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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.

Edited By: Ryan
Last Updated: 06-14-2013

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. Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
  6. How Soon is Now? - The Smiths
  7. Teenage Riot - Sonic Youth
  8. Paranoid Android - Radiohead
  9. Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
10. Jeremy - Pearl Jam
11. Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
12. Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
13. Monkey Gone to Heaven - Pixies
14. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
15. Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
16. Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
17. I Wanna Be Adored - The Stone Roses
18. Closer - Nine Inch Nails
19. Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
20. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
21. Waiting Room - Fugazi
22. Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
23. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
24. There is a Light that Never Goes Out - The Smiths
25. Creep - Radiohead
26. Going Underground - The Jam
27. Tonight, Tonight - The Smashing Pumpkins
28. Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
29. Common People - Pulp
30. Last Nite - The Strokes
31. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
32. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? - Elvis Costello & the Attractions
33. Wonderwall - Oasis
34. Atmosphere - Joy Division
35. Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
36. Loser - Beck
37. All Apologies - Nirvana
38. Under the Milky Way - The Church
39. Just Like Honey - The Jesus and Mary Chain
40. There She Goes - The La's
41. Just Like Heaven - The Cure
42. Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
43. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) - Kate Bush
44. Song for the Siren - This Mortal Coil
45. The Killing Moon - Echo and the Bunnymen
46. Come as You Are - Nirvana
47. Cut Your Hair - Pavement
48. I Am The Resurrection - The Stone Roses
49. Touch Me I'm Sick - Mudhoney
50. Song 2 - Blur
51. 1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins
52. This Charming Man - The Smiths
53. Linger - The Cranberries
54. Birdhouse in Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
55. She's Lost Control - Joy Division
56. Alison - Elvis Costello
57. Tempted - Squeeze
58. Bull in the Heather - Sonic Youth
59. The One I Love - R.E.M.
60. Live Forever - Oasis
61. Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction
62. Everlong - Foo Fighters
63. Freak Scene - Dinosaur Jr.
64. Better Man - Pearl Jam
65. Higher than the Sun - Primal Scream
66. New Year's Day - U2
67. Mr. Brightside - The Killers
68. Today - The Smashing Pumpkins
69. Lovesong - The Cure
70. Totally Wired - The Fall
71. This is Not a Love Song - Public Image Ltd.
72. Karma Police - Radiohead
73. 100% - Sonic Youth
74. Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones
75. That's Entertainment - The Jam
76. Head Like A Hole - Nine Inch Nails
77. Bastards of Young - The Replacements
78. Peek-a-Boo - Siouxsie & the Banshees
79. Where Is My Mind? - Pixies
80. One - U2
81. It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.
82. Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil
83. Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
84. Celebrated Summer - Husker Du
85. Outdoor Miner - Wire
86. Hyperballad - Bjork
87. Only Shallow - My Bloody Valentine
88. Heaven Beside You - Alice in Chains
89. Left of the Dial - The Replacements
90. Buddy Holly - Weezer
91. So Alive - Love and Rockets
92. Float On - Modest Mouse
93. True Faith - New Order
94. Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
95. When I Come Around - Green Day
96. Do You Realize?? - The Flaming Lips
97. Senses Working Overtime - XTC
98. Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
99. The Mercy Seat - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
100. Ghost Town - The Specials

101. The Drowners - Suede
102. Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
103. Fell in Love with a Girl - The White Stripes
104. Cattle and Cane - The Go-Betweens
105. Beetlebum - Blur
106. Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
107. Damaged Goods - Gang of Four
108. What the World is Waiting For - The Stone Roses
109. Idioteque - Radiohead
110. Birth, School, Work, Death - The Godfathers
111. Clocks - Coldplay
112. Faster - Manic Street Preachers
113. Indian Summer - Beat Happening
114. Think for a Minute - The Housemartins
115. You Get What You Give - New Radicals
116. Son of a Gun - The Vaselines
117. Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
118. Don't Speak - No Doubt
119. Don't Let's Start - They Might Be Giants
120. Academy Fight Song - Mission of Burma
121. About A Girl - Nirvana
122. The Cutter - Echo and the Bunnymen
123. Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
124. Ship of Fools - World Party
125. Last Goodbye - Jeff Buckley
126. Veronica - Elvis Costello
127. Cannonball - The Breeders
128. Panic - The Smiths
129. Rise - Public Image Ltd.
130. I Will Follow - U2
131. History Lesson Part II - Minutemen
132. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
133. Where It's At - Beck
134. Dear God - XTC
135. Eighties - Killing Joke
136. Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
137. Undone (The Sweater Song) - Weezer
138. The State I Am In - Belle and Sebastian
139. Babooshka - Kate Bush
140. Movin' on Up - Primal Scream
141. Jane Says - Jane's Addiction
142. All My Life - Foo Fighters
143. Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
144. War on War - Wilco
145. French Disko - Stereolab
146. Disarm - The Smashing Pumpkins
147. Miss Misery - Elliott Smith
148. Yellow - Coldplay
149. Lake of Fire - Meat Puppets
150. Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden
151. Lithium - Nirvana
152. She Don't Use Jelly - The Flaming Lips
153. Alive - Pearl Jam
154. Would? - Alice in Chains
155. Summer Babe (Winter Version) - Pavement
156. Kiss Them for Me - Siouxsie and the Banshees
157. Cruiser's Creek - The Fall
158. Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
159. Basket Case - Green Day
160. Makes No Sense At All - Husker Du
161. Birthday - The Sugarcubes
162. A Girl Like You - The Smithereens
163. Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
164. Ivo - Cocteau Twins
165. People Are People - Depeche Mode
166. Kiss Off - Violent Femmes
167. I Am A Scientist - Guided by Voices
168. Life During Wartime - Talking Heads
169. Head On - The Jesus and Mary Chain
170. Everyday is Like Sunday - Morrissey
171. Close to Me - The Cure
172. Start Choppin' - Dinosaur Jr.
173. Country House - Blur
174. Heavy Things - Phish
175. Blue Thunder - Galaxie 500
176. Our House - Madness
177. Pretty in Pink- The Psychedelic Furs
178. Slack Motherfucker - Superchunk
179. Pump It Up - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
180. Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye and Kimbra
181. Good Morning, Captain - Slint
182. Animal Nitrate - Suede
183. Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
184. Repeater - Fugazi
185. At Home, He's A Tourist - Gang of Four
186. Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
187. Clint Eastwood - Gorillaz
188. These Are Days - 10,000 Maniacs
189. Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
190. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
191. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons
192. Army of Me - Bjork
193. No Surprises - Radiohead
194. Tighten Up - The Black Keys
195. Spiderwebs - No Doubt
196. Dashboard - Modest Mouse
197. She's In Parties - Bauhaus
198. Regret - New Order
199. Babies - Pulp
200. Madness - Muse






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