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100 Greatest Alternative Rock Albums

Criteria: - Albums are ranked by their influence, impact, and popularity. List includes albums from alternative rock, post-punk and new wave artists, as well as albums from artists in the various alternative rock subgenres (including - but not limited to - indie rock, Britpop, grunge, shoegazing, post rock, emo, alternative dance, trip-hop, goth rock and dream pop).

Edited By: Ryan
Last Updated: 08-23-2013

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100 Greatest Alternative Albums
  1. Nevermind - Nirvana
  2. Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth
  3. The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
  4. Remain in Light - Talking Heads
  5. Murmur - R.E.M.
  6. Doolittle - Pixies
  7. OK Computer - Radiohead
  8. The Joshua Tree - U2
  9. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
10. Closer - Joy Division
11. This Year's Model - Elvis Costello & the Attractions
12. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
13. Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
14. Ten - Pearl Jam
15. Kid A - Radiohead
16. Zen Arcade - Hüsker Dü
17. Disintegration - The Cure
18. The Smiths - The Smiths
19. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins
20. Surfer Rosa - Pixies
21. Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
22. Spiderland - Slint
23. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
24. Superunknown - Soundgarden
25. You're Living All Over Me - Dinosaur Jr.
26. Slanted & Enchanted - Pavement
27. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Pavement
28. The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
29. Psychocandy - The Jesus and Mary Chain
30. Automatic for the People - R.E.M.
31. The Bends - Radiohead
32. 13 Songs - Fugazi
33. Pink Flag - Wire
34. In Utero - Nirvana
35. (What's the Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
36. My Aim is True - Elvis Costello
37. Is this It? - The Strokes
38. Spirit of Eden - Talk Talk
39. Vs. - Mission of Burma
40. Odelay - Beck
41. Nothing's Shocking - Jane's Addiction
42. Let it Be - The Replacements
43. Metal Box/Second Edition - Public Image Ltd.
44. Technique - New Order
45. Entertainment! - Gang of Four
46. Dookie - Green Day
47. Violator - Depeche Mode
48. Auching, Baby! - U2
49. Double Nickels on the Dime - Minutemen
50. Debut - Bjork
51. This Nation's Saving Grace - The Fall
52. The Holy Bible - Manic Street Preachers
53. Parklife - Blur
54. Grace - Jeff Buckley
55. Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
56. All Mod Cons - The Jam
57. Screamadelica - Primal Scream
58. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco
59. Sister - Sonic Youth
60. Siamese Dream - The Smashing Pumpkins
61. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
62. Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
63. Pinkerton - Weezer
64. Funeral - Arcade Fire
65. War - U2
66. Suede - Suede
67. Dummy - Portishead
68. Laughing Stock - Talk Talk
69. The Soft Bulletin - The Flaming Lips
70. Speaking in Tongues - Talking Heads
71. Bee Thousand - Guided By Voices
72. New Day Rising - Hüsker Dü
73. I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One - Yo La Tengo
74. Tim - The Replacements
75. Different Class - Pulp
76. Exile in Guyville - Liz Phair
77. Document - R.E.M.
78. Colossal Youth - Young Marble Giants
79. It'll End in Tears - This Mortal Coil
80. If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle & Sebastian
81. To Bring You My Love - PJ Harvey
82. Ocean Rain - Echo and the Bunnymen
83. The Moon and Antarctica - Modest Mouse
84. Killing Joke - Killing Joke
85. Power, Corruption & Lies - New Order
86. Kaleidoscope - Siouxie & the Banshees
87. Chairs Missing - Wire
88. Dirt - Alice in Chains
89. More Songs About Buildings and Food - Talking Heads
90. Armed Forces - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
91. On Fire - Galaxie 500
92. Definitely Maybe - Oasis
93. White Blood Cells - The White Stripes
94. Pornography - The Cure
95. The Unforgettable Fire - U2
96. Emperor Tomato Ketchup - Stereolab
97. Nowhere - Ride
98. In the Flat Field - Bauhaus
99. Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden
100. Isn't Anything - My Bloody Valentine

