Best Rock Bands of the 2000s

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1Green Day

Green day have been around for almost 20 years and people notice them now. I mean they're recent are hardly metal, but I voted because I love the band for their old songs. While they didn't need any help from blink 182 to revolutionize punk, the only thing that blink 182 did was to make make punk a bit more pop, thus ruining the genre... Punk's dead...

I love these people. I heard em once and ignored them. 4 years later I sing almost every song of theirs including letterbomb and know half of their songs on bass

Green Day revived punk. Rock and teenagers around the world. They DESERVE to be the #1 rock band of the 2000s. Linkin Park is good, but they're not the best.

I LOVE Green Day but aren't they from the 80s

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2Foo Fighters

Yes, Linkin Park is good, but not that good. 30 Seconds to Mars is definitely not worthy of a top ten spot at all. Then we come to the Foo Fighters, the most awesome band in the world. Dave Grohl, the nicest guy on earth and ex-drummer of Nirvana. What else do you want? Great songs? Amazing albums? Rock all the way? They've got it.

Me and a friend of mine were at a festival last year, and the Foo Fighters were the main act on the last day. I was familiar with all of their hits and most of the other songs, my friend only knew a few like Rope and The Pretender (which are absolutely awesome anyways). Now, after seeing them live, he has bought their CD's online and became as much of a fan of them as I am. Their music appeals to everyone: they've got some heavier songs, some softer songs but mostly bad ass rock songs.

To everyone that doesn't agree: Foo Off!

Again a band that I don't really consider my self a fan of but realize the impact they made. As a matter of fact when they won the 2011 edge bowl I was on the way back from the guitar center and it was about an hour of their songs. I was simply stunned at how many songs I liked and was able to recognize as hits. - Sabres18

I've been involved with Foo fighters ever since they started, I picked up their first album and I was incredibly amazed by it. I was very familiar with the band Nirvana, so I knew that if it's going to be a band started by Dave Grohl, I had to at least stand by and be involved. I began to truly love them when they released The Colour and the Shape. Once they released One by One, I was amazed by their sudden progress and that became quite a favorite to me. My favorite album as of so far is definitely Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace, with Wasting Light close behind. It's followed be closely throughout my teenage years and I've always considered them a great band.

A whole album in the garage, rifts and lyrics are filled with talent and have some what of a story/meaning. "wake me up when september ends" what is that? lol... I thought this band would actually be number 1 by a long shot

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3Linkin Park

Linkin Park is probably the only surging band from the new metal era who are still just as famous as they we're when they debut hybrid theory in 2000. The only ones who are still extremely successful any ways. The band members themselves have such special hearts. Between their beautiful music and heroic humanitarian efforts I believe in everything they stand for. It doesn't matter how many Grammys or VMAs they win. None of those awards matter. What does matter is that fancy Global Leadership Award they received recently from the United Nations Foundation, for their efforts to help PowerTheWorld. Linkin Park has one major goal. To change the world for the better, one step at a time.

I both like 30 seconds to mars and linkin park the same but I think linkin park is far more better than 30 Seconds to Mars, I mean chester vocals are so perfect that jared can never make this kind of vocals and also the idea to put together rock and nu-metal was better idea than another rock band... But I still like 30 Seconds to Mars

Yeah...! This band deserve this place they are really placed at top of the chart... This is the best band I have ever seen and chester rocks

This has to be the most diverse group of individuals to ever form a band. Their music along speaks for itself and they're really the first ones to not only bring so many genre's together (thus hybrid theory) but also to keep experimenting and changing directions with every album. When you have a pure genius like Mike Shinoda and once-in-a-generation vocalist like Chester Bennington, you get music that just sounds so different than anything else out there. What other band do you know of has a discography that you can play in its entirety and feel like the music is completely different for every album. Its definitely special and awesome! Oh and they're easily the most popular band in the world. I've never seen such an extensive world tour for a rock band in this era.

