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This is a timeline of alternative rock, from its beginnings in the 1970s to the present.

1976 - 1977 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - See also


  • Newly formed bands
    • The Cure
      Siouxsie & the Banshees
  • Events
    • Rodney Bingenheimer, the DJ for the popular Los Angeles modern rock station KROQ begins hosting his midnight show Rodney on the ROQ.


  • Newly formed bands
    • The Feelies


  • Newly formed bands
    • Bauhaus
      Echo and the Bunnymen
      Public Image Ltd.
  • Events
    • Manchester journalist and nightclub manager Tony Wilson founds Factory Records
      Rough Trade Records is founded.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Cocteau Twins
      Hüsker Dü
      The Replacements
      Social Distortion
  • Events
    • Bauhaus release their single for "Bela Lugosi's Dead", which is generally viewed as the first ever gothic rock song
      Touch and Go is founded


  • Newly formed bands
    • Depeche Mode
      Mission of Burma
      Meat Puppets
      New Order
      The Sisters of Mercy
  • Albums
    • Bauhaus - In the Flat Field
      Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles
      The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
  • Events
    • The first ever countdown by KROQ takes place.
      Sub Pop is founded as the fanzine Subterranean Pop.
      Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis hangs himself, the rest of the band continue as New Order.


  • Newly formed bands
    • 10,000 Maniacs
      Dream Syndicate
      Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
      Sonic Youth
      Violent Femmes
  • Albums
    • Bauhaus - Mask
      New Order - Movement


  • Newly formed bands
    • Beat Happening
      Big Black
      Butthole Surfers
      Faith No More
      Guadalcanal Diary
      The Pogues
      The Smiths
      Spacemen 3
  • Albums
    • Bauhaus - The Sky's Gone Out
      The Cure - Pornography
      Dream Syndicate - The Days of Wine and Roses
      Mission of Burma - Vs.
      R.E.M. - Chronic Town EP
      Sonic Youth - Sonic Youth
      Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
  • Events
    • The Haçienda nightclub opens in Manchester, England.


  • Newly formed bands
    • American Music Club
      Camper Van Beethoven
      Dinosaur Jr
      The Flaming Lips
      Green River - considered to be the first ever grunge band
      The Housemartins
      Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
      Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Soul Asylum
      They Might Be Giants
      Throwing Muses
  • Disbandments
    • Bauhaus
    • Mission of Burma
  • Albums
    • Bauhaus - Burning from the Inside
      Big Black - Bulldozer EP
      Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels
      New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
      R.E.M. - Murmur
      Sonic Youth - Confusion Is Sex
  • Events
    • WFNX, one of the first commercial stations to play alternative rock, begins broadcasting.
      WOXY, located outside of Cincinnati in Oxford, Ohio, begins broadcasting alternative rock in September 1983, billing itself as "97X: The Future of Rock and Roll". According to WOXY's website, it was the nation's sixth alternative rock station.
      R.E.M.'s album Murmur is named Rolling Stone's best album of 1983.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Jane's Addiction
      The Jesus and Mary Chain
      The Melvins
      My Bloody Valentine
      Primal Scream
      The Wedding Present
      Yo La Tengo
  • Albums
    • Cocteau Twins - Treasure
      Guadalcanal Diary - Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man
      Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
      R.E.M. - Reckoning
      The Red Hot Chili Peppers - Red Hot Chili Peppers
      The Replacements - Let It Be
      The Smiths - The Smiths
      Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground
      Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II
      Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
  • Events
    • Alan McGee founds the label Creation Records


  • Newly formed bands
    • Guided by Voices
      The Happy Mondays
      Love and Rockets
      The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
      Pussy Galore
      Screaming Trees
      The Stone Roses
  • Disbandments
    • Minutemen
  • Albums
    • Big Black - Atomizer
      Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
      Butthole Surfers - Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac
      Camper Van Beethoven - Telephone Free Landslide Victory
      The Cure - The Head on the Door
      Dinosaur Jr. - Dinosaur
      Faith No More - We Care a Lot
      Green River - Come on Down
      Hüsker Dü - Flip Your Wig
      Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising
      The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
      Love and Rockets - Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven
      Meat Puppets - Up on the Sun
      New Order - Low-Life
      Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Talk about the Weather
      R.E.M. - Fables of the Reconstruction
      The Replacements - Tim
      The Red Hot Chili Peppers - Freaky Styley
      Sisters of Mercy - First and Last and Always
      The Smiths - Meat Is Murder
      Sonic Youth - Bad Moon Rising
  • Events
    • The Minutemen's D. Boon dies in a car crash on December 22nd.
    • The Feelies reunite.


