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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
Rank Artist
1 FOO FIGHTERS
2 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
3 LINKIN PARK
4 GREEN DAY
5 U2
6 R.E.M.
7 INCUBUS
8 PEARL JAM
9 THE OFFSPRING
10 BUSH
11 THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
12 WEEZER
13 THE CURE
14 STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
15 MUSE
16 BLINK-182
17 STAIND
18 THREE DAYS GRACE
19 NIRVANA
20 LIVE
21 311
22 DEPECHE MODE
23 RISE AGAINST
24 MORRISSEY
25 NINE INCH NAILS
Rank Artist
26 SEETHER
27 CHEVELLE
28 PAPA ROACH
29 THE BLACK KEYS
30 OASIS
31 PUDDLE OF MUDD
32 AUDIOSLAVE
33 JIMMY EAT WORLD
34 COLDPLAY
35 THE KILLERS
36 EVERCLEAR
37 NICKELBACK
38 CREED
39 GOO GOO DOLLS
40 3 DOORS DOWN
41 INXS
42 LENNY KRAVITZ
43 BREAKING BENJAMIN
44 SHINEDOWN
45 SYSTEM OF A DOWN
46 THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS
47 SOUNDGARDEN
48 BECK
49 DISTURBED
50 THE 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.
12 Red Hot Chili Peppers
11 Linkin Park
9 Foo Fighters
9 Green Day
8 U2
6 R.E.M.
5 Bush
5 Nirvana
4 The Cure
4 Depeche Mode
4 Incubus
4 Kings Of Leon
4 Nine Inch Nails
4 Pearl Jam
Alternative: Most Top 10s By Artist
The all-time list of the artists with the most top 10 Alternative hits.
24 Red Hot Chili Peppers
23 U2
20 Foo Fighters
20 Green Day
18 Pearl Jam
17 The Offspring
17 The Smashing Pumpkins
16 Linkin Park
15 R.E.M.
14 Incubus

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