200 Greatest Alternative Rock Albums

Criteria: Albums are ranked by their influence, impact, and popularity. List includes albums from alternative rock, post-punk and new wave artists, as well as albums from artists in the various alternative rock subgenres (including - but not limited to - indie rock, Britpop, grunge, shoegazing, post rock, emo, alternative dance, trip-hop, goth rock and dream pop).
Alternative Rock Albums
1. Nevermind
Nirvana
2. Remain in Light
Talking Heads
3. Murmur
R.E.M.
4. OK Computer
Radiohead
5. The Joshua Tree
U2
6. Daydream Nation
Sonic Youth
7. The Queen is Dead
The Smiths
8. Doolittle
Pixies
9. Unknown Pleasures
Joy Division
10. Disintegration
The Cure
11. This Year's Model
Elvis Costello & the Attractions
12. Ten
Pearl Jam
13. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Smashing Pumpkins
14. The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
15. Loveless
My Bloody Valentine
16. Kid A
Radiohead
17. Superunknown
Soundgarden
18. Surfer Rosa
Pixies
19. Zen Arcade
Hüsker Dü
20. The Smiths
The Smiths
21. Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers
22. Automatic for the People
R.E.M.
23. The Bends
Radiohead
24. The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails
25. In Utero
Nirvana
26. Violator
Depeche Mode
27. Slanted & Enchanted
Pavement
28. My Aim is True
Elvis Costello
29. Hounds of Love
Kate Bush
30. Psychocandy
The Jesus and Mary Chain
31. Pink Flag
Wire
32. 13 Songs
Fugazi
33. Odelay
Beck
34. Let it Be
The Replacements
35. Dookie
Green Day
36. Achtung Baby
U2
37. Exile in Guyville
Liz Phair
38. (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Oasis
39. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pavement
40. You're Living All Over Me
Dinosaur Jr.
41. Double Nickels on the Dime
Minutemen
42. Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes
43. Closer
Joy Division
44. Pretty Hate Machine
Nine Inch Nails
45. Nothing's Shocking
Jane's Addiction
46. Weezer (The Blue Album)
Weezer
47. Grace
Jeff Buckley
48. Parklife
Blur
49. Debut
Bjork
50. Screamadelica
Primal Scream
51. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel
52. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilco
53. Entertainment!
Gang of Four
54. Document
R.E.M.
55. Siamese Dream
The Smashing Pumpkins
56. Goo
Sonic Youth
57. Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morrissette
58. War
U2
59. Suede
Suede
60. The Holy Bible
Manic Street Preachers
61. This Nation's Saving Grace
The Fall
62. New Day Rising
Hüsker Dü
63. Tim
The Replacements
64. Different Class
Pulp
65. Bee Thousand
Guided by Voices
66. Speaking in Tongues
Talking Heads
67. English Settlement
XTC
68. Spiderland
Slint
69. Pinkerton
Weezer
70. Out of Time
R.E.M.
71. Dirt
Alice in Chains
72. Elephant
The White Stripes
73. Ocean Rain
Echo and the Bunnymen
74. Pornography
The Cure
75. Definitely Maybe
Oasis
76. Badmotorfinger
Soundgarden
77. Armed Forces
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
78. Vs.
Mission of Burma
79. Metal Box
Public Image Ltd.