  • Newly formed bands
    • The Afghan Whigs
      Galaxie 500
      Goo Goo Dolls
      The La's
      Manic Street Preachers (as Betty Blue)
      No Doubt
      The Sugarcubes
  • Albums
    • Butthole Surfers - Rembrandt Pussyhorse
      The Feelies - The Good Earths
      Guadalcanal Diary - Jamboree
      Hüsker Dü - Candy Apple Grey
      Love and Rockets - Express
      New Order - Brotherhood
      R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant
      The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
      Sonic Youth - EVOL
      They Might Be Giants - They Might Be Giants
      Violent Femmes - The Blind Leading the Naked
      XTC - Skylarking
  • Events
    • MTV begins airing 120 Minutes, a program devoted to videos by alternative artists
      NME magazine releases the C86 cassette compilation as a premium, which becomes an important release in British indie rock.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Alice in Chains
      The Jesus Lizard
      Local H
      Uncle Tupelo
  • Disbandments
    • Hüsker Dü
    • The Smiths
  • Albums
    • 10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
      Big Black - Songs About Fucking
      Butthole Surfers - Locust Abortion Technician
      The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
      Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
      Faith No More - Introduce Yourself
      Guadalcanal Diary - 2X4
      Hüsker Dü - Warehouse: Songs and Stories
      The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
      Love and Rockets - Earth, Sun, Moon
      Pixies - Come on Pilgrim
      Primal Scream - Sonic Flower Groove
      R.E.M. - Document (breakthrough)
      The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
      The Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
      The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland
      The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
      Sonic Youth - Sister
  • Events
    • R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" unexpectedly becomes a Top Ten hit on the America pop charts, helping to increase alternative rock's mainstream profile and earning the band a major label deal.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Better Than Ezra
      The Boo Radleys
      The Breeders
      Green Day
      Mother Love Bone
      Nine Inch Nails
      The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Disbandments
    • Big Black
    • Green River
    • The Housemartins
  • Albums
    • Butthole Surfers - Hairway to Steven
      Dinosaur Jr. - Bug
      The Feelies - Only Life
      Fugazi - Fugazi (EP)
      The Happy Mondays - Bummed
      Robyn Hitchcock - Globe of Frogs
      Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
      Morrissey - Viva Hate
      Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff EP
      Peter Murphy - Love Hysteria
      My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
      Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Tender Prey
      R.E.M. - Green
      Pixies - Surfer Rosa
      Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
      Soundgarden - Ultramega OK
      The Sugarcubes - Life's Too Good
      They Might Be Giants - Lincoln
  • Events
    • Mother Love Bone and Mudhoney form from members of Green River after they break up.
    • Sub Pop begins the Sub Pop Singles Club
    • Hillel Slovak, guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers dies from a heroin overdose
    • Rolling Stone names R.E.M. "America's Best Rock 'n' Roll Band" and places them on the cover.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Blind Melon
      Mazzy Star
      Neutral Milk Hotel
      Teenage Fanclub
      The Verve
  • Disbandments
    • Guadalcanal Diary
    • Dream Syndicate
  • Albums
    • The Cure - Disintegration
      Faith No More - The Real Thing (breakthrough)
      The Jesus and Mary Chain - Automatic
      Goo Goo Dolls - Jed
      Guadalcanal Diary - Flip-Flop
      Fugazi - Margin Walker EP
      Love and Rockets - Love and Rockets
      Meat Puppets - Monsters
      Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
      Nirvana - Bleach
      Pixies - Doolittle
      Primal Scream - Primal Scream
      Slint - Tweez
      Soundgarden - Louder than Love
      The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
      The Red Hot Chili Peppers - Mother's Milk
      Violent Femmes - 3
  • Events
    • New Order, Public Image Ltd., and the Sugarcubes embark on the "Monsters of Alternative Rock" tour.
      Matador Records is founded.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
      Pearl Jam
      Rage Against the Machine
      School of Fish
      Stone Temple Pilots
  • Disbandments
    • Camper Van Beethoven
    • Mother Love Bone
  • Albums
    • The Breeders - Pod
      Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
      Fugazi - Repeater
      Goo Goo Dolls - Hold Me Up
      The Happy Mondays - Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches
      Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual
      The La's - The La's
      Morrissey - Bona Drag
      Mother Love Bone - Apple
      Peter Murphy - Deep
      Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Good Son
      Pixies - Bossanova
      Ride - Nowhere
      The Sisters of Mercy - Vision Thing
      Social Distortion - Social Distortion
      Sonic Youth - Goo
  • Events
    • Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone is found dead.
      The KROQ Acoustic Christmas concert airs for the first time.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Bush
      Luscious Jackson
  • Disbandments
    • Galaxie 500
    • Jane's Addiction
    • The Replacements
    • Spacemen 3
  • Albums
    • Dinosaur Jr. - Green Mind
      Fugazi - Steady Diet of Nothing
      The Jesus Lizard - Goat
      Morrissey - Kill Uncle
      My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
      Nirvana - Nevermind (breakthrough)
      Pearl Jam - Ten (breakthrough)
      Pixies - Trompe le Monde
      Primal Scream - Screamadelica
      Primus - Sailing the Seas of Cheese
      R.E.M. - Out of Time
      The Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik (breakthrough)
      School of Fish - School of Fish
      Slint - Spiderland
      The Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
      Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger (breakthrough)
      Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
      Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog
      Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona
      U2 - Achtung Baby
      Violent Femmes - Why Do Birds Sing?
  • Events
    • Nirvana releases Nevermind, popularizing grunge in the mainstream, especially due to the hit single "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
      Temple of the Dog, made up of members of Soundgarden and the newly formed Pearl Jam, releases their only album as a tribute to Andrew Wood.
      The first ever Lollapalooza takes place.
      The first Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album is given out.
      The term riot grrrl is coined by Alison Wolfe of Bratmobile.
      In a legendary Manic Street Preachers interview by NME journalist Steve Lamacq (a man known for despising anything he sees as hype or contrivance), Richey James Edwards carved the words "4 Real" into his arm with a razor blade to prove the band's sincerity in music.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Elastica
      Our Lady Peace
      Soul Coughing
      Stereophonics (as Tragic Love Company)
  • Disbandments
    • The Feelies
    • The Happy Mondays
    • Pixies
    • The Sugarcubes
  • Albums
    • Alice in Chains - Dirt
      Alice in Chains - Sap EP
      Blind Melon - Blind Melon (breakthrough)
      Faith No More - Angel Dust
      PJ Harvey - Dry
      The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
      The Jesus Lizard - Liar
      Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists
      Morrissey - Your Arsenal
      Nine Inch Nails - Broken EP
      Nirvana - Incesticide
      Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
      R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
      Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
      Sonic Youth - Dirty
      Soul Asylum - Grave Dancer's Union (breakthrough)
      Stone Temple Pilots - Core
      Sugar - Copper Blue
      Ween - Pure Guava
  • Events
    • Alternative rock fully breaks into the American mainstream consciousness, as albums and singles by bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains, R.E.M., Soul Asylum, and Nine Inch Nails reach the Top 40 of the Billboard charts.
      The grunge speak hoax appears in the November 15 issue of The New York Times.
      Trent Reznor founds Nothing Records.
      The movie Singles is released.
      The movie 1991 - The Year Punk Broke is released.
      Merge Records is founded by members of Superchunk


