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X96’s Top 500 Alternative Songs of All Time Countdown

X96 counted down the Top 500 Alternative Songs

We counted down the top 500 alternative songs of all time this Memorial Day Weekend and boy, are our headphones tired.  If you missed the countdown, we published the whole long list in its entirety below. This list was compiled from a few sources that make it unique. We looked at X96 airplay over the last 30 years, Billboard charts, streaming charts, Utah’s love for certain bands over the years, etc.

Sure, there are probably some choices on here that you don’t agree with and probably some songs you thought for sure should have been included on this exhausting list. For us, that’s part of the fun. Every year songs get older and new artists show up with records that surpass songs on this list. Just look back at this list from Rolling Stone and their top album from 1994. A list of monster albums, no doubt, but since then we have seen the emergence of artists like Billie Eilish, The 1975, fun., Blink-182, and then some. I suppose what we are saying is to take this with a grain of salt. Tthis list is like to be vastly different in 5 years.

So in case you missed the airing from May 28th through the 30th, here you go, the X96 Top 500 Alternative Songs of All Time!

X96 Top 500 Alternative Songs | 500 – 451

500. Crash Test Dummies “MMM MMM MMM MMM”
499. Big Country “In A Big Country”
498. Hole “Doll Parts”
497. AFI “Girls Not Grey”

496. Sneaker Pimps “Six Underground”
495. Depeche Mode “Never Let Me Down Again”
494. Dropkick Murphys “Shipping Up To Boston”
493.  Placebo “Pure Morning”
492. 311 “Love Song”
491.  Toy Dolls “Nellie The Elephant”
490. Deftones “My Own Summer”
489. Switchfoot “Dare You To Move”
488. Veruca Salt “Seether”
487. Unwritten Law “Seein’ Red”
486. New Order “Fine Time”
485. Silversun Pickups “Panic Switch”

484. INXS “Devil Inside”
483. Imagine Dragons “It’s Time”
482. P.O.D. “Youth Of The Nation”
481. Our Lady Peace “Starseed”
480. Blink-182 “First Date”
479. Talking Heads “Psycho Killer”
478. Fun. “We Are Young”
477. The Buzzcocks “Ever Fallen In Love”
476. Garbage “Only Happy When It Rains”

475. Sponge “Molly”
474. Depeche Mode “Walking In My Shoes”
473. Erasure “Sometimes”
472. The Offspring “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid”
471. The Cure “Lullaby”
470. Nirvana “Something In The Way”
469. Gary Numan “Cars”
468. The English Beat “Save It For Later”
467. System Of A Down “B.Y.O.B.”

466. The All American Rejects “Move Along”
465. Tears For Fears “Pale Shelter”
464. Stabbing Westward “What Do I Have To Do?”
463. R.E.M. “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth”
462. Goldfinger “99 Red Balloons”
461. Prodigy “Firestarter”
460. Beastie Boys “Brass Monkey”
459. My Chemical Romance “I’m Not Okay”
458. Beck “Where It’s At”

457. Collective Soul “Shine”
456. Finger Eleven “Paralyzer”
455. Cake “Never There”
454. Goo Goo Dolls “Name”
453. Violent Femmes “I Hear The Rain”
452. Muse “Madness”
451. The Replacements “I Will Dare”

X96 Top 500 Alternative Songs | 450 – 401

450. Foster The People “Pumped Up Kicks”
449. The Cult “She Sells Sanctuary”
448. Adam Ant “Strip”
447. Third Eye Blind “Jumper”
446. Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know”

445. U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
444. Kings Of Leon “Use Somebody”
443. Red Flag “Russian Radio”
442. Imagine Dragons “Believer”
441. Green Day “When I Come Around”
440. Gotye featuriung Kimbra “Somebody That I Used To Know”
439. Counting Crows “Mr. Jones”
438. Beastie Boys “So What’cha Want”

437. The Cure “The Lovecats”
436. Nirvana “Rape Me”
435. Duran Duran “Ordinary World”
434. Dreamers “Sweet Disaster”
433. The Church “Under The Milky Way”
432. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Otherside”
431. Aztec Camera “Walk Out To Winter”
430. Rage Against The Machine “Guerilla Radio”
429. Jimmy Eat World “Sweetness”
428. Disturbed “The Sound Of Silence”
427. Camouflage “The Great Commandment”
426. Fuel “Shimmer”
425. Coldplay “Clocks”
424. Depeche Mode “Blasphemous Rumours”
423. Green Day “Time Of Your Life”

422. Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill”
421. Bastille “Pompeii”
420. Vicious Pink “Take Me Now”
419. Blur “Song 2”
418. Stan Ridgeway “Camouflage”
417. Blink-182 “Adam’s Song”
416. Weezer “My Name Is Jonas”
415. Thompson Twins “If You Were Here”
414. The All American Rejects “Gives You Hell”
413. The Clash “London Calling”
412. The Black Keys “Gold On The Ceiling”
411.  Squeeze “Cool For Cats”
410. Absofacto “Dissolve”
409. Thirty Seconds To Mars “From Yesterday”
408. Midnight Oil “Blue Sky Mine”
407. Our Lady Peace “Somewhere Out There”
406. Lorde “Royals”

405. The Specials “Ghost Town”
404. Live “I Alone”
403. The Nails “88 Lines About 44 Women”
402. Linkin Park “One More Light”
401. Trapt “Headstrong”

X96 Top 500 Alternative Songs | 400 – 351

400. U2 “The Sweetest Thing”
399. Green Day “Welcome To Paradise”
398. Real Life “Send Me An Angel”
397. Story Of The Year “Until The Day I Die”
396. Screaming Trees “Nearly Lost You”
395. The The “Uncertain Smile”
394. No Doubt “Spiderwebs”

393. Jane’s Addiction “Jane Says”
392. Cold War Kids “First”
391.  Intaferon “Baby Pain”
390. Gorillaz “Clint Eastwood”
389. EMF “Unbelievable”
388. Limp Bizkit “Nookie”
387. The Cult “Firewoman”
386. The Eels “Novocaine For The Soul”
385. A Perfect Circle “Judith”

384. Plain White T’s “Hey There, Delilah”
383. Everlast “What It’s Like”
382. Stephen Tin Tin Duffy “Kiss Me”
381. Chevelle “Send The Pain Below”
380. Pearl Jam “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter…”
379. Death Cab For Cutie “Soul Meets Body”
378. The Vapors “Turning Japenese”
377. Weezer “Hash Pipe”
376. The Used “Blue And Yellow”

375. Romeo Void “Never Say Never”
374. The Smashing Pumpkins “Disarm”
373. Spacehog “In The Meantime”
372. Jim Carroll Band “People Who Died”
371. The Flaming Lips “She Don’t Use Jelly”
370. Siouxsie And The Banshees “Peek-A-Boo”
369. Faith No More “Epic”
368.  Alanis Morrissette “Hand In My Pocket”
367. Devo “Beautiful World”
366. The Naked And Famous “Young Blood”
365. Reel Big Fish “Sell Out”
364. Lenny Kravitz “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
363. 311 “Amber”
362. Stone Temple Pilots “Creep”
361. Oingo Boingo “No One Lives Forever”
360. Rage Against The Machine “Testify”
359. Squirrel Nut Zippers “Hell”

358. Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out”
357. Soundgarden “Rusty Cage”
356. New Order “Perfect Kiss”
355. Johnny Cash “Hurt”
354. Incubus “I Wish You Were Here”
353. Fine Young Cannibals “She Drives Me Crazy”
352. Blink-182 “The Rock Show”
351. Ben Folds “Brick”

X96 Top 500 Alternative Songs | 350 – 301

350. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions “Rattlesnakes”
349. Sublime “Doin’ Time”
348. Korn “Got The Life”
347. Yello “Oh Yeah”
346. Jet “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
345. Candlebox “Far Behind”
344. Butthole Surfers “Pepper”
343. R.E.M “Stand”

342. Linkin Park “Lying From You”
341. Harvey Danger “Flagpole Sitta”
340. Duran Duran “Girls On Film”
339. The Strokes “Last Night”
338. The Lumineers “Ophelia”
337. Rise Against “Make It Stop”
336. Public Image Limited “Rise”
335. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris”
334. Fountains Of Wayne “Stacy’s Mom”
333. Beastie Boys “Sabotage”
332. The Pixies “Where Is My Mind”
331. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Can’t Stop”
330. Oingo Boingo “We Close Our Eyes”
329. Foo Fighters “Best Of You”
328. The Presidents Of The United States Of America “Peaches”
327. Morrissey “Every Day Is Like Sunday”
326. Third Eye Blind “How’s It Gonna Be”
325. The Smashing Pumpkins “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”

324. Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealously”
323. Michael Andrews & Gary Jules “Mad World”
322.  Stone Temple Pilots “Big Empty”
321. Of Monsters And Men “Little Talks”
320. Garbage “Stupid Girl”
319. Coldplay “Yellow”
318. The Clash “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
317. Phoenix “1901”
316. Hoobastank “The Reason”
315. Goldfinger “Here In Your Bedroom”
314. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Soul To Squeeze”

313. Jesus Jones “Right Here, Right Now”
312. Echo & The Bunnymen “Lips Like Sugar”
311. The Lemonheads “Mrs. Robinson”
310. R.E.M. “Man On The Moon”
309. Depeche Mode “Everything Counts”
308. Toad The Wet Sprocket “Walk On The Ocean”
307. Fun. “Some Nights”
306. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me”
305. Bush “Machinehead”

304. U2 “One”
303. They Might Be Giants “Istanbul”
302. The Smashing Pumpkins “Cherub Rock”
301. Tears For Fears “Head Over Heels”

X96 Top 500 Alternative Songs | 300 – 251

300. Filter “Hey Man Nice Shot”
299. Blue October “Into The Ocean”
298. Temple Of The Dog “Hunger Strike”
297. Blink-182 “What’s My Age Again”
296. The Killers “Human”

295. The Cranberries “Linger”
294. Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”
293. Erasure “Chains Of Love”
292. Lit “My Own Worst Enemy”
291.  Three Days Grace “I Hate Everyting About You”
290. A Flock Of Seagulls “I Ran”
289. Soul Asylum “Runaway Train”
288. Sum 41 “Fat Lip”

287. Nirvana “The Man Who Sold The World”
286. The Killers “All These Things That I’ve Done”
285. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Suck My Kiss”
284. AJR “Burn The House Down”
283. U2 “Mysterious Ways”
282. Pearl Jam “Last Kiss”
281. Electronic “Getting Away With It”
280. Dave Matthews Band “Crash Into Me”
279. Ministry “Every Day Is Halloween”
278. Toad The Wet Sprocket “All I Want”
277. The Offspring “Bad Habit”
276. The Cure “Fascination Street”
275. Panic! At The Disco “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
274. Foo Fighters “Times Like These”

273. Evanescence “Going Under”
272. The Cult “Wildflower”
271. Linkin Park “My December”
270. Duran Duran “The Reflex”
269. Modest Mouse “Float On”
268. New Order “Love Vigilantes”
267. Staind “So Far Away”
266. Berlin “The Metro”
265. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Snow”
264. Soundgarden “Spoonman”
263. Love And Rockets “So Alive”

262. Marcy Playground “Sex & Candy”
261. Neon Trees “Everybody Talks”
260. Pearl Jam “Yellow Ledbetter”
259. Weezer “Pork & Beans”
258. Twenty One Pilots “Tear In My Heart”
257. David Bowie “Ziggy Stardust”
256. Incubus “Drive”
255. Eve 6 “Inside Out”
254. Fall Out Boy “THNKS FR THE MMRS”
253. Depeche Mode “Somebody”
252. Rage Against The Machine “Bulls On Parade”
251. Linkin Park “Somewhere I Belong”

X96 Top 500 Alternative Songs | 250 – 201

250. R.E.M. “The One I Love”
249. Peter Murphy “Cuts You Up”
248. Green Day “Wake Me Up When September Ends”
247. Blink-182 “Stay Together For The Kids”

246. The Cure “Pictures Of You”
245. Switchfoot “Meant To Live”
244. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Dani California”
243. Alphaville “Big In Japan”
242. The Cranberries “Dreams”
241. Talking Heads “Burning Down The House”
240. The Smashing Pumpkins “1979”
239. The Go-Gos’s “We Got The Beat”
238. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars”
237. Nine Inch Nails “Down In It”
236. Erasure “Oh L’Amour”
235. Nirvana “Lithium”
234. 311 “Beautiful Disaster”
233. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness “Cecelia And The Sattelite”

232. The B-52’s “Private Idaho”
231. Weezer “Beverly Hills”
230. The Cure “Why Can’t I Be You”
229. Sublime “Wrong Way”
228. Stone Temple Pilots “Sex Type Thing”
227. Information Society “What’s On Your Mind”
226. Mumford And Sons “Little Lion Man”

225. Linkin Park “Breaking The Habit”
224. INXS “Never Tear Us Apart”
223. The Used “The Taste Of Ink”
222. Primus “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”
221. Imagine Dragons “Demons”
220. Billy Idol “White Wedding”
219. Nirvana “Heart Shaped Box”
218. The White Stripes “Icky Thump”

