Top 10 Best Alternative Bands of All Time

Alternative music is not a genre, it's a state of mind. It's about being different, being original, being yourself. It's about challenging the status quo, pushing the boundaries, and making your own rules. And that's exactly what these bands have done.

This list is not just a ranking of the most popular or successful alternative bands of all time. It's a tribute to the bands that have changed the game, defined the culture, and inspired millions. These are the bands that have created their own sound, style, and identity, and have never compromised their vision or integrity. They've rocked the world with their passion, creativity, and courage.
The Top Ten
1 Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band.

The band was comprised of Kurt Cobain (Vocals, Guitar), Dave Grohl (Drums) and Krist Novoselic (Bass).

Nirvana is most well-known for their... read more

Nirvana's raw emotion, captured in the roaring guitar, often depressing lyrics, and Kurt Cobain's incredible voice, will be remembered for a very long time. This places them among the best bands of all time.

It annoys me when people say that Nirvana, and Nevermind, are both overrated because when they finally offer an explanation, they only have their own opinion of the music to share. That's not what "overrated" means. Calling something "overrated" is to deny the importance of the subject. Liking the music is more subjective, while how under- or overrated a band is takes facts into account. Nirvana, whether you like them or not, were, and still are, important in popular rock music. The impact of albums like Nevermind can still be felt today in a lot of popular music. They weren't necessarily doing anything that the Pixies weren't already doing, musically speaking, but they certainly popularized it and a subculture of people. To call a band like that overrated is a bit like denying that the sky is blue or that the grass is green. People enjoy making their arguments stand out as more than just pure opinion by using words like "overrated," but using it in that kind of context doesn't make any sense if you have any clue about what it means. If you don't like Nirvana, simply saying that works better. Your opinion is no better than anyone else's. Nirvana's importance may have been described a few too many times, but people usually get it right when they talk about it. They are definitely not overrated. The word is misused way too much.

2 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

Radiohead revolutionized music, particularly with their album OK Computer, by innovating new sounds and styles. They also masterfully blended other influences, such as that of the Pixies. I see them as a modern David Bowie.

This should be higher. I mean, let's be honest:

1. Linkin Park is overrated.
2. Okay, Nirvana HAS earned this spot, I'll admit.
3. Green Day is a commercial pop-punk band.
4. Coldplay is a knock-off of Radiohead.
Radiohead is personally my favorite band of all time. I'm not upset that they're no. 5. I'm upset because of who's ahead of them on the list. Aside from Nirvana, none of these bands have been as unique, powerful, or creative as Radiohead. They have created eight masterpieces, all of them great in their own way. This band is NOT restricted by any genre. Thom Yorke does what just feels right. THAT'S true artistic freedom!

This is absurd! How is even Coldplay higher than Radiohead on this list? Most Coldplay songs are just The Bends rip-offs. Radiohead is what you can call real artists. No album sounds the same, using the same formula, unlike Coldplay. Each of their albums has its own mood and feel. They are innovative and never try to do the same thing over and over again. OK Computer is considered one of the greatest albums of all time by a lot of publications. And they tried to follow that up with an album so different and experimental that it challenged critics and alienated a lot of their fans. That's Kid A. And who wouldn't like that logo.

3 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative Rock, Hip Hop and Techno. Some of their influences include Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, The... read more

They are the only band that keeps on experimenting with new music. Rock is incomplete without them. You can't name a single rock genre that they haven't included in their songs. They are far better than any other band here. Nirvana is the most overrated band. Dumb people haven't listened to them. They just vote because Nirvana has become a cult. I bet none of their songs will be liked except for Smells Like Teen Spirit, Lithium, and Heart-Shaped Box. Listen to all their songs, and you'll come to know how bad they are. Plus, they are a grunge rock band, and Green Day is a punk rock band. Neither of these two should be on this list. Coldplay should be at number 1, and Linkin Park at number 2, because there are a few songs from Linkin Park that are alternative rock, and all of Coldplay's songs are pure alternative rock.

