20 Alternative Rock Music Videos That Will Turn 20 In 2016 – Billboard

1996 is a momentous year for alternative rock. It was a time when MTV was pushing bands worthy of “Buzz Bin” and giving heavy rotation to artists on Alternate Nation and 120 minutes. The influence ranged from grunge, punk, pop, rap rock, funk, dance and ska.

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311 “All mixed up”

“You have to trust your instincts and let go of regret”

The third single from 311’s groundbreaking self-titled album peaked at #4 on the Alternative Songs chart. Frontman Nick Hexum said the song “was a really innovative combination of styles that had never been tried before”.

Beck “Where It Happens”

“Bottles and Cans and Clap Your Hands”

Beck’s “Where It’s At” was the first song played on MTV 2 in 1996 and the visual won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video the same year. It peaked at No. 5 on the Alternative Songs chart.

Dave Matthews Band “So Much to Say”

“Open my head and let me out”

By 1996, DMB was well on its way to mainstream, following the success of “What Would You Say?” from MTV Buzz Bin, Volume 1. The second single from their second studio album, crashreached No. 19 on the Alternative Songs Chart and won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Red Hot Chili Peppers “Airplane”

“I love pleasure with pain”

Anthony Kiedis, Flea and special guest Dave Navarro presented the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ sixth studio album, A hot minute to life and her third single “Aeroplane” peaked at No. 8 on the Alternative Songs Chart.

Garbage “Stupid girl”

“Everything you had, you wasted”

MTV certified “Stupid Girl”, from Garbage’s self-titled debut album, “Buzz-Bin” status and it reached No. 2 on the Alternative Songs chart. The song was also nominated for two Grammy Awards and the visual was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in 1996, but lost to the next artist on that list.

Alanis Morissette “Ironic”

“It’s like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife.”

In 1996, Alanis Morissette was appointed Billboardis the artist of the year. “Ironic,” the third single from Morissette’s No. 1 album Little shredded pill peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart and No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart. The memorable visual was nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards and won three, including Best New Artist in the same year.

Soundgarden “A Burden in My Hand”

“I lost my mind again, would you cry for me?”

Soundgarden went less heavy for their fifth studio album down inside outwhich peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album’s second single, “Burden In My Hand”, peaked at No. 2 on the Alternative Songs chart and No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. After its release, the band took a 16-year hiatus, during which frontman Chris Cornell pursued other projects, including a solo career.

No doubt “Don’t speak”

“Don’t Tell Me Because It Hurts”

No Doubt’s third single tragic kingdom peaked at No. 2 on the Alternative Songs chart and No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart for 16 weeks, a record at the time. It was also nominated for two Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year. In 1997, the visual won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video and was nominated for Video of the Year, but lost to the next artist on this list.

Jamiroquai “Virtual Madness”

“It’s a crazy world we live in”

Jamiroquai’s monumental visual “Virtual Insanity” (directed by Jonathan Glazer) was nominated for 10 MTV Video Music Awards and won four, including Breakthrough Video and Video of the Year in 1997. The song also won a Grammy Award for best pop performance by a duo. or group with voice and peaked at number 38 on the Alternative Songs Chart.

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Oasis “Champagne Supernova”

“Walk slowly down the hall, faster than a cannonball”

“Champagne Supernova”, from Oasis’ second album, (What’s the story) Morning Glory?, reached No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart. Noel Gallagher said: “Some of the lyrics were written when I was away. It’s probably as psychedelic as ever. In 1996, the group won a Brit Award for Best Group and Best Album and won an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Group.

Luscious Jackson “Naked Eye”

“I knew I had to say goodbye to all the old things that were hanging around inside”

The first single from Luscious Jackson’s second album, Fever inside Fever outside, peaked at No. 36 on the Hot 100 chart and No. 18 on the Alternative Songs chart. The visual was shot inside the World Trade Center in New York, not in an airport.

Stone Temple Pilots “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart”

“One more trip and I’ll be gone”

The second single from Stone Temple Pilots’ third album, Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, peaked at No. 3 on the Alternative Songs chart and No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

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Radiohead “Street Spirit” (Fade Out)

“All those things we will one day swallow whole”

Radiohead’s second studio album, Curvatures, had a massive impact on the music world, appearing on many of the biggest charts of all time. “Street Spirit,” which frontman Thom Yorke described as “the dark tunnel without the light at the end,” failed to chart, but the album peaked at No. 88 on the Billboard 200. The dreamlike visual , full of artistic expression , was directed by Jonathan Glazer.

The Smashing Pumpkins “1979”

“They don’t know exactly what we have in store”

“1979” is the Smashing Pumpkins’ highest charting single to date. It peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100 chart and No. 1 on the Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock Songs charts. The song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Recording of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video. Singer Billy Corgan described the visual as “the closest we’ve ever come to achieving everything we wanted to”.

Sublime “What I have”

“Let love, let love come back to me”

The visual for Sublime’s biggest radio hit pays homage to the late frontman Bradley Nowell, who died of a drug overdose two months before the band released their hit self-titled album. Billboard considered the band’s posthumous success “a tale of tragic irony”. The single reached No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart and No. 11 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

Bush “Machinehead”

“If I had everything again, I would change everything”

The fifth single from Bush’s debut album Sixteen Stone, peaked at No. 4 on the Alternative Songs chart and the Traditional Rock Songs chart. It was also nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Motion Picture (1996 psychological thriller Fear). In 1997, the band won the MTV Movie Award for Best Movie Song.

Fiona Apple “Shadowboxer”

“If I let you get too close, you’ll bewitch me”

The first single from Fiona Apple’s debut studio album Tide came out when Apple was just 19 years old. The song peaked at number 34 on the Alternative Songs chart, with critics praising its vocal and songwriting abilities. The simple black and white visual shows Apple singing in a studio.

Alice in Chains “Heaven beside you”

“You’re just faded, overrated and out of your mind”

The third single from Alice In Chain’s No. 1 self-titled third album peaked at No. 6 on the Alternative Songs chart and No. 3 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. In 1996, the band performed “Heaven Beside You” on MTV unplugged. It was the last album to feature frontman Layne Staley, who died of a drug overdose in 2002.

Dishwalla “Counting Blue Cars”

“Ask him why we are who we are”

Dishwalla achieved mainstream success in 1996 when “Counting Blue Cars” exploded onto radio and peaked at No. 15 on the Hot 100 chart, No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart, and No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Songs. The same year, the band won the Billboard Music Award for Best Rock Song.

Green Day “Brain/Jaded Stew”

“My senses have dulled past the point of delirium”

In 1996, two tracks from Green Day’s fourth studio album, Insomniac combined to peak at No. 3 on the Alternative Songs chart and No. 8 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. Later that year, the group was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Artist and Favorite Artist of the Year. The group was also nominated for a Brit Award for Best International Group.