100 Greatest Alternative Music Artists

  1. R.E.M.
  2. Nirvana
  3. Talking Heads
  4. Radiohead
  5. The Smiths
  6. Sonic Youth
  7. The Cure
  8. U2
  9. Elvis Costello & The Attractions
10. Pearl Jam
11. Pixies
12. The Replacements
13. Joy Division
14. Soundgarden
15. Red Hot Chili Peppers
16. Nine Inch Nails
17. Hüsker Dü
18. Kate Bush
19. Depeche Mode
20. Green Day
21. Dinosaur Jr.
22. Beastie Boys
23. The Smashing Pumpkins
24. Beck
25. New Order
26. Jane's Addiction
27. Echo and the Bunnymen
28. Siouxsie and the Banshees
29. Foo Fighters
30. Pavement
31. Fugazi
32. XTC
33. Weezer
34. Alice in Chains
35. Oasis
36. Minutemen
37. The Jesus and Mary Chain
38. The White Stripes
39. Tori Amos
40. Blur
41. Wire
42. Morrissey
43. My Bloody Valentine
44. Bauhaus
45. Björk
46. A Tribe Called Quest
47. The Pretenders
48. Public Image Ltd.
49. The Jam
50. Violent Femmes
51. The Flaming Lips
52. Mudhoney
53. Cocteau Twins
54. Faith No More
55. Pulp
56. Liz Phair
57. Hole
58. No Doubt
59. Meat Puppets
60. Stone Temple Pilots
61. PJ Harvey
62. Primal Scream
63. 10,000 Maniacs
64. Rage Against the Machine
65. Portishead
66. De La Soul
67. Superchunk
68. Jeff Buckley
69. The B-52's
70. Coldplay
71. Gang of Four
72. The Tragically Hip
73. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
74. They Might Be Giants
75. The Fall
76. Suede
77. Wilco
78. Belle and Sebastian
79. Midnight Oil
80. The Psychedelic Furs
81. Linkin Park
82. The Stone Roses
83. Yo La Tengo
84. Sleater-Kinney
85. Guided by Voices
86. Muse
87. Queens of the Stone Age
88. Squeeze
89. Incubus
90. Manic Street Preachers
91. Fiona Apple
92. Modest Mouse
93. Elliott Smith
94. Massive Attack
95. Teenage Fanclub
96. Mission of Burma
97. The Pharcyde
98. The Go-Betweens
99. The Roots
100. Arcade Fire
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101. Soul Asylum
102. Sunny Day Real Estate
103. The Cranberries
104. The Sisters of Mercy
105. Garbage
106. The Offspring
107. Spoon
108. The Fugees
109. Uncle Tupelo
110. Vampire Weekend
111. Ride
112. Afghan Whigs
113. The Lemonheads
114. The Specials
115. Sinéad O'Connor
116. Slowdive
117. The Breeders
118. The Killers
119. Alanis Morissette
120. Primus
121. Sublime
122. Mother Love Bone
123. Killing Joke
124. The Pogues
125. The Church
126. Juliana Hatfield
127. The Verve
128. Lush
129. The Feelies
130. Camper Van Beethoven
131. Gin Blossoms
132. Love and Rockets
133. This Mortal Coil
134. The Alarm
135. Sebadoh
136. Social Distortion
137. The Happy Mondays
138. Stereolab
139. The Wedding Present
140. Robyn Hitchcock
141. Bad Religion
142. Built to Spill
143. Silverchair
144. Sloan
145. Placebo
146. Bush
147. Aimee Mann
148. The Chameleons
149. Galaxie 500
150. Jimmy Eat World
151. The Charlatans
152. Butthole Surfers
153. The dB's
154. Catherine Wheel
155. The Chills
156. James
157. Spiritualized
158. Throwing Muses
159. Neutral Milk Hotel
160. Magazine
161. Beat Happening
162. Matthew Sweet
163. Blink-182
164. The Strokes
165. Screaming Trees
166. The Birthday Party
167. Tears for Fears
168. My Chemical Romance
169. fIREHOSE
170. Swans
171. The Beautiful South
172. Talk Talk
173. Spacemen 3
174. Cap'n Jazz
175. Gorillaz
176. The Sugarcubes
177. Let's Active
178. The Jesus Lizard
179. Belly
180. Lucinda Williams
181. The Smithereens
182. LCD Soundsystem
183. Death Cab for Cutie
184. Red House Painters
185. The Mekons
186. Kings of Leon
187. Game Theory
188. The Call
189. At the Drive-In
190. American Football
191. Slint
192. Super Furry Animals
193. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
194. The Dismemberment Plan
195. Soda Stereo
196. Arctic Monkeys
197. Pylon
198. Eels
199. Urge Overkill
200. Big Black