Linkin Park and Radiohead should be in the top two. Some people don't know what alternative is. Alternative means combining various elements and genres to create alternative sounds. For example, alternative rock means incorporating hip-hop elements into rock, like Linkin Park, or incorporating jazz and opera elements, like Radiohead. Or incorporating electronic elements, like both Linkin Park and Radiohead do. They use a variety of instruments rather than just guitars and bass, such as pianos, flutes, and turntables. Linkin Park and Muse are a few bands that do this. Nirvana is a grunge band, not at all alternative. Green Day is a punk rock band, not alternative.

4 Coldplay Coldplay are a British pop rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed themselves "Coldplay" in 1998. Before making their debut album, they recorded and released three... read more

Stupid people know nothing about music. Nirvana is a grunge rock band, and Green Day is a punk rock band. None of these should be on this list. And Nirvana is also the most overrated band. Their music is pretty crap. I bet no one will like their songs except Smells Like Teen Spirit, Lithium, and Heart-Shaped Box. They have become a cult. Even though dumb people haven't listened to many of their songs, they still say that they are good. They are pretty crap if you listen to many of their songs. Coldplay is the real alternative rock band. They are so good. And Linkin Park is not just an alternative rock band. They are the only band that keeps on experimenting with new music. They have so many genres. Rock is incomplete without Linkin Park. You can't name a single rock genre that they haven't mixed into their songs. Coldplay should be at 1 and Linkin Park at 2.

This is literally the greatest band of all time. Sure, they get a lot of hate for their boring, overrated music, but the only boring and overrated songs are their most popular ones. The only Coldplay songs most people have heard are "The Scientist" and "Fix You." These are okay songs, but they are far from their best. This band is only good if you dive deeper into their discography. "X&Y" is one of the best and most underrated albums ever. "Clocks" is one of the greatest songs ever written. Not to mention plenty of other great songs such as Low, Yellow, A Whisper, God Put a Smile On Your Face, Politik, Trouble, Viva La Vida, Life in Technicolor ii... The list goes on and on, and they should be number one.

5 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983.

The band's members are Anthony Kiedis (Vocals), Michael "Flea" Balzary (Bass), Chad Smith (Drums) and numerous guitarists, most well-known being John Frusciante.

The band is among the most well-known funk bands in music history with albums like "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" and "Californification"... read more

Number six for the Chili Peppers is a joke. They're easily one of the greatest alternative bands of all time. They have smooth transitions, unbelievable lyrics and vocals, amazing rhythm, and soothing beats. Anthony has poetic and deep lyrics, along with the vocal ability to give them justice. Flea is easily one of the best, if not the absolute best, bassists in the world. Chad Smith keeps an amazing beat while managing not to overpower a song with drums. Josh Klinghoffer's abilities on guitar speak for themselves through both difficulty and melody. One thing that sets the Chili Peppers apart from other bands is their ability to equally tell the story of their song through each instrument, whether it be vocals, drums, bass, or guitar.

Number 1, period. Pioneers of creating music in their own style. From their first album to their last, 'I'm with U,' spectacular.

Never sold out. Changed as they matured, always hearing truth and honesty in their songs. You can always tell if a band is releasing an album or songs that are not from the heart, for the sake of another record (money). Not this absolutely talented band.

With Flea setting the beat, you know it will be great with the poetry.

6 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk/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 include The Ramones, Sex Pistols, NOFX, and Bad Religion. They are best known for their... read more

Seriously?! Oh, come ON! Green Day absolutely rocks the alt & punk genres. Starting out as a punk rock band, they expanded album by album into various kinds of rock, and their work just gets better! Longview, Basket Case, When I Come Around, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Jesus of Suburbia, Holiday, 21 Guns, Viva la Gloria, Oh Love, Nuclear Family, Stray Heart, X-Kid... No one can have a better track record than this, not even Linkin Park, whose tracks get worse with every album. Heck, Linkin Park sounds even worse live, whereas Green Day sounds even better!

Green Day. Green Day. Green Day... How can I possibly describe how much this band means to me? I simply can't! They are my life. Everything about them is just phenomenal. I hate that people only judge them on their newer stuff. Yeah, it's good, and I love it all, but Green Day was definitely at their best in the '90s. I'm talking about Dookie, Insomniac, and Nimrod here. It's just awesome stuff... Long live Green Day!

