Best Alternative Bands of All Time
The Contenders: Page 3
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!
Do I always want to hear about politics and rebellion while listening to music: No
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
Joy Division influenced every single alternative song in a way and they are 44?V 3 Comments
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?V 17 Comments
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...
$$$Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites..$$$. song with guts and potential for revolution... that's it. see them live at the BBC Radio 5. they kick ass.
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.
Seeing them below One Republic. Sad...what can I say more.V 17 Comments
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.V 14 Comments
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.
I'm an old dude, been rocking' many years. My first concert was Rush/KISS, in 1975. For years, Aerosmith was my favorite band. My son, 40 years younger than I, his favorite band was Led Zepplin (I raised him right), until we got turned on to Chevelle, which is now OUR, favorite band. I notice when I put on a Chevelle CD for the first time, I'm often times, not immediately blown away. It's like a fine wine, you have to let it breath for a bit. Once you do, it will reward you handsomely. Pete is not really a virtuoso on guitar, I'm not going to make the argument that he's the Jimmy Page of his generation. I think he try's to be different, or he just is different, either way, it works, and it works very well. His writing is also very unique. It's not the typical verse/chorus/verse/chorus/screaming guitar solo/chorus, kind of style. It too, works very well. The bass? Listen to "Emotional Drought", the bass is sick, as it is in many of the songs. I can't think of a band that can match ...moreV 9 Comments
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…V 7 Comments
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 opinionV 16 Comments
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!V 41 Comments
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.V 4 Comments
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.
Should be at top 15V 20 Comments
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 goingV 2 Comments
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!V 6 Comments
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
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 oldV 13 Comments
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!V 13 Comments
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...
I LIKE BANANASV 3 Comments
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
What'? 53th, not is possible, the cure is most influential band of 80's and early 90's!V 15 Comments
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.
The 2000's most played band radio wise. Gives You Hell, Dirty Little Secret, Move Along, all huge radio hits.V 18 Comments
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 - zxmV 9 Comments
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