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The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Updated January 22, 2020 4.5k votes 527 voters 18.5k views35 items

List RulesVote up your favorite alt rockers in 2019.

Updated: check out our list of the top 10 alternative rock bands of 2020!

Whether you like infectious guitar riffs or wry lyrics, the best alternative rock bands of 2019 have it all. The 2019 class of alt-rockers includes veteran acts, newcomers, and everyone in between. Some of the best alternative rock bands of 2019 have massive tours on the calendar while others are releasing highly anticipated new albums.

Everyone from Cage the Elephant to Pixies to Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are making an epic splash in 2019. Living legends like Beck and Weezer are also leaving their marks on the year with tours in North America and beyond.

Why You So Crazy (The Dandy Warhols), Seeing Other People (Foxygen), and a new record from Sleater-Kinney are just a few examples of awesome new albums from alt-rockers. Which alt-rock band do you think will own 2019? Vote your favorite 2019 alternative rockers up to the top of this list and add any artists we may have missed.

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  • 1
    153
    78

    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music
    Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of...  more
  • 2
    163
    88

    Arctic Monkeys

    Trip hop, Dance-punk
    Arctic Monkeys is an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2002. The group consists of Alex...  more
  • 3
    172
    94

    Cage the Elephant

    Punk blues, Garage rock
    Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006....  more
  • 4
    142
    76

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Alternative Rock, Funk Metal
    Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's...  more
  • 5
    107
    48

    The Black Keys

    Blues-rock, Punk blues
    The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of...  more
  • 6
    127
    65

    Muse

    Alternative Rock, Electronica
    Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of...  more
  • 7
    118
    60

    Foo Fighters

    Alternative rock, Post-grunge
    Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana...  more
  • 8
    116
    58

    The Killers

    Pop punk, Synthpop
    The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon...  more
  • 9
    124
    74

    Tame Impala

    Indie rock, Psychedelic pop
    Tame Impala is the psychedelic recording project of Kevin Parker, from Perth, Australia, and...  more
  • 10
    97
    53

    Weezer

    Pop punk, Rock music
    Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. Since 2001, the...  more
  • 11
    81
    46

    Vampire Weekend

    Indie rock, Baroque pop
    Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are...  more
  • 12
    77
    46

    The Smashing Pumpkins

    Shoegazing, Gothic rock
    The Smashing Pumpkins (or Smashing Pumpkins) are an American alternative rock band from...  more
  • 13
    70
    41

    Catfish and the Bottlemen

  • 14
    77
    49

    Queens of the Stone Age

    Rock music, Desert rock
    Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band formed in 1996 in Palm Desert, California....  more
  • 15
    80
    53

    Bastille

    Synthpop, Alternative rock
    Bastille are an English indie rock band formed in 2010. They began as a solo project by...  more
  • 16
    72
    45

    Alice in Chains

    Rock music, Grunge
    Alice in Chains (often abbreviated as AIC) is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington,...  more
  • 17
    113
    88

    Panic! at the Disco

    Alternative rock, Pop punk
    Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by...  more
  • 18
    140
    119

    Imagine Dragons

    Alternative rock, Pop
    Imagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup...  more
  • 19
    58
    43

    Pixies

    Experimental rock, Grunge
    The Pixies are an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group...  more
  • 20
    58
    43

    The Raconteurs

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    The Raconteurs, also known as The Saboteurs in Australia, are an American rock supergroup that...  more
  • 21
    61
    51

    Alt-J

    Psychedelic folk, Experimental music
    alt-J is an English indie rock band formed in 2007 in Leeds, England, by Gwil Sainsbury, Joe...  more
  • 22
    54
    45

    Beck Hansen

    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk
    Beck Hansen (born July 8, 1970), known mononymously as Beck, is an American singer-songwriter,...  more
  • 23
    50
    40

    The Cranberries

    Jangle pop, New Wave
    The Cranberries were an Irish rock band formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989 by lead singer...  more
  • 24
    42
    32

    Garbage

    Pop music, Trip hop
    Garbage is an American rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1993. The band consists of...  more
  • 25
    51
    43

    Arcade Fire

    Indie Rock, Baroque Pop
    Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and...  more