7 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a grunge/alternative rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. Pearl Jam are most famous for their hit singles "Even Flow", "Black", and "Jeremy" which all appear on their debut album, "Ten", named after the basketball player Mookie Blaylock's jersey number, #10.

How is it possible that the likes of Evanescence and Breaking Benjamin can even be thought of in the same sentence as Pearl Jam? Let alone be rated higher. And I'm not even a big fan of Pearl Jam, but come on, people. Pearl Jam is in the top 15 bands of all time, so they for sure deserve a rating higher than 16 for a genre they helped pioneer.

I love Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder uses his voice so well to convey the wonderful meaning in their songs, and they are good-hearted people who rock live! I vote them equal first with Linkin Park. They are my equally favorite bands in the world!

What monkey-buggering mouth-breather thinks Foo Fighters, Green Day, or Linkin Park are better than Pearl Jam? And Coldplay? They shouldn't even be in this category. Wow! The only band on this list that can compare is Nirvana.

8 R.E.M. R.E.M. was an American alternative rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.

How? HOW? How can anyone put R.E.M. low on any list? First of all, they quite literally invented alt-rock. If for some reason that's not good enough for number 1, then I don't know what is. Even if taste is subjective, that doesn't change the fact that nearly every single album from them is not just good, but amazing. They are probably one of the most underrated bands I know of. But then, isn't that the definition of alternative?

Linkin Park and Coldplay are great bands, but they can't be in the top 10 on this kind of list. Top 50, maybe, but not top 10. As many people here have said before me, R.E.M. invented alternative rock. Of course, there were some post-punk bands before them that set the base for it (Joy Division, The Cure, Talking Heads), but R.E.M. made alternative rock the way we know it today. That's enough reason to get them to #1.

R.E.M. is the reason alternative rock got its name. It was the first band to completely conquer college radio and is the epitome of what "alternative" was in the early '80s. I'm old enough to remember frequenting alternative music stores. This was the band the alt kids loved. Murmur is the ultimate college album. The fact that Linkin Park is #1 makes this poll a joke.

9 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery,... read more

I think they deserve to be number 1.

The most influential band in the world, with a unique sound...

When I hear Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, Coldplay, etc., just one name comes to my head: it's 'U2'. Look at how they've influenced so many modern bands. They are legends.

2. are all the Seattle bands like Nirvana, PJ, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, STP, Mudhoney, Fastback, etc. I love grunge. It's one of the music revolutions in the world that I think created modern rock.
3. Oasis: One word for Noel: awesome.
4. Blink 182: I was a big fan of Tom Delonge. The first time I played guitar, it was just Blink 182's songs.

This is one rock band that I really worship. Go ahead, hate them. But that won't change their popularity and how they have positively influenced upcoming bands, let alone modern music in general. These gentlemen released their first album, Boy, back in 1980, and their lineup is still the same. They are still Bono, Adam, Larry, and The Edge. How about that? I really admire them. They deserve a higher position than this. Really great albums - except for Zooropa.

10 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American alternative rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate Mendel (bass), Taylor Hawkins (drums, backing vocals), Chris Shiflett (lead guitar,... read more

Seventeen, are you kidding me? They've won Grammys, and they keep winning them. First of all, they are already legends, and they will leave a legacy just like Guns N' Roses or Led Zeppelin. My opinion might sound courageous, but they have already won 11 Grammys. I think that's a huge number, and they continue to perform unbelievable live performances. I even think they are better than Nirvana because they are all about their sound. And I have to add something. It's embarrassing to see Tokio Hotel beneath the Foo Fighters. I mean, come on guys, show some respect.

Well, to start with, you have to admit that the Foo Fighters are all about power and energy. I really like their guitar work. The drummer is just awesome. True, they have a certain pattern, but often they bring some variations and undertake daring experiments, in which they are mostly successful. One last thing I must mention is their performance in concerts - simply amazing!

The Contenders
11 Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 Brit Awards, and 2 Grammy Awards.