201. Franz Ferdinand
202. The Soft Boys
203. Deftones
204. Bright Eyes
205. Orange Juice
206. Ween
207. Low
208. Madness
209. Redd Kross
210. TV on the Radio
211. M.I.A.
212. The Magnetic Fields
213. Morphine
214. The Sundays
215. The The
216. Daniel Amos
217. Felt
218. The House of Love
219. Ministry
220. The Jayhawks
221. Steve Earle
222. Common
223. The Black Keys
224. Fall Out Boy
225. Mogwai
226. Fountains of Wayne
227. Paramore
228. Sparklehorse
229. Buffalo Tom
230. Broken Social Scene
231. Jawbox
232. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
233. The Housemartins
234. Thirty Seconds to Mars
235. Cage the Elephant
236. Young Marble Giants
237. The Mountain Goats
238. Ash
239. Rancid
240. AFI
241. Tegan and Sara
242. Taking Back Sunday
243. Snow Patrol
244. Broadcast
245. Silversun Pickups
246. Mos Def
247. Green River
248. Brand New
249. Blind Melon
250. Barenaked Ladies
100 Greatest Influences on Alternative Music
Criteria: Includes which perform non-alternative genres (including some artists which pre-date the genre) which have had a noticeable and long-lasting influence on alternative rock music. Includes pre-alternative, 1970's punk, 1960's garage rock, proto-punk, psychedelic rock, experimental music and electronica artists. Artists are ranked by influence on alternative music, critical acclaim from alternative music publications and popularity within the alternative music culture and community. The list includes artists that predate the alternative music, as well as artists that are contemporaneous with the genre.

  1. David Bowie
  2. Velvet Underground
  3. Neil Young
  4. The Stooges
  5. MC5
  6. Patti Smith
  7. Frank Zappa
  8. Brian Eno
  9. Scott Walker
10. Tom Waits
11. Ramones
12. The Sex Pistols
13. The Clash
14. Lou Reed
15. Iggy Pop
16. Television
17. Roxy Music
18. Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
19. Pere Ubu
20. Blondie
21. The Sonics
22. New York Dolls
23. Big Star
24. Suicide
25. Can
26. Leonard Cohen
27. Kraftwerk
28. Captain Beefheart
29. Sparks
30. Love
31. Warren Zevon
32. Richard & Linda Thompson/Richard Thompson
33. Nick Drake
34. Glenn Branca
35. The Stranglers
36. Syd Barrett
37. Throbbing Gristle
38. Cheap Trick
39. Devo
40. Silver Apples
41. Black Flag
42. Buzzcocks
43. Dead Kennedys
44. The 13th Floor Elevators
45. Robert Wyatt
46. Peter Gabriel
47. Nick Lowe
48. This Heat
49. T. Rex
50. Richard Hell and the Voidoids
51. The Residents
52. The Seeds
53. Swell Maps
54. Cabaret Voltaire
55. The Damned
56. Todd Rundgren
57. John Cale
58. The Red Crayola/Red Krayola
59. X
60. NRBQ
61. Stiff Little Fingers
62. The Undertones
63. Dr. Feelgood
64. Radio Birdman
65. The Slits
66. Hawkwind
67. The Cramps
68. Bad Brains
69. INXS
70. John Cooper Clarke
71. Graham Parker
72. Henry Cow
73. The Adverts
74. Brinsley Schwarz
75. John Cage
76. Herbie Hancock
77. The Prodigy
78. Laurie Anderson
79. Moby Grape
80. Squarepusher
81. Public Enemy
82. The Selecter
83. Negativland
84. Fatboy Slim
85. Billy Bragg
86. Kirsty MacColl
87. DJ Shadow
88. The KLF
89. Faithless
90. Vic Chesnutt
91. The Art of Noise
92. Boards of Canada
93. Gil-Scott Heron
94. Grace Jones
95. Psychic TV
96. Victoria Williams
97. Amy Winehouse
98. The Chemical Brothers
99. The Avalanches
100. R. Stevie Moore

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Last Updated: 2017-11-06
Newly added names are in Red

Criteria: Artists are ranked by their influence, impact, and popularity. List includes alternative rock, post-punk and new wave artists, as well as artists in the various alternative subgenres (including - but not limited to - indie rock, Britpop, grunge, shoegazing, post rock, emo, alternative dance, goth rock, dream pop, alternative country, alternative metal, alternative hip-hop and trip-hop).