Alternative 25th Anniversary Chart: Top 100 Songs

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Alternative 25th Anniversary Chart: Top 100 Songs

Post  Adric on Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:38 pm

The alternative radio format is built upon the promise of what's coming next, so it's no surprise that the music played by alternative stations has experienced multiple changes during the last 25 years. The wide-ranging format of 1988 (when the chart debuted  with the name, "Modern Rock") turned into a mainstream hard rock sound over time, and then found its way back to its roots. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, we're counting down the top 100 tunes in the tally's quarter-century history. (Scroll to the bottom of this page to see how this chart was formulated).

Smile   Directly from Billboard. For more information on each song (Peak Dates etc.) as well as being able to play them, you can hover over CLICK HERE.


100 --- Like A Stone - Audioslave  
99 --- The Devil You Know - Jesus Jones
98 --- Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
97 --- Tomorrow - Silverchair
96 --- You Outta Know - Alanis Morissette
95 --- Right Here, Right Now - Jesus Jones
94 --- Waiting For The End - Linkin Park
93 --- Fall Down - Toad The Wet Sproket
92 --- Feed The Tree - Belly
91 --- Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind

90 --- Only - Nine Inch Nails
89 --- Little Black Submarines - The Black Keys
88 --- Loser - Beck
87 --- My Friends - Red Hot Chili Peppers
86 --- Walk - Foo Fighters
85 --- Walkin' On The Sun - Smash Mouth
84 --- All The Small Things - Blink-182
83 --- Steam - Peter Gabriel
82 --- Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon
81 --- Friday I'm In Love - The Cure

80 --- Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth - Primitive Radio Gods
79 --- Charlotte Anne - Julian Cope
78 --- Wish You Were Here - Incubus
77 --- The Hand That Feeds - Nine Inch Nails
76 --- Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
75 --- Down - 311
74 --- I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons
73 --- Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace
72 --- More - Sisters Of Mercy
71 --- You're Gonna Go Far, Kid - Offspring

70 --- Fake It - Seether
69 --- Faint - Linkin Park
68 --- Best Of You - Foo Fighters
67 --- Santa Monica (Watch The World Die) - Everclear
66 --- It's Time - Imagine Dragons
65 --- Ho Hey - The Lumineers
64 --- So Far Away - Staind
63 --- The Mayor Of Simpletown - XTC
62 --- Hanging By A Moment - Lifehouse
61 --- Feel Good Drag - Anberlin

60 --- Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
59 --- Laid - James
58 --- Love And Anger - Kate Bush
57 --- Name - Goo Goo Dolls
56 --- Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye feat. Kimbra
55 --- Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
54 --- Proud To Fall - Ian McCulloch
53 --- Orange Crush - R.E.M.
52 --- Last Resort - Papa Roach
51 --- Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers

50 --- Animal - Neon Trees
49 --- Rush - Big Audio Dynamite II
48 --- Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
47 --- What I Got - Sublime
46 --- What I've Done - Linkin Park
45 --- Into Your Arms - The Lemonheads
44 --- Headstrong - Trapt
43 --- Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction
42 --- By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
41 --- Inside Out - Eve 6

40 --- Numb - Linkin Park
39 --- Pepper - Butthole Surfers
38 --- Kiss Them For Me - Siouxsie & the Banshees
37 --- All My Life - Foo Fighters
36 --- 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
35 --- What It's Like - Everlast
34 --- Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
33 --- Paralyzer - Finger Eleven
32 --- Kryptonite - Three Doors Down
31 --- Zombie - The Cranberries

30 --- Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
29 --- Good - Better Than Ezra
28 --- Fascination Street - The Cure
27 --- Lay Me Down - The Dirty Heads feat. Rome
26 --- 1901 - Phoenix
25 --- In The End - Linkin Park
24 --- Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People
23 --- Blurry - Puddle Of Mudd
22 --- Tighten Up - The Black Keys
21 --- Regret - New Order

20 --- Mysterious Ways - U2
19 --- So Alive - Love And Rockets
18 --- Feel Good Inc - Gorillaz
17 --- Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" - Green Day
16 --- Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
15 --- It's Been Awhile - Staind
14 --- Wonderwall - Oasis
13 --- Lightning Crashes - Live
12 --- My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
11 --- How You Remind Me - Nickelback

10 --- When I Come Around - Green Day
09 --- Sex And Candy - Marcy Playground
08 --- Drive - Incubus
07 --- Cuts You Up - Peter Murphy
06 --- Hemorrhage (In My Hands) - Fuel
05 --- Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
04 --- The Pretender - Foo Fighters
03 --- Madness - Muse
02 --- Savior - Rise Against
01 --- Uprising - Muse


"Uprising" sports the Alternative chart's third lengthiest domination, having led for 17 frames in 2009-10. This year, the band set the record for the longest reign with a 19-week command for "Madness" (No. 3) that concluded in February. In between is Foo Fighters' "The Pretender" (18 weeks, 2007).
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