Muse has got to be one of the greatest and most talented bands on the planet. In a world where auto-tune and lip-syncing are as common as people wearing shoes, this band, along with others, has been rising up against the mainstream media and into the hearts and souls of their many loyal fans. What makes Muse stand out the most (to me) is that they pour every inch of magic into their songs, causing me to stop whatever I am doing and listen word for word and note for note. Muse brings us combination after combination of different musical styles that no one had ever thought of, and they deserve more than just a Grammy. Truly, they have every right to be honored as the greatest alternative rock band of all time.

Muse is my favorite band. They should be above Linkin Park because they are better than Linkin Park. Matt Bellamy has a better voice than Chester Bennington, and he is a better guitarist than Brad Delson. Chris Wolstenholme is a better bassist than Dave Farrell. Dom Howard is a better drummer than Rob Bourdon. Muse only has three members, but their live performances are amazing. Linkin Park has six members, but their live performances are not so good. Okay, for album sales and fans, Linkin Park wins, but maybe it's just because they are closer to their fans than Muse. That's why they have more fans than Muse and they sell more albums than Muse. Finally, people think they're a great band. Don't get me wrong. They are a good band and they do have good songs, but in my opinion, Muse is better than Linkin Park if you consider the musical talent of both bands.

12 Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American grunge/alternative metal band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

In my opinion, many of today's "Alternative" bands wouldn't have the success that they now enjoy without the work of Alice In Chains. This band was one of the best, if not the best, pioneers of alternative music. It's too bad that the media didn't and still doesn't give these guys the credit that they so deserve. Even without Layne, they are still a really good band, even though it is different than what their fans are used to. They still kick butt. RIP Layne Staley. You are missed.

Why doesn't the younger generation appreciate the ground-breaking "classic" alternative bands of the '80s and '90s? When I was in my twenties, we always paid tribute to those musicians who had laid the foundations for the bands of our generation. Kids today need to start respecting.

This band always seems to be severely underrated. While they are not really alternative rock as much as they are alternative metal, they still sound great (I don't like metal), and they are one of the most resilient bands around. They kept going even after Layne died, and their comeback happened to be successful.

13 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance is an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013, and again from 2019 to present day. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

My Chemical Romance is so many things. Every band member devoted their life to this band. As Gerard Way (the lead singer) said, This band saved my life, and it's there to save other people's lives. It is supposed to be inspirational, relevant, and symbolic. I could go on talking about My Chemical Romance for hours. There is so much to it. You see these modern bands like 5SOS that write songs about how hot their girlfriend is. There's no DEPTH! You want depth? You want to feel like there's someone else in this world who understands you and your struggles? Listen to My Chemical Romance. They might not be making music now, but they are a sight to remember, and each of them is a hero.

These guys have always stayed true to themselves, and they've never allowed anyone to dictate how they should act or what kind of image they should create. Their music is harsh and meaningful, something different from what most bands have to offer. They put their heart and soul into their career and have shown the world that having feelings is okay. Everybody gets hurt, life isn't fair or easy, and difficult times find the best of us. They showed us that it's possible to rise above it all and do something good with it, harness the pain, the anger, the frustration, and create a better world. Their stories are touching and eye-opening and offer the world hope for the future. I'm very surprised they're not number one because, in all honesty, they are as good and as real as they come, and the MCRmy will never allow their memory to fade.

14 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.

I was introduced to this band with "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" for a school project. I could write a book on just that album. This band is pure perfection. It needs to be in the top 10.

There are fewer bands with discographies as diverse and high-quality as the Smashing Pumpkins. What sets them apart from many other bands on this list is their flexibility. From the classic fuzzy dream of Cherub Rock to the sweeping orchestral arrangement of Tonight, Tonight, the brooding Cure-esque There It Goes, the saccharine wonderland of Cupid de Locke, the tender beauty of For Martha, the jangly psychedelia of I Am One, and the addictive poppiness of 1979 and Perfect, the Pumpkins have not lost an ounce of their artistic integrity and skill. Regardless of how much they diverged from their most easily associated Siamese Dream sound, they continue to remain distinctly unique in their artistry. Billy Corgan (perfectionist, prolific songwriting genius, and underrated guitar virtuoso) spearheaded one of the most fluid and honest bands in Alternative Rock. Many bands on this list wouldn't be here if it weren't for the tremendous (and often overlooked) influence the Smashing Pumpkins had.

