Is Alternative Rock Coming Back?

The term “Alternative Rock” was used to describe the bands that performed punk-rock style music and worked with independent labels, who didn't fit into mainstream music genres that were popular at that time. The group of music that falls under Alternative Rock is many styles that were hyper-popular at one time or another. Sub-genres like Britpop, indie pop, gothic rock, grunge were all possible because of punk music, which was the building block of alternative music during the 1970s. Some people used the term “alternative rock” to describe all music that came to be from punk rock, all artists who made underground music in the 80s and sometimes rock music in general during the later 1990s and 2000s. With the emergence of famous artists and bands like Nirvana and The Cure, the genre became mainstream, and many other artists and bands received recognition. Still, most of them released their music via independent labels and became popular via word-of-mouth and college radios. The genre and many of the sub-genres of alternative rock were influenced by jazz, reggae, electronic music, and folk music.

Famous Artists of the 1970s and 1980s

  • The Cure
  • Ramones
  • David Bowie
  • U2
  • Blondie
  • Queen
  • The Smiths
  • Nirvana
  • Soundgarden
  • Depeche Mode

Famous Artists of the 1990s and 2000s

  • Weezer
  • Alice In Chains
  • Green Day
  • The Smashing Pumpkins
  • The Cranberries
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Blink-182
  • Foo Fighters
  • Fall Out Boy
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Jimmy Eat World

Is Alternative Rock Making a Comeback in the 2020s?

2019 has been a year of hope that brought alternative rock and all its sub-genres back in the public's eye. So many significant events shaped the comeback of this legendary music genre, and the 2020s will be the time when all the water will flood people's music tastes and perspectives after the dam broke in 2019. Maybe one of the most important news that came out was that My Chemical Romance was coming back, and their tour is going to be one of the most popular events this year. They may be releasing a new album, and people from all classes and ages are anticipating it. The legendary Marylin Manson turned fifty, and many celebrities from all genres acknowledged and paid tribute to him. The Hella Mega Tour brought three of the biggest names in rock together on one stage – Fall Out Boy, Weezer, and Green Day. We are expecting the tour to begin spring 2021, so watch out for tickets. The genre is collaborating with many famous artists, and music stars like Billie Eilish, Halsey, Post Malone, Juice WRLD, and many others have shown their love toward the genre in their way. Even famous rapper Machine Gun Kelly has announced his collaborative pop-punk album with Travis Barker (drummer of Blink-182), and it will get released soon.

Final Conclusion

The evidence that alternative rock is making a comeback in 2020 is all around us, whether it’s a legendary tour, a reunion, or through inspiring the next generation of artists to create music. We are witnessing a musical revolution that many would speak of during the next decade.