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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).

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Last Updated: 10-11-2014

100 Greatest Alternative Albums
  1. Nevermind - Nirvana
  2. Remain in Light - Talking Heads
  3. Murmur - R.E.M.
  4. OK Computer - Radiohead
  5. The Joshua Tree - U2
  6. Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth
  7. The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
  8. Doolittle - Pixies
  9. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
10. Disintegration - The Cure
11. This Year's Model - Elvis Costello & the Attractions
12. Ten - Pearl Jam
13. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins
14. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
15. Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
16. Kid A - Radiohead
17. Superunknown - Soundgarden
18. Surfer Rosa - Pixies
19. Zen Arcade - Hüsker Dü
20. The Smiths - The Smiths
21. Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
22. Automatic for the People - R.E.M.
23. The Bends - Radiohead
24. The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
25. In Utero - Nirvana
26. Violator - Depeche Mode
27. Slanted & Enchanted - Pavement
28. My Aim is True - Elvis Costello
29. Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
30. Psychocandy - The Jesus and Mary Chain
31. Pink Flag - Wire
32. 13 Songs - Fugazi
33. Odelay - Beck
34. Let it Be - The Replacements
35. Dookie - Green Day
36. Achtung Baby - U2
37. Exile in Guyville - Liz Phair
38. (What's the Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
39. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Pavement
40. You're Living All Over Me - Dinosaur Jr.
41. Double Nickels on the Dime - Minutemen
42. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
43. Closer - Joy Division
44. Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails
45. Nothing's Shocking - Jane's Addiction
46. Weezer (The Blue Album) - Weezer
47. Grace - Jeff Buckley
48. Parklife - Blur
49. Debut - Björk
50. Screamadelica - Primal Scream
51. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
52. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco
53. Entertainment! - Gang of Four
54. Document - R.E.M.
55. Siamese Dream - The Smashing Pumpkins
56. Goo - Sonic Youth
57. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morrissette
58. War - U2
59. Suede - Suede
60. The Holy Bible - Manic Street Preachers
61. This Nation's Saving Grace - The Fall
62. New Day Rising - Hüsker Dü
63. Tim - The Replacements
64. Different Class - Pulp
65. Bee Thousand - Guided by Voices
66. Speaking in Tongues - Talking Heads
67. English Settlement - XTC
68. Spiderland - Slint
69. Pinkerton - Weezer
70. Out of Time - R.E.M.
71. Dirt - Alice in Chains
72. Elephant - The White Stripes
73. Ocean Rain - Echo and the Bunnymen
74. Pornography - The Cure
75. Definitely Maybe - Oasis
76. Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden
77. Armed Forces - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
78. Vs. - Mission of Burma
79. Metal Box - Public Image Ltd.
80. Power, Corruption & Lies - New Order
81. The Colour and the Shape - Foo Fighters
82. The Unforgettable Fire - U2
83. Funeral - Arcade Fire
84. Is This It - The Strokes
85. Skylarking - XTC
86. On Fire - Galaxie 500
87. It'll End in Tears - This Mortal Coil
88. Fear Of Music - Talking Heads
89. I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One - Yo La Tengo
90. The Soft Bulletin - The Flaming Lips
91. Rid Of Me - PJ Harvey
92. Little Earthquakes - Tori Amos
93. A Rush Of Blood To The Head - Coldplay
94. Tragic Kingdom - No Doubt
95. White Blood Cells - The White Stripes
96. Diesel And Dust - Midnight Oil
97. The Head On The Door - The Cure
98. Purple - Stone Temple Pilots
99. Kaleidoscope - Siouxsie and the Banshees
100. The Moon and Antarctica - Modest Mouse

101. Chairs Missing - Wire
102. In the Flat Field - Bauhaus
103. All Mod Cons - The Jam
104. Sister - Sonic Youth
105. Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
106. Laughing Stock - Talk Talk
107. If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle & Sebastian
108. Hex Enduction Hour - The Fall
109. Either/Or - Elliot Smith
110. More Songs About Buildings and Food - Talking Heads
111. Vs. - Pearl Jam
112. Script Of The Bridge - The Chameleons
113. 16 Lovers Lane - The Go-Betweens
114. Meat Is Murder - The Smiths
115. Souvlaki - Slowdive
116. Urban Hymns - The Verve
117. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me - The Cure
118. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
119. Millions Now Living Will Never Die - Tortoise
120. Tender Prey - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
121. Repeater - Fugazi
122. Crazy Rhythms - The Feelies
123. Superfuzz Bigmuff - Mudhoney
124. In Rainbows - Radiohead
125. Killing Joke - Killing Joke
126. 154 - Wire
127. Everything Must Go - Manic Street Preachers
128. Emperor Tomato Ketchup - Stereolab
129. Songs About Fucking - Big Black
130. Argybargy - Squeeze
131. Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches - Happy Mondays
132. Dry - PJ Harvey
133. II - Meat Puppets
134. Green - R.E.M.
135. () - Sigur Rós
136. Nowhere - Ride
137. Sound Affects - The Jam
138. Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
139. Vitalogy - Pearl Jam
140. Isn't Anything - My Bloody Valentine
141. EVOL - Sonic Youth
142. Flood - They Might Be Giants
143. First Issue - Public Image Ltd.
144. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips
145. Music For The Masses - Depeche Mode
146. Colossal Youth - Young Marble Giants
147. Post - Bjork
148. Diary - Sunny Day Real Estate
149. Absolution - Muse
150. Goat - The Jesus Lizard
151. In My Tribe - 10,000 Maniacs
152. Setting Sons - The Jam
153. Dirty - Sonic Youth
154. Down Colorful Hill - Red House Painters
155. I Could Live in Hope - Low
156. Viva Hate - Morrissey
157. Mogwai Young Team - Mogwai
158. Strangeways, Here We Come - The Smiths
159. Technique - New Order
160. Return to Cookie Mountain - TV On the Radio
161. Emergency & I - The Dismemberment Plan
162. The Colour Of Spring - Talk Talk
163. Ritual de lo Habitual - Jane's Addiction
164. Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space - Spiritualized
165. The Mollusk - Ween
166. Let Love In - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
167. Alice in Chains - Alice in Chains
168. A Picture of Nectar - Phish
169. Atomizer - Big Black
170. Spirit Of Eden - Talk Talk
171. Hot Fuss - The Killers
172. Talk Talk Talk - The Psychedelic Furs
173. You Forgot It In People - Broken Social Scene
174. 69 Love Songs - The Magnetic Fields
175. Treasure - Cocteau Twins
176. Children of God - Swans
177. Underwater Moonlight - The Soft Boys
178. Blur - Blur
179. Cure for Pain - Morphine
180. From Her To Eternity - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
181. Hunkpapa - Throwing Muses
182. Bakesale - Sebadoh
183. New Miserable Experience - Gin Blossoms
184. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
185. Never for Ever - Kate Bush
186. Pork Soda - Primus
187. Earth, Sun, Moon - Love and Rockets
188. From Under the Cork Tree - Fall Out Boy
189. Porcupine - Echo & the Bunnymen
190. Black Holes and Revelations - Muse
191. And Don't the Kids Just Love It - Television Personalities
192. Core - Stone Temple Pilots
193. Real Life - Magazine
194. Mellow Gold - Beck
195. Vauxhall and I - Morrissey
196. Angel Dust - Faith No More
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. Canción Animal - Soda Stereo

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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