There's a tenderness to their music that, while subjective, isn't found in most other bands. Not a single song out of their 400+ catalog sounds like another. Beauty can be found in their tenderness. Despite their omnipresent sound, there's a sincerity that anyone from any walk of life can find within their music.

Their songs aren't just songs. Their albums aren't just albums. Everything they make is a journey to behold. Whether or not a listener likes it doesn't matter. Their profound influence and artistry are undeniable.

In all my years of concert-going, I've never once seen a band that matched their stage presence. Ever.

15 Weezer Weezer is an American alternative rock/power pop band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner.

Best live act ever. Is it complex? No. Is it fancy? No. Are there all kinds of gimmicks and pyrotechnics? No. Just music that utterly blows you away, even though it in itself is not overly complex. Then, at the end of the show, their big encore show-ender was to flash the lights on the Weezer logo. Yeah, flashing a few lights. You could hear the crowd in space. They went wild over only this... You know why? Because Weezer is legendary and deserves way more admiration than they get, especially critically. Factor into the equation that they get taken for granted and that 70% of people are operating at below-average intelligence, which makes no sense... but is actually true. Sadly, you can't get blood from a stone, and you can't get a philistine to appreciate something so nuanced, lovely, and significant.

Weezer is, without most people knowing, one of the top five most important alternative rock acts ever. Their self-titled debut was ahead of its time by about five years, and the same could be said for their once-reviled, now-exalted Pinkerton. When their debut first came out, they were seen as one of the only positive alternatives to the dark, angsty grunge bands of the '90s. The sound on that album, as well as Pinkerton, was unlike anything that would be seen for about six or seven years when power pop really started to kick off. They work well on the other side of the spectrum too: Pinkerton has influenced almost every emo and post-grunge band to ever exist, whether those bands know it or not. While they have had a couple of disappointing moments, they will always be the heroes of the downtrodden, nerdy, unpopular crowd. This is especially true for us high school students. Weezer is my hero.

16 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Provo, Utah, and are now based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. The band first gained exposure with the release of their single "It's Time", followed by their award-winning debut studio album Night Visions (2012), which resulted... read more

This band, to me, can easily match up with Nirvana, and people in general just have a hard time crowning a new number one because they are stuck in the past. Welcome to the twenty-first century. This band will blow you away. "It's Time" and "Demons" are two of their hottest songs from their first album, "Night Visions." Then there are "Shots," "I Bet My Life," and "Smoke and Mirrors" from their newest album, "Smoke and Mirrors." They also have great singles like "Roots" and "Monster." And let's not forget that their most well-known song from "Night Visions," "Radioactive," has been on the Billboard Top 100 for 87 consecutive weeks - longer than any artist in 55 years. On top of that, this band hit stardom just three years ago.

Yes, Imagine Dragons is a good band. But I'm really surprised that people are commenting stuff like, "Oh, they should be top 5!" Remember, these guys are still very new to the scene for the most part. They are also much more pop-oriented than most bands here. Consider how many classic bands you would have to place them ahead of to make the top 5 happen. Right now, the top 5 is Nirvana, Linkin Park, Green Day, Radiohead, and Coldplay. Who are you going to displace from that group? Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers would also have something to say about it, among like 10-15 other bands. They definitely have done a lot of good things for music in a short period of time, and I enjoy their music. But just because they are currently dominating the alternative scene in terms of mainstream popularity doesn't make them an all-time contender. It doesn't necessarily make them the best alternative band active either. I think the number 22 spot is perfectly generous, considering how long they have been around. I guess what I'm saying is that mainstream doesn't necessarily equal historical significance. That could change over time if they put out some really memorable albums.

17 The White Stripes The White Stripes were an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they got married, Jack Gillis borrowed his wife's surname and became Jack White... read more

The White Stripes hold that sense of rock and blues foundation that everyone should at least try out. Distinctive unadorned musical attack with Jack on guitar and vocals and Meg's drumming create that perfect sense of straightforward, raw alternative rock. The duo is genuine. They stick to their roots and do their thing like no one else can.

The White Stripes most definitely need to be higher. They have an interesting and unique, simplistic approach to rock music, which few have been able to replicate. Most of all, they manage to make incredibly heavy and large-scale music while only having two members. That in and of itself is a great reason for them to be higher on the list.

The White Stripes were the band that explored all the gaps in between where all these mainstream alternative bands do-si-doed. With unparalleled creativity and inventiveness, they were the most alternative of alternative bands of the era!

18 Pixies The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances, but reunited in 2004. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering.

If you think 21st-century bands are the best in alternative, then you need to listen to old-school alternative, like the Pixies and Jane's Addiction! They are classic alt bands. All the newer bands should be beneath the ultimate greats - the bands who defined the alternative genre. Educate yourselves, Generation Y. Gen X had it going on! We will always be the epitome of coolness.

Without the Pixies, alt-rock would suck. They influenced, nay, CREATED Nirvana and a bunch of others, not to mention the killer soft-to-loud formula that made grunge so popular. They worked behind the scenes. There's no reason they shouldn't be worshipped and revered. The (few) good bands in the top 10 owe their musical careers to these guys.

The Pixies are pure songwriting geniuses. Every song conveys a certain feeling through its lyrics, but if the lyrics were removed, you would still feel the same thing the lyrics conveyed. Nirvana should be number two. How Coldplay even made the list is beyond me. Ninety-nine percent of this list wouldn't even be on here without the Pixies.

19 Incubus Incubus is an American alternative rock band from Calabasas, California. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, and drummer Jose Pasillas while enrolled in Calabasas High School and later expanded to include bassist Alex "Dirk Lance" Katunich, and Gavin "DJ Lyfe" Koppell; both of whom were eventually replaced by bassist Ben Kenney and DJ Kilmore respectively... read more

Incubus are geniuses.

There is no band in the world that could produce the same music as Incubus.

Incubus never gets old, and although their last album isn't as good as the rest, they are still a band you could listen to over and over again.

They saved my life. I love you, Brandon Boyd. They aren't the best but should easily be in the top 10 of all time. They are up there with Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Coldplay.

Originality like no other. They are way overlooked and underrated, in my opinion. Guess Justin Bieber lovers outweigh the folks who actually like... well... real music.

20 Soundgarden Soundgarden was an American grunge/alternative metal band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Chris Cornell died on May 17th, 2017.

Excuse me, how is Soundgarden not in the top ten, if not ahead of Smashing Pumpkins, of all bands? Ridiculous. I understand about the Foo Fighters, and, of course, Nirvana, but please! Make way for the real god of grunge, Chris Cornell! He has an awesome voice. He can go high, low, scream. He's the whole package. He's obviously better than the entire lot of Linkin Park and Smashing Pumpkins put together!

Let me remind you of one of their hits -
Black Hole Sun: the words dampen your soul with the depression that was felt writing the song. Either that, or Chris Cornell was stringing random words together in a new song. Even if he did, it sounded perfect.

Nirvana, Linkin Park, Green Day, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance, Imagine Dragons, Weezer, The White Stripes, Three Days Grace, and Incubus are all above Soundgarden. None even come close. If you honestly think any of these millennial pop bands are better than Soundgarden, go see a psychiatrist.

- Chris Cornell is the best vocalist on this list.
- Matt Cameron is the best drummer on this list.
- No bands on this list can create riffs like them.
- No bands on this list write songs like them.
- "Superunknown" is the best album on this list.
Gosh, people. This list is depressing.

21 Joy Division Joy Division were an English post-punk band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

Too depressing, especially if you know the backstory about this bunch. It's sad that some have to go before their time, but it isn't always possible to know when or where someone will do something. Also, you have to let people take their own chances in life. They have to figure it out for themselves, not for everyone else. And you can't prevent everything or predict it either.

It is obvious that a "best alternative" list is flawed when Joy Division is not in the top ten. They were one of the founding fathers of alt-rock.

Are you kidding me? This list is whack if this iconic post-UK-punk group is not in the top 20. Most of these groups borrowed from this amazing group.

