A lot of people, especially those who were born in the 1990s, are still hooked up to alternative music up to this day although the music industry is plagued with auto-tuned singers, mumble rappers, and drama queens who are usually topping the charts for whatever reasons.
If you would ask any person who loves alternative music, the first thing they will say to you is why they are in-love of this kind of music genre. This is because every song has a message, a meaning, and somewhat rebellious at the same time, which is easy to understand and blend in your emotions with it although it may have some rock and pop mixed to it. Alternative music is always the go-to music of the ‘90s kids.
Up to this day, bands like Nirvana, Creed, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine-Inch Nails, Dishwalla, Vertical Horizon, and a lot more are still popular. Thanks to their hit albums and singles that were ultimately popular in the middle ‘90s and early 2000s, which can still be listened to on YouTube and any music streaming sites and applications.
However, did you know that aside from alternative music, it has different categories before that you can fully consider as an alternative? Check out the list below to learn more of it.
- Alternative rock– This genre is somewhat similar to rock music which emerged as underground music in the late 1989s and has become mainstream music in the 1990s because of its popularity. The term alternative was first used in the 1980s in describing punk-rock inspired bands that made their albums from independent record labels which do not entirely fit into the mainstream genres of music during that time. As a musical genre, the alternative rock has different subgenres that also emerged along with it which are gothic rock, indie pop, and grunge while these subgenres are all unified in its collective debt to the style of punk which laid the groundwork for the emergence of alternative music a decade before it was first introduced.
- Alternative dance– This term is used for the alternative genre of music by combining different elements of dance-pop as well as other forms of electronic dance music like techno or house music while alternative rock genres like independent pop or indie pop, the alternative dance music is usually predominantly electronic which its beats are already programmed from the drum machines, and drum loops that are sequenced melodies which is very similar to dance pop.
- Alternative metal– This genre is very popular in the 1990’s alongside with grunge music, and there are a lot of instances that can be accurately described as a fusion of the alternative rock and heavy metal which makes it very popular to a lot of music lovers because of its distinct characteristics of metal trappings, unconventional lyrics, and unusual techniques.
- Alternative hip-hop– This genre is defined to be great in different ways because it defies the norm of traditional stereotypes of rap like gangster rap, hardcore, party, rap, and bass, and instead alternative hip-hop incorporates funk, pop, rock, soul, reggae, and even jazz by blurring the lines that make it a conventional hip-hop which is totally different from conventional hip-hop.