10. Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode is an English alternative band that formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group’s original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke. Depeche Mode is the definition of weird, but they have some great music. They had an electronic alternative sound that just brought great attention to themselves. Depeche mode Influenced many artists with their unique sound, certainly a band not to miss if you’re a fan of No Doubt, Arcade Fire or No Doubt.
9. Green Day
Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1986 by vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of the group’s career, the band has been a trio with drummer Tré Cool, who replaced former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990 prior to the recording of the band’s second studio album, Ker Plunk (1991). In 2012, guitarist Jason White became an official member after having performed with the band as a touring member since 1999.Billie Joe Armstrong has mentioned that one of his biggest influences was the seminal alternative rock band The Replacements, and that their influence is particularly noted in the band’s chord changes in songs. Green Day is just one of those bands you can listen to for almost any reason.
8. Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000. The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, with their cousin Matthew Followill. A perfect definition of a rock band with their amazing guitar and vocals. Caleb Followill, the lead vocalist, has a great voice reaching those amazingly high notes perfectly. This is what makes Kings of Leon, well King of Leon they have that dance to or cry to music that I’m sure everyone loves.
7. The Killers
The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning. Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. would complete the current line-up of the band in 2002. The band’s name is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band, portrayed in the music video for the New Order song “Crystal”. The Killers have an English rock grunge sound that screams out to their fans. They particularly are great at knowing what’s in cause they made their name well known through the years.
6. Modest Mouse
Modest Mouse is an American rock band formed in 1992 in Issaquah, Washington and currently based in Portland, Oregon. The founding members of this group are lead singer/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green, and bassist Eric Judy. Strongly influenced by groups such as Pavement, the Pixies, XTC, and Talking Heads, the band rehearsed, rearranged, and recorded demos for almost two years before finally signing with the small-town indie label, K Records, and releasing numerous singles. Some of their songs don’t make sense but they still manage to hit home with their listeners as it did with me when I listened to float on for the first time as a background song to an OnStar commercial.
5. Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys are an English indie band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consists of Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Jamie Cook and Nick O’Malley. Former band member Andy Nicholson left the band in 2006 shortly after their debut album was released. The Arctic Monkeys have this unique, great tone that just helps amplify their individuality compared to other bands. If you don’t know who this band is, you need to give them a try.
Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of lead vocals, guitar, piano, and keyboards Matt Bellamy , bass guitar, backing vocals, and keyboards Chris Wolstenholme and drums and percussion Dominic Howard. Beautiful guitar solos, that’s all I need to say. Muse created a great sound of their own incorporating an electronic yet alternative yet super rock sound that just truly made their own sound. They are great!
3. The Strokes
The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998, consisting of Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond, Jr., Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti. Following the conclusion of five-album deals with RCA and Rough Trade, the band is currently signed to Casablancas’ Cult Records. Now the strokes let me say has that perfect warm, hazy, garage rock feel with upbeat guitars and a baritone croon. They surely know how to make themselves unique with their lead vocalists grungy singing voice.
Coldplay is a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist and keyboardist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London. The band’s music has been called “meditative” and “blue romantic”; it expresses their emotions. they compile great lyrics with amazing instrumentals that just put that extra kick in either relaxing or getting up to dance music. Fun Fact Coldplay changed its name three times from Pectoralz to Starfish then finally Coldplay.
1. The Smiths
The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. The Smiths influenced many teens of the 80’s with their depressing, but insanely great lyrics. I personally love The Smiths, their music just speaks to you in a way that you can relate to.