Alternative Bands | List of Best Alternative Artists/Groups

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.

R.E.M. - Losing My Religion (Video)

2006 WMG Losing My Religion (Video)

Cassie Muniz
R.E.M. were another early alternative group. They became popular on college radio stations in the '80s.

Radiohead - Creep

Music video by Radiohead performing Creep. Taken from the album 'Pablo Honey'

Cassie Muniz
Radiohead's sound was influenced by post-punk and alternative bands of the '80s.
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