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100 Greatest Alternative Rock Songs

Criteria: These songs were chosen for their influence, impact and popularity in the Alternative music genre.

Newly added names are in Red
Edited By: Ryan
Last Updated: 05-20-2014

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100 Greatest Alternative Rock Songs
  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  2. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
  3. Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.
  4. Blue Monday - New Order
  5. How Soon is Now? - The Smiths
  6. Teen Age Riot - Sonic Youth
  7. Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
  8. Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
  9. Jeremy - Pearl Jam
10. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
11. Monkey Gone to Heaven - Pixies
12. Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
13. Closer - Nine Inch Nails
14. Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
15. Wonderwall - Oasis
16. Just Like Heaven - The Cure
17. Cannonball - The Breeders
18. Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
19. Loser - Beck
20. Creep - Radiohead
21. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
22. Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
23. Come As You Are - Nirvana
24. Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
25. Waiting Room - Fugazi
26. Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
27. Paranoid Android - Radiohead
28. There is a Light that Never Goes Out - The Smiths
29. Song 2 - Blur
30. 1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins
31. Common People - Pulp
32. There She Goes - The La's
33. It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.
34. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) - Kate Bush
35. The Killing Moon - Echo and the Bunnymen
36. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
37. Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
38. Touch Me, I'm Sick - Mudhoney
39. Everlong - Foo Fighters
40. Atmosphere - Joy Division
41. All Apologies - Nirvana
42. Cut Your Hair - Pavement
43. Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
44. Lovesong - The Cure
45. Would? - Alice in Chains
46. What I Got - Sublime
47. This Charming Man - The Smiths
48. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
49. Alive - Pearl Jam
50. Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden
51. Radio, Radio - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
52. Tonight, Tonight - The Smashing Pumpkins
53. Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
54. The One I Love - R.E.M.
55. Buddy Holly - Weezer
56. Live Forever - Oasis
57. New Year's Day - U2
58. Head Like a Hole - Nine Inch Nails
59. Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
60. I Wanna Be Adored - The Stone Roses
61. Just Like Honey - The Jesus and Mary Chain
62. Bastards of Young - The Replacements
63. Lithium - Nirvana
64. Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
65. Dear God - XTC
66. Alison - Elvis Costello
67. Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
68. Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil
69. So Alive - Love and Rockets
70. Today - The Smashing Pumpkins
71. Freak Scene - Dinosaur Jr.
72. Under the Milky Way - The Church
73. She's Lost Control - Joy Division
74. Karma Police - Radiohead
75. Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
76. Birdhouse in Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
77. That's Entertainment - The Jam
78. Kool Thing - Sonic Youth
79. When I Come Around - Green Day
80. Where is My Mind? - Pixies
81. Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
82. One - U2
83. True Faith - New Order
84. Epic - Faith No More
85. Only Shallow - My Bloody Valentine
86. Linger - The Cranberries
87. Summer Babe - Pavement
88. Academy Fight Song - Mission of Burma
89. Celebrated Summer - Husker Du
90. Loaded - Primal Scream
91. No Rain - Blind Melon
92. Shine - Collective Soul
93. Float On - Modest Mouse
94. Left of the Dial - The Replacements
95. I Melt With You - Modern English
96. Better Man - Pearl Jam
97. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinéad O'Connor
98. Song to the Siren - This Mortal Coil
99. Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
100. Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns - Mother Love Bone

101. Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana
102. Mr. Brightside - The Killers
103. Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction
104. Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground
105. I Am the Resurrection - The Stone Roses
106. Don't Speak - No Doubt
107. Panic - The Smiths
108. Big Me - Foo Fighters
109. Mysterious Ways - U2
110. Pump It Up - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
111. Doll Parts - Hole
112. Cities in Dust - Siouxsie and the Banshees
113. Clocks - Coldplay
114. Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
115. 100% - Sonic Youth
116. Hyperballad - Bjork
117. Going Underground - The Jam
118. Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog
119. Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
120. Champagne Supernova - Oasis
121. Senses Working Overtime - XTC
122. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
123. Man on the Moon - R.E.M.
124. Undone (The Sweater Song) - Weezer
125. Where It's At - Beck
126. Rusty Cage - Soundgarden
127. Disarm - The Smashing Pumpkins
128. You Oughta Know - Alanis Morrissette
129. Girls & Boys - Blur
130. History Lesson Part II - Minutemen
131. Last Nite - The Strokes
132. Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
133. Ghost Town - The Specials
134. Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
135. Black - Pearl Jam
136. Jane Says - Jane's Addiction
137. Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
138. Lake of Fire - Meat Puppets
139. Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
140. The Drowners - Suede
141. Mannequin - Wire
142. Basket Case -Green Day
143. Everyday is Like Sunday - Morrissey
144. Fell in Love with a Girl - The White Stripes
145. Glycerine - Bush
146. Yellow - Coldplay
147. One Headlight - The Wallflowers
148. Violet - Hole
149. So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry) - R.E.M.
150. Joey - Concrete Blonde
151. The Mercy Seat - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
152. Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
153. Damaged Goods - Gang of Four
154. This is Not a Love Song - Public Image Ltd.
155. Divorce Song - Liz Phair
156. Tomorrow - Silverchair
157. Silent All These Years - Tori Amos
158. No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age
159. Totally Wired - The Fall
160. Do You Realize?? - The Flaming Lips
161. No Surprises - Radiohead
162. Best of You - Foo Fighters
163. Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
164. The Cutter - Echo and the Bunnymen
165. Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
166. Drive - Incubus
167. She's In Parties - Bauhaus
168. Kiss Them for Me - Siouxsie and the Banshees
169. Veronica - Elvis Costello
170. Road to Nowhere - Talking Heads
171. Close to Me - The Cure
172. Heaven Beside You - Alice in Chains
173. Start Choppin' - Dinosaur Jr.
174. April Skies - The Jesus and Mary Chain
175. Seether - Veruca Salt
176. Sugar, We're Goin' Down - Fall Out Boy
177. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
178. Stupid Girl - Garbage
179. Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
180. Soon - My Bloody Valentine
181. Starlight - Muse
182. Sheela-Na-Gig - PJ Harvey
183. Inside Out - Eve 6
184. About a Girl - Nirvana
185. A Girl Like You - The Smithereens
186. My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
187. Underwhelmed - Sloan
188. Blue Thunder - Galaxie 500
189. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? - R.E.M.
190. Rebelion (Lies) - Arcade Fire
191. Disco 2000 - Pulp
192. The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
193. Ship of Fools - World Party
194. Animal Nitrate - Suede
195. Idioteque - Radiohead
196. Clint Eastwood - Gorillaz
197. Respectable Street - XTC
198. Criminal - Fiona Apple
199. Spin the Black Circle - Pearl Jam
200. Possum Kingdom - Toadies
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