Top 200 90s Alternative Rock Songs

By popular demand this list will now involve grunge, mainstream punk rock, and some metal in addition to the college rock, Britpop, post-grunge, and acoustic rock that I had on the list before. Basically it will be a more accurate representation of what you would have heard on alternative rock radio stations in the 90s. I still won’t be including indie rock songs however... Since I am adding a ton of new songs I have decided to extend the list to 200. Enjoy. NOTE: List updated- Here

No.Song ArtistAlbumYearLast Rank
1Karma PoliceRadioheadOK Computer19971
2No ExcusesAlice in ChainsJar of Flies19942
3Smells Like Teen SpiritNirvanaNevermind1991N/A
4Bittersweet SymphonyThe VerveUrban Hymns19979
5Heaven Beside YouAlice in ChainsAlice in Chains19953
6One HeadlightThe WallflowersBringing Down the Horse19964
7Jesus Christ PoseSoundgardenBadmotorfinger1991N/A
8Bullet With Butterfly WingsSmashing PumpkinsMellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness1995N/A
101979Smashing PumpkinsMellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness19955
11Paranoid AndroidRadioheadOK Computer199712
12Down in a HoleAlice in ChainsDirt19928
13NutshellAlice in ChainsJar of Flies19947
14OthersideRed Hot Chili PeppersCalifornication19996
15Losing My ReligionREMOut of Time199110
16EverlongFoo FightersThe Colour and the Shape1997N/A
17Cherub RockSmashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream1993N/A
18Come As You AreNirvanaNevermind1991N/A
19WonderwallOasis(What's the Story) Morning Glory?199513
20The WayFastballAll the Pain Money Can Buy199814
21I Stay AwayAlice in ChainsJar of Flies1994N/A
22Brain StewGreen DayInsomniac1995N/A
23CreepStone Temple PilotsCore199215
24In BloomNirvanaNevermind1991N/A
25Rotten AppleAlice in ChainsJar of Flies199416
26Heart Shaped BoxNirvanaIn Utero1993N/A
27PlushStone Temple PilotsCore1992N/A
28The Man Who Sold The World (Cover)NirvanaMTV Unplugged in New York199417
29CalifornicationRed Hot Chili PeppersCalifornication199924
31GrindAlice in ChainsAlice in Chains1995N/A
32Mr. JonesCounting CrowsAugust and Everything After199319
33Personal JesusDepeche ModeViolator1990N/A
34Under The BridgeRed Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik199118
35Bound for the FloorLocal HAs Good As Dead1996N/A
36Touch, Peel and StandDays of the NewDays of the New1997N/A
37Man In The BoxAlice in ChainsFacelift1990N/A
38Your WomanWhite TownWomen In Technology1997N/A
39No ShelterRage Against the MachineThe Battle of Los Angeles1999N/A
40All The Small ThingsBlink-182Enema of the State1999N/A
41Would?Alice in ChainsDirt1992N/A
42In The MeantimeSpacehogResident Alien199520
43DumbNirvanaIn Utero199325
44You Ought to KnowAlanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill1995N/A
45All I WantToad the Wet SprocketFear199121
46DecemberCollective SoulCollective Soul199523
47DirtAlice in ChainsDirt1992N/A
48MayonaiseSmashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream1993N/A
49Song 2BlurBlur1997N/A
50A Long DecemberCounting CrowsRecovering the Satellites199627
51Santa MonicaEverclearSparkle & Fade199530
52RoosterAlice in ChainsDirt1992N/A
53Counting Blue CarsDishwallaPet Your Friends199529
54Buddy HollyWeezerBlue Album1994N/A
55Burden In My HandSoundgardenDown on the Upside199634
56SomaSmashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream199340
57JunkheadAlice in ChainsDirt1992N/A
58Flagpole SittaHarvey DangerWhere Have All The Merrymakers Gone?1998N/A
59Enter SandmanMetallicaMetallica1991N/A