22 The Cure The Cure are an English post-punk/gothic rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1978. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

They lasted four decades, fronted by a true artist. A great live band that made numerous hits that never go out of date, always experimenting and renewing themselves, and kicking the butt of the mainstream machine. It's one of the few alternative bands that defined the alternative scene, and so deserves to be in the top ten, alongside Velvet Underground and R.E.M.

The Cure were one of the founding fathers of alt-rock. Everyone knows at least 4-5 Cure songs, even if you don't know you would have due to their songs being played in various media. They are basically the band that everyone knows plenty of songs from without knowing the band's name. Close to Me, Just Like Heaven, A Forest, Love Song, Lullaby, Friday I'm in Love, Why Can't I Be You?, Pictures of You, Lovecats, and In Between Days are all classics.

This page clearly has no credibility - the problem is that too much commercial BS has influenced people! Can't believe how shallow people are! The Cure influenced so many, explicitly and implicitly. The order of popularity on this list epitomizes life's monotony, so eloquently captured in One Hundred Years. Need I say more.

23 Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, backing vocalist) and Nick O'Malley (bassist, backing vocalist). A former member, Andy Nicholson (also... read more

If you think Arctic Monkeys don't deserve the number 1 spot, that's where you're wrong. You may ask, Who are Arctic Monkeys? Well, only ones who know their music will really appreciate their greatness.

In 2004, they released their demo album 'Beneath the Boardwalk,' and ever since, they have been building their style brick by brick, releasing five studio albums, all containing mad sounds. I've done some brainstorming, and I can think of 505 reasons why they are the best band in the world. I won't write them all. Otherwise, I'd still be here when the sun goes down. But I will tell you that I have a certain romance with their music.

The bad thing about this site is that nobody appreciates good music. Seriously, it's berserk. So snap out of it and vote for the Arctic Monkeys! And if not, do me a favor and leave before the lights come on.

Linkin Park at number 1? Bah! Humbug.

Their debut, 'Whatever People Say I Am...,' reinvigorated the British indie rock scene in the mid-2000s, and their most recent album, AM, may very well be the best alternative album since the Strokes' debut. There isn't anything else out there that sounds like what AM has achieved in melding post-punk, R&B, hip-hop, hard rock, and psychedelia into an organic sound. They are truly an original band and are keeping guitar-based rock alive with their willingness to experiment and push boundaries. Not to mention that Alex Turner is one of the best lyricists of this generation.

24 The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

37? How? About 60% of bands above them on this list admit to being directly influenced by The Smiths. Considering NME, probably the most significant alt-rock publication, sees The Smiths as the single band with the most influence on the genre, you can surely appreciate that these guys must be top 3 in influence and stature, even if you don't like all their music.

They definitely deserve the number 1 spot. Morrissey is a lyrical genius, and Johnny Marr's guitar work is absolutely incredible. The music and the lyrics complement each other perfectly. They essentially created alternative rock. The Smiths are incredible and definitely worth the listen.

Lyrical poetry for the masses and kitchen sink songs for the everyman - The Smiths may have reveled in their underdog status on this list, but they deserve to be #1. Few of the bands featured would probably disagree.

25 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots is an alternative rock band formed in San Diego, CA in 1989.

The band currently consists of brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo (guitarist and bassist, respectively), and Eric Kretz (drummer). Their main vocalist from their formation up to 2013 was Scott Weiland. He was fired in 2013 and for a short time was replaced by Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, who left to focus... read more

The DeLeo brothers and Eric Kretz will rock together with a new singer, someone close in style to STP. I'm sure they will succeed. Maybe their friend Richard Patrick from Filter will join. If they are as good musicians as they have shown with their taste in STP's music, they'll find a better singer/frontman than Bennington or any other borrowed singer. Perhaps they'll follow AC/DC's example too, with a Back in Stone moment. We'll miss Weiland a lot - the king is dead, long live the king!

How are both Pierce the Veil and Black Veil Brides above Stone Temple Pilots on an alternative rock ranking? (Not to say either of those bands are bad.) Stone Temple Pilots are absolutely top-ten worthy.

Seriously, they are at #44? Ahead of them are Papa Roach, Offspring, and Good Charlotte? Seriously?! We are definitely screwed.

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