberts (guitar). They were soon joined by guitarist Chris Henderson, and later by drummer Richard Liles.

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

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

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

KRYPTONITE IS THE BEST SONG EVER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOVE THEM!

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

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!

The Smiths are the reason this list can exist! Voted as the greatest British band ever ahead of the Beatles, true fact.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surprised to find them on Page 2... Great Band... Disintegration was their best album... They defined Alternative in the mid to late 80's

The Cure was started in 1976 so they're one of the first alternative rock bands and definitely kick started modern gothic rock. Also, Robert Smith is one of the most talented iconic singers behind Morissey. Plus, Disintegration is the best album ever!

I am so relieved to find the cure this low on the list obviously the masses have crap for taste the cure should be one on a list of one As long as the cure has.2 % of the vote they are doing something right let the idiots convince themselves mainstream crap is alternative

Haha... how can the cure be lower than crap like Imagine Dragons? Please just listen to Disintegration or Three Imaginary Boys. They are pure genius.

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

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

Seriously they are at #44? Papa roach, offspring, and good charlotte? SERIOUSLY?! Oh holy hell we are screwed!

Definitely top ten.

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

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

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

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

Fantastic modern alternative band, very few flaws you can find in them other than some repeated lyrics occasionally

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

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

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

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

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

- Ray Sierra, Juncos, Puerto Rico

A Killer Victim!

Okaaay, so The Killers are a long way down the list. What's up with that? I mean, their music is AMAZING.

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

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.

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

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

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 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

How in gods good name is Pierce The Veil higher on the list than The Offspring? So is Fall Out Boy. And Black Veil Brides…

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

Primus 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.

Finally, I was getting worried Primus wouldn't be here! And below all these talentless hacks! I hate conformity. Primus Sucks!

I finally found them - jayceaw

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

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

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

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

@welwel can't agree more about Creed and Matchbox Twenty this coming from a 15 year old

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

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

The y aré grand!

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

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

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

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

# 52 is still way to low on the list for these guys... One of the best alternative bands ever.

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

Slipknot is a metal band -__-

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

I adore this band - iliekpiez

Dang it! You liars!

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48 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Not sure that it is alternative, but they rocks!
I love their live performance. Amy Lee has beautiful voice

The best and most beautiful eyes open my heart to keep up her mind as it navigates life's meaning in the song evanescence, who inspires all of my steps on the way to achieve a dream of light.

Listen bring me to life or my immortal then vote
great voice
amy lee rocks

Evanescence deserves much more attention than it actually gets. - iliekpiez

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

They are a metal band not alternative rock

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

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

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

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

There is no way Live is 67. Listen to lightning crashes that's it and you'll see what I mean

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