60I AloneLiveThrowing Copper199426
61RunCollective SoulDosage199932
62Find The RiverREMAutomatic for the People199247
63A Tout Le MondeMegadethYouthanasia1994N/A
64Mmm Mmm Mmm MmmCrash Test DummiesGod Shuffled his Feet199331
65UngluedStone Temple PilotsPurple1994N/A
66LowCrackerKerosene Hat199333
67Streets of PhiladelphiaBruce SpringsteenSoundtrack: Philadelphia199335
68Interstate Love SongStone Temple PilotsPurple199441
69Self EsteemThe OffspringSmash1994N/A
70Sex and CandyMarcy PlaygroundMarcy Playground199736
71Lucky ManThe VerveUrban Hymns199737
72Semi Charmed LifeThird Eye BlindThird Eye Blind199739
73ThiefOur Lady PeaceHappiness... Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch199928
74Possum KingdomToadiesRubberneck1994N/A
75Rape MeNirvanaIn Utero1993N/A
76ZeroSmashing PumpkinsMellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness1995N/A
78LuckyRadioheadOK Computer199746
79Blow up the Outside WorldSoundgardenDown on the Upside1996N/A
80DriveREMAutomatic for the People199249
81IrisGoo Goo DollsDizzy Up the Girl199838
82TodaySmashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream1993N/A
83Big EmptyStone Temple PilotsPurple199454
84Hate To FeelAlice in ChainsDirt1992N/A
85Mary Jane's Last DanceTom Petty and the HeartbreakersGreatest Hits199343
86Why I'm Here OleanderFebruary Son1999N/A
87Sour GirlStone Temple PilotsNo. 4199945
88Closing TimeSemisonicFeeling Strangely Fine199862
89Nearly Lost YouScreaming TreesSweet Oblivion1992N/A
90Say It Ain't SoWeezerBlue Album1994N/A
91What's The Frequency, Kenneth?REMMonster199451
92CarnivalNatalie MerchantTigerlily199587
93Crazy LifeToad the Wet SprocketCoil199771
94Never Let You GoThird Eye BlindBlue199963
95LingerThe CranberriesEverybody Else is Doing It199391
96Losing A Whole YearThird Eye BlindThird Eye Blind1997N/A
97You LearnAlanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill199576
98Runaway TrainSoul AsylumGrave Dancer's Union199268
99All My FriendsCounting CrowsThis Desert Life199967
100Don't Look Back In AngerOasis(What's the Story) Morning Glory?199544
101RhinocerosSmashing PumpkinsGish199152
102Hand In My PocketAlanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill199555
103Ava AdoreSmashing PumpkinsAdore1998N/A
104Rain When I DieAlice in ChainsDirt1992N/A
105Tighter & TighterSoundgardenDown on the Upside199658
106Only in DreamsWeezerBlue Album1994N/A
107Killing in the Name ofRage Against the MachineRage Against the Machine1992N/A
109One of UsJoan OsborneRelish199590
110Tonight, TonightSmashing PumpkinsMellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness199569
111ZombieThe CranberriesNo Need To Argue199485
112Saint Joe on the School BusMarcy PlaygroundMarcy Playground1997N/A
113Bittersweet MeREMNew Adventures in Hi-Fi199674
114Good Morning BabyBic Runga and Dan WilsonSoundtrack: American Pie1999N/A
115GoodBetter than EzraDeluxe199578
116Take a PictureFilterTitle of Record199995
117The Chemicals Between UsBushThe Science of Things1999N/A
118The Good LifeWeezerPinkerton1996N/A
119We AreVertical HorizonEverything You Want199970
120Whats My Age Again?Blink-182Enema of the State1999N/A
121Don't FollowAlice in ChainsJar of Flies199481
122Selling The DramaLiveThrowing Copper199480
123On a PlainNirvanaNevermind1991N/A
124Bulls on ParadeRage Against the MachineEvil Empire1996N/A
125IronicAlanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill1995N/A
126DriveIncubusMake Yourself1999N/A
127Stranger By the DayShades ApartEyewitness1999N/A
128Love SpreadsStone RosesSecond Coming199483
