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20 Greatest Alternative Albums

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Rated 2 points - posted 13 years ago by BradHemphill in category Music.
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Heroes (David Bowie) Report Abuse
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London Calling (The Clash) Report Abuse
Regarded by many critics as one of the greatest albums of all time - of any genre, London Calling was groundbreaking - and still influences new alternative and rock bands more than 30 years later.
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OK Computer (Radiohead) Report Abuse
The second most influential album of the 90's, but actually better than the first. OK Computer took pop music to places it had never been. Sounds like its time as much as any album ever has. Best Song: "Karma Police"
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The Queen is Dead (The Smiths) Report Abuse
Morrissey at his sardonic and whiny best. Best song: "There is a Light That Never Goes Out."
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Nevermind Report Abuse
The greatest album of the 90's and one of the best of all time. Still holds up. Best song: "Smell Like Teen Spirit."
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(What's the Story) Morning Glory? (Oasis) Report Abuse
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Velvet Underground and Nico Report Abuse
The real soundtrack of the late 60's and early 70's. The counter-counter culture. Best song: "Femme Fatale"
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The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (David Bowie) Report Abuse
One of the original alternative albums - if not THE original alternative album that influenced countless artists in multiple genres.
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Doolittle (Pixies) Report Abuse
There would be no Nevermind or OK Computer without Doolittle. That alone makes the Pixies an incredibly significant band. One of the 20 best albums ever made in any genre. Best Song: "Hey"
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Never Mind the B****s Here's the S*x Pistols (The S*x Pistols) Report Abuse
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