Originating in the late 1970s and early 1980s, alternative generally refers to a wide range of styles and subgenres distinct from mainstream music. Although its popularity has declined since the turn of the century, the critical and commercial success of alternative bands such as Nirvana, Radiohead and Coldplay has ensured that the genre continues to enjoy significant interest.
Subgenres of Alternative
Some of the subgenres of alternative include the rhythmically complex math rock, the lyrically introspective gothic rock, the instrumentally complex grunge, the ethereally atmospheric dream pop, and the chiming melodies of jangle pop. Other notable subgenres include indie rock, industrial rock, and shoegaze.
International and Australian Alternative Bands
Despite being outside the mainstream, alternative music has generated some of the most popular bands in the world. For example, Radiohead has received critical acclaim on numerous occasions and Coldplay has won dozens of awards throughout their career. Meanwhile, Australian Alternative bands such as Powderfinger, Midnight Oil, Silverchair and INXS are all household names.
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