217. The Fixx “One Thing Leads To Another”
216. Radiohead “Karma Police”
215. Queens Of The Stone Age “No One Knows”
214. Bronski Beat “Smalltown Boy”
213. The Killers “When You Were Young”
212. Rise Against “Swing Life Away”
211. Pet Shop Boys “Opportunities”
210. Kings Of Leon “Sex On Fire”

209. Depeche Mode “Policy Of Truth”
208. The Smashing Pumpkins “Today”
207. Walk The Moon “Shut Up And Dance”
206. Yaz “Situation”
205. Our Lady Peace “Superman’s Dead”
204. Violent Femmes “Kiss Off”
203. The Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop”
202. Cake “The Distance”
201. Nirvana “In Bloom”

X96 Top 500 Alternative Songs | 200 – 151

200. David Bowie “Space Oddity”
199. Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill”
198. Linkin Park “Shadow Of The Day”
197. Avicii & Aloe Blacc “Wake Me Up”
196. The Cure “Close To Me”
195. The Offspring “The Kids Aren’t Alright”
194. Silverchair “Tomorrow”
193. Wall Of Voodoo “Mexican Radio”
192. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Californication”
191. The B-52’s “Love Shack”

190. Alien Ant Farm “Smooth Criminal”
189. Weezer “Say It Ain’t So”
188. Toadies “Possum Kingdom”
187. Peter Gabriel “In Your Eyes”
186. Alice In Chains “Would”
185. Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”
184. U2 “Where The Streets Have No Name”
183. Rancid “Ruby Soho”

182. Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning”
181.  The Breeders “Cannonball”
180. System Of A Down “Aerials”
179. Modern English “I Melt With You”
178. Linkin Park “What I’ve Done”
177. Depeche Mode “Strangelove”
176. Pearl Jam “Alive”
175. Nirvana “Dumb”

174. OMD “If You Leave”
173. Muse “Starlight”
172. Audioslave “Like A Stone”
171.  The Police “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”
170. Collective Soul “December”
169. The Lumineers “Ho Hey”
168. Psychedelic Furs “Love My Way”
167. Bush “Comedown”
166. R.E.M. “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It”
165. David Bowie “I’m Afraid Of Americans”
164. Third Eye Blind “Semi-Charmed Life”
163. Staind “Outside”
162. Jane’s Addiction “Been Caught Stealin’”
161. Dead Or Alive “You Spin Me”
160. Everclear “Father Of Mine”

159. Panic! At The Disco “The Only Difference…”
158. The Ataris “Boys Of Summer”
157. Yaz “Only You”
156. Twenty One Pilots “Ride”
155. Pearl Jam “Betterman”
154. MGMT “Kids”
153. New Order “True Faith”
152. Oasis “Champagne Supernova”
151. Eurythmics “Here Comes The Rain”

X96 Top 500 Alternative Songs | 150 – 101

150. Green Day “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”
149. Soundgarden “Fell On Black Days”
148. Awolnation “Sail”
147. Beastie Boys “Intergalactic”
146. Talk Talk “It’s My Life”
145. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones “The Impression I That I Get”

144. No Doubt “Don’t Speak”
143. Depeche Mode “People Are People”
142. 311 “All Mixed Up”
141. Paramore “Misery Business”
140. Oingo Boingo “Stay”
139. Papa Roach “Last Resort”
138. Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song”

137. Blind Melon “No Rain”
136. The Verve “Bittersweet Symphony”
135. Peter Schilling “Major Tom”
134. Nirvana “Come As You Are”
133.  Evanescence “Bring Me To Life”
132. Death Cab For Cutie “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”
131. Pearl Jam “Black”
130. The Clash “Rock The Casbah”
129. Tears For Fears “Shout”

128. Weezer “Island In The Sun”
127. Blink-182 “I Miss You”
126. Frankie Goes To Hollywood “Relax”
125. Linkin Park “Crawling”
124.Green Day “Brain Stew”
123. Sublime “Santeria”
122. INXS “The One Thing”
121. Thirty Seconds To Mars “The Kill”
120. U2 “New Year’s Day”
119. White Zombie “More Human Than Human”
118. The Cure “Just Like Heaven”
117. Yellowcard “Ocean Avenue”
116. Primus “Tommy The Cat”
115. Panic! At The Disco “Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off”

