Best Alternative Bands of All Time

The Contenders: Page 3

41 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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42 Rise Against Rise Against Rise Against is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes. They are known for popularizing punk.

Best alternative band! with songs like savior, prayer of the refugee, Make it Stop and Help is on the way

Amazing band. Uses amazing guitar rifts mixed with dynamic and unique tempos to create truly great songs.

Survive, Injection, Life Less Frightening, This Is Letting Go... Must I really go on? They truly are a great band! Rise Against!

I have to say, this band got me into alternative music, why it's so low on the list I will never understand. One of the greatest bands in my opinion

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43 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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44 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American heavy 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
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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45 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a Funk Metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Almost 20 years after their first album and they're still amazing. Tom is the man, and this band speaks truth not like the crap that other artists of today. Deserve top 25 at least.

The new generation ain't common with the bands of the 90's... You have lost your innocence about what rock music really is... Don't absorb the present, trail back, listen to these legacies.. They will rock your world.. Peace men

Best band on the list. Should have been number one. No one can beat Zack's poetic lyrics and the angst in his rapping...

One of my fab bands besides tool and pantera

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46 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. more.

Black Veil Brides is NOT alternative! It's emo rock! It doesn't belong on this list at all, it doesn't fit this genres.

Black Veil Brides have the most creative and distinctive looks and sounds! What some people need to realise is that a lot of music genres fit into "alternative"

Awesome band favorite is knives and pens

Not alternative. Not metal. Hard rock. Post hardcore. Listen to Wretched And Divine if you think they're a bunch of elmos.

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47 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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48 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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49 Keane Keane Keane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1995. The group currently comprises Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tom Chaplin.

Keane are an English alternative rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1997. The group currently comprises Tim Rice-Oxley (piano, backing vocals), Tom Chaplin (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Hughes (drums, percussion) and Jesse Quin (bass guitar, percussion), who first played with the band in late 2007 during the concerts of the single The Night Sky. Their original line-up included founder and guitarist Dominic Scott, who left in 2001.

Keane are simply brilliant- no matter how much hypocritical slagging off the NME does, they still continue to succeed, and have long outlived many other bands that have tried to mock them in an attempt to be cool. Keane are a very talented band, and also very gracious and kind people; it's great that they've remained as down to earth as they were before the first of their five number one albums came out!

I remember how I found Keane's music and how I fell in love with them. So many people seem to like Coldplay, The Killers or U2 more just because they're more famous. Everybody knows these bands. I guess the 'magic' of Keane is hidden. Not everyone is able to find it. Anyway, I love their wonderful lyrics, melodies and of course Tom Chaplin's golden vocals. Just listen to Keane songs like 'This is the Last Time', 'Crystal Ball', 'Nothing in My Way', 'My Shadow', 'Sovereign Light Café', 'Perfect Symmetry', 'We Might As Well Be Strangers' or 'Disconnected'. I bet at least one of these songs will take your breathe away!


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

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

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.

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

One of my all time favorites. Deserves to be in the top 10.

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51 The Script The Script The Script is an Irish pop rock band formed in 2001. The band comprises keyboardist and lead vocalist Danny O'Donoghue, guitarist and vocalist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power.

I've been a supporter of the guys from the beginning to where they are now I couldn't be more proud of how far they have came. The thing about The Script is there's no pretences with them what you see is what you get like they always say they are three normal guys from Dublin and the level of success theyve had hasnt changed them one bit. The music is real and from the heart its been the soundtrack to my life the last six years be it through grief heartache love or friendship. These guys are producing what real music should do to you it should move you, it should make you think, it should make you wanna be better, tell someone you love them just because you do. I don't want to listen to a band just because its cool to like them (i'm thinking radio1) or because all my friends do. Seeing these guys live shows you the passion they have for what they do I've seen a lot of the people on this list live and half of them don't have half the passion dan, mark or glen have on stage.

My favorite band ever! Every song is so heartfelt. I JUST LOVE THEM! I can't wait for their new songs! They are just so amazing. Their songs never fail to make me cry a river. The Script has just everything for brokenhearted people. Try listening to their songs! I'm pretty sure you'll love them

This is the band of my soul! I love the way they express their feelings in music, the way they take care of their fans, the way they spend all the time trying to bring a smile on our face. And what is the most amazing thing is that they call us, their fans "Family". Even if they don't or maybe know they are saving lives everyday through their songs. I love them and I love The Script Family! The Script is the best band in the world!

