BEST ALTERNATIVE ROCK BANDS AND ARTISTS

Alternative rockI recently asked some of my online friends what bands and artists they would compare me to, and what other artists they listen to. The answers were so incredibly varied that I realised I wasn’t going to get any distinct pattern. One thing that tied them all together though, was that they generally came under the loose heading of ‘Alternative Rock’, which is broadly a category for bands that don’t fall into any other niche comfortably.

So – I thought I would compile a list of bands and artists which in some way influenced my musical journey. Most of these artists are ‘Alternative’ though some are more rock than others. All of them are very original though.

Please note that this list is NOT in any particular order!

  1. Pink Floyd
  2. Led Zeppelin
  3. Janis Joplin
  4. Kate Bush
  5. Thin Lizzy
  6. Sting
  7. Queen
  8. The Doors
  9. Radiohead
  10. Muse
  11. David Bowie
  12. King Crimson
  13. Marillion
  14. Fish
  15. Fleetwood Mac
  16. Jimi Hendrix
  17. Sam Brown
  18. Supertramp
  19. Ozric Tentacles
  20. Patti Smith
  21. Frank Zappa
  22. ELO
  23. Dire Straits
  24. The Cure
  25. REM
  26. Foo Fighters
  27. U2
  28. Cocteau Twins
  29. Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  30. PJ Harvey
  31. Soundgarden
  32. System of a Down
  33. Rage Against the Machine
  34. Massive Attack
  35. The Beatles
  36. Florence & the Machine
  37. The Cranberries
  38. Alanis Morisette
  39. Faith No More
  40. The White Stripes
  41. Genesis
  42. Free
  43. Camel
  44. Yes
  45. Porcupine Tree
  46. Emerson & Lake & Palmer
  47. Crosby, Stills & Nash
  48. Jethro Tull
  49. Tori Amos
  50. Peter Gabriel
  51. Rush
  52. Jeff Beck
  53. Bjork
  54. Joy Division
  55. Jefferson Airplane
  56. Steve Vay
  57. The Who
  58. Queens of the Stone Age
  59. Skunk Ananse

I am bound to have forgotten some important artists, so if you think of some let me know!

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