Top 10 Best Modern Rock Bands

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The Top Ten

1
Linkin Park
The Best Band Ever... The Combination of Rap and Rock or as you say ROCK AND HIP-HOP is truly unique and beautiful... Nothing Beats Linkin Park...

Mike Shinoda has got the best rapping skills(along with eminem of course) and his accent is just too good

Chester Bennington has got the voice...

Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joe Hahn and Dave Farrell all rock

Here's a list... Randomly Ordered so don't care for spots
The Songs marked *(star) don't suit everyone

1. Blackbirds
2. Burning In The Skies
3. Waiting for the End
4. Wretches and Kings*
5. Irridescent
6. The Catalyst
7. When They Come for me*
8. We made it ft. Busta Rhymes
9. Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Lying From You ft JayZ
10.99 Problems ft Jayz
11. Numb/Encore ft. JayZ
12. Big Pimpin' Papercut ft Jayz*
13. Not Alone*
14. Papercut
15. One Step Closer
16. With You*
17. Points of Authority
18. Crawling
19. Runaway
20. By Myself
21. In The End
22. A Place for my Head
23. Forgotten
24. Pushing me away
25. Don't stay
26. Somewhere I Belong
27. Lying From You
28. Hit The Floor
29. Easier to Run
30. Faint
31. Figure 09
32. Breaking The Habit
33. From The Inside
34. Nobody's Listening
35. Numb
36. Given Up
37. Leave Out All The Rest
38. Bleed It Out
39. Shadow Of The Day*
40. What I've Done
41. Hands Held High
42. No More Sorrow*
43. Valentine's Day
44. In Between*
45. In Pieces
46. The Little Things Give you Away*
47. New Divide
48. Across The Line
49. Enth E and
50. Reading My Eyes*

shouryat2b

Best rock band in the world... Also the most innovative, that's what I really like in them ;
LINKIN PARK ROCKS!
For those who hate lp, you know nuts...

rock1000

Linkin Park is just plain the best. Every single one of their songs is excellent. They actually put time and thought into their songs, they make it lyrically unique and awesome. The mixture of all the styles is just epic.
[Newest]If anyone gonna bring rock back it would Linkin Park

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2Three Days Grace
The only band that meets my style of rock music;
reasonable lyrics
good vocal
bass
emotional
bad - ass
and sexiness
Come on guys they are much better than any of the bands available above it just listen to 1Animal I HAVE BECOME you will come to know they are simply the most talented but most underrated band
They the 21st century rock
their lyrics is awesome thier music is great... each of thier song will force you to bang your head... I just love them.
[Newest]Should be number one. It has a "post grunge" kind of sound, and is just way better than Linkin Park. I mean come one! Rap and rock do not go good together. -__-
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3Breaking Benjamin
I JUST LOVE BREAKING BENJAMIN they make damn great songs ever
Ben burnly has the best voice in life and that I am sure of
So many of their songs carry such a strong message... We can all relate to their music, we can all learn from what they have to say. Powerful.
Mindblowing band...
all albums are damn consistent... with almost each song a relic
variations are worth applauding
overall one of the very best
BB Forever
[Newest]Greatest band with most consistency, hands down!
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4Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold is the best bands of our generation in my opinion. I love everything they do, every album they make sounds different yet it is sounds great.
Everything thing they have ever done sounds exactly the same.
M. Shadows is the most epic man in the world. And he has the most amazing band ever... PERIOD!
Linkin park?
Those guys were great but now they suck.
I loved Linkin park but now I hate them. They are not creating music now, they are creating jokes. I listened to their recent album. It was rubbish. I wish they stop this nonsense. Now it is all about A7X. They make Metallica look like a little child. Their songs are great. Simply they are the best.
What the hell you are Avenged Sevenfold is worst band ever I am shocked to see that Avenged Sevenfold is at #2 I think Linkin Park is more better than Avenged Sevenfold even Green Day is better I am satisfied with this list but not with your comment and Avenged Sevenfold LINKIN
[Newest]Avenged 7 fold is the best for all time
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5Green Day
Green Day are amazing, best punk-rock band ever, love em!
Doesn't matter if you think they are not punk. They are still the best live band I have ever seen. And I am 52 years old and have seen many concerts in my time.
Green Day is not just a typical rock band. Green Day's songs show more than typical lyrics that discusses common topics like love, loss and all those things. Some songs discuss these common topics but most stand out because they are a way of speaking out to the government. It is a way of protest.
Green Day is surely one of the greatest bands of this era.
Great band. I love it how the red hot fans blame the youth for its popularity laugh out loud
[Newest]What can I say? Green Day should be first, not fifth!
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6Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are the greatest band ever! They currently hold the world record for most number 1 hits on the alternative rock charts, and have, like Linkin Park, combined several different forms of music together. Funk, Punk, Alternative Rock, and Rap have all been genres they have written music in. They are the band of a generation. Hell, I'll even create a list of their greatest songs for all those out there that might want it: By the way, Can't stop, Venice Queen, Around the World, Scar Tissue, Purple Stain, Cabron, Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder Cover), Havana Affair (Ramones Cover), The Adventures of Raindance Maggie, Look Around, True Men Don't Kill Coyotes, Californication, Readymade, Purple stain, Under The Bridge, Save The Population, Give It Away, Even You Brutus? , Soul To Squeeze... Those are just a few off the top of my head. Just listen to them, and try no to J your pants.
The greatest bands on this list are RHCP, System of a Down and AB. This is the truth people. I like them for different reasons though.

