100 Greatest Alternative Rock Songs

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  2. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
  3. Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.
  4. Blue Monday - New Order
  5. How Soon is Now? - The Smiths
  6. Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
  7. Teen Age Riot - Sonic Youth
  8. Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
  9. Jeremy - Pearl Jam
10. Monkey Gone to Heaven - Pixies
11. Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
12. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
13. Closer - Nine Inch Nails
14. Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
15. Wonderwall - Oasis
16. Just Like Heaven - The Cure
17. Cannonball - The Breeders
18. Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
19. Loser - Beck
20. Creep - Radiohead
21. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
22. Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
23. Come As You Are - Nirvana
24. Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
25. Waiting Room - Fugazi
26. Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
27. Paranoid Android - Radiohead
28. There is a Light that Never Goes Out - The Smiths
29. Song 2 - Blur
30. 1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins
31. Common People - Pulp
32. There She Goes - The La's
33. It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.
34. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) - Kate Bush
35. The Killing Moon - Echo and the Bunnymen
36. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
37. Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
38. Touch Me, I'm Sick - Mudhoney
39. Everlong - Foo Fighters
40. Atmosphere - Joy Division
41. All Apologies - Nirvana
42. Cut Your Hair - Pavement
43. Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
44. Lovesong - The Cure
45. Would? - Alice in Chains
46. What I Got - Sublime
47. This Charming Man - The Smiths
48. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
49. Alive - Pearl Jam
50. Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden
51. Radio, Radio - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
52. Tonight, Tonight - The Smashing Pumpkins
53. Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
54. The One I Love - R.E.M.
55. Buddy Holly - Weezer
56. Live Forever - Oasis
57. New Year's Day - U2
58. Head Like a Hole - Nine Inch Nails
59. Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
60. I Wanna Be Adored - The Stone Roses
61. Just Like Honey - The Jesus and Mary Chain
62. Bastards of Young - The Replacements
63. Lithium - Nirvana
64. Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
65. Dear God - XTC
66. Sabotage - Beastie Boys
67. Alison - Elvis Costello
68. Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
69. Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil
70. So Alive - Love and Rockets
71. Today - The Smashing Pumpkins
72. Freak Scene - Dinosaur Jr.
73. Under the Milky Way - The Church
74. She's Lost Control - Joy Division
75. Karma Police - Radiohead
76. Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
77. Birdhouse in Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
78. That's Entertainment - The Jam
79. Kool Thing - Sonic Youth
80. When I Come Around - Green Day
81. Where is My Mind? - Pixies
82. Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
83. One - U2
84. True Faith - New Order
85. Epic - Faith No More
86. Only Shallow - My Bloody Valentine
87. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
88. Summer Babe - Pavement
89. Academy Fight Song - Mission of Burma
90. Celebrated Summer - Hüsker Dü
91. Loaded - Primal Scream
92. No Rain - Blind Melon
93. Shine - Collective Soul
94. Float On - Modest Mouse
95. Left of the Dial - The Replacements
96. I Melt With You - Modern English
97. Better Man - Pearl Jam
98. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinéad O'Connor
99. Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine
100. Don't Speak - No Doubt
100 More Worth Mentioning
101. Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns - Mother Love Bone
102. Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana
103. Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction
104. You Oughta Know - Alanis Morrissette
105. Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
106. Pump It Up - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
107. Mr. Brightside - The Killers
108. Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
109. Big Me - Foo Fighters
110. Clocks - Coldplay
111. Song to the Siren - This Mortal Coil
112. Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog
113. Man on the Moon - R.E.M.
114. Sour Times - Portishead
115. Hyperballad - Bjork
116. Senses Working Overtime - XTC
117. Panic - The Smiths
118. Undone (The Sweater Song) - Weezer
119. Where It's At - Beck
120. Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
121. Me, Myself & I - De La Soul
122. Linger - The Cranberries
123. Ghost Town - The Specials
123. Mysterious Ways - U2
124. Cities in Dust - Siouxsie and the Banshees
125. Going Underground - The Jam
126. Doll Parts - Hole
127. Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
128. Last Nite - The Strokes
129. History Lesson Part II - Minutemen
130. 100% - Sonic Youth
131. Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
132. Fell in Love With a Girl - The White Stripes
133. Champagne Supernova - Oasis
134. Everyday is Like Sunday - Morrissey
135. Lake of Fire - Meat Puppets
136. Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack
137. One Headlight - The Wallflowers
138. Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
139. Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
140. Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
141. Silent All These Years - Tori Amos
142. Rusty Cage - Soundgarden
143. I Am the Resurrection - The Stone Roses
144. Black - Pearl Jam
145. Tomorrow - Silverchair
146. Girls & Boys - Blur
147. Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
148. Disarm - The Smashing Pumpkins
149. Road to Nowhere - Talking Heads
150. In the End - Linkin Park
151. Come Out and Play - The Offspring
152. Best of You - Foo Fighters
153. Glycerine - Bush
154. Basket Case - Green Day
155. Drive - Incubus
156. She's In Parties - Bauhaus
157. The Drowners - Suede
158. Yellow - Coldplay
159. Close to Me - The Cure
160. Heaven Beside You - Alice in Chains
161. Sugar, We're Goin' Down - Fall Out Boy
162. Jane Says - Jane's Addiction
163. Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
164. Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys
165. Do You Realize?? - The Flaming Lips
166. Rebellion (Lies) - Arcade Fire
167. Kiss Them for Me - Siouxsie and the Banshees
168. About a Girl - Nirvana
169. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
170. No Surprises - Radiohead
171. April Skies - The Jesus and Mary Chain
172. Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye & Kimbra
173. Rock Lobster - The B-52's
174. Respectable Street - XTC
175. Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
176. Can I Kick It? - A Tribe Called Quest
177. The Cutter - Echo and the Bunnymen
178. Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground
179. So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry) - R.E.M.
180. Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds & Kylie Minogue
181. Sheela-Na-Gig - PJ Harvey
182. Pictures of You - The Cure
183. Damaged Goods - Gang of Four
184. Public Image - Public Image Ltd.
185. Divorce Song - Liz Phair
186. Ball and Chain - Social Distortion
187. The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
188. Back on the Chain Gang - The Pretenders
189. Start Choppin' - Dinosaur Jr.
190. Love My Way - The Psychedelic Furs
191. Violet - Hole
192. Starlight - Muse
193. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
194. 1901 - Phoenix
195. Stupid Girl - Garbage
196. Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
197. Mannequin - Wire
198. Paper Planes - M.I.A.
199. In Circles - Sunny Day Real Estate
200. The Concept - Teenage Fanclub

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Last Updated: 2017-05-02
Newly added names are in Red

Criteria: These songs were chosen for their influence, impact and popularity in the Alternative music genre.