20 Iconic Alternative Rock Albums Turning 20 In 2020

By Katrina Nattress

December 13, 2019

It's pretty hard to believe that the year 2000 was 20 years ago. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the Millennium and freaking out about y2k (okay maybe not yesterday, but not two decades ago!). As we shifted into the 21st century, the alternative rock landscape also began to change. Where the '90s brought us the golden years of grunge, the 2000s saw bands begin to experiment with electronics, resulting in albums like Radiohead's inventive Kid A and Linkin Park's seminal album Hybrid Theory.

The year 2000 also saw indie and emo music make its way to the mainstream, thanks to bands like Modest Mouse, The White Stripes, Elliott Smith and Dashboard Confessional. But that's not to say traditional rock suffered during this time. We got iconic albums from Pearl Jam, No Doubt, The Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, Queens of the Stone Age, and Green Day.

Without further ado, let's take a trip down memory lane and revisit 20 iconic alternative rock albums that turn 20 in 2020 (feel old yet?).

The Cure - Bloodflowers

Release Date: February 15, 2000

Notable Singles: “Maybe Someday”

Oasis - Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

Release Date: February 28, 2000

Notable Singles: “Go Let It Out,” “Who Feels Love?” “Where Did It All Go Wrong?” “Sunday Morning Call”

The Smashing Pumpkins - Machina/The Machines of God

Release Date: February 29, 2000

Notable Singles: “The Everlasting Gaze,” “Stand Inside Your Love,” “Try, Try, Try”

The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious

Release Date: April 10, 2000

Notable Singles: “Main Offender,” “Hate To Say I Told You So”

No Doubt - Return of Saturn

Release Date: April 11, 2000

Notable Singles: “Ex-Girlfriend,” “Simple Kind of Life,” “Bathwater,” “New”

Dashboard Confessional - The Swiss Army Romance

Release Date: March 1, 2000

Notable Singles: “Screaming Infidelities”

Elliott Smith - Figure 8

Release Date: April 18, 2000

Notable Singles: “Son Of Sam,” “Happiness”

Ween - White Pepper

Release Date: May 2, 2000

Notable Singles: “Even If You Don’t,” “Stay Forever”

Pearl Jam - Binaural

Release Date: May 16, 2000

Notable Singles: “Light Years,” “Nothing As It Seems,” “Grievance”

Matchbox Twenty - Mad Season

Release Date: May 23, 2000

Notable Singles: “Last Beautiful Girl,” “If You’re Gone,” “Mad Season,” “Bent”

A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms

Release Date: May 23, 2000

Notable Singles: “The Hollow,” “Judith,” “3 Libras”

Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R

Release Date: June 6, 2000

Notable Singles: “Feel Good Hit Of The Summer,” “The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret”

Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica

Release Date: June 13, 2000

Notable Singles: “3rd Planet,” “Paper Thin Walls”

Deftones - White Pony

Release Date: June 20, 2000

Notable Singles: “Digital Bath,” “Change (In The House Of Flies”

The White Stripes - De Stijl

Release Date: June 20, 2000

Notable Singles: “Hello Operator,” “Death Letter”

Coldplay - Parachutes

Release Date: July 10, 2000

Notable Singles: “Don’t Panic,” “Shiver,” “Yellow,” “Trouble”

Everclear - Songs From An American Movie, Vol. One: Learning How To Smile

Release Date: July 11, 2000

Notable Singles: “AM Radio,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Wonderful”

Radiohead - Kid A

Release Date: October 2, 2000

Notable Singles: “Everything In It’s Right Place,” “The National Anthem,” “Idioteque”

Green Day - Warning

Release Date: October 3, 2000

Notable Singles: “Minority,” “Warning,” “Waiting”

Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

Release Date: October 24, 2000

Notable Singles: “Papercut,” “One Step Closer,” “Points of Authority,” “Crawling,” “Runaway,” “In the End”

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RadioheadNo DoubtGreen DayThe CurePearl JamOasisLinkin ParkWeenColdplayEverclearDashboard ConfessionalElliott SmithModest MouseThe White StripesSmashing PumpkinsA Perfect CircleDeftonesThe HivesMatchbox TwentyQueens of the Stone Age
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