Alternative Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 50 Artists, Most Top 10s, Most No. 1s & More

Foo Fighters, Lollapalooza, August 2011.

As Billboard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Alternative chart, which made its debut on Sept. 10, 1988 under the title "Modern Rock," we've delved into the tally's history to countdown the top Alternative songs, and here we dive even deeper and list the top 50 Alternative artists, the artists with the most No. 1s, the artists with the most top 10s, and more.

Alternative Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

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Alternative Chart: Top 50 Artists
RankArtist
1FOO FIGHTERS
2RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
3LINKIN PARK
4GREEN DAY
5U2
6R.E.M.
7INCUBUS
8PEARL JAM
9THE OFFSPRING
10BUSH
11THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
12WEEZER
13THE CURE
14STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
15MUSE
16BLINK-182
17STAIND
18THREE DAYS GRACE
19NIRVANA
20LIVE
21311
22DEPECHE MODE
23RISE AGAINST
24MORRISSEY
25NINE INCH NAILS
RankArtist
26SEETHER
27CHEVELLE
28PAPA ROACH
29THE BLACK KEYS
30OASIS
31PUDDLE OF MUDD
32AUDIOSLAVE
33JIMMY EAT WORLD
34COLDPLAY
35THE KILLERS
36EVERCLEAR
37NICKELBACK
38CREED
39GOO GOO DOLLS
403 DOORS DOWN
41INXS
42LENNY KRAVITZ
43BREAKING BENJAMIN
44SHINEDOWN
45SYSTEM OF A DOWN
46THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS
47SOUNDGARDEN
48BECK
49DISTURBED
50THE CRANBERRIES
Artists With The Most Alternative Chart Hits
U2 (38 hits) • Pearl Jam (37 hits) • Green Day (30 hits) • Red Hot Chili Peppers (30 hits) • Foo Fighters (27 hits) • The Offspring (26 hits) • R.E.M. (26 hits)
Alternative: Most No. 1s By Artist
The all-time list of the artists with the most No. 1 Alternative hits.
12Red Hot Chili Peppers
11Linkin Park
9Foo Fighters
9Green Day
8U2
6R.E.M.
5Bush
5Nirvana
4The Cure
4Depeche Mode
4Incubus
4Kings Of Leon
4Nine Inch Nails
4Pearl Jam
Alternative: Most Top 10s By Artist
The all-time list of the artists with the most top 10 Alternative hits.
24Red Hot Chili Peppers
23U2
20Foo Fighters
20Green Day
18Pearl Jam
17The Offspring
17The Smashing Pumpkins
16Linkin Park
15R.E.M.
14Incubus

How This Chart Was Formulated: The Top Alternative Artists ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Alternative chart (formerly Modern Rock) dating to it's inception on Sept. 10, 1988. Rankings are based on an inverse-point system, with weeks at No. 1 having the greatest value and weeks at lower rankings proportionally less. Due to various changes in chart rules, length and methodology, including the implementation of monitored airplay data from Nielsen BDS in 1994, songs have had shorter average runs at No. 1 and on the chart overall earlier in its history. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from all 25 years, earlier time frames were weighted to account for the difference in turnover rates from those periods.

Alternative Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs