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Best Alternative Bands of All Time

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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. ...read more.

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 of a subjective take, whilst 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 ripples of what albums like Nevermind did, 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 popularized a subculture of people. To call a band like that overrated is a bit like denying the fact that the sky is blue, or that the grass is green. People just enjoying making their arguments stick out as more than just pure opinion by using words like "overrated", ...more

Why is Nirvana even in this when they are a grunge rock band. Their only 2-3 songs are alternative rock. It's the Most overrated band of all time. Most of the dumb people haven't even listened to them still they say that they are good because they have become like a cult. Their only good songs are - smells like teen spirit, Lithium and heart shaped box. Their all other songs are pretty crap which sound same. There's no variation. Just listen to their all songs then vote. They are pretty crap. Coldplay should be at 1.They are real alternative band. And Linkin Park at 2 as they have only 50% of songs which are truly alternative rock. Rest are fusion of many rock genres. They are the only band which keep on experimenting with new music. Rock is incomplete without Linkin Park.

Hail to the king of Alternative Rock, Kurt Cobain. This band through the album Nevermind, particularly the song Smells Like Teen Spirit, introduced the world to Alternative Rock and defined a culture and generation of which I belong, Generation X.

The lyrics of their songs are unparalleled, especially those in their last album, In Utero. All Apologies is one of my most, if not my most, favorite songs of all time. Its words are full of meaning and emotion that it can be classified as poetry. In fact, my professor in English II in college even made us read and interpret the song along with Elenor Rigby and Puff, the Magic Dragon as part of our discussion of contemporary literature.

Hands down, Nirvana should be the number one Alternative Rock Band of all time.

If you think Nirvana is overrated, you should really go on a wider variety than songs like "Lithium" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Nirvana deserves this position, more than anyone on this list. For those of you who can't be convinced, I'll point out some ridiculously overrated bands myself: Fallout Boy, My Chemical Romance, Coldplay, and Panic! At the Disco. Nirvana was a very good band, especially for a three-person group. And the fact that they only had a few albums makes their overall impact even more impressive. Nirvana isn't my favorite alternative band, but I can't deny that they are the best.

2 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 ...read more.

They are the only band which keep 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 cote because Nirvana has become a cult. I bet none of their songs will be liked except - smells like teen spirit, Lithium, and heart shaped box. Listen to their all songs then you'll come to know how crap they are. Plus they are grunge rock band and Green Day are Punk rock band. None of these two craps should be on this list. Coldplay should be at 1 and Linkin Park at 2 because there are few songs of Linkin Park which are alternative rock and all these are best. Coldplay is pure alternative rock.

Linkin Park is...honestly just an "okay" band. Don't get me wrong, I loved Hybrid Theory when it came out, and listened to them for awhile. Hell, I even listened to Mike Shinoda when he broke off from Linkin Park for awhile to make Fort Minor, and loved their album "Rising Tied". But as I got older, I kind of grew out of them. Their songs began to sound annoyingly similar, and Numb quite literally became a joke for me. And I wouldn't really even classify them as alt-rock, either. They're more Nu-metal, to me at least. A good comparison to another music group to them would be Maroon 5. They make good music, and have many, many hits that's for sure. However, their songs seem to blend together, or have the same subject it seems like - Linkin Park having a rebellious or betrayal feel to it, and Maroon 5 pretty much only being about a woman (which by the way gets incredibly repetitive). Nirvana has number one because they pushed the envelope. They developed their own style, resulting it ...more

Linkin Park & Radiohead should be top 2. Some people don't know what alternative is. Alternative means combining many elements & geners & creating alternative sounds. For example Alternative Rock means incorporating hip-hop elements in rock like Linkin Park or incorporating Jazz / Opera elements like Radiohead. Or incorporating electronic elements like both Linkin Park & Radiohead. Using lots of instruments rather that just guitars & bass. Using pianos, flutes, turntables etc - Linkin Park, Muse are few bands which do this. Nirvana is a grunge band NOT at all alternative. Green Day is a punk rock band, NOT alternative.

Linkin Park has been my all time FAVORITE band ever since I was 7 years old. They've helped me learn what real music was basically. I have been fortunate enough to go to one of their concerts over the summer and they never disappoint. They were touring with another one of my favorite bands, Incubus, and it was as if I was listening to their albums in my car's stereo system. They're amazing. They Definitely do deserve the Number One spot. Yes I love A LOT of other bands on here as well, but nothing will ever beat Linkin Park. I LOVE CHESTER BENNINGTON AND MIKE SHINODA! BEST OF THE BEST! LPU FOR LIFE!

3 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).

This is absurd! How is even Coldplay higher than Radiohead in this list. Most Coldplay songs are just The Bends rip off. Radiohead are what you can call real artists. No albums sounds the same with the same formula unlike Coldplay. Each of their album has its own mood and feel. They are innovative and never try to do the same over and over again. OK Computer are considered one of the greatest album of all time by a lot of publications. And they try 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.

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!

What makes Radiohead stand out from other bands who are considered 'alternative' for simplicity's sake, is Radiohead's direction with their music. Radiohead have never been satisfied with their direction, from the lyrical appeal of 'The Bends", to 'Kid A's fearless production, and the other-wordliness of 'The King of Limbs". Radiohead has never been afraid of change, which is a flaw that many bands with great potential commit. When Radiohead become unhappy with their direction, they change it, despite angering fans, receiving criticism and risking loss of sales. Every one of Radiohead's albums is an innovation, dangerous new territory for a band of their size, yet Radiohead manage to excel, despite their direction. Radiohead is one of a kind, a huge band that doesn't like to play it safe, truly one of the greats,

Easily the best alternative/indie rock band of all time, along with Nirvana following closely behind. Haven't you heard Paranoid Android, Creep, Fake Plastic Trees, My Iron Lung, There There, No Surprises, Pyramid Song, Reckoner, Idioteque, How To Disappear Completely, and Karma Police? Those are only their best songs, not the great ones that deserve to be heard also?
Probably the most imaginative band ever, behind Pink Floyd and The Beatles.

4 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. 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 ...read more.

Green Day changed people for the better. Basket Case getting people through anxiety.
Give me novacaine helping the effects of drugs
Good Riddance helping people go through tough times and walk away
Bobd helping people by showing a good side of happiness

Seriously?!?! Oh come ON! Green Day absolutely rocks the alt & punk genres. Starting out as a punk rock band, then album by album expanding into various kinds of rock, & their works 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 sound even better!

Wait. Come on! Nirvana at #1 just because a guy died young? Not fair. Linkin Park is acceptable. They do make great music but Green Day is definitely great band. They've been around since 30 years, starting off with pure punk, then pop-punk, punk-rock and eventually, alt Rock. The way they Create Music is unbeatable and the AMOUNT OF ENERGY trio pulls out during a live concert, the levels are unimaginably high! All of their songs have DEEP AND MEANINGFUL LYRICS and perfection in COMPOSITION. They are the greatest, Get them to the TOP

American idiot, 21st century breakdown, dookie... Green Day has so many amazing albums and songs. Seeing them live is just as energizing as their music is. There is something unique about Green Day that makes me not able to get bored of their songs. I can't stop listening to them. They are just so good, and the variety of their songs is spectacular, from last night on earth to horseshoes and handgrenades

5 Coldplay Coldplay are a British 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 ...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 none will like their any songs except - smells like teen spirit, Lithium and Heart shaped box. They have become a cult. Even though dumb people haven't listened to their many songs still they say that they are good. They are pretty crap of you listen to their many 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 which keep on experimenting with new music. They have so many genres. Rock is incomplete with Linkin Park. You can't tell a single rock genre which they haven't mixed in their songs. Coldplay should be at 1 and Linkin Park at 2.

The standard they put in all their albums are gold and amazing, even though their genre changes a bit to pop rock nowadays (still, their new songs are great for 'pop-ier' genre). They really put themselves apart with unique factors like Chris's songwriting ability, Jonny's catchy guitar riff, etc. Their songs suit the taste of huge audiences all across the globe, with a very wide range of musical style in their songs, and LOTS of them are masterpieces. What I like about them most is they never sound the same and continously evolve, experiment whilst still sounding great, now that's not boring. Violet hill, clocks, paradise, everglow, ghost story, the scientist, and the list never seems to end..

I love Coldplay, no denying that. Although, they have other good songs. Everyone is just naming their singles. What about Swallowed in the Sea? Death Will Never Conquer? Glass of Water? There are so many songs that are pure masterpieces, songs that you can't change without ruining everything. They have a song for everything, so you never have to listen to another artist. Songs that make you cry, songs that make you relax, songs that make you dance. If I had to name my biggest fear, it would be Coldplay splitting up. If only they played on the radio...

The only way that Coldplay is four on this list is because people really don't consider them alternative anymore. Listen to any of their first three albums and it is pretty much all alternative rock. Coldplay has so many great songs, Fix You, Clocks, Don't Panic, What If, White Shadows, Trouble, The Scientist, Square One, Sparks, In My Place, The Hardest Part, Speed of Sound, Spies, Major Minus, Charlie Brown... The list never really ends. The three bands above them have a combined like 10 great songs.

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

Number six for the chili peppers is a joke, they're easily 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 the the absolute best bassist in the world. Chad smith keeps an amazing beat while managing not to overpower a song with drums. Josh killinghoffer's abilities on guitar speaks for itself through both difficulty and melody. One thing that sets the chili peppers aside from other bands is their ability to equally tell the story of their song through each instrument weather it be vocals, drums, bass, or guitar.

Number 1 period, pioneers of creating music of there own style.
First album till there 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's not from the heart, for the sake of another record, (Money), not this absolutely talented band.

With Flea moving the beat, you know it we be great with the poetry.

Seven's not a bad spot. But seriously, these guys deserve a lot better than this. Linkin Park aren't even alternative rock for the most part, they are nu metal or rap rock. The Red Hot Chili Peppers should be at least 4 on this list. Just listen to Dani California, Wet Sand, Under the Bridge, Californication, Can't Stop, Soul to Squeeze etc. They're so wonderfully varied that every song sounds different. Viva RHCP.

This is the greatest band of all time. Check out By The Way, don't Forget Me, Purple Stain, Universally Speaking, Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Under the Bridge, Annie Wants a Baby, Even You Brutus, Snow (hey oh), wet sand, Soul To Squeeze, and I guess another good one is Fortune Faded. Greatest band of all time. And they are still making music.

7 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Alternative/Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.

Pearl Jam is the best! All their songs have great beats and clever lyrics. They’re good for when you’re happy, sad, pissed, anything! Also so great to listen to while running

How is it possible that the likes of Evanescence, and Breaking Benjamin can be even thought of in the same sentence as Pearl Jam. Let alone 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 then 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 and rock live! I vote them equal first with Linkin Park - they are my equal favourite bands in the world!

From angry defiant, Not for You to the ballads. Pearl Jam was there and survives. They have a large following, have fought the establishment and put out bootlegs of live shows. They don't put out many albums now but try and match their catalogue

8 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 ...read more.

Amazing. Bono's soulful voice really rings out, and the lyrics get imprinted in your head. Even 80's-90's hits like "Where the Streets have no Name" and "Bullet the Blue Sky" still touch people 'round the world. Best part? THEIR FREAKING 50 YEARS OLD!

I think they deserve to be number 1...

Most influential band in the world, unique sound...

When I hear: muse,30 seconds to mars, linkin park, cold play, etc just one name in my head, it's 'U2', Look how they give so many influence to many modern band. 'THEY ARE LEGEND'

2. is All of Seattle band like nirvana, PJ, soundgarden, alice in chains, STP, mudhoney, fastback, etc, I love grunge, one of music revolution in the world... who create modern rock I think

3. Oasis: one word for Noel: awesome

4. Blink 182, I was a big fan of Tom Delonge, first time I played guitar, 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 influenced (positively) 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 Zooropa.

Linkin Park, The Killers, Coldplay, 30 Seconds To Mars, Radiohead, Muse, R.E.M. and so many other bands have become what they are because of the U2 influence. They started with post-punk and became the pioneers of rock. Their sound remains in your head, their tunes are so long-lasting... Their music grows on you and you always want to hear them more and more.
It's Bull they are at 12th position. THEY ARE THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD

9 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American 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 ...read more.

17 are you kidding me? They won Grammy's and they are keep winning them.
First of all they are already a legend and they will left a legacy just like Guns and Roses or Led Zeppelin. My opinion could sound couragous, but they already won 11 grammy's I think that's a huge number and they are continuing to perform unbelievable live performances... I even think they are better than Nirvana because they are all about their sound. And ı have to add something, its embarrassing to see tokio hotel beneathe the Foo Fighters. I mean come on guys, 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 that they have a certain pattern but often they bring some variations and do daunting experiments in which mostly they are successful! One last thing I must mention is their performance in the concerts! Simply amazing!

In this day and age where music has to be "PRODUCED" into somewhat crappy air-able songs, this band stands head and shoulders above the rest. Every song on every CD sounds exactly the same at the live show. They are a group of musicians who have become masters of their craft. I went to see Skin and Bones in Seattle WA at the Key Arena and it was the BEST live show I have ever seen in my life to this day.

Foo Fighters are a band that decide to not use stupid pro tools or fake instruments. They don't play for money of fame, they play for their fans and for the sake of music. And also, Dave Grohl is pretty much the nicest guy on earth which is why he earned the nickname "The nicest guy in rock". Seriously if you haven't heard the story about him and the miners then go search it up.

10 R.E.M. R.E.M. was an American 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.

Both REM and U2 basically started the Alternative movement in the early 80's so they are basically one in the same. This is a mix of Alternative, Grunge (Nirvana) and current Alternative (Dragons) so I guess the list is treating them as one in the same.

Linkin Park and Coldplay are great bands, but they can't be in top 10 on this kind of list. Top 50, maybe, but not top 10.
As many people here 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 on #1.

How. HOW. How can anyone put REM 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, doesn't change the fact that nearly every single album from then is not good, but amazing. They are probably one of the most underrated bands I know of. But then, isn't that the defintion of alternative?

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

The Newcomers

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Too underrated.

The Contenders
11 Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock 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 pioneer's of alternative music. It's to 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.

Most of these are either too noisy, heavy handed, or plain nasty. Some are okayImagine Dragons. Mostly I enjoy classic rock feel, like Bush or Pearl Jam..Nirvana had their moments of greatness, but I only found that out after Kurt Cobain died. Unfortunately many great songwriters/ singers,also had depression, like Kurt, and are no longer with us.RIP to Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland,Kurt Cobain,Amy Winehouse,etc.

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.

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

12 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 ...read more.

Muse has got to be one of the greatest and most talented bands on the planet. In a world where auto tune and lip sync is as common as people wearing shoes we live in today, this band as well as others have been rising up against the mainstream media and into the hearts and souls of their many loyal fans. What makes Muse the most stand out (to me) is that they pour every inch of magic into their songs that gets me to stop whatever I am doing and listen word from word and note to 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 the greatest alternative rock band of all time.

Muse is my favourite band. They should be above Linkin Park because they're better than Linkin Park. Matt Bellamy has better voice than Chester Bennington and he is a better guitarist than Brad Delson. Chris Wolstenholme is a better bassist than Dave Farel. Dom Howard is better drummer than Rob Bourdon. Muse only have 3 members but their live performances are amazing. Linkin Park have 6 members but their live performances are not so good. Okay, for album selling and fans Linkin Park wins, but maybe it's just because they're closer to their fans than Muse, that's why they have more fans than Muse and they sell more albums than Muse and finally people think they're a great band. Don't get me wrong, they're a good band and they do have good songs, but in my opinion Muse is better than Linkin Park if you see musical talent of both bands.

Muse don't just write regular three-minute songs that you hear on the radio. They have written everything from a three-part 12-minute symphony, to seven-minute epic space rock tracks to upbeat tracks full of synthesizers and keyboards. They don't just write songs about sex and drugs. They actually put thought into their lyrics; they have songs about fighting for your rights, love songs, songs about space, songs about government, songs about the end of the world, even songs based on 1984 by George Orwell. They are by far the best alternative band out there.

Muse is just the best band, in the world. The Resistance is barely anything compared to their older albums - Showbiz, Absolution (their best yet), and Origin of Symmetry. In all reality, Muse could beat ever single band on this list, its just a matter of popularity that has gone back to bite them. If Absolution were being re-released now, it would be number one on every single list of albums. I hope that Muse stays intact forever, because they change lives with their music.

13 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. 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 right 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 that understands you and your struggles? Listen to My Chemical Romance. They might not be making music now but they are a shot to remember and each of them are heroes.

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.

This is gonna be a long comment. I think people throw around "greatest band of all time" too much. If every single band on earth is the greatest then who are the bad bands? Anyways during the 2000's this band caught a lot of heat. Emo had become a sensation and was categorized by suicidal and depressed. So no matter if bands had emo lyrics or not, as long as emo fans liked it, it was automatically emo. And bands such as Panic! At The Disco and most importantly My Chemical Romance suffered backlash and scrutiny in our culture and the media. So many people are probably scratching their heads thinking: "Why is My Chemical Romance on this list? Some stupid crybaby emo band? ". Well they're not some crybaby emo band. Maybe the fans but not the band. I can proudly say this this band is one of the most important and greatest bands of our generation. And it's sad because most people refuse to see it. Or they listen to I'm Not Okay and Helena and jump to conclusions. Let me ...more

The Black Parade and 3 cheers are so beautiful and emotional with great rock songs, and heavy power ballads.

On a side note, isn't it funny how each member of the Holy Emo Trinity, is not considered emo and became pop musicians in the 2010's.

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.

Dear haters,
Um first of all, My Chemical Romance (My Chemical Romance, since you obviously aren't a fan) is absolutely an alt rock band and if you don't like it, or any of the top 10, which you clearly don't, then why don't you express your obvious disdain for anyone with a good taste in music/real talent, instead of taking it out on people who genuinely don't care. If you think that people are going to care or have opinions at all about you or your ridiculous music choices because you choose to take it out on people online, then you have something else coming. Please stop being immature and admit that you don't know what you are talking about. Thanks.
Sincerely, everyone.

Oh and also, not only is their music at best mediocre (by the way for you ludicrous SP fans out there that means of moderate quality/not very good) and their name, frankly, sucks. My Chemical Romance and nirvana, and Panic! At the Disco are superior in every way, which is why they were ranked above this wannabe alt rock band who only 2 people like. This "band" does not add anything useful to society, but only spawns insane, angry "fans" like yourselves and literally just makes everyone with the common sense to hate it want to die. Please don't make us laugh when you say it should be above real bands like My Chemical Romance, nirvana, and Panic! At the disco.

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, 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 ...more

The Smashing Pumpkins where here before almost all the other bands on this list and will be here after many are dead and gone. Their sound diversifies and changes with time, exploring alternative, metal, grunge, rock, hard rock, and rock opera. They have soul sinking ballads of depression, drug use and loss (Try Try Try, Tonight Tonight) and rage inducing rock numbers that make you want to scream and shout (Bullet With Butterfly Wings). The Smashing Pumpkins have never gotten the recognition that they should and it hurst to see them so low on this list.

15 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

This band to me can easily match up with Nirvana, and people in general just have a hard time of 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 three of their hottest songs from their first album "Night Visions", and then "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 finally let's not forget that their most well known song from "Night Visions," "Radioactive" has been in the Billboards top 100 for 87 consecutive weeks, longer than any artists in 55 years, and on top of that this band hit stardom only 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 young onto 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 put them ahead of to make 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 #22 is a perfectly generous spot considering how long they have been ...more

I'm actually surprised they're so low in the list. They're truly amazing and VERY powerful as a band, with a "no specific genre" style that makes them unique. From songs like I'm so sorry or Radioactive to songs like Dream or Polaroid. They just have no limits and no shame in creating whatever they thinks sounds right despite of the genre. Smoke + Mirrors is one of the best albums I've ever heard, whit its contrast between light and darkness, Love, Forgiveness, Regret.. There's so many emotions and meanings behind the lyrics, which you can easily relate to. Plus the members are so kind and humble.. They're just great, and I think they deserve to be a little bit higher on the list.

Imagine Dragons is amazing. I think Imagine Dragons is amazing because their music has actually meaning. I mean, ANYONE can write off a love song or a song about breaking up in 5 seconds and make a quick fame and cash grab (exactly what Katy Perry did.) However, Imagine Dragons sings about everything in life, love, hate, feelings, emotions, never giving up, determination. That's something that 99.9% of all 21st century music doesn't have. Songs like It's Time (which preaches about getting through hardness to get to the good, and not changing who you are) and Thunder (Rising above one's self to be successful) are unbelievably inspirational. Don't get me wrong, I still love some of the bands that made it to the top 10, but to me, this band is my favorite of all time.

16 Weezer Weezer is an American rock 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 to 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 a below average intelligence, which makes no sense... but is actually true. Sadly. You can't get blood from a 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 disappointing moments, they will always be the heroes of the downtrodden, nerdy, unpopular crowd. This is especially true for us high school students; Weezer are my heroes.

A band that released 2 completely different but also very much influential albums right out of the grunge movement that would shape alternative rock for years to come. Creating emo itself. No Weezer, no chemical romance. So why are they so far down? I don't know.

It depresses me to see this band this low. Weezer's first two albums are filled with emotion and are both absolutely beautiful. The rest (besides a few good ones) are mediocre songs but still are great songs. Weezer is a legendary band and should be in top ten in my opinion

17 The White Stripes The White Stripes are 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 ...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 creating 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.

This actually makes me angry this duo are by far and a way the best alt rock group ever. Its called alternative rock and there's nothing like the white stripes out there not even the raconteurs with the same person from the white stripes are in the white stripes league

The White Stripes were the band that explored all the gaps in between where all these mainstream alternative bands do-si-doed in, and with unparalleled creativity and inventiveness were the most alternative alternative band 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 the old school alternative, like the Pixies and Jane's Addition! 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.

The Pixies are pure song writing 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. 99% of this list wouldn't even be on here without the Pixies.

Black Francis one of the greatest American songwriters (Bowie called him THE greatest). Joey Santiago the most underrated guitarist ever. Fresh edgy weird funny bad ass music that still holds up long after the overplayed and now boring catalogs of most of the current top ten alt bands listed.

This list is a waste-of-time joke until Pixies reach at least the Top Ten all time. The current Top Ten don't need accolades as they are all already overrated, but Pixies have yet to be discovered by millions and what a tragedy that would be since they changed everything.

19 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. ...read more.

They have a song for every emotion I ever had. The slightly raspy voice of Adam is amazing and it lays perfectly on the incredible music. I am listening to Gone forever right this second and I just love it. If there was a possibility to put them at the top of this list, I would even though I adore LP as well! Honestly, Three Days Grace will pull you out of pretty much any challenging life situation!

I adore this band! The drummer.. The freaky guitar sound.. How mad the bass lines goes... AND THE VOCALS! No one in history can make an album with 12 great songs that describe what you r dealing with during your life! ONE X.. Life starts Now.. The self-titeld album... AND CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEW ALBUM! I mean, this is music!

I'm a guitar player and a lead singer.. I'm inspired by this band in all my lyrics and all my music! I adore them so mush!

They have given me the best feelings of my life...! That's all I could say!
These songs meet the requirements of a listener perfectly, may he be a inspiration seeker, a solace seeker, self analyzer... Whatever! Name it and you have it!
Try listening to them when you actually feel the urge to listen to music and you'll end up realizing a great deal!

Simply Phenomenal, these guys give the listener exactly what he desires to hear, they are one of the rare bands whom are famous for more than one song (Pain, Animal I Have Become, Never Too Late, The Good Life)... Most of the other bands on this list are loved for a certain song only, and this is what makes 3DG distinguished!

20 Incubus Incubus is an American 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; ...read more.

Incubus are the most influential band from my childhood and growing up years. And the music from their first four albums were almost all "works of art", in the truest sense. That's what music started out as and I feel like they are one of the fading remnants of true originality and music creating (as I feel nowadays this type of artist only makes up about 10-25% of music).

Incubus are Genius

Their is no band in the world that could produce the same music as incubus.

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

Originality like no other. They are way overlooked and under rated in my opinion. Guess Justin Beaver lovers outweigh the folks who actually like... Well... Real music.

54, Really? Who is voting pre-teens born in the early 2000s? Come on guys lets get those votes in and move Incubus to at least the top 10...

21 Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock 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.

