Best Alternative Bands of All Time

The Contenders: Page 4

61 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.

The 2000's most played band radio wise. Gives You Hell, Dirty Little Secret, Move Along, all huge radio hits.

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62 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.

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63 Papa Roach Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.

This band rocks..
I love the "Scars"

The last resort and many more..
This band really rock!

Tough to pick in this list; but papa roach stands out to me as the most entertaining. Songs like: Burn, Last Resort, Scars, Forever, Getting away with murder, Not Listening, Take Me, Be Free, Infest; god almighty I could go on for another couple of lines. I'm disappointed its ranked so low but that ain't gonna stop them from being my #1!

! Papa Roach number 31! That is absolute bull! They have such a unique sound. They should be WAY, WAY further up!

Last Resort,To Be Loved

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64 Alter Bridge Alter Bridge Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

Myles Kennedy is legendary.. Great compilation of songwriters and musicians. Great bass riffs, unique drummer who loves his small cymbals, and two incredible guitarists. The songwriting stands apart from a lot of artists today.

This is the band with capital B... listen to Isolation from the last album called AB III. Alter Bridge is the best alternative band on the scene nowdays with beautiful guitar riffs and very, very good singer. And YES, this list is a fake. What about Breaking Benjamin at fifth place? I like them too, but have you ever seen their live performance? So booring... Try Alter Bridge m/

The blackbird album alone puts them into the top 3! Its arguably one of the best albums ever to be recorded... hits like watch over you, blackbird, buried alive, rise today, white knuckles, before tomorrow comes, brand new start, and coming home! Give it a listen, you'll understand

How the heck are they 58th? Outrageous! One of the best alternative bands out there!

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65 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 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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66 Talking Heads Talking Heads Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison.

For god's sake, of all the true creators of alternative, one of the best is below NICKELBACK? Good lord

By far the best alternative band I have seen on this list. However I would say midnight oil is better.

What is wrong with people. coldplay is not better than the talking heads

67 Florence & The Machine Florence & The Machine Florence and the Machine are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, Isabella Summers, and a collaboration of other artists.

They're amazing! From their poetic lyrics to their use of instruments (THE HARP ). I mean, you can't find musicians like Florence now a days.

Florence Welch is amazing, her and her voice is very pretty, the harp is an amazing element, the lyrics are beautiful, the drums, piano, and guitar all sound amazing, Breath of Life, Swimming, Strangeness and Charm, No Light No Light, and Between Two Lungs are the best songs ever.

Florence just speaks to my soul like no other music can. It is heavy in a way, it comes with a weight, but after feeling numb for so long, it is the best thing I have ever experienced in modern music. Florence and the Machine is up there with Beethoven for me

Deserves to be higher than this! One of my favorite alternative bands!

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68 Foster the People

The Foster the People album Torches was awesome. All the songs are unique, but they manage to sound great. Some of the best songs were Pumped up Kicks, Don't Stop, Call it what you want, Helena beat, and Houdini. They have music videos for those songs.

A load of people judge about little people... I'm fourteen and I love most of these bands, especially Foster the People, they're truly awesome and deserve to be way higher! They're album was great, plus my last name is in the band

Pumped up Kicks was on the Radio for AGES! They Should Have Been Right After All-American Rejects!

Foster the People= #1

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69 311 311 311 is an American rock band from Omaha, Nebraska. The band was formed in 1988 by vocalist and guitarist Nick Hexum, lead guitarist Jim Watson, bassist Aaron "P-Nut" Wills.

I'll never really understand why 311 is not seriously considered to be one of the greatest bands ever. They are perfect in almost every aspect of there music. Some of there songs, and when I mean some I really mean SOME! Of there songs aren't the greatest. However basically every band ever has had tons of average-below average songs. 311 by themselves have created their own massive fanbase off of their own completely different style of music. When you hear someone ask "what style of music are they? " almost every time you'll hear either reggea/punk/pop. Or you will hear what most people say which is, "it's hard to say because they use so many different styles that there main style can only be called 311". People listen to 311 for that specific style instead of any one imperticular sound or style. Therefore create a larger more loyal fanbase in the process. I can safely say 311 might be one of the best bands ever.

I started listening to 311 in 8th grade. I have seen them live 7 times. I fell out for a while and just started listening to them again. Creativity and a natural evolution of music without any bulls
T. I have traveled the world and listen to everything out there. I tell you mi amici: 311 IS THE BEST.

Positive lyrics, hard-rocking and mellow eclectic sounds, and longevity-not to mention one of the most well-known live shows in the genre. I've been in love with the band for close to 20 years, and would highly recommend anyone who's never heard of them to listen. Start with "Beautiful Disaster," then "Amber," follow with "Down" and lastly "Don't Tread on Me"... If you dig, start buying full albums!... Life changing

My first grade teacher dated the lead singer of this band at one point, and my sister's first grade class (also in her class) was responsible for the album title "Uplifter".

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70 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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71 Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Arcade Fire are a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.

This is such a good band! Funeral, their first album, has extremely positive reviews. It is one of the best albums of the past two decades. Their next three albums were almost just as good. Their music is so soothing. They're just an awesome band overall.
Here's my list:
Green Day
Franz Ferdinand
Arcade Fire
My Chemical Romance
Foo Fighters

A canadian band with magical songs and beautiful sounds from many kinds of instruments, a truth alternative genre.

