Best Alternative Bands of All Time

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

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.

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

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.

Really guys, this is the best band ever period

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22 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

This band deserves more recognition

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23 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

Metal, not alternative. - Kfox101

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24 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

I crave listening to Fall Out Boy, day in and day out. Patrick overcame the harassment and bullying. Pete's eyelining skills are 100! Andy can be a comedian when he wants to, and Joe is awesome! I'm going to their concert today, and I can't wait to hold up cue cards for Patrick!

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25 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.

Oasis 1 spot higher than this? I don't think so.

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26 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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27 Paramore Paramore Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York.

I idolize Paramore! Based on everyone's opinion I think Paramore should've at least been number five. Based on my opinion it should've been number one! Screw Linkin Park (I love them too, but not as much as Paramore).

The best band ever. How are they not in the top ten?
They're music is beautiful, but on a different level than most bands. Lyrics that make no sense at first, capture the pain and angst that haunt people's lives. We all connect with Paramore's songs at some level.
They are the greatest band...
EVER!

Paramore are awesome. They have amazing music and great lyrics. Hayley is a vocal powerhouse. Josh, Hunter (in their Paramore days) and Taylor have killer guitar skills (I'm inclined to say Josh had the best sorry Taylor and Hunter), Jeremy is key in keeping a bassline strong and Zac plays those drums with so much energy I wonder how he was still standing after those concerts! They all bring so much passion to the music scene with great, catchy and relatable lyrics and killer music!

On the other side of it all they are still really humble, they all care about their fans a lot and know that's why they are where they are. They put so much energy in all they do and haven't become influenced to change who they are because of fame.

Some argue that they aren't Alternative rock or punk pop anymore (or that they never were) but if you look deep enough into their music they definitely are. They've taken experiences of all kinds and turned them into musical perfection ^_^

Well I grew up with Paramore. When I first heard That's what you get when I was 9 on the radio, I knew I would like them for a long time and I was right. After listening to Crush Crush Crush, they became my favourite band. Even though I didn't really like it when they became more of an alternative pop band than alternative rock, I still like, I think it's great how they're following their music tastes without fearing backlash from fans. Even though they aren't my favourite band anymore, they still have a big place in my heart.

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28 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.

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

All the new bands are getting all the votes while this spectacular band sits at 40. Soundgarden was one of the first alternative bands ever and has such a unique song and a spectacular set list. Definite #1 for me.

Black hole sun
Spoonman
Fell on black days - Singer4Freedom

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29 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.

Awesome influence

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30 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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31 The Strokes The Strokes The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998. They consists of Julian Casablancas (lead vocalist), Nick Valensi (guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Nikolai Fraiture (bassist) and Fabrizio Moretti ...read more.

If I made this list, The Strokes would be at # 1. Each album they make just is better than the last. I think The Strokes will always be my favorite band. I honestly believe they will always be a band that produces wonderful music, unlike many other bands much higher on this list.

Every album, every song, so wonderful. I'm not campaigning to make them a higher spot on the list because not everyone shares the same tastes in music, which is a wonderful think, but I invite you all to check out any song.

Dudes why the heck aren't strokes on the top ten list!?!? They are my favorite band of all time much less alternative. SERIOUSLY...? I dare everyone who reads this comment to look up the strokes and listen to one of their songs

€Is this it’ is the best album to listen to from start to end, I don’t understand why the strokes aren’t in the top 10

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32 Panic! At The Disco Panic! At The Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? PATD is amazing. I've been listening to them for three years and I've never stopped. Their music is so unique and creative. Once they came out with their first album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, a single (I Write Sins Not Tragedies) become so popular. People started to fall in love. Each album is different and has a different vibe that you can instantly fall in love with. Brendon Urie also has an amazing voice. If you've seen him perform or videos of the band performing, you see him doing backflips which are so cool! The band has covered rock, punk and even pop. The band has even covered diverse topics in their music like bisexuality (Girls/Girls/Boys) to Los Angeles culture to their relationship with religion. Let me just say not many bands write about bisexuality. The music videos are also so absurd but great concepts. The band itself has evolved with their sound and band members leaving. Whenever they release a new album its unpredictable what the sound is ...more - booklover24

I was always told that I had to listen to music that defined my culture: pop, rap, hip hop, dance, blah blah blah. But I met someone who showed me Panic! And I just could never get the name out the back of my mind. One day out of sheer curiosity I looked them up. I now know all of their songs. P! ATD should be farther up because they change lives. Panic! At The Disco has made me an individual, because they're individual. They bring a unique sound to my life and those around me. So, keep those votes coming and support the powerful sounds of Panic! At The Disco!

Lots of people in the comments are bashing on Panic!, and I'll admit, at the beginning of listening to them, I didn't think they were that great either. But honestly, they have grown to be one of my absolute favorites. If you actually take time to go beyond the surface of the lyrics, there is amazing quality and depth. And not only that, they are so creative, and they create something absolutely new with each album. Alternative music is in the core of my heart because I always crave something new and different. And each Panic! Album has complete diversity with themes ranging from the Beatles, synth, pop, and punk. And their stage presence is also mentionable, as it is AMAZING. Recordings and videos just can't capture the full, rich, quality sound and timbre of Brendon's voice. You're blown away, and you have fun at the same time. And you can tell that the band has fun along with you, doing backflips, dancing, and interacting with the crowd. Panic! Is amazing, and I adore them.

Aaaagaain! whyyy is panic at the disco so loww

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33 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

Uh

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34 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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35 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) 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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36 The Fray The Fray The Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA and platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and ...read more.

Best. Band. Ever. This should be so much further up! I mean come on! Haha

Look after you! Never say never! You found me! How to save a life! Enough reasons for this band to be number 1

One of the greatest bands of all time! I can't believe they're number 30! All of their songs are so well-written and beautiful... And they put Linkin Park as number 1? I'm a fan of them as well, but The Fray deserves at least the top ten.

Best band ever. Their music got me through the hardest crashing point in my life. I recommend.. They know exactly how to save a life.

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37 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

#38? seriously?

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38 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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39 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.

BABES. I MET THEM AND THEY WERE SO CHILL

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40 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

I will love this band forever!

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