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Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt rock or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular by the 1990s. Although the term was most commonly associated in its commercial heyday with a loud, distorted guitar sound, its original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style, or simply the independent, D.I.Y. ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock (including some examples of punk itself, as well as New Wave, and post-punk).

Alternative rock is a broad umbrella term consisting of music that differs greatly in terms of its sound, its social context, and its regional roots. By the end of the 1980s magazines and zines, college radio airplay, and word of mouth had increased the prominence and highlighted the diversity of alternative rock, helping to define a number of distinct styles such as gothic rock, jangle pop, noise pop, C86, Madchester, industrial rock, and shoegazing. Most of these subgenres had achieved minor mainstream notice and a few bands representing them, such as Husker Du and R.E.M., had even signed to major labels. But most alternative bands' commercial success was limited in comparison to other genres of rock and pop music at the time, and most acts remained signed to independent labels and received relatively little attention from mainstream radio, television, or newspapers. With the breakthrough of Nirvana and the popularity of the grunge and Britpop movements in the 1990s, alternative rock entered the musical mainstream and many alternative bands became commercially successful.

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7,075 plays, 82 followers

Barcelona, Catalonia

Alternative, Rock, Grunge

Bowdy Brown
3,659 plays, 32 followers

Santa Monica, CA, United States

Alternative, Rock, Pop

Cutting The Beef
4,247 plays, 80 followers

Rhondda Valleys, United Kingdom

Acoustic, World, Alternative

2,921 plays, 40 followers

Cincinnati, United States

Alternative, Rock, Grunge

Violent Karma
2,861 plays, 34 followers

Chester, United Kingdom

Rock, Grunge, Alternative

The Spin Room
6,690 plays, 50 followers

Nanuet, United States

Emo, Alternative, Indie

1,983 plays, 28 followers

Tammisaari, Finland

Alternative, Indie, Rock

384 plays, 6 followers

Chicago, IL, United States

Rap, Alternative, R&B

Little Red Claudia
1,110 plays, 4 followers

Melbourne, Australia

Rock, Alternative, Grunge

Endless Chaos
817 plays, 12 followers

Cincinnati, United States

Rock, Grunge, Alternative

1,379 plays, 17 followers

Denver, United States

Alternative, Metal, Rock

Marley Nubin
502 plays, 3 followers

Houston, United States

Hip Hop, Alternative, Indie

Them Otha Kids
213 plays, 5 followers

Sacramento, CA, United States

Hip Hop, Alternative, Trip-hop

Someday Came Suddenly
399 plays, 7 followers

Dexter, United States

Alternative, Pop

380 plays, 7 followers

milano, Italy

Rock, Alternative, Punk

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