The Best Alternative Rock Songs in the Past Decade

Published: November 26, 2013

The alternative rock genre takes on many different forms. Without getting into an argument about what kind of music this genre actually entails, this list covers some of the best alternative songs released in the past decade. Although this list only covers the top three, I highly encourage the reader to share his or her own opinion as well.

  1. Sometime Around Midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event

    Have you ever had a really bad breakup? Have you ever Google searched for an online summary of Don DeLillo's White Noise and somehow run into this band's fan page instead?

    I strongly believe that The Airborne Toxic Event is one of this decade's most underrated bands. Their hit song, Sometime Around Midnight conveys all of the dramatic emotion of running into a former lover at a bar, only to have their heart crushed. The song is unique in the sense that it is completely linear- it's as if the song was telling a story instead of using verses and a chorus. It's definitely a song that you have to listen to if you have not already.

  2. Miss Atomic Bomb - The Killers

    The most recent album released by The Killers, Battleborn, has been met with a lot of praise. This song whose music video is a spiritual sequel that's technically also a prequel to their song Mr. Brightside hits all of the right notes. Miss Atomic Bomb is the best song on the Battleborn album, and I highly recommend that you listen to it if you have not. It's definitely one of those songs that will fly under the radar until an alternative rock radio station picks it up and plays it over and over again.

  3. Paradise - Coldplay

    Speaking of extremely late to the party, radio stations began making Paradise popular among listeners almost a full year after the Mylo Xyloto album had been released. This newest album from Coldplay is definitely one that you should listen to. Paradise in and of itself is also an excellent song that somehow found popularity a full year after its release. Coldplay has announced that all album making is on hiatus for a while, but hopefully that hiatus is lifted soon.

Not only do I highly recommend all of the songs on this list, I recommend the album that each song comes from. There are a lot of songs that have been released recently that also contend for the best alternative rock song of the past decade. However, I believe that Sometime Around Midnight, a song that never broke the top 25 of all time in America, is the best alternative rock song of the past decade.