I’m not even gonna quibble about the order of the songs. What I want to know is: what is the criteria for “alternative”? Roxy Music’s 1976 hit “Love Is the Drug” (#340)? David Bowie’s 1969 Top 5 UK hit “Space Oddity” (#46)? “One Love” by Bob Marley and the Wailers from 1977 (#36)?
“Rock” is a big genre. (Rock could probably be classed as a sub-genre of “Pop” or “Popular” Music, which is distinguished from “Classical” and maybe “Folk/Ethnic” and “Liturgical”.) Rock has plenty of sub-genres — Reggae, Singer/Songwriter, Electronica, Folk-rock, Dance, Hard, Britpop — which overlap with its historical periods — Glam, Punk, New Wave, Grunge, College, Psychedelic, Hair-bands.
This selection of “Alternative” songs — which span five decades, major labels, indie labels, top ten hits, album cuts, acoustic songs, electronic cuts, cover versions — have absolutely nothing to unite them and are therefore meaningless as a classification. I wish the appellation would just disappear forever.
(There is one thing I did notice while looking through the list: with the exception of Bob Marley — 4 songs — and Lenny Kravitz — 3 songs — this is a very white list…)