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New Listening: Best Alternative Bands

An Assortment of the Best Varying Bands in Varying Alternative Categories for Any Mood

As a huge fan of alternative music, old school rap, and the classics, its hard for me to listen to the radio nowadays, as I feel it is for some of you as well. One can only listen to the same band album from the 90s so many times before wanting to expand your horizons. So I put together a little collection touching down on a few different aspects of alternative music to find what fits your taste. Enjoy.

Alternative Hardcore Rock

If you enjoy amazing instrumentals and deep, emotional vocals you can listen to driving alone or just reminiscing about your high school years then this would be a fine collection to look into.

  • La Dispute 
  • Touche Amore
  • Title Fight
  • Brand New
  • Circa Survive
  • Balance and Composure
  • Citizen
  • Metric
  • Death from Above 1979
  • Von Bondies

Alternative Garage Rock (Blues)

Be it for a sensual night with your partner, a nice background soundtrack for a night with friends, or just relaxing and listening to pure bliss then this would be a perfect list for you. Filled with rustic instrumentals and beautiful vocals, the music created is wholesome and amazing.

  • Black Keys
  • The Arcs
  • The Sheepdogs
  • Two Brothers
  • Eleven Dollar Bills
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Dr.Dog
  • The Veils
  • Kaleo
  • Frankie Fose
  • The Last Shadow Puppets
  • Bahamas
  • The Devil Makes Three
  • Darkside
  • Colter Wall

Alternative Pop Rock

For a more upbeat collection of alternative music this list is what you are looking for. Still keeping the fundamentals of alternative music, it also gives a bubbly and exciting addition to it — a great series of music for fun listening, sing alongs, and happy driving.

  • The Generationals
  • Grouplove
  • Bloc Party
  • Crystal Fighters
  • Avenir
  • The Strokes
  • The Kooks
  • Cold War Kids
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • The Beaches
  • Max Frost
  • Wild Belle
  • Jake Bugg
  • Circa Waves
  • Feist
  • Weathers
  • Foster the People

Alternative Rock

For a long list varying list of upbeat, sing along, and enjoyable music for a roadtrip or just a nice soundtrack for yourself I highly recommend this list. With iconic instrumemtals and unique sounds from each, this is one of the most enjoyable of collections.

  • Alt-J
  • Tame Impala
  • Cage The Elephant
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks
  • MGMT
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Pixies
  • Yukon Blonde
  • Arcade Fire
  • Young the Giant
  • Saint Motel
  • Catfish and the Bottleman
  • Mother Mother

Alternative Electro

For easy listening for late night drives in the car or a nice background soundtrack for a party with friends this is a great collection. With unique sounds and mellow beats it gives an amazing experience.

  • Son Lux
  • Glass Animals
  • Franklin Electric
  • Bob Mosses

Alternative Indie

Now this collection is a perfect camping soundtrack. With a calm and mellow vibe, it motivates you to imagine being outdoors, if you aren't compelled to already be there. Full of acoustics and rustic sounds, it really gives you a warm happy feeling. 

  • Ramon Falls
  • Ezra Vine
  • Pepper Rabbit
  • Foxtrax
  • Poor Moon
  • Declan Mckenna
  • Glint

Hopefully, you found this article helpful in expanding your musical tastes and maybe gave you some new favorites for your soundtrack.

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