Best Alternative Bands of All Time

The Contenders: Page 4

61 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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62 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

This band should easily be viewed in the top 5 alternative bands ever, and "once in a lifetime" is a serious contender for one of the best songs of all time

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

63 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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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 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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67 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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68 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Heavy 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 is a metal band -__-

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

Dang it! You liars!


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69 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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70 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!

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?

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

One of greatest vocalists with a great range of songs

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71 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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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 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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75 Blink 182 Blink 182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) more.

most funny & talented, relaxed band I've ever seen. my favourite! they're exactly what I understand under alternative.

Blink 182 is one of the ONLY bands that gets into you.
They're funny, creative and have a way with words.
Can't wait for their new album! GO BLINK 182.
Mark, Travis and Tom!

I have been listening all the ten suggested songs by them... Each one of them were good... Am loving the band by now

Blink are gods!

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76 Sleeping with Sirens Sleeping with Sirens Sleeping with Sirens is an American Rock band from Orlando Florida. The band formed in 2009. SWS lead singer is Kellin Quinn

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.

Listening to them now

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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77 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

78 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 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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79 Guided by Voices Guided by Voices
80 Skillet Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

Laugh out loud, I can't believe no one added Skillet. I don't know a song of them which isn't good. All their lyrics are awesome. They deserve to be 1st. VOTE FOR THE BEST ROCK BAND EVER! I am shocked. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! HOW CAN YOU MISS SKILLET? Anyway I love them so much, they are like the best ever, every song gets to me, every lyric.. The way they sound.. Uh, I don't have enough words to explain the way their songs make me feel. I can't get enough listening!

Skillet is simply awesome. Their lyrics are so full of emotions. The first time I heard one of their songs, I thought I was in heaven. I can't understand why they're not in the top 10.

Seen them live a 2 months ago sick when I feel to self harm I listen to the last night it reminds me god is there with me know matter what he is the one I talk to when I'm depressed or mad and he responds

82!? 82!? Come on! Skillet deserves WAAAY more love than that! Their music is purely inspirational and one of the if not the greatest band of all time.

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