Nirvana, Linkin Park, Green Day, Coldplay, Foo fighters, My chemical romance, Imagine Dragons, Weezer, The White Stripes, 3 days Grace and Incubus are all above Soundgarden. None even come even close. If you honestly think any of these millennial pop bands is 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 make riffs like them.
-No bands on this list "songwrites" like them.
-Superunknown is the best album on this list.
Gosh, people. This list is depressing.

Excuse me, how is Soundgarden not in the top ten, if not in front of the smashing pumpkins, of all bands? Ridiculous. I understand about the Food 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 whole lot of Linkin Park and Smashing pumpkins put together!
Let me remind you of one of their hits-
Black Hole Sun- the words in it 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

All the new bands are getting all the votes while this spectacular band sits at 40. Soundgarden was one of the first alternative bands ever and has such a unique song and a spectacular set list. Definite #1 for me.

These guys should be way above 100. One of the groups that defined 90's alternative. Chris Cornell is a great songwriter, Kim Thayil is a great guitarist. People need to stop voting for Linkin Park and vote for Soundgarden.

22 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. ...read more.

The DeLeo brothers and Eric Kretz will rock together with a new singer (a new name close to STP too), I'm sure they WILL SUCCEED. Maybe their friend Richard Patrick (from Filter). But if they're as good as musicians as they are on good STP taste on music they will have something better of a singer/frontman than Bennington or other borrowed singer. Maybe they'll make the ACDC trick too (BACK IN STONE). We'll miss Weiland a LOT!...the king is dead...long live the king!

How are both Pierce the Veil and Black Veil Brides both above Stone Temple Pilots on an ALTERNATIVE ROCK ranking (not to say either of those bands are bad)? Stone Temple Pilots is a absolutely top ten worthy.

Seriously they are at #44? Papa roach, offspring, and good charlotte? SERIOUSLY?! Oh holy hell we are screwed!

I was born in 95 I love stp it rivals nirvana pj and aic. Should at least be in top 20 for cryin out loud linkin parks number one and stps all the way in the back?!?!?!

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, ...read more.

If you think the 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 Favour 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'n'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.

15? Lot of people don't like Arctic monkeys because it's a modern band and they prefer 90s rock BUT DUDE THEY ARE AMAZING. I don't like modern bands of the 00's, I only prefer Arctic monkeys because they are totally good and BADASS sometimes. Alex turner it's a poet,Nick o malley it's a bassist with amazing skills, Jamie cook is a guitarist with amazing riffs and Matt Helders is just a BEAST DRUMMER. They have 5 studio album that if you listen to them deep inside you will fall in love with them,like me and like all their other fans. I want Arctic Monkeys to be at least in the 10th place.

Maroon 5 is amazing, the only band better than the Arctic Monkeys in all of reality, but they're Pop-Rock. The Arctic Monkeys are an amazing group. Listen to Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured, Fluorescent Adolescent, and Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But... To see what I'm talking about. The Arctic Monkeys crush all the other bands, including the Beatles.

24 Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

Nickelback is for middle-aged mothers that smoke and drink and kids who think that they are "so cool" that they listen to rock, but can't listen to anything with a Parental Advisory label on it. In other words, Nickelback are bad, and me having to vote just to post a comment makes me never wanting to join this website.

So many people out their hate Nickelback. Sure, they've had a few not-so-great songs, but then again doesn't everyone? I love their guitar, and they are still walking through the massive wind of hate that is being hauled at them at every opportunity. Please don't hate on them, or any artist.

In my humble opinion, Nickelback has published some amazing music. Sure, some of their lyrics aren't exactly appropriate and I can understand that viewpoint from the haters. However if you can look past that, the music in general has an awesome sound and it never bores me.

Their inspiring,
Just listen to their songs and try to relate them to your life you'll definitely be surprised how close they come. I'm a fan of almost every band in this list and huge lover of alternative and rock and believe me when I say it these guys deserve a WAYY higher spot than 27!

25 Joy Division Joy Division were an English rock 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. 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 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 we're one of the founding fathers of alt rock.

Lmao, there are so many trash bands ahead of these guys (i.e. Nickelback, Imagine Dragons, COLDPLAY). Also, a lot of these bands aren't even alternative, like A7X for example. This band should be no. 1, no question.

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

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