Top 10 Classic Alternative Bands

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21 The Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation. They are also considered to be one of the most influential alternative ...read more.

Classic. Sorry, but the music of one of the most amazing alt. bands will be around much longer than the fad "alt." bands of today.

22 Belle & Sebastian

I like listen to the music since their first album if your're feeling sinister.
My favourite songs are: me and the major, I'm waking up to us...

23 Einsturzende Neubauten

They are perhaps the most industrial of all industrial bands, in the true sense of the term. Blixa Bargeld is a smart and clever, accomplished artist. He's done many other genres, is a movie director, and has contributed to the success of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, another legendary post-punk rock band. If you don't know E. Be. You should probably give a try. - n00w

24 The Replacements
25 INXS INXS INXS were an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales.
26 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1983 by vocalist Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist Blixa Bargeld. The band has featured international personnel throughout its career and presently consists of Cave, violinist and multi-instrumentalist ...read more.

Mr. Cave's voice is so dark and intense! And I absolutely love their controversial album, Murder Ballads! :D

27 Tears For Fears Tears For Fears Tears for Fears are an English pop/rock band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock ...read more.
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29 The Sisters of Mercy

Lots of people will say they're goth but they just consider themselves as a mainstream alternative rock band. And what rock band! I can't quote one song that they have done bad. Everything is ranked from good to excellent. - n00w

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30 Cabaret Voltaire

Quoting them as one of the main initiators of the "Industrial" genre isn't giving enough credit to this legendary band. They invented sampling, they even pushed the boundaries of their creativity to implement James Brown's soul music into pieces that are still avant garde compared to what we usually hear today. Richard H. Kirk has always been a true visionary. - n00w

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32 The Fall
33 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock . Some of their influences ...read more.
34 The Beastie Boys The Beastie Boys The Beastie Boys are an American Rap/Rock group that was formed in 1981 by its three original members, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Adam "MCA" Yauch.
35 Sublime Sublime Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh.
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