114. Korn “Freak On A Leash”
113. Psychedelic Furs “Pretty In Pink”
112. Stone Temple Pilots “Vasoline”
111. The Smiths “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”
110. Fall Out Boy “Dance, Dance”
109. Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me With Science”
108. Tool “Schism”
107. The Killers “Somebody Told Me”
106. Nine Inch Nails “Head Like A Hole”
105. Foo Fighters “My Hero”
104. Billy Idol “Dancing With Myself”
103. Neon Trees “Animal”

102. The Cure “Friday, I’m In Love”
101. Jimmy Eat World “The Middle”

X96 Top 500 Alternative Songs | 100 – 51

100. Blink-182 “All The Small Things”
99. Dashboard Confessional “Vindicated”

98. Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus”
97. Alice In Chains “Man In The Box”
96. Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls”
95. XTC “Dear God”
94. System of a Down “Toxicity”
93. R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe”
92. Oasis “Wonderwall”
91. INXS “Need You Tonight”

90. Alanis Morrissette “You Oughta Know”
89. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Scar Tissue”
88. Talking Heads “Once In A Lifetime”
87. The Cranberries “Zombie”
86. Tears For Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
85. Muse “Uprising”
84. Staind “It’s Been Awhile”
83. Duran Duran “Hungry Like The Wolf”
82. AFI “Miss Murder”
81. Gorillaz “Feel Good, Inc.”

80. Weezer “Undone (The Sweater Song)”
79. Violent Femmes “Blister In The Sun”
78. The Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated”
77. Everclear “Santa Monica”
76. Sum 41 “Still Waiting”
75. Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me”
74. Live “Lightning Crashes”
73. Freur “Doot Doot”
72. Alice In Chains “Rooster”
71. Green Day “Basket Case”
70. Devo “Whip It”
69. Coldplay “Viva La Vida”
68. Linkin Park “Numb”
67. They Might Be Giants “Birdhouse In Your Soul”
66. The Cure “Boys Don’t Cry”
65. Beck “Loser”
64. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun”

63. A-ha “Take On Me”
62. Bush “Glycerine”
61. Howard Jones “Things Can Only Get Better”
60. Panic! At The Disco “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”
59. Oingo Boingo “Only A Lad”
58. Primus “Jerry Was A Racecar Driver”
57. The B-52’s “Rock Lobster”
56. Nine Inch Nails “Hurt”
55. New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle”
54. The Offspring “Come Out And Play”

53. Elvis Costello and the Attractions “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding”
52. System of a Down “Chop Suey”
51. Pearl Jam “Daughter”

X96 Top 500 Alternative Songs | 50 – 1

50. U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
49. Sublime “What I Got”
48. Tori Amos “Crucify”
47. Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right”
46. Linkin Park “One Step Closer”
45. Alphaville “Forever Young”
44. Tool “Sober”

43. Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out”
42. Erasure “A Little Respect”
41. Green Day “Holiday”
40. Nirvana “All Apologies”
39. Radiohead “Creep”
38. Soft Cell “Tainted Love”
37. Incubus “Pardon Me”
36. Echo and the Bunnymen “The Killing Moon”
35. 311 “Down”

34. Pearl Jam “Evenflow”
33. The Smiths “How Soon Is Now?”
32. White Stripes “Seven Nation Army”
31. No Doubt “Just A Girl”
30. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
29. Red Hot Chili Pepeprs “Under The Bridge”
28. Oingo Boingo “Dead Man’s Party”
27. Green Day “Longview”
26. Depeche Mode “Just Can’t Get Enough”
25. Blink-182 “Dammit”
24. Tears For Fears “Mad World”
23. The Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight, Tonight”
22. Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”

21. Foo Fighters “Everlong”
20. The Offspring “Self Esteem”
19. Fall Out Boy “Sugar, We’re Going Down”
18. David Bowie “Heroes”
17. U2 “With Or Without You”
16. My Chemical Romance “Welcome To The Black Parade”

15. The Killers “Mr. Brightside”
14. Weezer “Buddy Holly”
13. Stone Temple Pilots “Plush”
12. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give It Away”
11. The Cure “Lovesong”
10. Linkin Park “In The End”
9. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion”
8. U2 “Pride”

7. Nine Inch Nails “Closer”
6. Rage Against The Machine “Killing In The Name”
5. Pearl Jam “Jeremy”
4. New Order “Blue Monday”
3. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
2. Green Day “American Idiot”
1. Depeche Mode “Enjoy The Silence”

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  • X96 is Utah's Original Alternative. It is self-aware. It is ingrained. It plays bands like Panic! at the Disco, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, and Muse. It's part of a healthy diet and it's why native Utahns are so stout and stalwart. Listen and become part of it and it will become part of you.

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