Albums of Alt. Rock music

The concept “alternative rock” is commonly used to refer to music that emerged in the mid-1980s. This combination of different styles found its audience in rebellious youth.


For most of its existence, alt-rock has been majorly determined by the denial of the commercialization peculiar to pop culture. During the 1980s, this style had been largely known as an underground phenomenon. Therefore, at that time it was impossible to buy alternative rock music. While songs of other genres were becoming commercial hits, alt-rock belonged to enthusiastic youth with no money to pay for promotion. However, people liked the spirit of this cultural and musical direction and started to download alternative rock, thereby making the genre widely recognized.

During the 1980s, alternative groups generally played in unknown clubs and made useful social contacts through communication with other people. It was still extremely difficult to find their tracks on CDs or download alternative rock in any format (even MP3, not to mention M4A and FLAC). Lyrics of this genre tended to reflect such social problems as:

  • drug abuse;
  • depression;
  • environment protection.

This choice of topics was developed as a response to changes in the world society taking place in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Contemporary essence of the genre

The bands of the 1990s, unlike the earlier ones, received support and promotion of music labels, as well as traditional pop artists and became mainstream ones. Melomaniacs started to download alternative rock albums all over the world. The more uncompromising bands, which did not want to change their ideology, remained in the underground.

Today, it is easy to download alternative rock albums of such bands as Nirvana, The Rolling Stones, 30 Seconds to Mars, Muse, and so on. Their concerts moved from garages to multimillion concert venues. This fact, despite making the music not “alternative” at all, makes it easier for any fan to buy alternative rock music. The bands and their front men are being chased by teen girls and appear on the front pages of glamorous magazines, which contradicts the original essence of this musical genre. This statement is supported by increasing statistics of alternative rock downloads. Therefore, the replacement of the concept by ‘indie rock’ seems quite reasonable.

The best alt-rock groups of all times include:

  1. Nirvana
  2. Linkin Park
  3. Green Day
  4. Radiohead
  5. Coldplay
  6. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  7. Muse
  8. R.E.M.
  9. My Chemical Romance
  10. Foo Fighters

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