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Alternative rock
Stylistic origins Punk rock, post-punk, hardcore punk, New Wave
Cultural origins Early 1980s United Kingdom and United States
Typical instruments Electric guitarBassdrums
Mainstream popularity Limited before the success of grunge and Britpop in the 1990s. Widespread since then.
BritpopCollege rockDream pop - Geek rockGothic rockGrungeIndie popIndie rockMath rock - Noise pop - Noise rockPaisley UndergroundPost-rockShoegazing
Fusion genres
Alternative danceAlternative metalPsychobillyIndustrial rockMadchesterPost-punk revivalRiot Grrrl
Regional scenes
MassachusettsSeattle, WashingtonIllinoisManchester England
Other topics
BandsCollege radioHistoryIndependent musicLollapalooza

Alternative rock is a type of rock music that became popular in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. Alternative rock is made up of various subgenres that have come out of the indie music scene since the 1980s, such as grunge, indie rock, Britpop, gothic rock, and indie pop.

These genres are sorted by their collective types of punk, which laid the groundwork for alternative music in the 1970s.[1]

Examples of alternative rock bands

  1. R.E.M.
  2. U2
  3. B52s
  4. Jimmy Eat World
  5. Soda Stereo
  6. Sonic Youth
  7. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  8. At the Drive-In
  9. Radiohead
  10. Oasis
  11. Kings of Leon
  12. The Offspring
  13. Coldplay
  14. Linkin Park
  15. Smashing Pumpkins
  16. Snow Patrol
  17. Nirvana
  18. Blink-182
  19. Soundgarden
  20. Stone Temple Pilots
  21. Pearl Jam
  22. Alice in Chains
  23. The White Stripes
  24. Blessid Union of Souls
  25. Counting Crows
  26. Muse
  27. Green Day
  28. Another Day Dying
  29. Bastille (band)
  30. Breaking Benjamin
  31. Bad Religion
  32. Faith No More
  33. Moby
  34. Public Image Ltd.


  1. di Perna, Alan. "Brave Noise--The History of Alternative Rock Guitar". Guitar World. December 1995.

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