Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Alternative Rock Songs Of All Time till 2017 and new songs 2016-2017. After the 1970’s when the age of disco was still a household name, the 1980’s began to find its feet and became an era when independence was looked upon as a trend that would take the herd through to the new Millenium. Alternative rock became known as the new age of music until the 1990’s when it skyrocketed into international popularity and has been on the rise every since.
To give you an idea of what was mostly popular during the 1990’s when Alternative Rock became the genre of music most listened to, it later became the Golden Era, and our list of ten that is presented in descending order in no way shuttles any group or musician into the number it has been allotted. The music and their artists came to entertain in no particular sequence and or order so they will do so in our Top 10 of the Best of the Alternative Rock songs 2017 that will continue to rock for all time.
List of Top 10 Best Alternative Rock Songs Of All Time till 2017
10. Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
When the atmosphere was right, music was written as it took inspiration and this song is no orphan. Soundgarden released Black Hole Sun in 1994 after it was written by Chris Cornell, the band’s frontman in just over fifteen minutes. It became the third single for the US rock band and was included on their fourth studio album also released in 1994, called Superunknown. It became the group’s most popular song having spent several weeks in number one’s place and earned Soundgarden a Grammy Award a year later. Not to be forgotten, the single alone sold just under four million copies globally and is still among many collections world wide.
9. Creep by Radiohead
Not an instant success after it was released due to its self limiting beliefs portrayed throughout the song. Although imbued with emotion, there is a lot of discontent with the person who, while struggling to find his own identity is second guessing himself and convincing himself he’s a creep and a weirdo. The airwaves couldn’t find a space for it for a long time but it found a place on Israeli Radio and seemed to give people hope again. It became a national hit that had been constantly played and later found the world who welcomed the song and it finished up earning its place in the One Hundred Greatest songs for the 1990’s.
8. Alive by Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam released Alive in 1991 as their first ever single on which they included a guitar solo. So mesmerising was it that it was featured on the Global List of 100 Greatest Guitar Solos and landed a ranking at number 44. It earned Pearl Jam a following that remains to this day.
7. Come As You Are by Nirvana
Nirvana has been around since many of us were no bigger than a minute. Come as you are was released in 1992 having been written by Kurt Cobain when it reached number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100. Come as You Are or In Bloom was management’s headache as they figured which one was going to be the next single. When they convinced Cobain that Come as You Are would be the one, it would later rank as number 445 in the top 500 for 2010. Nirvana sold almost 5 million copies of the album Nevermind. It was resonant of those thunderous sounds and indelible melodies that gave us a tiny glimpse into the world of Kurt Cobain who took his own life in 1994.
6. Where Is My Mind? by Pixies
When Black Francis was chased by a very small fish whilst scuba diving in the Caribbean, he was wondering about the incident and due to not knowing fish behaviour, came up with this song. Triple J in Australia held a poll and over a half million people voted for “Where Is My Mind?” where it came in the top 100 at number 29. It has been used as the closing credits at the end of the movie, Fight Club and in April of 2004, became the wake up song for the team who was working on NASA’s rover, Spirit on Mars.
5. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
With a transition from pop to alternative rock in the early 1990’s Morissette released You Oughta Know in 1995. The song went on to earn her two Grammy’s and a host of other awards, such as Best Rock Song, Best Female Rock Vocal and was ranked on the VH1’s extensive list of 100 Greatest songs of the 1990’s where it reached number 12. Morissette made this her resounding signature song and she still remains as the Queen of alternative rock songs that will probably live on through the ages.
4. Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve
Bittersweet was released in 1997 and became the signature tune of the Verve as it became ranked by Rolling Stone at 392 on the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. However, it’s success followed only due to a call to plagiarism by the Rolling Stones who claimed its main theme was from their song, The Last Time. After Jagger and Richards were included in the credits, the suit was dropped and the song reached number 12 in the top 100. This is one of the Top 10 Best Alternative Rock Songs Of All Time.
3. How Soon is Now? by The Smiths
How Soon is Now? was released in 1994 by an English alternative rock band and was released on the B side of a the single, William ten years earlier. Due to it already being released on an album, it didn’t make a mark on the music industry as a single until Sire Records dubbed it the Stairway to Heaven of the Eighties. Interestingly the original track runs for nearly seven minutes whilst the original Stairway to Heaven runs for almost eight. It was abridged and released as a 4 minute single whilst its original full version remains on full album compilations. It achieved 28th place in the 100 Best Songs of All Time.
2. Losing My Religion by R.E.M
In 1991 R.E.M released this truth in an expressive version of having lost one’s temper. It received incredible airplay across the world and became a sensation in the States and thus became one of R.E.M.’s biggest hits. It earned the group seven nominations at the Grammy Awards, got itself fourth in the Billboard top 100 and was ranked at 169 in the top 500.
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Kurt Cobain was inspired by and respected the band Pixies. Smells Like Teen Spirit was written by Cobain, Novoselic, and Grohlin in the similar style to the Pixies and seemed to take on a new musical appearance. It became Nirvana’s biggest hit when it was released and landed a ranking at 9th position in Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Billboard Hot 100 ranked the song at number 6 and got world wide acclaim by restless airwaves. Since Cobain’s death, this is one song the critics insist is one of the greatest of all time.
And that’s our list. We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the genre of alternative rock songs that doesn’t have to sound like a wave of noise without a message. Many of the 1980’s to the 1990’s songs had a powerful message written by people just like you and me. Let the inspiration begin.