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4Muse

I voted for Muse For Reasons:
1. They have sick guitar hooks and Matthew Bellamy's vocals can be spectacular if he feels like it.
2. Decent Variety without being too progressive or Alternative, etc... They fit really nicely into the vague "Rock" Genre.
3. MOST IMPORTANTLY, They have the best chance of knocking Linkin Park out of the top spot so then I won't have to kill myself.
Muse, Foo Fighters, and My Chemical Romance are the best True Rock Bands of the decade.
I love bands Like Disturbed and System of A Down but they fall better into a "Metal" type of category.
I also Love bands like Coldplay, Radiohead, and The Shins but they fall into an alternative "Soft" Rock type of genre.
The White Stripes, The Strokes, and Franz Ferdinand are badass but they don't really fit the Rock mold either.
Bottom Line: This list is too vague and Linkin Park should retire before The earth throws itself into the sun just so it doesn't have to ...more

Muse is pretty damn good, Matt can shread solos and can do amazing vocals, Chris can do some good bass, and dom does nice on drums
They also have really good albums so vote for them

Muse was first considered to be living in Radiohead's shadow and for a while they were a little bit. But with their 3rd studio album absolution songs such as "Time Is Running Out", "Hysteria", and "Stockholm syndrome proved them to be something more. This eventually led to major hits being released on "Black Hole and Revelations" and "The Resistance". - Sabres18

Matt Bellamy is one of the best singers of this generation, and one of the best guitarists of this generation. Add his piano-skills and songwriting capabilities and you have (in my opinion) the perfect band.

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5Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold is an amazing band. Their guitarists are AMAZING. The riffs and solos are great. The drumming is very well done and put together and the bass is strong when it needs to be. The singing is just down right awesome. They sound perfect together. This band is better than the ones listed above. Especially 30 Seconds To Mars. I think a7x deserves a little bit more credit.

Every band above Avenged on this list is the same old crap every single album. Linkin Park is far from #1, sure their music was great early in their career but they have fallen far from decent rock music. Green Day had a few hit songs, but the rest of their music is okay. Avenged proved with Waking the Fallen that they could play metal music, then with City of Evil they proved they could mix it up and become more mainstream. The self titled album showed a lot of the same abilities from City of Evil and somehow managed to duplicate City of Evil's greatness. The fact that they moved from there and created lyrics that were more meaningful than any band on this list could even dream of touching with Nightmare shows how amazing these guys are as musicians. Notice this bands hasn't failed with an album after Waking the Fallen and that their fans never come out and say that they've gotten worse, its only positive feed back for these guys from their fans.

I get why people don't like Avenged Sevenfold is because they're too different from everyone else. A lot of artist play the same crap every time (there are bands on the list that do that but I'm not going to point out who) and Avenged Sevenfold takes their time to write songs. And their songs are all different and they all sound great. Avenged Sevenfold should be #1!

Avenged Sevenfold should at least be number 2. They are the last standing true metal band that is continuing to kill it. They are essentially the Metallica, or Black Sabbath of the 2000s. I can listen to Avenged Sevenfold 10 times a day and not get tired of it. I like every single one of the albums all the way from their screaming metal core Sounding the Seventh Trumpet days to their latest album Hail to The King (Waking The Fallen is my favorite though). SICK guitar solos and riffs. Insane drums. Great Bass. Hard but melodic vocals and lyrics. Just an absolute masterpiece of a band.

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6Red Hot Chili Peppers

RHCP is the most aweosome band for me! they arE cool
and Flea, he's inspired so many man to be a bass player like him specially me.. haha

This list is a joke... RHCP should be number 1 and My Chemical Romance should NOT be on this list - habsfan120

My favorite band- the vocals are amazing, and the music is the most original that I have ever heard. There is not one filler song on Stadium Arcadium album, how is this not in the top ten?

Best Bassist ever + Best Guitarist since decades ( of course I am speaking of John ) combined with a medium talented singer still makes one of the best bands out there!

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7Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace has been around FOREVER. Why is it number sixteen, I don't know. Those of you who do not agree with me, you guys are LOST. Don't you know good music when you here it?! They have to be in at least the top five. It's not full on heavy metal, but mix metal with punk rock, and you get TDG. Another thing I like about them is that they never stick with one genre. But that's not the point. The point is, YOU GUYS GOTTA GET TDG UP THERE, FOOS!

