Best Alternative Songs Ranked


 

Rank

Title

Artist

Year

1

 Falling Out of Love with You

 6ths, The

1995

2

 Beat Box (Diversion One)

 Art of Noise, The

1984

3

 Strangelove

 Depeche Mode

1987

4

 Moments in Love

 Art of Noise, The

1983

5

 Really Saying Something

 Bananarama

1982

6

 Dr. Mabuse

 Propaganda

1985

7

 Close (To the Edit)

 Art of Noise, The

1984

8

 Blue Monday

 New Order

1983

9

 Legs

 Art of Noise, The

1985

10

 Work for Love

 Ministry

1983

11

 The Model

 Kraftwerk

1978

12

 Smells Like Teen Spirit

 Nirvana

1991

13

 Cruel Summer

 Bananarama

1984

14

 Peter Gunn

 Art of Noise, The

1986

15

 Bizarre Love Triangle

 New Order

1986

16

 Computer Love

 Kraftwerk

1981

17

 Melting in the Sun

 INXS

1984

18

 Next One Is Real

 Minimal Compact

1984

19

 Tour de France

 Kraftwerk

1983

20

 Several Styles of Blonde Girls Dancing

 Martha & The Muffins

1983

21

 Uncertain Smile

 The The

1982

22

 Golden Brown

 Stranglers, The

1981

23

 What We All Want

 Gang of Four

1981

24

 Planet Claire

 B-52's, The

1979

25

 Whip It

 Devo

1980

26

 A Day at the Races

 Art of Noise, The

1987

27

 Boy

 Book of Love

1985

28

 True Faith

 New Order

1987

29

 Danseparc (Every Day It's Tomorrow)

 Martha & The Muffins

1983

30

 Wuthering Heights

 Bush, Kate

1978

31

 Love Action (I Believe in Love)

 Human League

1981

32

 Love & Pride

 King

1984

33

 Absolute

 Scritti Politti

1985

34

 How Soon Is Now?

 Smiths, The

1985

35

 Cities in Dust

 Siouxsie & The Banshees

1985

36

 (Feels Like) Heaven

 Fiction Factory

1984

37

 Babooshka

 Bush, Kate

1980

38

 The One Thing

 INXS

1982

39

 The Perfect Kiss

 New Order

1985

40

 Pocket Calculator

 Kraftwerk

1981

41

 Private Idaho

 B-52's, The

1980

42

 Da Da Da

 Trio

1982

43

 Boys Don't Cry

 Cure, The

1980

44

 P-Machinery

 Propaganda

1985

45

 Communication Breakdown

 Doppelganger

1985

46

 Genius of Love

 Tom Tom Club

1981

47

 Situation

 Yaz

1982

48

 Do You Wanna Hold Me?

 Bow Wow Wow

1983

49

 Ashes to Ashes

 Bowie, Davie

1980

50

 Lie to Me

 Depeche Mode

1983

51

 Robert De Niro's Waiting

 Bananarama

1984

52

 Desperate But Not Serious

 Adam Ant

1982

53

 Go!

 Tones On Tail

1984

54

 World Destruction

 Time Zone

1984

55

 Move Your Feet

 Junior Senior

2003

56

 Pop Muzik

 M

1979

57

 Jumping Someone Else's Train

 Cure, The

1980

58

 Train in Vain (Stand by Me)

 Clash, The

1980

59

 Rock the Casbah

 Clash, The

1982

60

 Computer World

 Kraftwerk

1981

61

 Nouveau Mouvement

 Octobre

1983

62

 Summer of Love

 B-52's, The

1986

63

 This Is Fascism

 Consolidated

1991

64

 The Future of the Future (Stay Gold)

 Everything But the Girl

1999

65

 Appetite

 Prefab Sprout

1985

66

 Electric CafĂ©

 Kraftwerk

1986

67

 Can I Get Get Get

 Junior Senior

2007

68

 In-Between Days

 Cure, The

1985

69

 E=MC2

 Big Audio Dynamite

1985

70

 I Got You

 Split Enz

1980

71

 Video Killed the Radio Star

 Buggles, The

1979

72

 Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)

 Bananarama

1982

73

 The Lebanon

 Human League

1984

74

 Every Day Is Halloween

 Ministry

1984

75

 Christine

 Siouxsie & The Banshees

1980

76

 Disappointed

 Electronic

1992

77

 Pull Out the Pin

 Bush, Kate

1982

78

 Feel Good, Inc.