Should be number 1!

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52 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.

1) U2
2) Green Day
3) Nirvana
4) Linkin Park
5) Gorillaz
6) Arctic Monkeys
7) The White Stripes
8) Imagine Dragons
9) My Chemical Romance
10) X Ambassadors

Enough said.

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53 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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54 Neon Trees Neon Trees Neon Trees is an American rock band from Provo, Utah. Known for their energetic live performances, the band received nationwide exposure in late 2008 when they opened several North American tour dates for the band The Killers.

They are a lot better than 51 should be in the top 30 at least.

I LOVE Neon Trees so much! Their album Pop Psychology is actually perfection. I don't think there is one bad song on the entire album! They deserve waaay better than 66!

Neon Trees should be at least in the top 30, they only have two albums out with a third coming this year, they had a great start and are still going and I have no clue when they will be stopped, from Tyler's goosebumping vocals, to Elaine' s upbeat drum patterns, Branden' s low tone but noticeable chords, and to Chris's guitar skills, I cannot see any reason why they should not be in the top 10 or 20 list, they have had great success and that success will keep going

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55 Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.

PERSONAL JESUS! It has been classic and their songs are awesome! One has to estimate the fact that their music has such a wide range! I love the singer's voice and the feelings the songs put inside your heart.

They are the "architects" of alternative music having been around since the late '70s. Still selling out concert stadiums worldwide, they're undoubtedly the most successful act in the alternative genre. A major influence to all the newcomers.

They are simply amazing, still inspiring many of today's newest bands. They're fantastic and unique and to me they'll always be the #1. Most definitely worth of a top spot, a lot more people should know and truly appreciate them.

Should've been higher! Their tunes are mind blowing!

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56 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

So... REM invented Alternative Rock? Have you heard about The Velvet Underground... They are really Alternative and experimental, and they were born on the 60s... Yeah, the 60s... Yes, the 60s, before Michael Stipe turned 10. REM is a great, great, great band, but they have nothing to do with Lou Reed's band. Talking about the truth those years, damn, please get them to the top 5, at least. I hope I'm not the only one that think they deserves it.

Best band ever. Any category. Invented goth rock, punk rock, alternative rock and cool music. Yes, forst band ever to play cool music. First band to rock while singing about something other than love. Introduced dissonance, distortion and feedback into rock songs. Wrote songs at a quality level seldom reached by others. Even the Rock n'Roll Hall of Fame had no choice but to induct them despite being a complete outsider band with zero commercial sales. What other band of their type of influence has managed that? None.

The first and last alternative before there was "alternative" music and still on the cutting edge now after having disbanded some 40 years ago...


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57 Seether Seether Seether are a South African hard rock band founded in May 1999 in Pretoria, South Africa. The band originally performed under the name Saron Gas until 2002, when they adopted the Seether name.

Shaun Morgan is just plain epic! Seether should be closer to the top, they have some of the best music ever. If I always got what I wanted, I know I would get more Seether music! Seether should be in the top 20.

If everyone knew the songs these guys played then they would be acleast top 10.

Seether is such a great band. I believe it should be way higher in the charts. I love their music because they put a lot of meaning behind what they say in a song and they sound great all around. They should be in the Top 10 or Top 20.

What the heck, guys?!?!?! Sort a better list out!

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58 Creed Creed Creed is an American rock band, formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band's best-known line-up consists 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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59 The All-American Rejects The All-American Rejects The All-American Rejects are an American rock band formed in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1999. The band consists of bassist and lead vocalist, Tyson Ritter, lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Nick Wheeler, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist, Mike Kennerty, and drummer Chris Gaylor.

The very best alternative band ever! Should totally be in at least the top ten. Move Along, It ends tonight, straightjacket feeling, gives you hell, real world, happy endings. These guys know what they are doing.

Sexy music! What else would one want? Great Band will beat that Linkin park one day!

Discovered them from my Dad's music collection. They are undeniable great and they create amazing music. Still waiting for their 5th album though, it's been a while since they've released, and the last one's not on of their bests.


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60 Blur Blur Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist/guitarist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree.

I love blur, they're one of my favourite bands and I really hope they end up higher in this list sometime soon. Go Blur!

Absolutely great band, check out their best of if you want to hear just how good they are.

Their songs are amazing.

Blur should be no #1

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