Three Days Grace should be first!
They are the only band nowadays that can be legendary one day... Because they write very influential and with a lot emotion in them (you can feel Adam's pain) lyrics, great music and they are perfect live (watch the live at the palace concert)
So what else do you want?
THREE DAYS GRACE GREATEST BAND EVER

Why is this down at number 17? Three Days Grace should be in at least the top 5! There's so much emotion in the lyrics and the music just has a unique sound. Their songs are so relatable and are so good to just sit there and listen to. Its not exactly metal, but more Alternative Rock (not that they have a set genre) and that's what makes it so perfect. Every album has a different sound. Oh, and to all the people that say that TDG is emo music.. Have you actually listened to some of their songs?
Guys we need to get Three Days Grace higher up in this list, come on!

Best rock band I have ever heard.

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8The White Stripes

Jack white is a rare breed of musician who shows absolutely no sign of selling out any time soon. Every part of him just bleeds talent and every band he's been in has been amazing. This is a guy who truly knows what music is all about. So many artists nowadays become absorbed into themselves and create a "music" career that's viability is determined by their personal lives and kept alive by scandal. Jack white is one of the few remaining artists who are exempt from that stereotype and anyone who believes music is dead should pick up a White Stripes album or a Dead Weather or Raconteurs album and lose themselves in the sound of music that is made to be just that. Music.

A two piece band that is completely unique. The white stripes were the revival of alternative rock in the 2000's. Bands like the black keys, the strokes, etc. Wouldn't even be here if it weren't for the white stripes. Songs like seven nation army, blue orchid, we're going to be friends, icky thump, and fell in love with a girl are among the best rock songs of the past decade period. Jack white is #17 on the list of "100 best guitarists of all time"- rolling stone. With the minimalist drumming by meg white and the red, white, black color scheme they are the most unique thing around!

In a world filled to the brims with over produced s*** (Nickelback) the white stripes rise above, more specifically Jack White, who's dirty blues guitar riffs and meaningful lyrics' enable him to create one of the most iconic songs and riffs of all time (seven nation army) and be named 17th best guitarist ever by rolling stone magazine. The White Stripes will forever be one of the most iconic garage rock bands of the 21st century.

Simply a great band. Jack White is a pure song writer.

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9My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance is one of the most influential bands of our generation. Singing about hope and death, their music helped many people to hold on in bad times all over the decade. Like Muse and Green Day they are really good live. I hope that My Chemical Romance will continue doing this amazing job.

the most inspirational band of our generation, there is no other band that makes people hold on to their lives like MCR, cause the thing is that there are so many people who listen to this band that is depressed, and MCR really helps them make it through the day. MCR My forever!

I'm an avid fan of any genre of rock songs, be it old or new, fast or slow, but My Chemical Romance songs has something other songs don't have. Since the day I listened to My Chemical Romance, songs that used to amaze me before began to sound like, uh, just normal to me. What I mean is those songs are still good, but you know, My Chemical Romance's kind of music is on a different level.

What made me listen to My Chemical Romance are their uniqueness. Compile every lyrics of their songs and you'll have a book of first class poetry. What's more, they didn't follow conventional ways to make music (I think).

What I'm about to say is something that all band on this list did and maybe they still do, though not as good as My Chemical Romance. "THEY ROCK! "

My Chemical Romance is the greatest rock band of a generation, they never recycled an old album, always keeping their music fresh and original. My Chemical Romance has helped millions overcome depression and is still highly talked about to this day.

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10Radiohead

The fact they aren't top 2 shows the overall blindness of the average listener. They're innovative, original, time tested, and would be fair to be put into top 10 albums of all time. PERIOD.

Not a single band above has done anything as quality as OK Computer, Kid-A, or many of their lesser works. Not a single band above holds a candle to how much they have changed and will continue to change rock music and potentially restore it to former glories.

Here we go:
My Chemical Romance only know how to make a good song that's fast and loud. That's great for some people, but the lack of diversity leads them to only appeal to a certain group.

