25 Most Famous Alternative Rock Bands

Meet the outstanding bands that dared to define alternative rock music and popularized most its entity. These bands definitely caught the attention of the many and entrenched a renowned legacy.

25. Nine Inch Nails

With millions of albums sold worldwide, plus certified sales, Nine Inch Nails is one of the most popular alternative rock bands. “Closer” and “The Hand That Feeds” are some of its greatest hits.

24. Goo Goo Dolls

Have you ever heard of the song “Iris?” Goo Goo Dolls immensely popularized this along with other chart-topping songs like “Here Is Gone” and “Sympathy.”

23. Pixies

The Pixies band had been influential to other bands such as Radiohead, Weezer, and Nirvana. They also had a share of popularity with sold-out world tours.

22. Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace produced numerous top songs on the Billboard Alternative Songs and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. They also received recognitions with their albums.

21. Bush

With the release of their debut album “Sixteen Stone,” Bush rose to worldwide fame. Their single “The Sound of Winter” also topped the charts.

20. Blink-182

“All the Small Things” and “Carousel” are perhaps some of their greatest hits. Blink-182 is one colossal band that emanates rock!

19. The Killers

The Killers totally nailed the music industry with their chart-topping albums such as “Hot Fuss” and “Sam’s Town.” They have been successful with performing as a live band.

18. Thirty Seconds to Mars

With their several successful records and sold-out tours, Thirty Seconds to Mars deserved a spot in the list. Some of their greatest songs include “Oblivion” and “Capricorn.”

17. The Cure

By the looks of it, The Cure has been distinctive. Their hits included “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Just Like Heaven.”

16. The Offspring

Having sold over 30 millions of records worldwide, The Offspring has definitely been one successful rock band. One of their best albums is “Smash,” with 11 million copies sold all over the world!

15. The Replacements

The Replacements made a history of themselves too. They were incredibly considered pioneers of alternative rock!

14. Muse

As an English rock band, Muse has sometime dominated the music industry with several awards including six Q awards and eight NME awards. Millions of their copies were sold worldwide.

13. Incubus

Talking about multiplatinum sales, Incubus was successful with their songs. These would include “Drive” and “Megalomaniac.”

12. My Chemical Romance

The name for one is already an eye-catcher. My Chemical Romance is famous with their songs, for example, “Welcome to the Black Parade,” “Famous Last Words,” and “Helena.”

11. Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam undeniably rocks with its intrinsic uniqueness. The band has sold millions of copies not only in the United States but also worldwide!

10. Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters truly proved their remarkable abilities in their field of music as four of their albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. This is typically impressive.

9. The Smashing Pumpkins

With its invigorating name comes its huge popularity. The Smashing Pumpkins was also influential to artists such as Nelly Furtado. The band received several nominations and awards as well.

8. U2

U2 has been legendary with its famous songs, namely, “With or Without You” and “One.” Their U2 350° Tour, which was from 2009 to 2011, was deemed the highest attended and highest grossing tour in history.

7. Radiohead

“Creep” was Radiohead’s debut single that became a worldwide hit. There were also numerous albums that they launched which received great recognitions.

6. Coldplay

This British rock band rose to international fame with the release of their single “Yellow.” Not only are they talented musicians, but they have also been active supporters of different political and social issues. Hurray for them!

5. Green Day

Green Day had also a share of popularity. Having sold millions of records worldwide, they are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. The band achieved its best chart performance to date with its album “21st Century Breakdown.”

4. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Surely not a mediocre band, Red Hot Chili Peppers garnered several awards and recognitions. “Can’t Stop” was one of their songs that topped the chart.

3. Linkin Park

With their debut album “Hybrid Theory,” Linkin Park astonishingly rose to international fame. Due to its immense popularity, the band received several awards, such as the sixth greatest band of the era.

2. R.E.M.

As an American rock band, R.E.M. was essential in the establishment and improvement of the alternative rock genre. These dudes are intrinsically legendary especially with their songs “Orange Crush” and “Stand,” which were atop the chart back then.

1. Nirvana

Taking center stage on the music scene, Nirvana released chart-topping songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “All Apologies.” They were iconic with their performances.

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