Alternative Band

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edited October 2010 in Your Ultimate Setlist
The result of an attempt to create the most comprehensive alternative list I possibly could while limiting myself to ~85 songs. Here goes nothing!

70's (4 songs)
Talking Heads - "Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town" (Post-Punk, 1977)
Devo - "Mongoloid" (Post-Punk, 1977)
Gang of Four - "Damaged Goods" (Post-Punk, 1979)
Joy Division - "Disorder" (1979, Post-Punk)


80's (21 songs)
The Feelies - "Moscow Nights" (Post-Punk, 1980)
Orange Juice - "Falling and Laughing" (Post-Punk, 1980)
Siouxsie & the Banshees - "Spellbound" (Post-Punk, 1981)
Bauhaus - "Kick in the Eye" (Post-Punk, 1981)
Violent Femmes - "Blister in the Sun" (College Rock, 1982)
The Chameleons - "Second Skin" (Post-Punk, 1983)
Hüsker Dü - "Something I Learned Today" (College Rock, 1984)
Echo & Bunnymen - "The Killing Moon" (Post-Punk, 1984)
Minutemen - "Maybe Partying Will Help" (College Rock, 1984)
Meat Puppets - "Up on the Sun" (College Rock, 1985)
The Cure - "Push" (Alternative, 1985)
Replacements - "Bastards of Young" (College Rock, 1985)
Green River - "Swallow My Pride" (Grunge, 1985)
The Smiths - "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" (Indie Rock, 1986)
The Jesus & Mary Chain - "Happy When It Rains" (Alternative, 1987)
R.E.M. - "Finest Worksong" (College Rock, 1987)
Primal Scream - "Treasure Trip" (Indie Rock, 1987)
Dinosaur Jr. - "Freak Scene" (Alternative, 1988)
My Bloody Valentine - "You Made Me Realise" (Shoegaze, 1988)
Mudhoney - "This Gift" (Grunge, 1989)
The Stone Roses - "Waterfall" (Britpop, 1989)


90's (31 songs)
Nirvana - "Sliver" (Grunge, 1990)
The Charlatans - "The Only One I Know" (Britpop, 1990)
Sonic Youth - "Dirty Boots" (Alternative, 1990)
Cocteau Twins - "Cherry-Coloured Funk" (Shoegaze, 1990)
Slowdive - "Primal" (Shoegaze, 1991)
Blur - "She's So High" (Britpop, 1991)
Sebadoh - "The Freed Pig" (Indie Rock, 1991)
Pixies - "Alec Eiffel" (Alternative, 1991)
Ride - "Leave Them All Behind" (Shoegaze, 1992)
Pavement - "Summer Babe (Winter Version)" (Indie Rock, 1992)
Yo La Tengo - "Upside-Down" (Indie Rock, 1992)
The Verve - "Slide Away" (Shoegaze, 1993)
The Breeders - "Cannonball" (Alternative, 1993)
Liz Phair - "6'1"" (Indie Rock, 1993)
Suede - "The Drowners" (Britpop, 1993)
Smashing Pumpkins - "Geek U.S.A." (Alternative, 1993)
Pearl Jam - "Not For You" (Grunge, 1994)
Lush - "Hypocrite" (Shoegaze, 1994)
Mad Season - "I Don't Know Anything" (Grunge, 1995)
Pulp - "Common People" (Britpop, 1995)
The Flaming Lips - "This Here Giraffe" (Alternative, 1995)
Weezer - "Pink Triangle" (Alternative, 1996)
Screaming Trees - "All I Know" (Grunge, 1996)
Elliott Smith - "Alameda" (Indie Rock, 1997)
Spiritualized - "Electricity" (Alternative, 1997)
Oasis - "D'you Know What I Mean?" (Britpop, 1997)
Hum - "Isle of the Cheetah" (Alternative, 1998)
Neutral Milk Hotel - "King of Carrot Flowers Pts. 1-3" (Indie Rock, 1998)
Beck - "Mixed Bizness" (Alternative, 1999)
Built to Spill - "Carry the Zero" (Indie Rock, 1999)