Three Days Grace has a similar problem.

I have a hard time making any argument against the White Stripes. However, I did come up with this. Radiohead is simply more creative than the White Stripes.

To quote an Avenged Sevenfold comment:
Avenged Sevenfold is an amazing band. Their guitarists are AMAZING. The riffs and solos are great. The drumming is very well done and put together and the bass is strong when it needs to be. The singing is just down right awesome. They sound perfect together.

I couldn't agree more. But they suffer from the same problem My Chemical Romance and TDG have.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are awesome, but they lack some diversity. All of their music is either hard rock or funk rock, with little deviation.

Muse is awesome, but their ...more

I've never heard of anything quite like Radiohead. I understand that their music may not be everyone's cup of tea, but there is no denying the genius Tom Yorke and company have continuously displayed throughout the years. Every one of their albums are different, creative, and progressive. It's absolutely intoxicating. Of course, music is relative, but I can't think of any other band in the last 20 years whose body of work even comes close to theirs. They represent everything music should be. All of the bands on this list have had their share of great albums and songs that will be remembered for years to come. However, none of them will transcend music and time quite like Radiohead will. They give me all the feels man and If you don't think so then I'm truly sorry for your loss.

I don't like this fanbase at all

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11Blink-182

Tom Delonge's unique voice and lyrical ablity along with Mark Hoppus' colorful lyrics and his ability to show his fun personality through his songs just makes this band stand above all the rest. Not to mention Travis Barkers incredible drumming skills to top off all their songs. They have to be one of the top bands of the past 20 years hands down. Some top songs: First Date, What's My Age Again? , All The Small Things, Anthem Pt. 2, Feeling This, I Miss You, Rock Show, Josie, Dammit, After Midnight, Wishing Well, Not Now, Violence, Adam's Song, Pretty Little Girl, Down, Always, I'm Lost Without You, Stay Together For The Kids, Man Overboard, Don't Tell Me It's Over

Blink 182 is by far the best band of the 2000's. They put out multiple albums, went on a hiatus, and got back together all within a few years. Take off your pants and jacket was a pop-punk anthem for the early 2000's. Songs were featured on major motion pictures for years. Mark Hoppus and Tom Delonge make the perfect vocal pair for over-all skating music and create catchy music overnight. Not to mention Travis Barkers amazing drumming thrown into the mix. They changed the pop-punk sound for good. Personally, I wish they would start creating music like Take off your pants and jacket again. My favorite album ever!

VOTE. Blink 182 is a FANTASTIC band, for they have so much variety. And the thing is, all of the variety is good. For example, Blink 182 made Enema of the state, which featured great songs like All the Small Things and Adam's song... Yet they created the Untitled album, which rivaled that of the greatest stuff ever written. Featuring songs like I miss you, Down, and Feeling this, Blink 182 showed that no matter how they changed, it was for the better.

Why is this number 12? Blink 182 has so many amazing songs, and totally deserves to be up in the top.

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12Disturbed

Generally the pack leader of metal all throughout the decade with inventing a new era of metal, yet staying consistent with their ancestors. Disturbed has created 4 consecutive #1 albums and 8 #1 rock singles. - Sabres18

Disturbed is the best band of all time. Their music is powerful, strong, and overall, great. Linkin Park is heavily overrated, and has the position that Disturbed deserves.

Linkin Park isn't overrated at all! I would advise you listen to their hit albums Hybrid Theory, Meteora and Hunting Party. The vocals of Chester are the best in the world and none of these too 10 bands can reach there... Some bands have even admitted that if Chester was their lead vocalist they'd be one of the top ten bands... so retrospect your statement.

Disturbed I found by accident while watching queen of the dammed and heard a little of down with the sickness I was hooked the powerful lyrics and David's amazing voice quickly become my favorite band of all time I'm just glad I managed to see them live before going away and creating device we are we are we all are DISTURBED!

Awesome great band heavy metal is life

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13Slipknot

Best band on this planet... They have so many awesome songs.. Just hear before I forget of duality then you will find what is slipknot.