  • Newly formed bands
    • Black Grape
      Folk Implosion
      Modest Mouse
      Jimmy Eat World
      Porno for Pyros
      Soul Coughing
      Super Furry Animals
      Veruca Salt
  • Disbandments
    • Public Image Ltd.
  • Albums
    • Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish
      The Breeders - Last Splash (breakthrough)
      Butthole Surfers - Independent Worm Saloon
      Dinosaur Jr. - Where You Been
      The Flaming Lips - Transmissions from the Satellite Heart
      Fugazi - In on the Kill Taker
      Goo Goo Dolls - Superstar Carwash
      Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
      PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
      Manic Street Preachers - Gold Against the Soul
      Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See
      Nirvana - In Utero
      Pearl Jam - Vs.
      Porno for Pyros - Porno for Pyros
      Primus - Pork Soda
      Radiohead - Pablo Honey
      The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (breakthrough)
      Suede - Suede
  • Events
    • The first ever KROQ Weenie Roast concert airs for the first time.
      Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder appears on the cover of the October 25th issue of TIME Magazine as part of their feature article on the rising popularity of the grunge movement
      Nirvana plays MTV Unplugged on November 18.
      Mazzy Star has some success with the single "Fade Into You", becoming the biggest hit for dream pop in the mainstream.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Foo Fighters
      Godspeed You! Black Emperor
      Muse (as Rocket Baby Dolls)
      Sigur Rós
      Snow Patrol
  • Disbandments
    • Nirvana
    • Uncle Tupelo
  • Albums
    • Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies EP
      Beck - Mellow Gold (breakthrough)
      Blur - Parklife
      Bush - Sixteen Stone
      Dinosaur Jr. - Without a Sound
      Green Day - Dookie (breakthrough)
      Guided by Voices - Bee Thousand
      Hole - Live Through This (breakthrough)
      Jeff Buckley - Grace
      The Jesus and Mary Chain - Stoned & Dethroned
      Live - Throwing Copper
      Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible
      Meat Puppets - Too High to Die
      Morrissey - Vauxhall and I
      Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral (most commercially successful album)
      Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York
      Oasis - Definitely Maybe
      Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
      Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
      Primal Scream - Give Out But Don't Give Up
      Pulp - His 'n' Hers
      R.E.M - Monster
      Soundgarden - Superunknown
      The Stone Roses - Second Coming
      Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
      Suede - Dog Man Star
      Toadies - Rubberneck (breakthrough)
      Ween - Chocolate and Cheese
      Weezer - Weezer (The Blue Album)
  • Events
    • Kurt Cobain of Nirvana dies on April 5th; his body is found April 8th.
      Kristen Pfaff of Hole dies on June 16.
      Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" becomes a hit single; some cite it as the last major hit of the grunge era.
      Beck's "Loser" becomes a hit single.
      The Offspring releases Smash, becoming one of the best selling albums from an independent record label of all time. Along with the release of Green Day's Dookie, it repopularizes punk rock in the mainstream.
      The term post-rock is coined by Simon Reynolds to describe the music of the likes of Stereolab and Disco Inferno
      Manic Street Preachers' Richey James Edwards is admitted to a psychiatric hospital around the release of The Holy Bible and misses some shows.
      The acclaimed Anderson/Butler songwriting partnership of Suede is ended when Butler is fired from the band by Anderson.
      Weezer hits it big with "Undone (The Sweater Song)" and "Buddy Holly". The music video for Buddy Holly is included on the Windows 95 operating system disc.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Days of the New
      Matthew Good Band
      The Rentals
  • Disbandments
    • American Music Club
    • Meat Puppets
  • Albums
    • Alice in Chains - Alice in Chains
      Better Than Ezra - Deluxe
      Black Grape - It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah
      Blur - The Great Escape
      Dishwalla - Pet Your Friends (breakthrough)
      Elastica - Elastica
      Faith No More - King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
      The Flaming Lips - Clouds Taste Metallic
      Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
      Fugazi - Red Medicine
      Garbage - Garbage
      Goo Goo Dolls - A Boy Named Goo (breakthrough)
      Green Day - Insomniac
      PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
      Mad Season - Above
      Matthew Good Band - Last of the Ghetto Astronauts
      Morrissey - Southpaw Grammar
      Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory
      Pavement - Wowee Zowee
      Primus - Tales from the Punchbowl
      Pulp - Different Class (breakthrough)
      Radiohead - The Bends
      The Red Hot Chili Peppers - One Hot Minute
      The Rentals - Return Of (The Rentals)
      Silverchair - Frogstomp
      The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
      Sonic Youth - Washing Machine
      Wilco - A.M.
  • Events
    • Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon is found dead on October 21.
      Ska becomes popular, with bands such as No Doubt, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Sublime seeing commercial success.
      Mad Season, a band made up of members of Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and the Screaming Trees, forms and breaks up in the same year.
      Richey James Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers disappears on February 1.
      The "Battle of Britpop" occurs between Blur and Oasis when they release their "Country House" and "Roll With It" singles on the same day.