 Gorillaz

2005

79

 Rock Lobster

 B-52's, The

1979

80

 Biting My Nails

 Renegade Soundwave

1990

81

 Watusi Rodeo

 Guadalcanal Diary

1984

82

 The Boy With the Thorn in His Side

 Smiths, The

1986

83

 Legal Tender

 B-52's, The

1983

84

 Sat in Your Lap

 Bush, Kate

1982

85

 Rock Me Amadeus

 Falco

1985

86

 Take My Time

 Junior Senior

2007

87

 Angel No

 Yello

1985

88

 Your Silent Face

 New Order

1983

89

 Beatback

 Art of Noise, The

1986

90

 Goody Two Shoes

 Adam Ant

1982

91

 I Touch Roses

 Book of Love

1985

92

 Maybe for Sure

 Harry, Deborah

1990

93

 Brighter

 Railway Children, The

1987

94

 Sex Object

 Kraftwerk

1986

95

 Weirdo

 New Order

1986

96

 Policy of Truth

 Depeche Mode

1990

97

 52 Girls

 B-52's, The

1979

98

 Immigrant Song

 Minimal Compact

1987

99

 Ahead

 Wire

1987

100

 New Toy

 Lovich, Lene

1981

101

 Turning Japanese

 Vapors, The

1980

102

 I Wanted to Tell Her

 Ministry

1983

103

 Just Like Heaven

 Cure, The

1987

104

 Bring on the Dancing Horses

 Echo & The Bunnymen

1985

105

 There Goes a Tenner

 Bush, Kate

1982

106

 Suspended in Gaffa

 Bush, Kate

1982

107

 Barbarism Begins at Home

 Smiths, The

1985

108

 She Blinded Me With Science

 Dolby, Thomas

1982

109

 Natural One

 Folk Implosion

1995

110

 Doctor Love

 Bananarama

1982

111

 Erase/Rewind

 Cardigans, The

1998

112

 Home Computer

 Kraftwerk

1981

113

 Rough Justice

 Bananarama

1984

114

 Beautiful World

 Devo

1981

115

 Fences

 Phoenix

2009

116

 I Could Be Happy

 Altered Images

1982

117

 Black Stations/White Stations

 Martha & The Muffins

1984

118

 Paranoimia

 Art of Noise, The

1986

119

 Deceive Yourself (In Ignorant Heaven)

 Del Amitri

1985

120

 The High Road

 Broken Bells

2010

121

 Bigmouth Strikes Again

 Smiths, The

1986

122

 Tinseltown in the Rain

 Blue Nile, The

1984

123

 Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)

 Icicle Works

1983

124

 Push

 Cure, The

1985

125

 Cake

 B-52's, The

1981

126

 St. Croix

 Family of the Year

2012

127

 Fly on the Windscreen

 Depeche Mode

1985

128

 Bittersweet Symphony

 Verve, The

1997

129

 Cuts You Up

 Murphy, Peter

1989

130

 Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland

 B-52's, The

1986

131

 Leave It Open

 Bush, Kate

1982

132

 Snow in California

 Stills, The

2008

133

 Void

 Mary Onettes, The

2007

134

 Never Let Me Down Again

 Depeche Mode

1987

135

 Oh Yeah

 Yello

1985

136

 What Do You Want from Me?

 Monaco

1997

137

 He Is So

 Harry, Deborah

1989

138

 Lips Like Sugar

 Echo & The Bunnymen

1987

139

 Castles in Spain

 Armoury Show, The

1985

140

 I Eat Cannibals (Part One)

 Total Coelo

1982

141

 It's More Fun to Compute

 Kraftwerk

1981

142

 Sign of the Times

 Belle Stars, The

1983

143

 Soul Meets Body

 Death Cab For Cutie

2005

144

 Hong Kong Garden

 Siouxsie & The Banshees

1978

145

 Wrong

 Everything But the Girl

1996

146

 Infected

 The The

1986

147

 Pushing up Daisies

 Colourfield, The

1985

148

 Tainted Love

 Soft Cell

1981

149

 Usually

 Trash Can Sinatras, The

2004

150

 Bittersweet

 Hoodoo Gurus

1985

151

 Aphrodisiac

 Bow Wow Wow

1983

152

 Promised You a Miracle

 Simple Minds

1982

153

 Less Than Zero

 Costello, Elvis

1977

154

 An Honest Mistake

 Bravery, The

2005

155

 Cloudbusting

 Bush, Kate

1985

156

 Everything Is Everything

 Phoenix

2004

157

 I Send a Message

 INXS

1984

158

 Brimful of Asha

 Cornershop

1998

159

 Gender Bombs

 Stills, The

2003

160

 Start the Commotion

 Wiseguys, The

1998

161

 Noticeable Ones

 Missing Persons

1982

162

 I Will Dare

 Replacements, The

1984

163

 Twisterella

 Ride

1992

164

 Confetti

 Lemonheads, The

1992

165

 You Don't Understand

 House of Love, The

1992

166

 Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)

 Scritti Politti

1985

167

 Liar Liar

 Harry, Deborah

1988

168

 Everything Counts

 Depeche Mode

1983

169

 Hey Jack Kerouac

 10,000 Maniacs

1987

170

 Friday I'm in Love

 Cure, The

1992

171

 The Itchy Glowbo Blow

 Cocteau Twins, The

1988

172

 Jolene

 Strawberry Switchblade

1985

173

 Imitation of Life

 R.E.M.

