10 ALT Songs You Could Listen To On Repeat for Groundhog Day

February 2, 2020

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By Mario McKellop

For anyone too young or uncultured to have not seen it, Groundhog Day is a 1993 comedy about a snarky weatherman (Bill Murray) who becomes stuck in a time loop on the titular holiday. It’s clever, hilarious and emotionally affecting. You should see it.

As Groundhog Day 2019 is imminent, now is a great time to watch, or rewatch, the movie and consider how we might cope with living the same day over and over again.

One strategy would be to make a playlist of ALT songs that are so good you wouldn’t mind listening to them for all eternity.

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Here are some picks...

Green Day - “Basket Case”

Green Day’s career can be divided into two eras. The irreverent pop punk period that spanned the 1990s and the portentous rock anthem era that began with 2004’s “American Idiot.”  While the band’s post “Idiot” output has its charms, Green Day is at its best with jaunty, self-deprecating tracks like “Basket Case.”


Three Days Grace - “Never Too Late”

While it would be tempting to make an alt-rock playlist of just fist-pumping jams, variety is the key to re-listenability. As such, a quality alt-rock mix should include dark, emotional and inspiring tracks like “Never Too Late” to balance out the feel-good songs.


Portugal. The Man - "Feel It Still"

From the infectious opening that can transform any walk into a swagger to the sweet rebellious hook, Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still" makes you feel like tossing the world a confident grin while tapping the repeat button again and again.


Linkin Park - “Numb”

Few contemporary alt-rock vocalists did melodic wailing better than late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. When he wanted to, Bennington could evoke a sense of sorrow that was beautiful as it harrowing.


Blink-182 - “All the Small Things”

Although there are many rock songs about epic romance, sorrow and hatred, there isn’t a whole lot about life’s minor joys. “All the Small Things” is a wonderful exception and a great song about the unexceptional but meaningful parts of life.


The Killers - “Mr. Brightside”

Ostensibly, there’s no reason why The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” is one the most popular alt-rock songs of the 21st century. Its lyrics are bizarre, its vocal almost whiney and its instrumentation is a bit generic. Nevertheless, the track is a jealous tantrum you can’t help but sing along with.


Oasis - "Wonderwall"

At its onset, Britpop seemed like it could’ve been the second coming of the British Invasion. Sadly, the subgenre had little staying power and exhausted its potential in about two years. However, thanks to sweeping ballads like “Wonderwall,” its legacy endures. 


R.E.M. - “Losing My Religion”

“Losing My Religion” is incredibly re-listenable because it successfully brings together so many disparate elements. Its mandolin-driven instrumentation is very unusual, but it works perfectly with its lyrics, which are a perfect combination of desperation, vulnerability and anger.


The White Stripes - “Seven Nation Army”

“Seven Nation Army” is the closest this century has gotten to producing a rival for Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”


Nirvana - “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

A track that belongs in the conversation for best alt-rock song of all time, Nirvana’s “Smell Like Teen Spirit” exemplifies everything great about the genre. It has a killer guitar riff, commanding vocals, a simple but powerful drum beat and vocals that you want to tattoo on your arms.