Alternative rock

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Alternative rock
Stylistic origins Punk rock, post-punk, hardcore punk, New Wave
Cultural origins 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.
Subgenres
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 | edit source]

  1. R.E.M.
  2. U2
  3. B52s
  4. Jimmy Eat World
  5. Sunny Day Real Estate
  6. Fugazi
  7. At the Drive-In
  8. Radiohead
  9. Kings of Leon
  10. Coldplay
  11. Linkin Park
  12. Smashing Pumpkins
  13. Snow Patrol
  14. Nirvana
  15. Soundgarden
  16. Stone Temple Pilots
  17. Pearl Jam
  18. Alice in Chains
  19. Blessid Union of Souls
  20. Counting Crows
  21. Muse (band)
  22. Ice-9
  23. Another Day Dying
  24. Bastille (band)
  25. Breaking Benjamin
  26. Mayday Parade

References[change | edit source]

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