Great band... Psychosocial is the best Hard rock song I've ever heard!

What the hell is the slipknot doing here huh?! It should be in top 3 at least! And how did the Green Day in here huh? This is a list of best rock bands not punks!

Amazing band, top class in all areas, percussion is truly amazing and Jim Root and Mick Thompson are crazy good guitarists

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1430 Seconds to Mars

awesome band
meaningful songs
great album
talented group
caring about the environment
can perform live
what more can you or anybody else ask for? right?
did I 4got to mention jared leto's eyes is freaking amazing

30 Seconds to Mars has earned their spot on this list. With amazing, powerful, and inspiring music and lyrics, they force their audience to look inside themselves and try to be the best they can be. They treat their fans (The Echelon) like friends and family and go out of their way for them. With their name in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest rock tour it shows just how much they care.

Jared Leto, former actor in the movie "Fight Club", went on to follow his dream of being a rock star. And that he was successful at, when they released "A Beautiful Lie" this showed their true mettle. Songs such as The Kill and From Yesterday simply broke through and gained them wicked popularity. - Sabres18

Really amazing band. I can't stop listening to their sons This is war and Up in the air. They're definitely worth it to be so high on this list.

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15Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner has been considered a musical genius by many musicians throughout his career. From their fast-paced, immediately recognizable first album, "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not," to their bold and memorable rhythms in their latest release, "AM," the Arctic Monkeys not only know how to constantly evolve their sound, they do it while sustaining the fantastic instrumentation and catchy lyrics that got them on the scene in the first place. The bass playing is imaginative, the guitars are hooky, the drums are perfectly played and fit well into each and every track, and Alex Turner is one of the best vocalists out there, not just in terms of sound only, but also with his lyrical brilliance and songwriting skills.
The Arctic Monkeys will be one of the few bands remembered for their talent in this bland pop-laden music scene right now, and they deserve to be one of the top bands in this list, for sure.

If we talk about the bests bands of 2000, this will be one of the top five for their excellent "whatever people say I am that's what I'm not", but clearly the people also votes for bands that were good on the 90's, but haven't do much last years.

Every song is a masterpiece And every album has differences to keep things interesting but not too many you can always tell if it is an AM song or not. Alex Turner is a lyrical genius. Their live performances are amazing the songs sound even better than the albums.

The greatest indie rock band ever and they're 15th?!

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16The Strokes

If we're talking strickly the 00s then I seriously, seriously don't see why The Strokes aren't at the very least in the top five. Like seriously. They are in my eyes the most influential band from the alternative rock revival back in the early 00s and really their first album, Is This It, should be hailed as one of the greatest garage rock albums ever produced. Every song there intertwine with each other so well; from "Is This It" to "Take It Or Leave It", The Strokes has a sound which is consistent yet different with every song. The vibe with Is This It is uplifting and gratifying; tracks like "Hard To Explain", "Someday", "Barely Legal", "Last Nite" and "The Modern Age" all make you either dance, reminisce or at least smile. New York City Cops, "Take It Or Leave It" and "Alone, Together" are perfect tunes to rock out with, while a special mention goes to "Trying Your Luck" as the song slows everything down after so much energy and brings out a more softer, sensitive side to their ...more

How can you not like The Strokes? They helped influence a lot of indie bands today. Many of the bands existing now were influences by The Strokes. They started during the year 2000, and until now they are still performing and making music. It's impressive especially since there are rarely any bands that make real intelligent songs today. Bands these days aren't even rock any more they're all pop, and the lyrics aren't even poetical and smart. But The Strokes are still keeping it real and doing what they do best. Making nice lyrics, actually knowing how to play the guitar (very well too), and most importantly showing what music is all about.

