Top 10 Best Alternative Rock and Metal Bands of the 2000s

The 2000's had a lot of good Alternative Rock & Metal bands. However for this list I`m not including Punk Rock bands, Nu Metal bands, and Glam Rock bands. So basically no Green Day, Linkin Park, Paramore etc. I`m still including Evanescence 'cause Evanescene is not Nu Metal. Enjoy I guess.

The Top Ten

1 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. ...read more.

Say what you will about this band but songs like "Animal I Have Become", "Pain", "Never Too Late", "Just Like You", "Home", "Break", "The Good Life", "Riot", "I Hate Everything About You" etc. still hold up and this band got me into Alternative Rock in my opinion this band has more meaning then Linkin Park and Breaking Benjamin combined.

2 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

I love Radiohead. They haven't had a bad album since their debut. - Mumbizz01

Best alt rock band ever.

3 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

And no Evanescence is not Nu Metal to me their more like Alternative Rock/ Metal.

Evanescence is not goth rock ;-;

Life

Gothic rock.

4 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative rock band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

Favorite heavy metal band of 2000s and 2010s - zxm

More to the Alternative Metal side but their ok I guess.

5 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some ...read more.

Green Day has loads of wonderful songs that are on the brighter side of Alternative Rock and in the norm region of Punk music. Songs like Brain Stew, Basket Case, Welcome To Paradise and St. Jimmy reflect the boring child and teen life of band members Billy Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool

"Billie never ages" "Age? , I definitely age all the time, every single day"- Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.

Billie doesn't age

@Powerfultekin : "Punk is a sub-genre of alternative" punk rock was originated before alternative. punk is not a sub-genre of alternative.alternative rock is a new form of punk rock which was originated in 80s.I mean derivative form.however alternative musicians were influenced by punk musicians - zxm

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6 Muse Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 ...read more.

21? Seriously?

7 The White Stripes The White Stripes The White Stripes are an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they ...read more.

Their decent, but nothing special. To be honest I like the Killers more.

8 Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Arcade Fire are a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.

Eh their ok I guess.

9 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate ...read more.

It's amazing that Dave Grohl is able to play drums for Nirvana and continue his musical career by starting a band as a lead singer and guitarist. And letting his drumming career didn't make Foo Fighters' drummer Taylor Hawkins look bad at all.

How in the world can Evanescence be No1 and FF at 4...

This right here is a tragedy

10 Gorillaz Gorillaz Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.

Definitely one of the best alternative rock groups of the noughties, and in my opinion one of the best acts of that decade. Their ability to combine a mainstream sound with brilliant music as well as intelligent and well-written lyrics is extremely impressive and helps to contribute to a whole library of fantastic music. Meanwhile, their virtual band concept is also quite unique and the members created are very enjoyable characters to enjoy watching as well as being a great satire on manufactured pop bands. A fantastic band overall and one of my favourites. I just can't wait for them to release their next album. - Mrveteran

I love feel good inc

Gorillaz are actually from the 90s, not the 00s. However it wasn't until the early 00s that they became massive.So I guess this would count.

The Contenders

11 AFI
12 Seether Seether Seether are a South African hard rock band founded in May 1999 in Pretoria, South Africa. The band originally performed under the name Saron Gas until 2002, when they adopted the Seether name.

There's only two words I can use to describe this band, kick ass! They have great songs, Shaun Morgan's one hell of a singer and their great live enough said.

Amazing music...

13 The Killers The Killers The Killers is an American indie rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.
14 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

Definitely a good alternative 2000's band.

One of my fave bands of all time

One of the best ever bands

Thiss band can give me in two days, more emotion than I have had in two months - AnonymousChick

15 Placebo Placebo Placebo are an English alternative rock band, formed in London in 1994 by singer-guitarist Brian Molko and guitarist-bassist Stefan Olsdal.

Ouch... it's been 20 years (in 2016) since they released their first album... I'm feeling old right now! Great band, they produced some excellent albums at the time - Lotuscandy

16 A Perfect Circle A Perfect Circle
17 Staind Staind Staind was a rock band formed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995. Staind's lineup is Aaron Lewis (vocalist and guitarist), Jon Wysocki (drummer, left in 2011), Johnny April (bassist), and Mike Mushok (guitarist). After Jon's departure Sal Giancarelli filled in as drummer until the band's hiatus in ...read more.

For number one it was a hard choice between been this band and Theory of a Deadman but this band just felt more worthy of 1st place considering the good songs, how underrated they are and more. And yes it is possible to make a list of the 2000's without Foo Fighters or Linkin Park as number one all the damn time.

