100 Greatest Alternative Music Artists

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

201. Kings of Leon
202. TV on the Radio
203. The Mekons
204. Orange Juice
205. The Soft Boys
206. Death Cab for Cutie
207. At The Drive-In
208. Morphine
209. Blind Melon
210. M.I.A.
211. American Football
212. Common
213. Deftones
214. The Black Keys
215. Paramore
216. The The
217. Slint
218. Steve Earle
219. The Housemartins
220. Eels
221. Urge Overkill
222. Talib Kweli
223. Mogwai
224. Jawbox
225. Bright Eyes
226. Low
227. Fountains of Wayne
228. The Jayhawks
229. Broken Social Scene
230. Buffalo Tom
231. Ash
232. Ween
233. The Magnetic Fields
234. Green River
235. Young Marble Giants
236. Fall Out Boy
237. Felt
238. Broadcast
239. Soul Coughing
240. Thirty Seconds to Mars
241. Silversun Pickups
242. AFI
243. Mos Def
244. Cage the Elephant
245. Tegan and Sara
246. The Mountain Goats
247. Julian Cope
248. Taking Back Sunday
249. The Ocean Blue
250. Sparklehorse
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, protopunk, 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: 2017-06-28
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).