Incredible band, creative and original music, I absolutely love them!

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72 The Lumineers

Honestly, the way they put their whole souls and hearts into their songs is incredible

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73 Theory of a Deadman Theory of a Deadman Theory of a Deadman is a rock band from Delta, British Columbia, Canada. Formed in 2001, the band is currently signed to Roadrunner Records as well as 604 Records.

That's real sound, that's Music... They'll have to be in Top 20... Come on!

Seriously this is a great band! I suggest "in love with an angle" or "world war me" it's amzing!

W.T. F?.. Come on guys theory of a deadman should bein the top 10.. They're the best B-E-S-T

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74 Faith No More Faith No More Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before settling on their current moniker in 1983, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later Faith No Man.

Faith No More is one of the biggest and best bands of all time! Just hear to Mike Patton voice! How can FNM be 57!?!?! Faith no More are one of the most creative bands of the 90

Viva Faith No More y Chile!

Mike Patton is one of the best singers ever, and I don't mean that lightly

The craziest (in a good way) band of 90's, which arguably reformed alternative metal scene, anticipated the birth of nu-metal scene (well, it's one of the few decent nu-metal bands, along with Incubus), and 71 spot? Ok, I expected that cheap whiners like Linkin Park or Green Day are in favor today, but pleease, the half of the bands on the list consider FNM their main influence, you hear it, posers?

Legit band, listened to them a lot!

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75 Of Monsters and Men Of Monsters and Men Of Monsters and Men is a five-member, English-language, indie folk-pop band from Reykjavík, Iceland, formed in 2010.

The lyrics, the tune, the beat? Everything is awesomely and creatively done! One of the best alternative bands nowadays.

Arguably the best one here, unfortunately so low. Actually listen to the songs and see how great they are. My favorite musical group of all time, with Mountain Sound being my favorite song.

Such beautiful pieces of music! The fact that some of their pieces come from folklore makes the songs even cooler!

One of the best bands out there

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76 Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that originates from Columbus, Ohio. Currently there are two members. The lead singer, Tyler Joseph, and the drummer, Josh Dun. At the 2016 American Music Awards, they won two AMAs for Favorite Pop/Rock Artist, and Favorite Alternative Artist. Twenty One more.

I ponder of something great, my lungs will fill and then deflate, they fill with fire exhale desire, I know its dire my time today. I have these thoughts so often I ought to replace that slot with what I once bought 'cause somebody stole my car radio and now I just sit in silence. Sometimes quiet is violent, I find it hard to hide it, my pride is no longer inside, its on my sleeve my skin will scream reminding me of who I killed inside my dream, I hate this car that I'm driving, there is no distraction to mask what is real, I could pull the steering wheel. I have these thoughts so often I ought to replace that slot with what I once bought 'cause somebody stole my car radio and now I just sit in silence (music) I ponder of something terrifying 'cause this time there's no sound to hide behind, I find open the course of a human existence one thing consists of consistence, and its that we're all battling fear, oh dear I don't know if know we're here, OH MY TO DEEP, PLEASE STOP THINKING, I ...more

This band has honestly saved me from so many hard times. This is an honest amazing band with inspiring lyrics, Tyler Joseph and Josh dun are so down to earth and way cool who genuinely care for their fans. Not only are they have amazing concerts full of energy but they are one of few bands who talk about real issues such as depression and suicide but they do so without using and vulgar and offensive language. All in all AMAZING band my absolute favorite I love these guys never has two complete strangers had such an impact on me as these two I love them. I would recommend this band to everyone.

Great Band just such honest lyrics it should be higher but I'm sorry gonna say this I don't agree with where they are but they are not a top 10 greatest alternative bands of all time I say they are of they year 2015 easy but not all time maybe they will get there just not yet

I thought it would be in the TØP ten but as of right now its 76 huh

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77 Sleeping with Sirens

Okay, I've been told this band is overrated, and that its garbage. I get it, people have their opinions, which is PERFECTLY FINE, but I hate how people say things like, "Why do you listen to that? " "Its trash, smh." And people will try to change your opinions, but that isn't right to do. I am currently listening to one of their songs right now, and I personally love their lyrics, their rhythm, and of course, Kellin's voice. I absolutely love it, a pitch and sound that matches the band perfectly. I don't wanna change your opinion, if its negative, but don't spread the hatred onto the band or the fans, keep it to yourself, I hate Breaking Benjamin, but I don't spread it. Sorry if I didn't make sense.

No they do not deserve a higher place on this list. Geez, I am ashamed for my fellow "emo teens" who listen to this trash.

These guys should be way higher on the list. They're an amazing band and deserve more than this

They have vocals I only dream of having, ave great personalities and great attitudes towards fans and music. play and sing many genres. the only thing that annoys me is the 9 year old fangirls.

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78 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa . The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". more.

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

Ealgh you guys don't know alternative even if it bit you in the ass. Half of these bands aren't even alternative

Slipknot isn't Alternative. What the he'll are y'all talking about

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79 Bowling For Soup Bowling For Soup Bowling for Soup is an American rock band originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1994. The band consists of Jaret Reddick, Chris Burney, Erik Chandler, and Gary Wiseman.

The creators of such beautiful music, most particularly the songs 1985 and Little Red Riding Hood, these guys deserve a much better place than this. Love for Bowling for Soup.

I seen them at warped tour 2014! They were good

80 Guided by Voices Guided by Voices
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