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The Best Alternative Rock Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Updated January 22, 2020 4.5k votes 548 voters 19.7k 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
    Trip hop, Dance-punk
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    AlbumsWhatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug, Suck It and See

    Arctic Monkeys is an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2002. The group consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Matt Helders (drums, vocals), Jamie Cook (guitar, keyboards) and...  more
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  • 2
    Alternative Rock, Electronica
    133
    63

    AlbumsOrigin of Symmetry, Absolution, The 2nd Law, Black Holes and Revelations, The Resistance

    Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Dominic...  more
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  • 3
    Punk blues, Garage rock
    171
    93

    AlbumsThank You, Happy Birthday, Cage the Elephant, Melophobia, Ain't No Rest for the Wicked

    Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006. The group currently consists of Matthew "Matt" Shultz, Brad "Dave" Shultz, Jared Champion, Daniel "Tich"...  more
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  • 4
    Blues-rock, Punk blues
    109
    46

    AlbumsRubber Factory, Attack & Release, Brothers, El Camino, The Big Come Up

    The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording...  more
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  • 5
    Rock music, Electronic music
    150
    79

    AlbumsKid A, OK Computer, The Bends, In Rainbows, Amnesiac

    Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), brothers Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other...  more
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  • 6
    Alternative Rock, Funk Metal
    144
    75

    AlbumsCalifornication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium, Mother's Milk, By the Way

    Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres...  more
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  • 7
    Alternative rock, Post-grunge
    119
    58

    AlbumsWasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters, One by One, There Is Nothing Left to Lose

    Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting dissolution of...  more
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  • 8
    Pop punk, Synthpop
    116
    57

    AlbumsSam’s Town, Hot Fuss, Day & Age, Mr Brightside, Battle Born

    The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals). Mark Stoermer...  more
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  • 9
    Pop punk, Rock music
    98
    53

    AlbumsPinkerton, Weezer, Weezer, Weezer, Raditude

    Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. Since 2001, the band has consisted of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell...  more
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  • 10
    Indie rock, Psychedelic pop
    120
    75

    AlbumsInnerspeaker, Lonerism, Tame Impala, Solitude Is Bliss, Sundown Syndrome

    Tame Impala is the psychedelic recording project of Kevin Parker, from Perth, Australia, and signed to Modular Recordings. The band rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of its debut album...  more
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  • 11
    Indie rock, Baroque pop
    82
    45

    AlbumsVampire Weekend, Contra, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend, Mansard Roof

    Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig,...  more
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  • 12
    Shoegazing, Gothic rock
    83
    46

    AlbumsSiamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Oceania, Gish, Adore

    The Smashing Pumpkins (or Smashing Pumpkins) are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, guitar), D'arcy Wretzky (bass), James...  more
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  • 13
    Alternative rock, Pop punk
    115
    85

    AlbumsA Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, Vices & Virtues, Pretty. Odd.

    Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson. Since 2015, singer Urie has been...  more
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  • 14
    Rock music, Desert rock
    77
    49

    AlbumsSongs for the Deaf, Rated R, Lullabies to Paralyze, Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork

    Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band formed in 1996 in Palm Desert, California. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, lap...  more
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  • 15
    g.mckinn123 added
    68
    41
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  • 16
    Rock music, Grunge
    71
    44

    AlbumsDirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift, Jar of Flies, Black Gives Way to Blue

    Alice in Chains (often abbreviated as AIC) is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who later recruited...  more
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  • 17
    Synthpop, Alternative rock
    78
    52

    AlbumsBad Blood, No One’s Here to Sleep, Remixed, Overjoyed, Bad Blood

    Bastille are an English indie rock band formed in 2010. They began as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. The four-piece is completed by Chris 'Woody'...  more
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  • 18
    Alternative rock, Pop
    139
    114

    AlbumsNight Visions, Continued Silence EP, Night Visions Live, It's Time, It's Time Remixes

    Imagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne "Wing" Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel...  more
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  • 19
    Experimental rock, Grunge
    56
    44

    AlbumsDoolittle, Surfer Rosa, Bossanova, Trompe le Monde, Come On Pilgrim

    The Pixies are an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering. Co-founder Kim Deal left in...  more
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  • 20
    Blues-rock, Rock music
    55
    42

    AlbumsBroken Boy Soldiers, Consolers of the Lonely, Steady, as She Goes, Zane Lowe BBC Session

    The Raconteurs, also known as The Saboteurs in Australia, are an American rock supergroup that was formed in Detroit, Michigan, featuring four members known for other musical projects: Jack White,...  more
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  • 21
    Psychedelic folk, Experimental music
    60
    49