2001

174

 Catch the Sun

 Doves

2000

175

 Just Can't Get Enough

 Depeche Mode

1981

176

 The Great Beyond

 R.E.M.

1999

177

 Corpses in Their Mouths

 Ian Brown

1998

178

 Mothers Talk

 Tears for Fears

1985

179

 Christine

 House of Love, The

1988

180

 Two Tribes (Annihilation)

 Frankie Goes to Hollywood

1984

181

 I Imagine

 Minimal Compact

1987

182

 Love Song

 Cure, The

1989

183

 Everyday Is Like Sunday

 Morrissey

1988

184

 Lava

 B-52's, The

1979

185

 Song for a Future Generation

 B-52's, The

1983

186

 Slight Return

 Bluetones, The

1995

187

 Walking Wounded

 Everything But the Girl

1996

188

 The Baby Screams

 Cure, The

1985

189

 Devil's Haircut

 Beck

1996

190

 Perfume Garden

 Chameleons, The

1985

191

 Love Vigilantes

 New Order

1985

192

 It's No Good

 Depeche Mode

1997

193

 Another Town

 Railway Children, The

1987

194

 Ambitious

 Wire

1987

195

 That Certain Smile

 Ure, Midge

1985

196

 A Million Miles From Happiness

 Simon F

1985

197

 Is It Love

 Gang of Four

1983

198

 Wonderwall

 Oasis

1995

199

 This Woman's Work

 Bush, Kate

1989

200

 Beds Are Burning

 Midnight Oil

1988

201

 Big Hollow Man

 Dax, Danielle

1988

202

 Thieves Like Us

 New Order

1984

203

 Legend of a Cowgirl

 Imani Coppola

1997

204

 The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get

 Morrissey

1994

205

 Sour Times

 Portishead

1994

206

 Crystal Clear

 Darling Buds, The

1990

207

 Loser

 Beck

1994

208

 King for a Day

 XTC

1989

209

 Dance This Mess Around

 B-52's, The

1979

210

 Reptile

 Church, The

1988

211

 Nowhere Fast

 Smiths, The

1985

212

 Shallow

 Catherine Wheel

1992

213

 Frozen Faces

 Propaganda

1985

214

 Broken English

 Marianne Faithfull

1979

215

 And as for Myself

 King

1984

216

 A Gentle Sound

 Railway Children, The

1987

217

 People Are People

 Depeche Mode

1984

218

 Black Metallic

 Catherine Wheel

1992

219

 As Girls Go

 Vega, Suzanne

1992

220

 Radio, Radio

 Costello, Elvis & The Attractions

1978

221

 I Kissed the Spikey Fridge

 King

1984

222

 Careful

 Railway Children, The

1987

223

 Alex Chilton

 Replacements, The

1987

224

 Dancing Barefoot

 Patti Smith Group

1979

225

 Relax

 Frankie Goes to Hollywood

1984

226

 The Ghost in You

 Psychedelic Furs, The

1983

227

 Don't Stop the Dance

 Ferry, Bryan

1985

228

 Way Down Now

 World Party

1990

229

 Kitchen of Life

 Fetchin Bones

1985

230

 Now This Is Fun

 Depeche Mode

1984

231

 Just Got Lucky

 Jo Boxers, The

1983

232

 Here's a New Thing

 Paul Weller Movement, The

1991

233

 Walking Down Madison

 MacColl, Kirsty

1991

234

 Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

 Smiths, The

1987

235

 Sub-Culture

 New Order

1985

236

 Giant

 The The

1983

237

 Lucky Number

 Lovich, Lene

1979

238

 Radio Free Europe

 R.E.M.

1983

239

 I Want You Back

 Hoodoo Gurus

1984

240

 Alison

 Costello, Elvis

1977

241

 Sing

 Travis

2001

242

 Side

 Travis

2001

243

 Close to Me

 Cure, The

1985

244

 Koladi-Ola

 Yello

1985

245

 Positively Lost Me

 Rave-Ups, The

1985

246

 Soul on My Boots

 King

1984

247

 Leilani

 Hoodoo Gurus

1984

248

 So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)

 R.E.M.

1984

249

 Television Man

 Talking Heads

1985

250

 (Don't Go Back to) Rockville

 R.E.M.

1984

251

 Perfect Way

 Scritti Politti

1985

252

 Trying to Forget You

 Foxton, Bruce

1984

253

 Trail of Tears

 Guadalcanal Diary

1984

254

 Love in Itself

 Depeche Mode

1983

255

 Every Word Means No

 Let's Active

1983

256

 Let Me Go

 Heaven 17

1983

257

 Burning Down the House

 Talking Heads

1983

258

 Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

 Bush, Kate

1985

259

 The Blood

 Cure, The

1985

260

 The Murder of Love

 Propaganda

1985

261

 When Love Breaks Down

 Prefab Sprout

1985