This is a list of alternative-rock artists.
At the end of the 1980s, at the peak of glam rock and hair metal, a new genre began to emerge from the underground. Since it served as an option to the bloated sound of those genres that was all over the airwaves and MTV, it was aptly titled alternative rock. Over the years, alternative rock has become part of mainstream rock. But at its beginning, alt rock and all of the alternative artists were on the cutting edge of what was going on in response to those more commercial genres.
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The Smiths were an early alternative rock band in the '80s.
Alternative in the 1980s basically meant anything that mainstream radio wouldn’t play. Which was mostly everything back then. You had to either have an “alternative” station or a college radio station available to hear most of these acts.
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R.E.M. were another early alternative group. They became popular on college radio stations in the '80s.
With Weezer out with a new album, it reminded us that there were other bands that also existed in the 1990s.
Encompassing punk, new wave, and rock, while also spawning subgenres like grunge and Britpop, it went from an indie genre to one of the most popular types of music in the 1990s and beyond. For this list, we’ve chosen influential artists who helped define the alternative sound and genre throughout the decades, who were commercially successful and whose music stood the test of time.
Music video by Radiohead performing Creep. Taken from the album 'Pablo Honey'
Radiohead's sound was influenced by post-punk and alternative bands of the '80s.
List of 100 Greatest Alternative Music Artists and 100 Greatest Influences on Alternative Music as compiled by digitaldreamdoor.com