80. Power, Corruption & Lies
New Order
81. The Colour and the Shape
Foo Fighters
82. The Unforgettable Fire
U2
83. Funeral
Arcade Fire
84. Is This It
The Strokes
85. Skylarking
XTC
86. On Fire
Galaxie 500
87. It'll End in Tears
This Mortal Coil
88. Fear of Music
Talking Heads
89. I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One
Yo La Tengo
90. The Soft Bulletin
The Flaming Lips
91. Rid of Me
PJ Harvey
92. Little Earthquakes
Tori Amos
93. A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay
94. Tragic Kingdom
No Doubt
95. White Blood Cells
The White Stripes
96. Diesel and Dust
Midnight Oil
97. The Head on the Door
The Cure
98. Purple
Stone Temple Pilots
99. Kaleidoscope
Siouxsie and the Banshees
100. The Moon and Antarctica
Modest Mouse
101. Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
102. Dummy
Portishead
103. If You're Feeling Sinister
Belle & Sebastian
104. Laughing Stock
Talk Talk
105. Chairs Missing
Wire
106. Gorillaz
Gorillaz
107. Sister
Sonic Youth
108. Hex Enduction Hour
The Fall
109. Souvlaki
Slowdive
110. In the Flat Field
Bauhaus
111. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
The Cure
112. Smash
The Offspring
113. Sublime
Sublime
114. Vs.
Pearl Jam
115. More Songs About Buildings and Food
Talking Heads
116. Paul's Boutique
Beastie Boys
117. Green
R.E.M.
118. Superfuzz Bigmuff
Mudhoney
119. Bleach
Nirvana
120. Meat is Murder
The Smiths
121. Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Stereolab
122. In Rainbows
Radiohead
123. Urban Hymns
The Verve
124. Flood
They Might Be Giants
125. Post
Bjork
126. Diary
Sunny Day Real Estate
127. Heaven or Las Vegas
Cocteau Twins
128. Ritual de lo Habitual
Jane's Addiction
129. In My Tribe
10,000 Maniacs
130. The Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest
131. Repeater
Fugazi
132. Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Tortoise
133. Argybargy
Squeeze
134. No Depression
Uncle Tupelo
135. Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park
136. Tender Prey
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
137. All Mod Cons
The Jam
138. Vitalogy
Pearl Jam
139. Make Yourself
Incubus
140. Nowhere
Ride
141. Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches
Happy Mondays
142. Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
143. Either/Or
Elliot Smith
144. Hot Fuss
The Killers
145. New Miserable Experience
Gin Blossoms
146. Dry
PJ Harvey
147. Blur
Blur
148. Script of the Bridge
The Chameleons
149. Viva Hate
Morrissey
150. Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space
Spiritualized
151. Californication
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
152. Core
Stone Temple Pilots
153. II
Meat Puppets
154. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Lucinda Williams
155. 69 Love Songs
The Magnetic Fields
156. Black Holes and Revelations
Muse
157. 16 Lovers Lane
The Go-Betweens
158. Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand
159. Crazy Rhythms
The Feelies
160. Killing Joke
Killing Joke
161. 154
Wire
162. Everything Must Go
Manic Street Preachers
163. Isn't Anything
My Bloody Valentine
164. Music for the Masses
Depeche Mode
165. Sound Affects
The Jam
166. Never for Ever
Kate Bush
167. Pork Soda
Primus
168. Mellow Gold
Beck
169. Treasure
Cocteau Twins
170. Angel Dust
Faith No More
171. Garbage
Garbage
172. First Issue
Public Image Ltd.
173. Bandwagonesque
Teenage Fanclub
174. I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Sinead O'Connor
175. Dig Me Out
Sleater-Kinney
176. Vauxhall and I
Morrissey
177. Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
The Cranberries
178. ()
Sigur Rós
179. Songs About Fucking
Big Black
180. EVOL
Sonic Youth
181. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Arctic Monkeys
182. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips
183. Cure for Pain
Morphine
184. Mogwai Young Team
Mogwai
185. Strangeways, Here We Come
The Smiths
186. Down Colorful Hill
Red House Painters
187. Spooky
Lush
188. Gentlemen
Afghan Whigs
189. Return to Cookie Mountain
TV on the Radio
190. Frogstomp
Silverchair
191. Mother Love Bone
Mother Love Bone
192. The Suburbs
Arcade Fire
193. Blue Lines
Massive Attack
194. Last Splash
The Breeders
195. Welcome to the Black Parade
My Chemical Romance
196. Girlfriend
Matthew Sweet
197. Ill Communication
Beastie Boys
198. Fever to Tell
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
199. Alien Lanes
Guided by Voices
200. Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters

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Last Updated: 2017-05-04
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