    AlbumsAn Awesome Wave, iTunes Session, Tessellate (Remixes), Dissolve Me (Remixes), Summer Remix

    alt-J is an English indie rock band formed in 2007 in Leeds, England, by Gwil Sainsbury, Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green. The band's debut album An Awesome Wave was released in May 2012...  more
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  • 22
    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk
    52
    43

    AlbumsOdelay, Sea Change, Mutations, Guero, Mellow Gold

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Beck Hansen (born July 8, 1970), known mononymously as Beck, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his experimental and lo-fi style,...  more
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  • 23
    Indie Rock, Baroque Pop
    50
    42

    AlbumsFuneral, The Suburbs, Neon Bible, Reflektor, Christmas Album

    Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and...  more
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  • 24
    Jangle pop, New Wave
    48
    40

    AlbumsEverybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? / No Need to Argue, Bury the Hatchet

    The Cranberries were an Irish rock band formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989 by lead singer Niall Quinn, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler. Quinn was replaced as lead...  more
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  • 25
    Indie pop, Noise rock
    40
    31

    AlbumsSwoon, Carnavas, Neck of the Woods, Future Foe Scenarios, Well Thought Out Twinkles

    Silversun Pickups is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles that was formed in 2000. The band is composed of Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Christopher Guanlao, and Joe Lester. The band...  more
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  • 26
    Pop music, Trip hop
    40
    32

    AlbumsGarbage, Version 2.0, Not Your Kind of People, Bleed Like Me, beautifulgarbage

    Garbage is an American rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1993. The band consists of Scottish musician and lead singer Shirley Manson and American musicians Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and...  more
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  • 27
    Rock music, Garage rock
    30
    26

    AlbumsHorny as a Dandy, Special X-Mas Single, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia, Dandys Rule, OK?

    The Dandy Warhols are an American rock band, formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1994 by singer-guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmström, who were joined by keyboardist Zia McCabe...  more
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  • 28
    Deathcore, Metalcore
    39
    38

    AlbumsCount Your Blessings, Suicide Season, There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret

    Bring Me the Horizon are a British metalcore band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2003, the group currently consists of lead vocalist Oliver Sykes, lead guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean,...  more
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  • 29
    Nu metal, Rock music
    34
    38

    AlbumsPotatoes for Christmas, Infest, Lovehatetragedy, Last Resort, The Paramour Sessions

    Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California, formed in 1993. The original lineup consisted of lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, guitarist Jerry Horton, drummer Dave Buckner, bassist...  more
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  • 30
    Riot grrrl, Rock music
    28
    31

    AlbumsThe Woods, One Beat, Call the Doctor, Dig Me Out, All Hands on the Bad One

    Sleater-Kinney is an American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington, in 1994. The band's current lineup features Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar) and Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals)...  more
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  • 31
    Indie pop, Pop music
    22
    26

    AlbumsWe Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Take the Kids Off Broadway, Jurrassic Exxplosion Phillipic, EP 2011, San Francisco

    Foxygen is an American indie rock duo originally formed in Westlake Village, California, in 2005 by Jonathan Rado and Sam France....  more
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  • 32
    Synthpop, Dance-punk
    27
    34

    AlbumsSound of Silver, This Is Happening, LCD Soundsystem, Introns, Big Ideas

    LCD Soundsystem was an American dance-punk band from New York City. It was fronted by singer-songwriter and producer James Murphy, co-founder of record label DFA Records. The group released three...  more
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  • 33
    Rock music, Space rock
    22
    28

    AlbumsThe Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, At War With the Mystics, Clouds Taste Metallic, Transmissions From the Satellite Heart

    The Flaming Lips is an American rock band formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. After signing...  more
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  • 34
    g.mckinn123 addedPop punk, Indie pop
    36
    68

    AlbumsThe Wombats, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, Girls, Boys & Marsupials

    Nationalityreally good acc fucking banging, saw them at reading fest and met will from fucking crawley had a whale of a trime defi

    The Wombats are an English indie rock band formed in Liverpool. The band comprises native Liverpudlians Matthew Murphy, Daniel Haggis and Norwegian-born Tord Øverland Knudsen. The band is signed to...  more
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  • 35
    Folk rock, Alternative rock
    32
    64

    AlbumsBros, Fluffy, Blush, Creature Songs

    Wolf Alice are a four-piece alternative rock band from North London, consisting of Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis. They released their debut single "Fluffy" in February 2013, the...  more
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