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Alternative rock

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Alternative rock
Stylistic origins Punk rock, post-punk, new wave, hardcore punk
Cultural origins Late 1970s to early 1980s, United Kingdom and United States
Typical instruments Electric guitarBassdrums
Mainstream popularity Limited before the success of grunge and Britpop in the 1990s. Widespread since then.
BritpopCollege rockDream pop - Geek rockGothic rockGrungeIndie popIndie rockMath rock - Noise pop - Noise rockPaisley UndergroundPost-rockShoegazing
Fusion genres
Alternative danceAlternative metalPsychobillyIndustrial rockMadchesterPost-punk revivalRiot Grrrl
Regional scenes
MassachusettsSeattle, WashingtonIllinoisManchester England
Other topics
BandsCollege radioHistoryIndependent musicLollapalooza

Alternative rock is a type of rock music that became popular in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. Alternative rock is made up of various subgenres that have come out of the indie music scene since the 1980s, such as grunge, indie rock, Britpop, gothic rock, and indie pop.

These genres are sorted by their collective types of punk, which laid the groundwork for alternative music in the 1970s.[1]

Examples of alternative rock bands[change | change source]

  1. R.E.M.
  2. U2
  3. B52s
  4. Jimmy Eat World
  5. Soda Stereo
  6. Sonic Youth
  7. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  8. At the Drive-In
  9. Radiohead
  10. Oasis
  11. Pierce the Veil
  12. Kings of Leon
  13. The Offspring
  14. Coldplay
  15. Linkin Park
  16. Smashing Pumpkins
  17. Snow Patrol
  18. Nirvana
  19. Blink-182
  20. Soundgarden
  21. Stone Temple Pilots
  22. Pearl Jam
  23. Alice in Chains
  24. The White Stripes
  25. Blessid Union of Souls
  26. Counting Crows
  27. Muse
  28. Green Day
  29. Another Day Dying
  30. Bastille (band)
  31. Breaking Benjamin
  32. Bad Religion
  33. Faith No More
  34. Moby
  35. Prince Michael Jackson I
  36. Public Image Ltd.
  37. My Chemical Romance
  38. The Vamps

References[change | change source]

  1. di Perna, Alan. "Brave Noise--The History of Alternative Rock Guitar". Guitar World. December 1995.