Top 99 Alternative Songs According To People Who Know

Tastes in music are very subjective. What may be music to one person’s ears could be complete garbage to another. So I did you a favor! I searched the Internet and found the top 99 alt songs of right-this-minute, for your listening pleasure.


Tastes in music are very subjective. What may be music to one person’s ears could be complete garbage to another. I remember two of my friends fighting for well over an hour about which song was Pearl Jam’s very best. I asked them, “Why can’t we just say ‘Pearl Jam is the best band ever’ (not my actual belief, just an example) and be done with it?” Of course, then we all argued for another hour over who really is the best band ever (Rancid) and whether or not a person is even capable of naming a ‘best band’. (I am. Rancid.)

Anyway, my reminiscing made me curious. If I had to find out the top 99 alt songs of right-this-minute, could I do that with relative ease? The answer: not really. Yeah, the information is out there, but it too is very subjective. So, once again, I decided to do you a favor. I scoured the Internet. I read lists. I checked all the charts. I looked at what people are listening to. Basically, I did all the work so you don’t have to!

So here you have it. The Top 99 Alternative Songs According to People Who Know. One of those ‘people who know’ may even be you…

1. Imagine Dragons – Shots

From the album Smoke + Mirrors.

2. Death Cab for Cutie – Black Sun

3. Incubus – Absolution Calling

4. AWOLNATION – Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)

5. Modest Mouse – Of Course We Know

Want to understand why Modest Mouse is a music legend through their albums? Dive into this comprehensive guide.

6. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Ballad of the Mighty I

From the album Chasing Yesterday.

7. The Wombats – Greek Tragedy

8. Faith No More – Superhero

9. My Morning Jacket -Big Decisions

10. Blur – There Are Too Many of Us

11. Belle & Sebastian – The Party Line

From the album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.

12. The Cribs – Burning for No One

13. Matt and Kim – Get It

14. Best Coast – California Nights

15. Lifehouse – Hurricane

16. Palma Violets – Danger in the Club

17. Halestorm – Apocalyptic

18. Hollywood Undead – How We Roll

19. Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance

From the album TALKING IS HARD.

20. Paul Weller – White Sky

21. Kaiser Chiefs – Falling Awake

22. Surfer Blood – I Can’t Explain

23. Swervedriver – Last Rites

From the album I Wasn’t Born to Lose You.

24. Of Montreal – Empyrean Abattoir

From the album Aureate Gloom.

25. Adelitas Way – I Get Around

26. Mew – Satellites

27. St. Vincent – Bad Believer

From the album St. Vincent.

28. Marilyn Manson – Deep Six

From the album THE PALE EMPEROR.

29. The Vaccines – Handsome

30. The Afghan Whigs – Algiers

From the album Do to the Beast.

31. To Kill A King – Love Is Not Control

From the album To Kill a King.

32. The Hives – Blood Red Moon

33. The Mountain Goats – Heel Turn 2

34. Papa Roach – Face Everything And Rise

From the album F.E.A.R.

35. The Hello Sequence – Stoic Resemblance

36. Interpol – Everything is Wrong

37. Gang of Four – Where the Nightingale Sings

From the album What Happens Next.

38. The Black Keys – Weight of Love

39. Built to Spill – Living Zoo

40. Beck – Blue Moon

41. Iron & Wine – Slow Black River

From the album Archive Series Volume No. 1.

42. Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing

43. Mark Lanegan – Harvest Home

From the album Phantom Radio.

44. Slipknot – The Devil In I

From the album .5: The Gray Chapter.

45. The Go! Team – Blowtorch

46. Seether – Same Damn Life

From the album Isolate and Medicate.

47. The Kooks – Bad Habit

From the album Listen.

48. The Airborne Toxic Event – One Time Thing

From the album Dope Machines.

The Airborne Toxic Event stopped by the Club at 50 West earlier this year to play this one for us. Check it out HERE!

49. Linkin Park – Final Masquerade

From the album The Hunting Party.

50. Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy

From the album No Cities to Love.

51. X Ambassadors – Renegades

52. Cold War Kids – First

From the album Hold My Home.

53. The War on Drugs – Under The Pressure

From the album Lost In The Dream.

54. POP ETC – Running in Circles

55. Nico Vega – Bang Bang

From the album Lead to Light.

56. Rise Against – Tragedy + Time

From the album The Black Market.

Check out this awesome X96 Meet the Bands interview with Rise Against.

57. The Decemberists – Make You Better

58. Johnny Marr – Easy Money

59. Jamie T – Rabbit Hole

From the album Carry on the Grudge.

60. The Pretty Reckless – Follow Me Down

From the album Going to Hell.

61. Jamie T – Zombie

From the album Carry on the Grudge.

62. Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979

63. Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends

From the album No Cities to Love.

64. Butch Walker – I Love You

From the album Afraid of Ghosts.

65. Dr. Dog – Heart it Races

66. Thousand Foot Krutch – Untraveled Road

From the album OXYGEN:INHALE.

67. HELLYEAH – Moth

From the album Blood for Blood.

68. Weezer – Back To The Shack

From the album Everything Will Be Alright in the End.

69. Sixx:A.M. – Stars

From the album Modern Vintage.

70. Billy Talent – Kingdom of Zod

From the album HITS.

71. Flyleaf – Set Me on Fire

From the album Between The Stars.

72. The Dodos – Competition

73. Theory Of A Deadman – Angel

From the album Savages.

74. Godsmack – 1000hp

75. Thirty Seconds to Mars – Stay

76. Bush – The Only Way Out

From the album Man on the Run.

77. Train – Angel in Blue Jeans

78. OneRepublic – Ordinary Human

79. Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire

80. Poets of the Fall – Daze

81. Manchester Orchestra – Top Notch

From the album HOPE.

82. Franz Ferdinand – Stand On The Horizon

83. Wild Beasts – Wanderlust

84. Elbow – New York Morning

From the album The Takeoff and Landing of Everything.

85. Ex Cops – Black Soap

From the album Daggers.

86. Mounties – Headphones

87. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Kathleen

From the album Kathleen and the Other Three.

88. Florence + The Machine – What Kind of Man

89. Night Riots – Contagious

90. Young the Giant – Crystalized

From the album Mind Over Matter.

91. New Politics -Everywhere I Go

New Politics stopped by the X96 studios to play this one for us live. Watch the video HERE!

92. Nothing but Thieves – Wake Up Call

93. Team Spirit – Teenage Heart

From the album Killing Time.

94. The Xcerts – Shaking In The Water

From the album There is Only You.

95. My Goodness – Cold Feet Killer

From the album Shiver + Shake.

96. Moon Taxi – Change

From the album Mountains Beaches Cities.

97. Death From Above 1979 – Virgins

From the album The Physical World.

98. Fenech-Soler – Last Forever

99. Twin Atlantic – Heart and Soul

From the album Great Divide.

Have 6 hours and 39 minutes to kill? Here’s the entire Spotify playlist for you:

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