Staind is the most underrated band. They have virtually no bad songs and in my opinion the greatest vocal talent of all time in Aaron Lewis

"For you " is really amazing - in fact many of their songs are so good - Ananya

18 Animal Collective Animal Collective
19 Chevelle Chevelle Chevelle is an American rock band that formed in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Joe Loeffler.

Should be top 10 in my opinion, probably top 5. They go really hard, and it's just three dudes creating this awesome sound, you gotta respect them. - turnpikefan2017

20 Godsmack Godsmack Godsmack is an American rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin.
21 Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
22 Brand New Brand New
23 Shinedown Shinedown Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch.
24 The XX
25 Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, ...read more.

Ridiculously better than evanescence

26 Deftones Deftones Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. The band, which was founded in 1988, consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega.
27 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch, often shortened to Five Finger or Death Punch, also abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American alternative metal/alternative rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.

Come on the bleeding battle born the way fist ashs there awesome

28 Nightwish Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, ...read more.
29 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.

I specifically said no Nu Metal bands so that basically means no Linkin Park do people even read anymore?

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30 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

In the 2000's they were a actual Rock band now their a laughing stock.

FOB life

31 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.
32 Silbermond Silbermond Silbermond is a German alternative rock band consisting of Stefanie Kloß (vocals), Thomas Stolle (guitar), Johannes Stolle (bass), Andreas Nowak (drums) that formed in 2000. ...read more.
33 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

I've never really liked Red Hot Chili Peppers to me their soft rock.

Soft rock? They are soft alternative which is a type of soft rock. - Powerfultekin

Re:"I've never really liked Red Hot Chili Peppers to me their soft rock".Not soft rock.Soft rock is opposite of hard rock.Like it has slower guitar riffs,slow drum beats,melody singing etc. They are more of a funk rock but they are also an alternative rock band - zxm

34 Within Temptation Within Temptation Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.

Definitely their up there with Evanescence!

35 Queens Of The Stone Age Queens Of The Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1996. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme, alongside longtime members Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman, Dean Fertita, and recent addition Jon Theodore.
36 Art of Dying Art of Dying Art of Dying is a Canadian rock band fronted by Jonny Hetherington. The band is currently signed to Better Noise Records. Bassist Cale Gontier is the cousin of Adam Gontier, the lead singer of Saint Asonia and former lead singer of Three Days Grace.
37 Skillet Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

Not sure if Skillet's Alternative Rock or Metal. When they started out they were Heavy Metal now their Christian Rock.

38 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.
39 Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . ...read more.
40 Falling in Reverse Falling in Reverse Falling in Reverse is an American post hardcore band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2008, signed to Epitaph Records.
41 Apocalyptica Apocalyptica Apocalyptica is a Finnish metal band from Helsinki, Finland formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén.

A good alternative metal band that hasn't received a whole lot of attention. Their not 100% underrated but not exactly well known. I mean this band has great songs like: "I Don't Care", "I'm Not Jesus", "Not Strong Enough", "Anything But Love" etc.

42 Tokio Hotel Tokio Hotel Tokio Hotel are a pop rock band from Magdeburg, Germany, consisting of Bill Kaulitz (singer), Tom Kaulitz (guitar), Gustav Schäfer (drums) and Georg Listing (keyboards, bass) that formed in 2001. ...read more.

This band makes me cringe. Look I got nothing against Japanese music or what not. However this band is just really weird and bizarre.

43 Vanilla Ninja Vanilla Ninja Vanilla Ninja is an Estonian pop rock and synth rock band consisting of Lenna Kuurmaa (lead vocals, guitar), Piret Järvis (vocals, guitar) and Katrin Siska (keyboards). Past members are Maarja Kivi and Triinu Kivilaan, both providing vocals and electric bass. ...read more.
44 Strokes
45 Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band, formed in 2002 and based in Glasgow. The band's original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy, and Paul Thomson.
46 311 311 311 is an American rock band from Omaha, Nebraska. The band was formed in 1988 by vocalist and guitarist Nick Hexum, lead guitarist Jim Watson, bassist Aaron "P-Nut" Wills.
47 Flyleaf Flyleaf
48 Red Red Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead vocalist Michael Barnes.
49 The Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation. They are also considered to be one of the most influential alternative ...read more.
50 Paramore Paramore Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and drummer Zac Farro.

Paramore's Punk Rock/Glam Rock not Alternative.

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