What is it?
Who Influenced Me 
Its Origin
Most Recognized Artists
Sub-Genres Present 
Who Have I Influenced?
Stylistic Elements Featured
What is it like currently?

Alternative music is a catch all umbrella of music styles that do not fit into the other genres. Before the "1987's 'alternative' meant 'unmarketable'" until producers and record labels began to recognize these artists as marketable (Nicholls 382). 

It was developed around the 1970's as a sub-genre of rock in both the UK and US, due to its uniqueness compared to mainstream rock, but it was also used as an umbrella for music that differed in the sound, social context, and religious roots of the current era. 

  • Grunge

  • Indie Rock

  • College Rock

  • Britpop

  • Neo-Pyschedelic

It was originally a sub-genre of rock, and was influenced by punk and new wave music. 

  • Coldplay

  • Greenday

  • Red Hot Chilli Pepper's

  • Muse

  • U2

  • The Smiths

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs!

  • Radihead

These are some stylistic elements present.

  • Electrical Instruments

  • Guitar-based with power chords

  • Chiming Riffs

  • Squeal in Feedback

  • Moderate Vocals Involved

  • Faster Tempo

Currently it is as thriving genre with its own distinct style that welcomes all non-mainstream music.

As an umbrella of music with no home, there have been many fusions formed, such as alternative rock, alternative hip-hop, alternative country, alternative dance, and alternative rap. 

The Abstracts
Serge Gainsbourg
The Smiths
Santé Les Amis
Red Hot Chili Pepper's
Foo Fighters
Goodnight Electric
La Rue Kétanou
Francois van Coke
Yeah Yeah Yeahs!
  • Foo Fighters

  • R.E.M

  • Serge Gainsbourg

  • La Rue Kétanou

  • Francois van Coke

  • Parikama

  • The Abstracts

  • Santé Les Amis

  • Goodnight Electric

  • Alternative Rap

  • Alternative Hip-Hop

  • Alternative Country

  • Alternative Soul

  • Alternative Blues

  • Alternative Jazz 

Unfamiliar Sub-Genre's