Alternative rock or rather alternative music is a style of rock music that emerged in the late 1980s and became very popular from 1990s. Alternative rock comprises of music that varies greatly in terms of its regional roots, sound and social context.
Although the popularity had declined in the late 1990s, in the early 2000s its popularity rose up again when several alternative rock bands emerged such as Interpol, The Strokes and Gangrena. Since then Alternative rock has gained a considerable number of millions of fans and there have been hundreds of artists on this genre but whom among them stands out in 2018 as the best of them all. Well here is a list that has an answer to that and get to see our new top 10 best alternative rock songs of 2018.
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10. Run by Foo Fighters
“Run” is the first new music from the American rock band Foo Fighters since their brief “indefinite hiatus” in 2015. ”Run” was released on June 1, 2017 and is among the songs in their ninth studio album Concrete and Gold. The song talks of escape from a dream like stupor with unclear political themes. On charts performance “Run” topped the US Billboard Mainstream rock songs chart, UK Rock and Metal Chart, and made it to the top 10 in New Zealand, Hungary, Canada and Belgium charts. On YouTube, the best alternative rock song has around 13 million views.
9. Wish I Knew You by The Revivalists
The New Orleans based band The Revivalists released “Wish I knew You” on February 23, 2016. And it’s the second single from 2015’s Men Amongst Mountains album. Upon its release, the song made it to No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative songs char, US Alternative songs, t and also set a record for the most plays ever recorded during a weeks’ time in alternative modern rock radio.” Wish I Knew You” on YouTube the song has around 12 million views.
8. Thunder by Imagine Dragons
“Thunder” was released on 27th of April 2017, and it’s the second single from rock band Imagine Dragons third album Evolve. The track is about not conforming to society’s standards. On chat performance “Thunder “reached top 10 in Australia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, US and Switzerland. On commercial performance, the song has received Platinum Certification in Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden and Gold Certification in Belgium and Norway. The Music Video of new alternative rock songs was released on May 2, 2017 and on YouTube it has already received 129 million views.
7. Believer by Imagine Dragons
Another one from the famous American rock band Imagine “Believer” which was released on February 1,2017 is among the best alternative rock songs in 2017. The song is the lead single from their upcoming third studio album Evolve. “Believer” details why one should embrace pain and use it as a mechanism for personal growth. On Commercial performance “Believer” topped the Billboard Hot Rock songs and Adult Top 40, made it to position 4 on Billboard Hot 100 and ever received Teen Choice Award for Choice Rock Song award. On sales, the song has received Platinum certification in Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden. On YouTube, the popular alternative rock song has over 65 million views.
6. The Man by The Killers
What a comeback by the American rock band The Killers after their 5 years in cold when they released Battle Born album in 2012. “The Man” which was released on June 14, 2017 is the lead single in their forthcoming fifth album Wonderful Wonderful. On chart performance “The Man” made it to position 3 On Billboard Adult Alternative songs, Billboard Alternative songs US Hot rock songs position 10 and position 4 on US Rock Airplay. On YouTube, the top alternative rock song has around 7.2 million views.
5. Don’t Take The Money by Bleachers
The United States based indie pop act group the Bleachers are back again with a super hit which they released on February 18, 2017 entitled “Don’t Take the Money”. The song was composed by Jack Antonoff and Lorde. “Don’t Take The Money” Is one of the songs contained in Bleachers second studio album Gone Now. On chart performance “Don’t Take the Money” made it to top 20 Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart and in various countries such as Canada, Sweden, UK, Italy, Belgium among others. The song has around 1.1 million views on YouTube.
4. Dig Down by Muse
The English rock band Muse released “Dig Down” on 18 May 2017 which is one of the songs in their upcoming eighth studio album. The track was composed by Matt Bellamy and produced by Muse and Mike Elizondo.” Dig Down” is a song that gives you hope, inspires you and tells you that the power to change the world rests on you. On chart performance, the song made it to top 20 alternative charts in countries like Belgium, France and United Kingdom. Dig Down video on YouTube has around 9 million views.
3. High by Sir Sly
“High” is a song by American indie pop band Sir Sly. The song which was released on March 24, 2017 is the lead single in their album Don’t You Worry, Honey. On chart performance “High” apart from US Alternative rock chart the song as made it to position 8 in Canada rock chart and position 18 in US Rock chart. On you YouTube the best alternative rock song has around 3 million views.
2. Feels Like Summer by Weezer
Back in march 16, 2017 Weezer dropped “feels Like Summer” which is the lead single to their upcoming Pacific Daydream album. The song which was precisely engineered for warm weather has become one of the best hits to listen to this summer. “Feels like Summer” was written by Rivers Cuomo and as of today the song has around 2 million views on YouTube.
1. Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
“Feels it Still” by the Portland based band Portugal. The Man is the leading song in our top 10 best alternative rock songs 2017. This song is the biggest song of the group career and as of august 2017 sits at number one on Billboards Adult Alternative Songs chart, No 1 in US Alternative Songs Chart, US Rock Airplay Chart, Mexico Ingles Airplay Chart and position 2 in US Hot Rock Songs. “Feels it Still” is the second single from their eighth studio album entitled Woodstock. The song was composed by Asa Taccone and John Hill and as of today the song has 16 million views on YouTube.
These are the top 10 best alternative rock songs. They have made it in our list based on their performance in various rock alternative songs charts across the world such as Billboard Adult Alternative songs, Billboard Alternative Songs, US Hot Rock Songs, US Rock Airplay, UK singles, Mexico Ingles Airplay and Canada rock. For those who love alternative rock songs here is the super list of the best alternative rock songs in 2017.