00's (27 songs)
Radiohead - "Optimistic" (Alternative, 2000)
Modest Mouse - "The Dark Center of the Universe" (Indie Rock, 2000)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "White Palms" (Alternative, 2001)
Camera Obscura - "Happy New Year" (Indie Rock, 2001)
The Strokes - "Last Nite" (Garage Rock, 2001)
Muse - "New Born" (Alternative, 2001)
Interpol - "Obstacle 1" (Post-Punk Revival, 2002)
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - "Another Morning Stoner" (Indie Rock, 2002)
Calexico - "Quattro (World Drifts In)" (Alternative, 2003)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Y Control" (Garage Rock, 2003)
Broken Social Scene - "Cause = Time" (Indie Rock, 2003)
TV on the Radio - "Bomb Yourself" (Alternative, 2004)
The Killers - "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" (Post-Punk Revival, 2004)
Franz Ferdinand - "This Fire" (Post-Punk Revival, 2004)
The Decemberists - "16 Military Wives" (Indie Rock, 2005)
Bloc Party - "Like Eating Glass" (Post-Punk Revival, 2005)
Editors - "Munich" (Post-Punk Revival, 2005)
Amusement Parks on Fire - "A Star Is Born" (Shoegaze, 2006)
Silversun Pickups - "Dream at Tempo 119" (Indie Rock, 2006)
Kings of Leon - "On Call" (Garage Rock, 2007)
The National - "Mistaken For Strangers" (Post-Punk Revival, 2007)
Wilco - "Impossible Germany" (Alternative, 2007)
WHY? - "The Hollows" (Indie Rock, 2008)
Black Mountain - "Tyrants" (Alternative, 2008)
Fruit Bats - "The Ruminant Band" (Indie Rock, 2009)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "Come Saturday" (Indie Rock, 2009)
A Place to Bury Strangers - "Exploding Head" (Shoegaze, 2009)
Camera Obscura - "Honey in the Sun" (Indie Rock, 2009)

The following songs have graduated to the actual Rock Band platform:
The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army" (Garage Rock, 2003)
The Shins - "So Says I" (Indie Rock, 2003)
The Smithereens - "Only a Memory" (College Rock, 1988)

GENRE BREAKDOWN
Alternative: 20
Britpop: 6
College Rock: 6
Garage Rock: 3
Grunge: 6
Indie Rock: 17
Post-Punk: 10
Post-Punk Revival: 6
Shoegaze: 8

TOTAL SONGS: 83



DLC

Week One: Post-Rock Mega 12-Pack
Tortoise - "TNT" (Post-Rock, 1998)
Sigur Rós - "Untitled 8 (Popplagið)" (Post-Rock, 2002)
Talk Talk - "Desire" (Post-Rock, 1988)
Bark Psychosis - "A Street Scene" (Post-Rock, 1994)
Explosions in the Sky - "First Breath After Coma" (Post-Rock, 2003)
God Is An Astronaut - "Suicide by Star" (Post-Rock, 2006)
Slint - "Breadcrumb Trail" (Post-Rock, 1991)
Mogwai - "Yes! I Am a Long Way From Home" (Post-Rock, 1997)
Pelican - "Final Breath" (Post-Rock, 2009)
Russian Circles - "Xavii" (Post-Rock, 2008)
Disco Inferno - "In Sharky Water" (Post-Rock, 1994)
Do Make Say Think - "Auberge le Mouton Noir" (Post-Rock, 2003)


This list isn't final. I left some great and influential bands off of the list, both intentionally and unintentionally. Post if you feel I've made a bad song choice, if I left out your favorite band, if you have a question about why I put x song under y genre, and so on. Obviously personal preference factored in a bit in making this list, so I'd like some feedback from people who aren't me.

By the way, I don't expect anyone to enjoy every song on this list. In fact, I'd be downright surprised if you did. I was just trying to put together the best representation I could of the many different kinds of alternative music; hopefully I succeeded in that.

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