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 In November, Bad Bunny launched his El Último Tour del Mundo album, a collection of 16 songs written during the height of the pandemic, mixing alternative music, punk, pop and rock. Dallas News, 22 Apr. 2021 Below him, rock and alternative music of all kinds seem to dominate the albums chart, at least when looking at those titles which are celebrating notable milestones this period. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 4 Apr. 2021 And my favorite music of all time is sad music and slower, acoustic alternative music, but also older rock music. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Mar. 2021 The album was also nominated for best alternative music album. Paul Grein, Billboard, 3 Dec. 2020 Big Thief was also nominated last year for best alternative music album. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, 24 Nov. 2020 Likewise, Bon Iver hasn’t collected a Grammy since winning best new artist and alternative music album in 2012, despite a handful of nominations since then. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2020 Grunge fashion takes its name and style cues from a rebellious alternative music scene from Seattle, a cold, rainy city far distant from fashion’s four compass points. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 24 Sep. 2020 Some artists are determined to avoid this kind of lobbying and let their music speak for itself — like Angel Olsen, whose Whole New Mess could gain nods for best alternative music album or best folk album. Steve Knopper, Billboard, 17 Sep. 2020

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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 24 Jul. 2021.

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