Music Spotlight: Alternative

Section Editor: Alex Brodofsky


What is music?

To some people music is just noise, polluting the air.

To others, music is their life.

It comes in all shapes and forms.

This Month’s spotlight genre is Alternative.

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Everyone knows what Alternative is; It’s that edgy punk-rock music that everyone listens to when they are depressed or don’t know what metal is. You see that almost everyone has listened to them before: Some people walk around with them quietly playing in their iPhone earbuds or some expensive headphones, blending into the crowds of faces, while other people go out of their way to get noticed. No matter who you are, everyone has heard these types of bands one way or another.

Some popular Bands are Twenty One Pilots, LINKIN PARK, Nirvana, Panic! At the Disco, Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides, LOSTPROPHETS, Melanie Martinez, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink 182, Sylosis, Peirce the Veil, Sleeping with Sirens, Disturbed, Fugazi, Trapt, Zebrahead etc. etc.

Everyone had heard of at least one of these bands one way or another, whether you listen to them or make fun of them of all the edgy garbage they make. Big bands like Imagine Dragons, twentyonepilots, Green Day, and Linkin Park have made many hits while some of the other bands like Papa Roach and I See Stars have made only a few hits, some like Zebrahead and Trapt have only made one and disappeared.2017 Issue 1 - alex2

In case you were wondering what this music is, here is a short list of some songs you can listen to, just to get a feel of what this kind of music is.

  • Mortician’s Daughter – Black Veil Brides
  • Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
  • Holiday – Green Day
  • Shinobi vs Dragon Ninja – LOSTPROPHETS
  • Heathens – Twentyonepilots
  • In the End – LINKIN PARK
  • 21 guns – Green Day
  • Mad Hatter – Melanie Martinez
  • Death of a Bachelor – Panic! At the Disco
  • Car Radio – Twentyonepilots
  • House of Gold – Twentyonepilots
  • Indestructible – Disturbed
  • Down With the Sickness – Disturbed
  • Texas is Forever – Peirce the Veil
  • Let’s Cheers to This – Sleeping with Sirens
  • Headstrong – Trapt
  • Falling Apart – Zebrahead
  • Waiting Room – Fugazi
  • Emperor’s New Clothes – Panic! At the Disco
  • Sugar, We’re Going Down – Fall Out Boy
  • Centuries – Fall Out Boy
  • Demons – Imagine Dragons
  • Basket Case – Green Day
  • Not the American Average – Asking Alexandria
  • The Final Episode – Asking Alexandria
  • Murder Mitten – I See Stars
  • Smells like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
  • Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • California – Blink 182
  • Clocks – Coldplay
  • Undead – Hollywood Undead
  • Mother Murder – Hollywood Undead
  • Swallow the World – Sylosis
  • 115 – Kevin Sherwood
  • Pareidolia – Kevin Sherwood
  • Last Resort – Papa Roach
  • Riot – Three Days Grace
  • These are just a few examples of some popular Alternative bands. But these do not define the limits of Alt music. Feel free to search the genera; and who knows? Maybe you’ll find something new to catch your ear.


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