Best Alternative Songs

The Top Ten

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

Can I slap someone for In the End being number one? That's nonsense. This is legendary. Best alt rock song ever: maybe no, but better than In The End and lots of others. My personal favorite is Iris - Goo Goo Dolls.

Nirvana sounds pure with a lot of spirit in it. They don't really rely on sound boosting gadgets unlike Linkin Park. Kurt cobain is one of the best musician of our time.

Simply the greatest alternative song ever made. A true masterpiece worthy of praise nothing will ever compare to it. It still inspires awe to this day.

Its funny how nirvana's top comments are just people crying because of the first spot, and insulting Linkin Park, instead of talking about their favorite. band. Now look at comments of Linkin Park. You can see proud fans talking only about Linkin Park, they don't insult Nirvana, and are not angry because of the second spot. to be honest Linkin Park is more popular than this nirvana, their songs In the end and Numb beats all of nirvana's songs together! So stop crying poor nirvana fans...

In the End - Linkin Park In the End - Linkin Park Cover Art

The perfect spot for the song! No song can ever take its place. Simply the best song in its genre. Chester and Mike, hats off to both of you! Thank You for creating this masterpiece!

This song is about life because whatever we do or how much we try to succeed in the end nothing matters... T's such a depressing song, but absolutely true

In The End...
Wins Hands down...
This is as good as it gets...
Chester Bennington And Mike Shinoda rock...

Can I slap the guy who wants to slap someone for In the End being number one? I agree smells like teen spirit is a phenomenal song and remains one of my all time favorites, but in the end it doesn't really matter! Because linkin park's in the end is by far the best and its in a league of its own! It has revolutionized alternative rock and modern rock music! Its an anthem for the alternative genre! 50 years down the line I bet you would listen to in the end but not smells like teen spirit!

Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance Cover Art

MRC... they rock my worldddd totally and simply AH-MAZING

I didn't think theyd make it to Alternative, let alone number three. But heck yes. This song is overplayed but still inspiring and amazing.

the startin riff made my grandma also rock to it... definitely no 1

My Chemical Romance rock my world. Welcome to the black parade is a perfect example of their type of music. Honestly you can't put them into ONE genre of rock. My Chemical Romance kinda stretches itself over all of them.

Mr. Brightside - The Killers Mr. Brightside - The Killers Cover Art

I love the beat of the song along with the emotion of a heartbreak is a true masterpiece

Yay for the one actual alternative song. Emphasis on alternative not alt rock or grunge

One of the most diverse and fun alternative songs to listen to. It has such fantastic riffs and lyrics. The Killers are the future of alternative rock

This is the only Alternative song on this list. It's also the greatest song of all time.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day

Green Day is by far the best alt. Band ever and this is one of their best songs. This song is absolutely amazing, it has meaning, it has life. There can not be a better song or a better band ta that, well maybe one republic. But I have listened to Green Day my whole life and I fell in love with this song when it first came out.

This song is amazing in so many ways; The lyrics are incredible, the tune is enchanting, The singer's voice couldn't have been a better match, And the title by itself is pretty Awesome!

the best alternative sng, should have been the no. 1

In this list it is actually tough to choose which song is the best as all the songs are amazing and deserve much more fame but my vote goes to boulevard as the song is forever amazing and highly underrated as compared to pop music and other songs on this list like smells like teen spirit and in the end

I Miss You - Blink-182 I Miss You - Blink-182 Cover Art

This song deserves much more than this ranking. It's such a nice song an I love the lyrical content of the song. Plus the band music is great. BLINK-182 all day.

I don't mind Green Day. However, their music does not even compare to the sheer brilliance of each and every Blink-182 song. I miss you is my favorite blink song and deserves to be #1. Or at least much higher than it's current ranking.

'Don't waste your time on me your already the voice inside my head' will stick in your head all day

Lol the only blink-182 song that doesn't sound like Tom Delong pooped his diaper, seriously though this is a great song mainly because they have Mark do the opening line and you don't have to hear tom screaming "Forever, Forever, let's make this last for ever! "

The Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin The Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin Cover Art

I love almost all these songs but Breaking Benjamin is like my... Life band. I always listen to them when I feel alone. They make me feel like my life is important... I guess that's why they will always be my number one.