  • Newly formed bands
    • A
      Belle & Sebastian
  • Disbandments
    • The Pogues
    • Screaming Trees
    • Siouxsie & the Banshees
    • The Stone Roses
  • Albums
    • Beck - Odelay
      Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
      Better Than Ezra - Friction, Baby
      Bush - Razorblade Suitcase
      Butthole Surfers - Electriclarryland (breakthrough)
      Local H - As Good as Dead (breakthrough)
      Kula Shaker - K
      Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go (first album as a three-piece)
      Nirvana - From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
      Pearl Jam - No Code
      Porno for Pyros - Good God's Urge
      R.E.M. - New Adventures in Hi-Fi
      Rage Against the Machine - Evil Empire
      Soundgarden - Down on the Upside (final album)
      Weezer - Pinkerton
      Wilco - Being There
  • Events
    • The Smashing Pumpkins' touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin dies on July 12. Subsequently, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is fired and the band continues as a three-piece until Chamberlin's return in 1999.
      Alice in Chains makes their last appearance on MTV Unplugged.
      Hype!, a documentary about the grunge scene of the early 1990s, is released.
      R.E.M. sign a new deal with Warner Bros. worth $80 million. At the time, it was the largest record contract in history.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Coldplay
      Death Cab For Cutie
      The Shins
      The White Stripes
  • Disbandments
    • Cocteau Twins
    • Porno for Pyros
    • Soundgarden - believed by many to signal the end of grunge's mainstream success.
    • Throwing Muses
  • Albums
    • A - How Ace Are Buildings
      Blur - Blur
      Dinosaur Jr. - Hand It Over
      Everclear - So Much for the Afterglow
      Faith No More - Album of the Year
      Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
      Green Day - Nimrod
      Matthew Good Band - Underdogs
      Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
      Morrissey - Maladjusted
      Oasis - Be Here Now
      Pavement - Brighten the Corners
      Primal Scream - Vanishing Point
      Primus - Brown Album
      Radiohead - OK Computer
      Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
      Stereophonics - Word Gets Around
      Suede - Coming Up
  • Events
    • Jane's Addiction reunites; later that year, they disband again.
      On hiatus while Scott Weiland is in rehab, members of Stone Temple Pilots form Talkshow; the new band lasts for only a short time.
      Solo artist Jeff Buckley dies on 29 May as a result of accidental drowning in the Mississippi River.
      R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announces his retirement; the rest of the band continue as a three-piece.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
      The Cooper Temple Clause
  • Disbandments
    • Black Grape
    • Faith No More
    • Lush
  • Albums
    • Beck - Mutations
      Belle & Sebastian - The Boy with the Arab Strap
      Better Than Ezra - How Does Your Garden Grow?
      Fugazi - End Hits
      Jerry Cantrell - Boggy Depot
      Garbage - Version 2.0
      Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up the Girl
      Hole - Celebrity Skin
      Manic Street Preachers - This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
      Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
      Pearl Jam - Yield
      R.E.M. - Up
      The Smashing Pumpkins - Adore
      Sonic Youth - A Thousand Leaves
      Soul Coughing - El Oso (final album)
  • Events
    • For the first year since it began, Lollapalooza does not take place, and goes on hiatus for 6 years.
    • Bauhaus reunite.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Broken Social Scene
      A Perfect Circle
      The Strokes
  • Disbandments
    • Blind Melon - after years of struggling to continue on without Shannon Hoon.
    • The Jesus Lizard
    • The Jesus and Mary Chain
    • Love and Rockets
    • Luscious Jackson
    • Pavement
    • The Verve
  • Albums
    • A - A vs. Monkey Kong
      Beck - Midnite Vultures
      The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
      Foo Fighters - There Is Nothing Left to Lose
      Matthew Good Band - Beautiful Midnight
      Muse - Showbiz
      Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
      Pavement - Terror Twilight
      Primus - Antipop
      The Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
      Rage Against the Machine - The Battle of Los Angeles
      The Rentals - Seven More Minutes
      Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock
      Stone Temple Pilots - No. 4
      Suede - Head Music
      Wilco - Summerteeth
  • Events
    • Despite rumors of disbanding, Stone Temple Pilots return to recording.
      The No WTO Combo attempts to play at the WTO Meeting of 1999, but are unable to do so due to conflicts with the police.


