Best Alternative Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

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.

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.

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.

I totally did not expect this to be number 1 (Sarcasm) - christangrant

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2 In the End - Linkin Park

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...

Come on LP! some more songs of this caliber!

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3 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

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

It's actually somewhat of a Christian song! The modulation is great and the words move the soul.

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4 Mr. Brightside - The Killers

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.

A true epitome of alternative rock, unlike some other pop punk/grunge ones listed here. It's simply amazing to listen to from beginning to end, over and over again.

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5 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

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! - Manunited91

THE BEST! HAUNTED, BREATHE NO MORE, FIELD OF INNOCENCE, ANYWHERE BUT HOME, TAKING OVER ME, MY LAST BREATH, FARTHER AWAY...

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

ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SONG

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6 The Kill - Thirty Seconds to Mars

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!?!

I had no Idea I had a crush on Jarred Leto until I heard this song... AHHH a man of so many talents!

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7 The Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin

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.

LOVE THIS SONG

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8 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

I was going through a difficult time when this song was popular and it really resonated with me perfectly. One of the all-time great songs...

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9 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.

I just Love this... Oh boy... This really should be at Number 01...

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10 I Miss You - Blink-182

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

You don't know nostalgia until you're singing this at a Blink-182 concert.

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The Newcomers

? My Sacrifice - Creed
? How You Remind Me - Nickelback

The Contenders

11 Blackbird - Alter Bridge

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.

Its not alternative,it sounds like heavy metal and hard rock to me - zxm

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12 The Middle - Jimmy Eat World

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.

13 Creep - Radiohead

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.

Great song!

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14 Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls

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. - Paragor34

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

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

The foshizzle!

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15 21 Guns - Green Day

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

I love this song! enough.

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16 My Immortal - Evanescence

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.

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17 1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins

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.

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18 Never Too Late - Three Days Grace

It's one of the best alternative rock songs

Best ever, the lyrics are perfect!

The lyrics are so good

Best band ever

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19 Time is Running Out - Muse

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? - Alejandro-Bantik

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

17? really? muse is the best band in the world

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20 Waiting for the End - Linkin Park

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

Very meaningful lyrics.It got good beat

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Top Remixes (33)

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. Mr. Brightside - The Killers
3. I Miss You - Blink-182
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1. Never Too Late - Three Days Grace
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. In the End - Linkin Park
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1. Blackbird - Alter Bridge
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. Numb - Linkin Park
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