stylistic origins: Punk, Post-Punk, Hardcore Punk
cultural origins: Early 1980s, United Kingdom and United States
sub-genres: 2
artists listed: 8,101
albums: 17,992
tracks: 222,969
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Alternative Rock

stylistic origins: Punk, Post-Punk, Hardcore Punk
cultural origins: Early 1980s, United Kingdom and United States

Alternative rock is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. As a musical genre, alternative rock consists of various subgenres that have emerged from the independent music scene since the 1980s, such as grunge, Brit pop, gothic rock and indie pop. These genres are unified by their collective debt to the style and/or ethos of punk, which laid the groundwork for alternative music in the 1970s.

At times alternative rock has been used as a catch-all phrase for rock music from underground artists in the 1980s, all music descended from punk rock (including punk itself, New Wave, and post-punk) and, ironically, for rock music in general in the 1990s and 2000s.

While a few artists like R.E.M. and The Cure achieved commercial success and mainstream critical recognition, many alternative rock artists during the 1980s were cult acts that recorded on independent labels and received their exposure through college radio airplay and word-of-mouth. With the breakthrough of Nirvana and the popularity of the grunge and Brit pop movements in the early 1990s, alternative rock entered the musical mainstream and many alternative bands became commercially successful.

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