Arguably the best album of the 2000's. I was shocked to see them ranked this low, I thought they would definitely be in the top 5. It's funny cause many of the bands ranked above them in this list have probably been heavily influenced by the strokes and the Album Is This It in particular. The record was ranked #2 in rolling stone's top 100 albums of the 2000's and it is definitely well deserved. The band has a sound of their own, often imitated but never duplicated. The catchy lead guitar, played over the constant down strokes of the rhythmic guitar, supported by the delicate rhythm section is such an addictive sound. Listen to Is This It, and you'll like be listening to it for weeks on end. Lastly, Julian's harsh and sexy vocals to top it all off. I must say as a lyricist he is very underrated. His lyrics often have such a thorough meaning metaphorically and literally. If you've never listened to them, I can't urge you enough to give them a listen. Just great, great music

The Strokes are pure music and that's all that has to be said. They're one of the best and most important bands of the 2000's era. Each member brings quality to the band to make beautiful music,

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17The Black Keys

I have lots of favourite bands now a days and all seem to be different styles. My favourites are Rise Against (political lyrics and fast paced) A7X (musically talented) mumford and sons (very indie and different) and of course the Black Keys ( reminds me of classic 70's hard blues rock) they strive on being vintage. They literally rock because they stick to the basics. I mean they only have two people in their band!

The Black Keys have a great organic sound that stands out against all the synthetic trappings of rock bands today. Now they are changing that, and still sound good. They are proof that meaningful lyrics, a soulful voice, distorted guitar and a decent groove will always have value in Rock regardless of how it changes.

The Black Keys should be number one. They do blues rock so much justice. Every song is brilliant in every way. They have a great sound and have heavy meanings behind each and all their lyics. They aren't the usual mindless junk that comes out now-a-days. Haven't heard them yet? Check 'em out. If you enjoy rock, you most definitely will enjoy them.

Best band of the 2000's by far. Lonely Boy and Little Black Submarines are the greatest songs ever.

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18Breaking Benjamin

I completely agree that 30 Seconds to Mars and Disturbed should be up there, but what is Breaking Benjamin doing all the way down here? This is blasphemy!

Ben has one of the best voices imaginable and their music just rocks.. With amazing riffs and melodies and messages... Surely one of the best bands ever!

Breaking Benjamin not only produces an AMAZING sound from their music, but they also have meanings that can touch a multitude of people. There are some songs that when they play I just break down on. If you haven't listened to them, you should. Nothing on the bands above them, but you just can't beat these guys!
When I say you haven't listened to them, I mean you need to listen to a song besides Diary of Jane, it's an amazing song, but they have a load of other AMAZING songs! Breath, Until the End, I will not Bow, Give me a Sign, Dance with the Devil, Evil Angel, Dear Agony, etc. Ther List goes on and on! We miss you Breaking Benjamin, come back!

This band should be at number 2 and Linkin Park at number 1

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19Tool

This band is genius and deserves to be in the top 10, it's one of the most powerful and meaningful bands in the world. It's different from anithing else, and Maynard's voice is just perfect!

One of the most talented rock bands of the 90s and 2000s. EACH musician can tackle technically challenging rhythms, time signatures, and rudiments and bring them together within a masterpiece. I wish more listeners knew how to dissect this bands music and understand the level of difficulty and creativity in writing ALL of their songs, not just the radio hits.

This is metal for the thinking person. They explore and stretch the boundaries of progressive metal. All band members are very talented and creative, they experiment with time signatures and execute intricate rhythmic patterns. Maynard's vocals are outstanding. The lyrical content is also phenomenal. Tool is probably the most creative band out there today

Obviously the best band of all time. I mean there has never been nor will there ever be a band like tool.

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20Queens of the Stone Age

They Have a very original sound. I like the fact they use an independent record Label; makes artis set with more of a challenge

Their sound isn't very original at all. They've copied some riffs in the last couple years. - littledemand

Can't believe they're this low down (24 at the time of this comment). Rated R and Songs for the Deaf are some of the best rock albums of the past two decades, and they've released some of the most badass rock singles of all time Like No One Knows, Make it Wit Chu, The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret, need I go on?

Raw Power, fantastic riffs and hard jams. They are amazing live with tight sets and Homme's voice only improves in the flesh compared to a studio recording. A song for the dead finale to the encore lasted 10 minutes with several face-melting solos. Dave Grohl drumming plus Homme equals genius.

Original nearly unique sound and awesome Live performances should put them in the top 10!

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