129Standing Outside a Broken Phone BoothPrimitive Radio GodsRocket199677
130Cuts You UpPeter MurphyDeep1990N/A
131Enjoy The SilenceDepeche ModeViolator1990N/A
132Fake Plastic TreesRadioheadThe Bends1995N/A
133Weapon and the WoundDays of the NewDays of the New1997N/A
134Over NowAlice in ChainsAlice in Chains1995N/A
135ProphecyRemy ZeroVilla Elaine199859
136Fell On Black DaysSoundgardenSuperunknown199484
137HeadacheFrank BlackTeenager of the Year1994N/A
139ComplimentCollective SoulDosage1999N/A
140WoodburningToad the Wet SprocketDulcinea199496
141About A Girl (Live)NirvanaMTV Unplugged in New York1994N/A
142CreepRadioheadPablo Honey199372
143In the GarageWeezerBlue Album1994N/A
144Gotta Get AwayThe OffspringSmash1994N/A
145Nothing Else MattersMetallicaMetallica1991N/A
146ShineCollective SoulHints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid1993N/A
148Casual AffairTonicLemon Parade1996N/A
149Fade Into YouMazzy StarSo Tonight That I Might See199393
150My FriendsRed Hot Chili PeppersOne Hot Minute199554
151Black Hole SunSoundgardenSuperunknown199448
152My Name is JonasWeezerBlue Album1994N/A
153Out of My HeadFastballAll the Pain Money Can Buy1998N/A
154Beautiful Disaster311Transistor1997N/A
155Champagne SupernovaOasis(What's the Story) Morning Glory?199594
156All I KnowScreaming TreesDust1996N/A
157Gone AwayThe OffspringIxnay on the Hombre1997N/A
159ColumbiaOasisDefinitely Maybe1994N/A
160The FreshmanVerve PipeVillains199642
161All Over YouLiveThrowing Copper199465
162The UnforgivenMetallicaMetallica1991N/A
163JeremyPearl JamTen1991N/A
164Hold Her DownToad the Wet SprocketFear1991N/A
165Piece Of PieStone Temple PilotsCore1992N/A
166Silvergun SupermanStone Temple PilotsPurple1994N/A
167BlackPearl JamTen199150
168Warm MachineBushThe Science of Things1999N/A
169RocketSmashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream1993N/A
170Whiskey In The Jar (Cover)MetallicaGarage Inc.1998N/A
171CloserNine Inch NailsDownward Spiral1994N/A
172JustRadioheadThe Bends199589
173Hows It Gonna BeThird Eye BlindThird Eye Blind1997N/A
174JumperThird Eye BlindThird Eye Blind1997N/A
175Mysterious WaysU2Achtung Baby1991N/A
176Army AntsStone Temple PilotsPurple1994N/A
178Everything You WantVertical HorizonEverything You Want1999N/A
179My Iron LungRadioheadThe Bends199564
180Desperately WantingBetter than EzraFriction, Baby1996N/A
181What The Hell Have I?Alice in ChainsNothing Safe1999N/A
182Hello Kitty KatSmashing PumpkinsPisces Iscariot1994N/A
183Walk On The OceanToad the Wet SprocketFear1991N/A
184Break It Down AgainTears for FearsElemental1993N/A
186Morning GloryOasis(What's the Story) Morning Glory?199586
187Head Over FeetAlanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill1995N/A
188QuietSmashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream1993N/A
189The Day I Tried to LiveSoundgardenSuperunknown1994N/A
190Far BehindCandleboxCandlebox1993100
191King NothingMetallicaLoad1996N/A
192Lake Of Fire (Cover)NirvanaMTV Unplugged in New York1994N/A
193Scar TissueRed Hot Chili PeppersCalifornication1999N/A
194The DifferenceThe WallflowersBringing Down the Horse199692
195Muscle Museum (Live)MuseShowbiz1999N/A
196The BendsRadioheadThe Bends199566
197Sweet 69Babes In ToylandNemesisters1995N/A
198PepperButthole SurfersElectriclarryland199673
199Underneath the SkyOasisThe Masterplan1998N/A
200DisarmSmashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream1993N/A

Updated 02/22/08: Extended from 100 to 200


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