Alternative rock is a type of rock music that became popular in the 1980s and 1990's. It became widely popular in the 1990s. Alternative rock is made up of various subgenres that have come out of the indie music scene since the 1980s, such as grunge, indie rock, Britpop, gothic rock, and indie pop.
|Stylistic origins||Punk rock, post-punk, new wave, hardcore punk|
|Cultural origins||Late 1970s to early 1980s, United Kingdom and United States|
|Typical instruments||Electric guitar – Bass – drums|
|Mainstream popularity||Limited before the success of grunge and Britpop in the 1990s. Widespread since then.|
|Britpop – College rock – Dream pop - Geek rock – Gothic rock – Grunge – Indie pop – Indie rock – Math rock - Noise pop - Noise rock – Paisley Underground – Post-rock – Shoegazing|
|Alternative dance – Alternative metal – Psychobilly – Industrial rock – Madchester – Post-punk revival – Riot Grrrl|
|Massachusetts – Seattle, Washington – Illinois – Manchester England|
|Bands – College radio – History – Independent music – Lollapalooza|
- di Perna, Alan. "Brave Noise--The History of Alternative Rock Guitar". Guitar World. December 1995.