List of Famous Alternative Music

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List of Famous Alternative Music

 

No. Song Artist Album Year Last Rank Change
1 Paranoid Android Radiohead OK Computer 1997 11 10
2 Bittersweet Symphony The Verve Urban Hymns 1997 4 2
3 Smells like Teen Spirit Nirvana Nevermind 1991 3 0
4 Say it ain't so Weezer Blue Album 1994 90 86
5 Karma Police Radiohead OK Computer 1997 1 -4
6 One Headlight The Wallflowers Bringing Down the Horse 1996 6 0
7 1979 Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness 1995 10 3
8 Down in a Hole Alice in Chains Dirt 1992 12 4
9 The Man who Sold the World (Cover) Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York 1994 28 19
10 Lithium Nirvana Nevermind 1991 9 -1

Songs 11-20: While still mainly blockbuster singles, the next 10 songs dig a little bit deeper and include album tracks by some of the eras best bands in REM, Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins. Also, you'll see a lot of songs that have shot up in ranking since my last update.

 

No. Song Artist Album Year Last Rank Change
11 Find the River REM Automatic for the People 1992 62 51
12 Everlong Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape 1997 16 4
13 Lucky Radiohead OK Computer 1997 78 65
14 Losing my Religion REM Out of Time 1991 15 1
15 All the Small Things Blink-182 Enema of the State 1999 40 25
16 Carnival Natalie Merchant Tigerlily 1995 92 82
17 Only in Dreams Weezer Blue Album 1994 106 89
18 Under the Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik 1991 34 16
19 Heaven Beside you Alice in Chains Alice in Chains 1995 5 -14
20 Soma Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream 1993 56 36

Songs 21-30: Joining alternative classics like “Self Esteem” and “Mr. Jones” are songs like “The Way” and “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth.” One hit wonders like these two will frequent the list and added some flash in the pan charm to a pretty serious decade.

 

No. Song Artist Album Year Last Rank Change
21 Self Esteem The Offspring Smash 1994 69 48
22 The Way Fastball All the Pain Money can Buy 1998 20 -2
23 December Collective Soul Collective Soul 1995 46 23
24 Mr. Jones Counting Crows August and Everything After 1993 32 8
25 Mayonaise Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream 1993 48 23
26 Ænima Tool Ænima 1996 30 4
27 Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth Primitive Radio Gods Rocket 1996 29 2
28 Jesus Christ Pose Soundgarden Badmotorfinger 1991 7 -21
29 Nothing Compares 2 U (Cover) Sinead O'Connor I don't want what I haven't got 1990 New n/a
30 Heart Shaped Box Nirvana In Utero 1993 26 -4

Songs 31-40: The next ten songs are pretty grunge heavy. Two songs each for grunge titans AIC, Nirvana and STP. Though I've tried to be a little more selective on which grunge songs to include, I cannot exclude these essential 6 songs.

 

No. Song Artist Album Year Last Rank Change
31 Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Crash Test Dummies God Shuffled his Feet 1993 64 31
32 Come as you are Nirvana Nevermind 1991 18 -14
33 No Excuses Alice in Chains Jar of Flies 1994 2 -31
34 Low Cracker Kerosene Hat 1993 66 32
35 You Ought to Know Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill 1995 44 9
36 A Long December Counting Crows Recovering the Satellites 1996 50 14
37 Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots Purple 1994 68 31
38 Nutshell Alice in Chains Jar of Flies 1994 13 -25
39 In Bloom Nirvana Nevermind 1991 24 -15
40 Creep Stone Temple Pilots Core 1992 23 -17

Songs 41-50: “Only Shallow” and “Cool you Boots” from the next set of ten songs are the first few examples of the type of indie rock songs that will now find their homes on these lists. These shoegaze classics had some much deserved chart success (of course mainly in Britain where the charts aren't indie-phobic).

 

No. Song Artist Album Year Last Rank Change
41 Burden in my Hand Soundgarden Down on the Upside 1996 55 14
42 Cherub Rock Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream 1993 17 -25
43 Bullet with Butterfly Wings Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness 1995 8 -35
44 Run Collective Soul Dosage 1999 61 17
45 Only Shallow My Bloody Valentine Loveless 1991 New n/a
46 Dirt Alice in Chains Dirt 1992 47 1
47 Tighter & Tighter Soundgarden Down on the Upside 1996 105 58
48 Cool your Boots Ride Going Blank Again 1992 New n/a
49 Santa Monica Everclear Sparkle & Fade 1995 51 2
50 What's the Frequency, Kenneth? REM Monster 1994 91 41

Songs 51-60: Below you will see several heavyweights from the Isles across the Atlantic that flexed their muscles in the 90s and added a much needed charm and swagger to a genre that people all too often associate with American bands.