AB - Best Alternative rock band since Nirvana and Pearl Jam
System of a Down - The best heavy metal band of the last 12 yeats
RHCP - For being the best band ever
just the best band ever, I listen RHCP since I was 10 years old and I still do!
so everybody listen to these guys, at least give it a try. In the beginning they could sound a bit weird but it's just best damn music on the planet!
[Newest]These guys are good, but how are they modern?

7Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl is the Man. The foos are without a doubt the best rock band around.
They are the best thing music has to offer since the grunge movement. Of course everybody is impressed with Dave Grohl's musicianship, but it's always their chemistry as a band that makes them be better than any contemporary band. They are not a band of posers, they do not pretend to represent a generation, and do not pretend they play are among the best in the world. They just get together and rock out, which is exactly what the other bands are lacking. Rock 'n roll isn't all about elaborate compositions and "the rock star lifestyle" and is best practiced when your friends are next to you - so that you do it for fun and for the love of the craft.

Long live Foo Fighters!
WHY ARE THEY NOT IN THE TOP THREE AT LEAST?!
Dave grohl, taylor hawkins, nate mendel, chris shiflett, and pat smear are the best
[Newest]Dave Grohl (former Nirvana drummer) began this band as a tribute to Kurt Cobain, and now he is continuing to move on with good music every year. Great band! It has a "classic rock" kind of vibe.
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8Muse
They are creative and diverse! Which bands have written a symphony based upon the themes of space rock presented in a Chopin/rachmaninoff/Rossini style! Their rock music it totally awesome! They do the basics extremely well and encourage expermentation and new music! They don't sound like old blues and rock n roll and don't go for the emotional appeal either! They really push the boundary and their live performances says it all. Another notable thing is that they've always stayed true to themselves and not changed their line up and gone on hiatus etc... They have not ruined their style of music and as they have progressed they have improved and got more popular! They are a proper rock band which doesn't sound the same and are totally extrodinary and sound like nothing else if listened to with an open mind! Linkin are only famous because of transformers face it! Muse should be at the top! Rock on guys!
Muse is the all time best band in the world. From each band member's individual talent to the range of sounds and styles the incorporate into their music. Even a person who doesn't listen to rock music can listen to muse and find at least one song they love. Linkin Park is great, save for their newer musical endeavors, but I think that the top five should REALLY be Linkin Park, Muse, Foo Fighters, Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The other five bands that are listed here suck ass, I've listened to them all and they are all crap. Three days grace? Rise Against? ALTER BRIDGE?! What are you people thinking. The people that chose these bands must also be the people that voted Barack Obama into office.
The best modern rock band by a country mile. Not only are they masters of prog metal, but they're also extremely diverse, as evidenced by just how different every single one of their albums are.

Beedy10

[Newest]Muse has great music that is creative and it even sounds like there's way more than 3 people in the band, which is a great compliment for a trio. I like Muse better than Linkin Park to be honest.
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9Papa Roach
Come on..! They are much better than Evanescence.
I believe that they deserve to be in top 10 at least...
Linkin Park are good because they have many well-worked songs but papa roach are a true rock band. Avenged Sevenfold are overrated... Their only really special song is Afterlife while Papa have at least 3 special songs in every album. Breaking Benjamin are amazing but they have fewer hits than papa. Only 3DG might deserve a higher place than papa... RHCP was the best band but they are not that new and fresh.
So my top 10:
10. Radiohead
9. Rise Against
8. Muse
7. Thirty secs to Mars
6. Green Day
5. Disturbed
4. Breaking Benjamin
3. Linkin Park
2.3DG
1. Papa Roach
It should be on the top tens, of course after their best album the connection was out... Even nickelback and bullet for my valentine can beat it... Hell yeah it should be in the top tens... And it is so so much better than alter bridge!
I love papa roach. They are the best ever! Jacoby Shadixx is so cute it makes them even better
[Newest]Um, are they really better than System of a Down? I like one song by these guys.