This song taught me a lesson: I love women, but I WONT be pushed by girls that I obsess over. This song is helping me end the obsession. There is one girl, and every time I see Hart my legs get week and I get queasy and instantly my face turns red and gets hot. Not long after I'm punching, all teary eyed and alone. Its been like this for two years, and I've had enough! Benjamin Burnley, you rock. I still hope with enough practice I can be like you and give everyone that "your not alone take a stand" feeling. Since Breaking Benjamin came into my life, especially the singer himself, my writing and musical interests have grown. Thank you, for saving my life, my musical hope, everything. Thank you.

This song introduced me to modern rock and is the reason for the 3000 songs in my collection!
I feel music is only meant to sound good and not take years for one to develop a taste for it.

This song should at least be better then in the end I like that song but you know men have feeling for women and this song helps with the feeling of being scared to death of asking a girl out so this song should actaully be number one

The Kill - Thirty Seconds to Mars The Kill - Thirty Seconds to Mars Cover Art

I love it how Jarred Leto puts much emotion to this song. It's one of my favorite. And also, this song gives me an adrenaline rush when ever I listen to it. )

Many of the songs "30 second to mars" the inspiring journey of my life I love every song and the content of the content of the lyrics.

The song that changed the world and reached every ear on this planet, I'm surprised why In The End is 9 ranks above this song!?!

This song is truly a masterpiece. Listening to "30 seconds to mars" takes me on a inspiring journey filled with all the things I can ever imagine. Especially this song. I love all the emotion the band, but mostly Jared Leto puts into this song. This song has made its way into music history. It is by all means one of the greatest songs of all time.

Numb - Linkin Park

What the hell? , this song must be the first song in this list, I really wondered! It makes ma heart stop when listen to it I fell like something tell to stand up and destroy anything I see

Who the hell put this song behind a naked baby?

This song must be at number 1 list. It is so good that I never get tired of listening this song again and again.

Perfect lyrics.
Perfect vocals.
Perfect instrumentals.
Chester Bennington is on a roll.

Bring Me to Life - Evanescence Bring Me to Life - Evanescence Cover Art

The only rock song that broke the limits between rock and pop music, you can never find a person who hates this song no matter what type of music he likes.
This song should head this list without any competition!


What is this doing all the way down at 27!? And why isn't Nirvana number 1?!

I never thought alter rock can sound so good... A real masterpiece... For me this song is THE best including all genres!

The Contenders

Creep - Radiohead Creep - Radiohead Cover Art

One of the greatest songs ever, and truly one of the anthems of the 90s and one of the best songs about self-loathing. Very depressing yet very beautiful.

The day I first heard it, I just kept hearing and hearing it again and again. Goosebumps, touchy and the vocal just delivers it with lots of feelings

Radiohead doesn't even compare to have the names on this list, they're masterful.

Such a great song that it delivers my feelings and my thoughts too :3Love this

Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls Cover Art

A classic hit about the insecurity all of us feel at one time or another. The Goo Goo Dolls Iris really brings the feeling of loneliness home.

Greatest song by goo goo dolls. THis should be way up the top.

This is the best Alternative Rock Song, guys! How can you be so dumb? This is simply brilliant! I love this song!

Is this a joke? How can this NOT make the top 5 let alone top 10! One of the best songs ever. come on people!

1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins 1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins Cover Art

This song and Bullet With Butterfly Wings should absolutely be near the top.

From the moment when the guitars sweep you off your feet in the beginning, this is one of the most authentically beautiful alternative songs in my opinion. The lyrics are riveting and honest. Should definitely be in the top ten!

Paws what you're doing. You got to be kitten me right meow, this is a catastrophy. No smashing pumpkins until the 50s? Seriously? These guys were The alternative band of the 90s, and this nostalgiac song deserves top 10 recognition. come on now.

Like classic music for the 90's

21 Guns - Green Day 21 Guns - Green Day Cover Art

First song I heard by them besides Good Riddance, (who hasn't heard that song!? ) It has a good feel to it. This sing really shows you their range of generas they fit into, not just punk. Punk isn't just a genera though either so... What do you think?