  • Disbandments
    • Rage Against the Machine
    • The Rentals
    • The Smashing Pumpkins
    • Soul Coughing
  • Albums
    • Blur - 13
      Coldplay - Parachutes
      The Cure - Bloodflowers
      Elastica - The Menace
      Green Day - Warning:
      Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
      Oasis - Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
      Pearl Jam - Binaural
      A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms
      Primal Scream - XTRMNTR
      Radiohead - Kid A
      Sleater-Kinney - All Hands on the Bad One
      The Smashing Pumpkins - MACHINA/The Machines of God
      The Smashing Pumpkins - MACHINA II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music (final album)
  • Events
    • The Smashing Pumpkins have their last concert on December 2.
    • The Smashing Pumpkins release MACHINA II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music for free to music downloaders on the internet.
    • The Meat Puppets reunite.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Audioslave
      Franz Ferdinand
      The Libertines
  • Disbandments
    • The Afghan Whigs
    • Elastica
    • Toadies
  • Albums
    • Better Than Ezra - Closer
      Fugazi - The Argument
      Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
      Matthew Good Band - The Audio of Being
      Manic Street Preachers - Know Your Enemy
      Muse - Origin of Symmetry
      New Order - Get Ready
      R.E.M. - Reveal
      Radiohead - Amnesiac
      The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
      The Strokes - Is This It
      Weezer - Weezer (The Green Album)
      The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
  • Events
    • The Matthew Good Band breaks up. Good continues as a solo artist.
      Manic Street Preachers become first major modern band to play a gig in Cuba. The gig is attended by Fidel Castro
      Muse split from American record label, Maverick, after the label demands that the band make the album Origin of Symmetry more Radio-friendly for the US market.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Arctic Monkeys
      Bloc Party
  • Disbandments
    • Hole
    • Alice in Chains
  • Albums
    • A - Hi-Fi Serious
      Audioslave - Audioslave
      Beck - Sea Change
      The Breeders - Title TK (final album)
      Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
      The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
      Foo Fighters - One by One
      Goo Goo Dolls - Gutterflower
      Hot Hot Heat - Make Up the Breakdown
      Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
      The Libertines - Up the Bracket
      Muse - Hullabaloo
      Oasis - Heathen Chemistry
      Pearl Jam - Riot Act
      Primal Scream - Evil Heat
      Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way
      Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
      Sonic Youth - Murray Street
      Weezer - Maladroit
      Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  • Events
    • Layne Staley of Alice in Chains dies on April 5, the 8th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death.
      Jane's Addiction reunites again.
      Nirvana's "You Know You're Right", a previously unreleased song, becomes a hit single.