101. Hex Enduction Hour - The Fall
102. Either/Or - Elliot Smith
103. Fear of Music - Talking Heads
104. Vs. - Pearl Jam
105. Script of the Bridge - The Chameleons
106. 16 Lovers Lane - The Go-Betweens
107. Meat is Murder - The Smiths
108. Souvlaki - Slowdive
109. Urban Hymns - The Verve
110. Mogwai Young Team - Mogwai
111. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
112. Millions Now Living Will Never Die - Tortoise
113. Crazy Rhythms - The Feelies
114. Tender Prey - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
115. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me - The Cure
116. Repeater - Fugazi
117. EVOL - Sonic Youth
118. Superfuzz Bigmuff - Mudhoney
119. In Rainbows - Radiohead
120. English Settlement - XTC
121. 154 - Wire
122. Everything Must Go - Manic Street Preachers
123. A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay
124. Songs About Fucking- Big Black
125. Argybargy - Squeeze
126. Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches - Happy Mondays
127. Rid of Me - PJ Harvey
128. II - Meat Puppets
129. Green - R.E.M.
130. () - Sigur Rós
131. Tragic Kingdom - No Doubt
132. Sound Affects - The Jam
133. Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
134. Vitalogy - Pearl Jam
135. Weezer (The Blue Album) - Weezer
136. Goo - Sonic Youth
137. Flood - They Might Be Giants
138. First Issue/Public Image - Public Image Ltd.
139. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips
140. Music for the Masses - Depeche Mode
141. Elephant - The White Stripes
142. Post - Bjork
143. Diary - Sunny Day Real Estate
144. Absolution - Muse
145. Goat - The Jesus Lizard
146. In My Tribe - 10,000 Maniacs
147. Setting Sons - The Jam
148. Dirty - Sonic Youth
149. Down Colorful Hill - Red House Painters
150. I Could Live in Hope - Low
151. Atomizer - Big Black
152. Viva Hate - Morrissey
153. Strangeways, Here We Come - The Smiths
154. Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails
155. Return to Cookie Mountain - TV On the Radio
156. Emergency & I - The Dismemberment Plan
157. The Colour of Spring - Talk Talk
158. Ritual de lo Habitual - Jane's Addiction
159. Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space - Spiritualized
160. The Mollusk - Ween
161. Let Love In - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
162. Alice in Chains - Alice in Chains
163. A Picture of Nectar - Phish
164. f#a#(infinity) - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
165. The Colour and the Shape - Foo Fighters
166. Skylarking - XTC
167. From Her to Eternity - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
168. Hot Fuss - The Killers
169. Talk Talk Talk - The Psychedelic Furs
170. You Forgot it in People - Broken Social Scene
171. 69 Love Songs - The Magnetic Fields
172. The Head on the Door - The Cure
173. Treasure - Cocteau Twins
174. Children of God - Swans
175. Underwater Moonlight - The Soft Boys
176. Blur - Blur
177. Cure for Pain - Morphine
178. Diesel and Dust - Midnight Oil
179. Hunkpapa - Throwing Muses
180. Bakesale - Sebadoh
181. Soul Mining - The The
182. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
183. Life's Too Good - The Sugarcubes
184. Pork Soda - Primus
185. Earth, Sun, Moon - Love and Rockets
186. From Under the Cork Tree - Fall Out Boy
187. Porcupine - Echo & the Bunnymen
188. Vitalogy - Pearl Jam
189. And Don't the Kids Just Love It - Television Personalities
190. Purple - Stone Temple Pilots
191. Real Life - Magazine
192. Mellow Gold - Beck
193. Ágætis byrjun - Sigur Rós
194. Vauxhall and I - Morrissey
195. Angel Dust - Faith No More
196. Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good - Prefab Sprout
197. Californication - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
198. Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons
199. Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? - The Cranberries
200. Electro-Shock Blues - Eels
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Nevermind - Nirvana album cover




Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth album cover




The Queen is Dead - The Smiths album cover




Murmur album album cover




Doolittle - Pixies album cover




OK Computer - Radiohead album cover




Joshua Tree album album cover




Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division album cover













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