It's so damn perfect! I play it over and over..

How is this song not in the top ten

This should be number 1

Time is Running Out - Muse Time is Running Out - Muse Cover Art

Come on this song is catchy, moving, clever, great use of all instruments. Muse is one of the greatest bands and don't deny it

This is a great song by a great band, they are the best! How did it come to this?

No one can beat Muse! 16 years and still going strong

Classic Muse, amazing sound. The premier live act of the last 15 years. Their Wembley shows justifiably voted as on of the greatest moments of the stadium's history.

Wonderwall - Oasis Wonderwall - Oasis Cover Art

Mainly britpop,but while britpop is inspired from alternative rock so it should be here,anyway great song

My Immortal - Evanescence My Immortal - Evanescence Cover Art

The best songs are the ones that take you out of your world, and plunge you in theirs. Evanescence reaches to you with a hauntingly beautiful voice, deep soulful lyrics and music at the end that completely drowns you in its wake.

This music can make you cray!

Lovely song!

Walking Disaster - Sum 41 Walking Disaster - Sum 41 Cover Art
Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park Cover Art

Unique, and with awesome meaning!

Best lyrics I ever heard.this is not someone song.this is for everyone. Just enjoy and mend within

Awesome song... can light up any environment.. nobody can ever get tired of listening to this marvelous song.. all hail Linkin Park...!

Never Too Late - Three Days Grace Never Too Late - Three Days Grace Cover Art

It's one of the best alternative rock songs

Best ever, the lyrics are perfect!

Best band ever

Cry every time I hear it.

Blackbird - Alter Bridge Blackbird - Alter Bridge Cover Art

This is not the place for an all time awesome song, this song should be at least #1 (with a huge gap between it and #2).
This song was a fusion between Alternative Music, Hard Rock, Metal and Post-Grung, this song has changed many people's lives with it's unmatched Rhythm, Riffs and singing.

And Myles Kennedy's voice is one of the best among all time, he's truly the best Vocalist till now.

This song is 8 minutes and it broke all musical limits and we ended up hearing a phenomenal Song that will never be imitated, this song is a one in a lifetime musical experience that you shouldn't miss!

Alter Bridge... YOU ROCK!

This song is a masterpiece, and a lot of the songs on this list are just awful, I've heard almost every song on this list and Blackbird beats them all by a long shot

Maybe this is the best song ever irrespective of the place it holds in this list as this song easily stands out of any list with no atom of dubiousness...
Very strong, meaningful, heart-touching and thought-evoking song.
Might have listened to hundreds of times in less than a month.
Thanks to Alter Bridge for having created a Masterpiece.

one of alterbridge's best creations. although 'broken wings' should be added to the list.

The Middle - Jimmy Eat World The Middle - Jimmy Eat World Cover Art

This song is what I listen to whenever I get bullied. It reminds me of how things will get better. I admire this song and I base my life on its meaning and lyrics. This song has and always will get me through hard times.

This song always picks me up on a bad day. I love listening to it while in the car. One of the best on my iPod!

This is a great song to rock out to and perfect to listen to when growing up.

Waiting for the End - Linkin Park Waiting for the End - Linkin Park Cover Art

My favorite song, glad to see it's risen to the top 20's in the list.

My favorite song. It's so catchy

I cry when I hear this song

Really nice Hip Hop song, and sucessful try too.

Ode to Sleep - Twenty One Pilots Ode to Sleep - Twenty One Pilots Cover Art

Everything that Tyler creates is always pure genius, this is no exception! Twenty one pilots has yet to make a single song that doesn't contain raw emotion presented in a format that is comforting to everyone. Ode to Sleep deserves recognition!

Where are all of the top songs on this list? someone bring up anathema

'You see a pen I see a harpoon' is the best most relatable lyric in the song (for me) everything in this song is so true and powerful but just by hearing that one line I knew exactly what Tyler meant

The greatest alt song ever it has at least one 10 genres of music in this song

Let It Happen - Tame Impala Let It Happen - Tame Impala Cover Art

This song literally defines what the word alternative means.

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