 

No. Song Artist Album Year Last Rank Change
51 Would? Alice in Chains Dirt 1992 41 -10
52 Linger The Cranberries Everybody Else is Doing it 1993 95 43
53 Wonderwall Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory? 1995 19 -32
54 Lucky Man The Verve Urban Hymns 1997 71 17
55 Drive REM Automatic for the People 1992 80 25
56 Late in the Day Supergrass In it for the Money 1997 New n/a
57 Flagpole Sitta Harvey Danger Where have all the Merrymakers gone? 1998 58 1
58 In the Meantime Spacehog Resident Alien 1995 42 -16
59 Grind Alice in Chains Alice in Chains 1995 31 -28
60 Counting Blue Cars Dishwalla Pet your Friends 1995 53 -7

Songs 61-70: A decidedly mellow series of songs heavy on a TRC trademark... ballads! Also, for one reason or the other, several bands that I don't really like – Living Colour, Goo Goo Dolls, and Megadeth – make their first and only appearance on this list.

 

No. Song Artist Album Year Last Rank Change
61 Song 2 Blur Blur 1997 49 -12
62 Motorcycle Emptiness Manic Street Preachers Generation Terrorists 1992 New n/a
63 Nothingness Living Colour Stain 1993 New n/a
64 Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication 1999 29 -35
65 Iris Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy up the Girl 1998 81 16
66 Touch, Peel and Stand Days of the New Days of the New 1997 36 -30
67 No Surprises Radiohead OK Computer 1997 New n/a
68 All I want Toad the Wet Sprocket Fear 1991 45 -23
69 Rotten Apple Alice in Chains Jar of Flies 1994 25 -44
70 A Tout le Monde Megadeth Youthanasia 1994 63 -7

Songs 71-80: Another segment of songs that feature some big time gains from my last update of this list. Most of you will agree that it's about time I give songs like “Killing in the Name of,” “Fake Plastic Trees” and “Fade to you” a bit more recognition.

 

No. Song Artist Album Year Last Rank Change
71 Tyler Toadies Rubberneck 1994 77 6
72 Dumb Nirvana In Utero 1993 43 -29
73 Killing in the Name of Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine 1992 107 34
74 Hand in my Pocket Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill 1995 102 28
75 Fake Plastic Trees Radiohead The Bends 1995 132 57
76 Losing a Whole Year Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind 1997 96 20
77 Nearly Lost you Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion 1992 89 12
78 Sour Girl Stone Temple Pilots No. 4 1999 87 9
79 My Love Life Morrissey Single 1991 New n/a
80 Fade into you Mazzy Star So Tonight that I Might See 1993 149 69

Songs 81-90: Many veteran rockers have their trademark jams featured on this set of songs, including NIN, Weezer and Third Eye Blind. Sprinkled within we have some pretty unlikely, terrific songs by White Town and a great unknown duet by Dan Wilson and Bic Runga.

 

No. Song Artist Album Year Last Rank Change
81 Enjoy the Silence Depeche Mode Violator 1990 131 50
82 Rhinoceros Smashing Pumpkins Gish 1991 101 19
83 Closer Nine Inch Nails Downward Spiral 1994 171 88
84 Your Woman White Town Women in Technology 1997 38 -46
85 Take a Picture Filter Title of Record 1999 116 31
86 Semi Charmed Life Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind 1997 72 -14
87 Good Morning Baby Bic Runga and Dan Wilson Soundtrack: American Pie 1999 114 31
88 Today Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream 1993 82 -6
89 Buddy Holly Weezer Blue Album 1994 54 -35
90 Zombie The Cranberries No Need to Argue 1994 111 21

Songs 91-100: You would be hard pressed to find a set of 10 more eclectic songs on this entire list. Everything ranging from indie rock, synthpop, metal, grunge, trip hop and punk rock populates this batch of songs.

No. Song Artist Album Year Last Rank Change
91 Velouria Pixies Bossanova 1990 New n/a
92 Personal Jesus Depeche Mode Violator 1990 33 -59
93 Closing Time Semisonic Feeling Strangely Fine 1998 88 -5
94 Crazy Life Toad the Wet Sprocket Coil 1997 93 -1
95 Enter Sandman Metallica Metallica 1991 59 -26
96 Bound for the Floor Local H As Good as Dead 1996 35 -61
97 Runaway Train Soul Asylum Grave Dancer's Union 1992 98 1
98 Jeremy Pearl Jam Ten 1991 163 65
99 Glory Box Portishead Dummy 1994 New n/a
100 Whats my Age Again? Blink-182 Enema of the State 1999 120 20