  • Newly formed bands
    • The Arcade Fire
      Kaiser Chiefs
  • Albums
    • A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step
      Blur - Think Tank
      Cat Power - You Are Free
      The Cooper Temple Clause - Kick Up The Fire And Let The Flames Break Loose
      Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
      Jane's Addiction - Strays
      Matthew Good - Avalanche
      Muse - Absolution
      Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
      The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
      The Strokes - Room on Fire
      The White Stripes - Elephant
  • Events
    • The first Lollapalooza in 6 years takes place.
    • Elliott Smith dies


  • Newly formed bands
    • The Dead 60s
      Louis XIV
  • Disbandments
    • The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Albums
    • A Perfect Circle - eMOTIVe
      The Cure - The Cure
      Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
      Green Day - American Idiot
      Interpol - Antics
      The Killers - Hot Fuss
      The Libertines - The Libertines
      Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News (breakthrough)
      Manic Street Preachers - Lifeblood
      Matthew Good - White Light Rock & Roll Review
      Morrissey - You Are the Quarry
      My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
      Nirvana - With the Lights Out box set
      R.E.M. - Around the Sun
      Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
      TV on the Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
      The Used - In Love And Death
      Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
  • Events
    • Influential British DJ John Peel, whose advocacy helped increase the profiles of many punk and alternative acts, dies on October 25th.
      The Pixies reunite and release a new single entitled "Bam Thwok".
      Lollapalooza is cancelled due to low ticket sales.


  • Newly formed bands
    • Dirty Pretty Things
  • Disbandments
    • Guided by Voices
  • Albums
    • A - Teen Dance Ordinance
      Audioslave - Out of Exile
      Beck - Guero
      Coldplay - X&Y
      The Dead 60s - The Dead 60s
      Death Cab For Cutie - Plans (breakthrough)
      Jimmy Chamberlin Complex - Life Begins Again
      Billy Corgan - TheFutureEmbrace
      Foo Fighters - In Your Honor
      Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
      Garbage - Bleed Like Me
      Gorillaz - Demon Days
      Hot Hot Heat - Elevator
      Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
      Louis XIV - Best Little Secrets Are Kept
      New Order - Waiting for the Sirens' Call
      Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
      Oasis - Don't Believe the Truth
      Weezer - Make Believe
      The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
  • Events
    • Billy Corgan decides to reform The Smashing Pumpkins after 5 years of disbanding. However, the statement has not yet been approved as of November 2005.
      Death Cab For Cutie's major label debut makes #4 on the American sales chart,
      Audioslave become only the second major rock band to play a gig in Cuba, following Manic Street Preachers in 2001.

See also

Alternative rock
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Other topics
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