Mc Carthy wrote:
I'm a little surprised there's no R.E.M. either. Perhaps "Radio Free Europe" doesn't have enough criteria support, but what about "The One I Love?" Wasn't that one of the first Top 10 hits of the alternative genre and paved the way for alternative's break into the mainstream? It's also fairly acclaimed and its still playing on the radio.
"Alternative rock" is a tricky label because there is no real set parameters, especially since punk music, "college rock," "New Wave," etc. acts have been/are called "alternative."
"The One I Love" is indeed important, but there were already several "alternative" songs before it that helped mainstream this loose-label music, including "Radio Free Europe."
Also, acclaim isn't a factor of the criteria, and many songs still get played on music stations. What we have to determine here is the success in different markets, the impact & influence, etc.
I might consider moving "It's the End of the World..." into the Top 100, however.