alternative music


Definition of alternative music

: music that is produced by performers who are outside the musical mainstream, that is typically regarded as more eclectic, original, or challenging than most popular music (such as conventional rock, pop, or country), and that is often distributed by independent record labels

Examples of alternative music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The heavy metal, rock, punk, and alternative music festival has a rocking lineup of nearly 100 performers heading to Louisville for the four-day event held Thursday through Sunday at the Highland Festival Grounds, 937 Phillips Lane. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 22 Sep. 2022 When lightning struck nearby again on Sunday night, organizers decided to call off the rest of the alternative music festival. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 The album was up for best alternative music album, but the award eventually went to Vampire Weekend's Father of the Bride. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2022 Other new categories announced include best alternative music performance, best Americana performance and best spoken word poetry album. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 13 June 2022 The track had begun a four-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100 a week earlier and would go on to win a Grammy Award for best alternative music performance in 1991. Gary Trust, Billboard, 28 Apr. 2015 While the genres ranged from alternative music to Afrobeats, the common theme was heritage. Vogue, 18 Apr. 2022 This is a necessary step for the indie-pop duo’s upcoming TV series, High School — based on their 2019 memoir about their teenage years in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, full of raves, alternative music, and not-so-secret girlfriends. Hannah Murphy Winter, Rolling Stone, 10 June 2022 In the 1990s came the peak of the alternative music format thanks to the success of bands like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. Shirley Halperin, Variety, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of alternative music

1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Alternative music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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