10Rise Against
Rise Against should be number one. They have adrenalin pumping songs (beats Green Day), they don't dick around with their music (beats linkin park), their lead singer doesn't look/sound like a girl (beats tokio hotel), and I have never even heard of "alter bridge". And even after six albums their still kicking ass... Not to mention they're one of the few bands who write songs with a real meaning behind them like "Make It Stop" is about September's children, "A Hero Of War" is about a soldier's mistake in Iraq, "Help Is On The Way" is about Hurricane Katrina and the Oil Spill and "life Less Frightening" is about the dangers we face every day... I'm a die hard RA fan, their music has inspired me to be who I am today... And by the way I'm awesome...
Rise Against is one of the greatest modern bands out today. This and Foo Fighters should be a lot higher. O, and who thinks its weird that 30 Seconds to Mars is 15 here and 6 on Top Rock Bands? Id k, its just weird.
My favourite band, just listen to "paper wings", "behind closed doors", "give it all", "heaven knows" and you'll see what I mean
[Newest]Savior got me into the band literally one of my favorite band ever, the kick ass and great live performances too
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The Contenders

11Skillet
The reason why Skillet should be number one is not just because they play (in my mind) the best music, but they also do a lot more with their music than most bands. I know adding violins and cellos would not work for every rock band, but for Skillet, this just adds to the skill level at which they perform and sounds amazing! I could go on for a very long time about why this band is the best, but I believe the best way to tell anyone how great they are is simply this; go see them live. Enough said.
Hey skillet should be at one his songs are very inspiring, his are really ver very good, best thing of his songs is the lyrics, I hope that it will improve your rating
Hey guys! Have you ever seen the mixture of male and female voices in a rock band if not then this band is perfect for it just listen to their song 'HERO' and it will make you a instant fan of it and yes the girl and her voice both are super hot
[Newest]Skillet has so many great hits! Monster is my favorite!

12System of a Down
Where I am living. Is this world is crazy? Or my eyes are blind or what? I do not know much about this rock band but the moment I listen to their song chop sue I started crying because I am going trough some of my worst days before hearing this song I always think that I should deserves pain pain and severe pain you will not believe that once I started thinking about attending suicide but when I her this song I could not able to move my hands and legs tiers are started falling from my eyes These guys done an impossible job How on earth can make such a beautiful song They deserves not only the no. one spot but above it After listening this song I realize that nothing the hell is impossible in this world if you try hard to achieve what you want then even god can not able to stop you Believe me no one can NO ONE
Just because they have one good song you can relate to doesn't mean that they deserve to be in the no. 1 spot. A lot of people have been in similar situations as you and they also have a song from another band that they value highly like you. One song doesn't make a band better than other bands. Bands can only be better than bands by consistency, fan base, popularity, originality, relatability, albums, singers, drummers, etc. Not because of a song that touches a depressed person's heart
Where do I begin? They were something else, not only were they awesome in everything their music had great message behind it which. They definitely deserve more attention than they get but fortunately it doesn't stop the awesomeness. ROCK ON!
P.S. serj is simply amazing
Nothing against Avenged Sevenfold but seriously, this band is way better then them in my OPINION. They put so much meaning and emotion in their songs. Their lyrics are off the wall, emotional, relatable, deep, and just the most amazing songs ever. They may not have the most insane shredding but they have skill leaking out of their ears in everything they do. Every album they released has touched me emotionally.
[Newest]Very unique. Unlike any band ever. They are amazing though! They don't try to hard to be "cool" or whatever they do there own thing. that's all you need to know.

13Evanescence
Wow man they are so rocking... their soft voice make me mad...
They are really different from other rock bands who just don't know how to sing and just beat their metal equipments
Very beautiful voice. I love the simplicity of the music at the first album, then how it complicates into an extraordinary piece with beautiful vocals.
They need to release another album soon too.
SHE IS AMAZING, I don't know why she isn't in the top 10
[Newest]Evanescence is AWESOME. Good vocals, amazing lyrics. VOTE!

14Disturbed
Favorite band of my life, They are great, and their guitar solo's are wicked.
They have great beats and singing and the best album covers disturbed 4 life
Enough said
Metal rage and hardcore express the violence through the whole song
[Newest]Down with the sickness!

15Nirvana
Nirvana is amazing! Not exactly a modern band though. Also pretty much all of the bands on this list suck except RHCP, Jet and Wolfmother, also where is Radiohead? They Should probably be n0.1
Honestly, they deserve to be in top three. Many modern music are so crappy these days, and a lot of them don't take music seriously. And Linkin Park, even though it is a good band, they should be somewhere lower than 1. Nirvana is a band that created a unique revolutionary sound. This is a way lower ranking. How are they lower that Bullet for My Valentine? No. 21. Not cool.
While not as modern as other bands on this list, in terms of quality, they're the best. They revolutionized Grunge and Alternative, two genres that I don't necesarilly like, but one that's impact I can't ignore. Nirvana basically lead the rise of alt rock, with bands like Weezer following closely behind. Not only that, but Kurt Cobain's guitar skills are horribly overlooked. While not the best guitarist ever, his skills should get more attention. Dave Grohl is a fantastic drummer, and Krist Novoselic is a fine bassist. They are definitely better than other entries on this list, like Linkin Park, Evanescence and Nickelback.
Also, speaking of Nickelback, fans of them claim people only hate them because they are Canadian. I love Celine Dion and Rush, so that can't be an option. I hate them because their music sucks.
But anyways, Nirvana's gritty and sometimes dark mood was a major contributor in the grunge movement in the 90's. But even though they were bigger in the 90's, their influence can still be heard today. Not really, though, because music now is all computer made.
[Newest]Awesome music and revolutionary lyrics!

16Nickelback
Nickelback isn't the best band. But they should be in the top 10. Everyone hates on Nickleback because they are Canadian, all songs sound the same etc. You are kidding me? All songs, don't sound the same! Compare Burn It To The Ground to Lullaby. Is there a difference? That is why I think Nickleback is a lot better than number 26 on this list. So please, VOTE FOR NICKLEBACK!
My favourite band of all time, their music varies so much:
"S. E. X" and "something in your mouth" which are more hardcore,
"savin me" and far away" which are softer rock,
"how you remind me" and "rock star" which are more pop songs.
In my opinion they are just the best band ever. They have been going for years and have build their popularity up to one of the best bands ever
Lies! Lies! Lies! That is what hate conspirators spread about this band and they do so evilly just because they are Canadian. That is discrimination! They have a wider range of music than most bands and very few of their songs are about sex. At good 80% of it is very meaningful and Chad Kroeger is a brilliant lyricist even when he does write about sex. He knows just how far to go and uses metaphors better than most could ever hope to. They are the stadium rock everyone is dying for and yet they can't handle that there is a grunge band out there doing better than Nirvana. Listen to them and stop hating for no good reason.
[Newest]Animals, This means war, Photograph, Someday, How you remind me
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17My Chemical Romance
My Chemical romance are absolutely the best band ever, 13 isn't enough for them, here's a little glimpse of what you're up against when you choose My Chemical Romance:

1st album:"i brought you my bullets, you brought me your love". This album is all about lyrics, you won't quite understand the meaning if you don't have the intention, and if you don't understand the songs then you shouldn't be hearing this.

2nd album: "Three cheers for sweet revenge". This one is about emotions, a bit about how My Chemical Romance chose to continue, take cemetery drive as an example, if you remove the earphone slightly you can here "don't do it don't do it, don't" in the background, Way characterized it as a call for their friend who was suicidal, they dedicated this song in his honor, convincing him not to.

3rd album:"welcome to the black parade". this song is about how a tragedy can seem to end a person's life, but either way "they'll carry on". This album focuses on fan-based reactions, therefore, the fans' favorite.

4th album:"danger days: the true lives of the fabulous killjoys". This is the pointbreak of My Chemical Romance, they've had enough of the depression in the first 3 albums, this shows the party and happiness in them, which is completely the opposite of the first 3.

5th and final album (not really an album but anyway):"conventional weapons": Although it's not really an album, it's just My Chemical Romance's final singles put together in an album, it shows that they were so happy through the years of being a band, but it must end at some point, which was march 2013, a date to never be forgotten.

"fake your death", their final released song, gave us a glimpse of hope of their return.
These bros are awesome live, save lives, create inspirational and deep lyrics, and are really good at composing their music. They've all fought of their demons bravely and deserve all they have today. Listen to their albums, read up a bit on what was going on at the time each song was written and about the double meanings of some of the songs and I promise you won't be disappointed. But overall, I am fairly pleased with this list and you guys' overall taste for quality music. It's moments like this that help restore my faith in humanity!
They are the best of the best. Please for god sake listen to the song welcome to the black parade and you will be able to realize why I am telling this. After hearing this song I saw a dream about a women who was ringing the bell of my house. It was too dark to watch her clearly. But she has long hair. Double the hair of Robert plant and then she ask me to give some water I was little bit scared but I gave her a glass of water. Then again she asked me to give some more water. I was too scared at that time I just switch off light and went to bend and then suddenly I watch her asking me to give some more water from my window. I just die after that dream due to heart failure and believe now I am a ghost still listening to my chemical romance and if you do not vote them then might be something scary will happen to you. BELIEVE ME. HA HA HA HA...
[Newest]They are so good amazing band!
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1830 Seconds to Mars
Best rock band. Jared has a beautiful voice. Sensitive yet so strong. Moreover have style to die for.30 Seconds to Mars forever

one of my favorite drummers ever and make the best choruses ever

mike2k9

Jared Leto's voice is something to die for. And I love how they aren't the typical Rock band. They have their own unique and distinct style and they know their own roots. It is also fascinating how they deliver their songs using symbolisms and subliminal messages. When it comes to this band, you shouldn't just listen, you also need to understand.
[Newest]I love this band

19Shinedown
I'm voting for Shinedown. Not because they're the best. Linkin Park does get that. Shinedown's good. Really good. They should probably be above Rise Against. They sure don't deserve 26th. They need to be above Evanescence at least. I mean, their song "Devour" was the theme for a Madden game. And they're touring with Three Days Grace this spring, and Three Days Grace is #4 now (not to mention my current favorite). So Shinedown should be around 6 or 7 probably. It is worth noting, however, that they did a Foo Fighters cover. Foo Fighters are #7 now. A cover means respect. And so, Shinedown respects Foo Fighters. Maybe that means that they should not be above FF. But more than one space would not be giving due credit.
In my opinion, Shinedown belongs in the number 2 spot right behind Avenged Sevenfold. Shinedown puts out amazing music. They have true talent, compared to most bands nowadays.

And to the person who said Avenged Sevenfold is way overrated and their only good song is Afterlife... Haha... You are WAY off. They deserve every ounce of their fame. They never fail to put out a great song and their musical talent is BEYOND any other band today.

Back to Shinedown, listen to their music. THEY ROCK.
Progressive and disgustingly talented. They produce songs that are radio friendly, but are not anywhere near "watered-down". Check them out!

plundergrunge

[Newest]If I could only listen to one band for the rest of my life it could easily be shinedown.
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20Coldplay
I am only 12, but Coldplay is my LIFE. It is what gives me joy and happiness. I love Coldplay with every fiber of my being, and I have loved their music my whole life. Don't Panic is the first song I can remember loving when I was an infant.

Chris Martin's voice is heaven to me. His voice carries me to a land of pure light and happiness. It sounds cheesy, but I am being truthful. The melodies carry me away, drifting me to a state of love and peace.

The instrumentals on Coldplay are always unique, whether beautiful, powerful, or energetic. I love how everything just flows together and is one. Solo instruments are not common in Coldplay, which I like (except in the songs like O where it is mostly piano and vocals. However, those have such amazing piano, all is well. ) I also love how sometimes one song has two different themes, usually one slower and one more fast/rock-like. Just listen to or think of Amsterdam or 42.

I could go on forever about Coldplay. My love for them is endless. If you do not know what Coldplay is, I am extremely sorry for you! Listen to them, you will see! And VOTE!

Coldplay will always be my favorite band. They are simply the best.
Coldplay's music is not only inspirational but also very unique, in ever good way, especially their newest album "Mylo Xyloto".
I might only be fifteen, but Coldplay is everything to me. It's the fuel to my joy, the mirror to my conflict and antidote to my sadness. I've only been listening to them since 2009 (which is yeah, pretty late) but it's just that unique sound they have that is so diverse, but yet so uniform. Blending of instrumentals features highly on their music, and it sounds simply beautiful. Other times, when solo instrumentals take the lead, it makes the track shine. The piano and guitar riffs on their songs are just pure wow. Don't even get me started on Chris Martin's heavenly voice. If it's even possible, I've fallen in love with it and will probably never recover.
If you haven't listened to them, give them a try and just listen to those lyrics; let them touch your heart. You won't regret it.
[Newest]They are a great band, I think they should have a higher spot. Linkin Park deserves to be #1 though

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