Top Ten Artists Who Will Restore Your Faith In Modern Music

Lately, I've seen comments on this site and others stating that today's music is not worth listening to. Here are ten music artists of the 21st century who can pull their weight with the all-time greats. Ladies and gentlemen…

The Top Ten

1 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho (born April 9, 2000) is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and seven albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. Evancho's 2017 album, Two Hearts, more.

Jackie definitely restored my faith in modern music.
For years I didn't bother with music, it had become self serving and shallow.
When I came across Jackie's singing, it was like rediscovering what music had meant to me earlier.

Jackie has brought new meaning to beautiful music.

Jackie is the music story of the 21st century! - BobG

I'm listening to old music ( 50's,60's and 70's ) because they had better artists and better music than today's modern music and Jackie Evancho doesn't restore my faith in modern music ( okay, she's better than Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus etc... but she's certainly not better than artists of the 50's, 60's and 70's in music styles, attitudes and singing ). In other words plain and simple, I don't listen to modern music and Jackie Evancho isn't the artist who is convincing me or restore my faith for that.

2 Moby Moby Moby is an American musician, who has produced inventive new styles to various subgenres of electronic music, inspired by 1950's gospel as much as by modern rock, and musicians from New Order to David Bowie. more.

After reading this list, I told myself "There's actually good music in this generation? What is wrong with this world?! We get all the lousy artists like Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj but not all of these people on this list? I mean why would you do this? Why bury The gem and dig up the turd? These are the kind of artists kids and grown ups have been searching forever. Kids and grown ups who have went on to live horrible lives. Kicking people in the balls."

This is a great list for everyone. Especially the mainstream crowd. I mean, come on people. We're missing out on some of the greatest artists ever. At least give them a shot.

He totally deserves a spot in top 5. But still I like Jackie Evancho more. - divphygamer

A genius in the field of electronic music. - PetSounds

I'm glad you put him on this list, PetSounds. I could not agree more with you; his music is melodious, thought-provoking and, unlike most music artists, still as strong as it was when he began, as he hasn't lost this motivation to work hard. - PositronWildhawk

3 Tame Impala Tame Impala Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band founded by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music.

It's not all bad. Tame Impala is literally the modern day Pink Floyd meets The Beatles. Listen to Lonerism. It's one of the best albums of all time. - shadomatrix

Thank goodness we have Tame Impala. They sound like they are out of the early 70s. Go check them out if you like the Beatles or Pink Floyd.

Deadmau5 isn't going to restore faith in modern music. Tame impala takes sounds from the past and throws them into the future. They will restore faith in humanity as well - Miko0031

Fans of the Beatles need to check out this Australian band's 2012 album Lonerism, particularly the single "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards". - PetSounds

4 Massive Attack Massive Attack Massive Attack are an electronic music duo from Bristol, England, who use distorted, psychedelic, dynamic atmospheres as a definitive style of their music. They are noted as one of the most influential acts in electronic music to date, whose musical style was claimed to be far ahead of its time, and more.

Yes. - CedreticFomento

Nobody knows who they are! If Americans would actually listen and give them a change, we would be hearing much better music more often. But yeah, their Very good! - Slipperyjack40

Their music restored my faith in humanity.

Massive attack are pretty good - jmepa123

5 Deadmau5 Deadmau5 Joel Thomas Zimmerman (a.k.a. deadmau5) is a Canadian DJ producer, formerly a web developer, who produces a wide variety of electronic musical genres, such as electro and dubstep, but is best known for popularizing work in the areas of progressive house and electrohouse, along with the genres themselves. more.

I'm waiting for an actual album to see if he still holds up. I love just about every album by him. W:/2016album/ was a pretty big let down. I've heard his stuff from the two Mau5vile do Eps, it was pretty good. Also Polaris is one of his best tracks. Hopefully though, we will get something equivalent to Album Title goes Here, or Random Album Title in the next year or so. - Slipperyjack40

I love this guy. I Remember when I first listened to him. I loved Ghosts n Stuff, Alone with You. Lack of a Better Name, I love it all!

One of my favorite DJs. he will always restore my faith in modern music. His song Polaris is probably the best song of 2017. - PhoenixAura81

Its Amazing No humanoid can ever say no to it

6 Morgan Page
7 Zola Jesus
8 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal 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). more.

Metal is never old. They define how metal can be still so goodm

I like A7X, but their newer stuff isn’t the best. I prefer their older stuff - KingSlayer93316

I’m pretty sure the rev is the best drummer of the 21st century so far that I’ve heard

9 Animal Collective Animal Collective Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003. Its members and founders are Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist.

If Tame Impala are the Beatles of the 21st century, Animal Collective are the Beach Boys. Their album Merriweather Post Pavilion is a must-hear. - PetSounds

10 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. 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 more.

Green Day is the best band of today - Martinglez

Dos and Tres sucked, they used to be good but they've hit a wall

My favourite is she - jmepa123

I strongly disagree with Dos and Tré being bad. Though they don't consist of 'genius' talent, I still really like Green Day and enjoy covering their music. - Beatlesboy9

The Contenders

11 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. more.

I swear these guys are 1,000 times better than the modern poop and crap (whoops, I mean pop and rap) played on the radio. They saved my life. They got me through the worst moments in my life. They're unlike any band I have ever heard and they're definitely worth checking out, especially if you're going through a hard time in your life right now.

They are the cleanest, most flawless band I have ever seen. Their music really has saved my life. I highly recommend them to anyone who is going though a hard time right now.

They always get me through the hard times. They cheer me up. I'm more than happy this band is here! It's my favorite! - Eternal_Laughter

Everyone should know about them. They have some of the best written music in years. You really feel the emotion and power through the songs.

12 Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed more.

I kinda like them. I'm not very familiar with them though. Just the mainstream stuff. - Slipperyjack40

Coldplay is the best band ever. +10 points for being British. I love Swallowed in the Sea and Now My Feet Won't Touch the Ground. They are probably the best two songs by Coldplay, but I can't really choose. - Merilille

Don't like 'em much. - IronSabbathPriest

Sorry, but no they don't click me in anyway. - htoutlaws2012

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13 Blink-182 Blink-182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) more.

Green Day may have restored my beginning faith in music, but Blink-182 has completed my faith in music, especially Tom DeLonge, who always makes good music. I was looking for a good band that would help me get into rock music, and this is the band I looked for.

14 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.
15 Electus

I really love this list. PetSounds and PositronWildhawk introduced me to Electus and Electus has went on to be one of my favorite artists of all time. Seriously. Check this person out. It's worth it. Trust me.

16 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

The modern-day Grateful Dead that released five albums in one year should be in the top ten. Listen to their 14 (soon to be 15) studio albums and you'll be amazed about how many genres and concepts they've covered in less than 10 years. Their next album, Infest the Rats' Nest, will be Thrash Metal, just like Metallica and Slayer did in the 80s. - shadomatrix

17 Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes is an American indie folk band formed in Seattle, Washington. Their first two albums were released by the Sub Pop and Bella Union record labels, with their third by Nonesuch and Bella Union.

Indie folk with some psychedelic influences and ethereal harmonies. - PetSounds

18 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

Slipknot did get me into metal, but I wouldn’t consider them “modern” since they came out of the 90’s. And I don’t know if they still make music today (tell me if they did make new music) - KingSlayer93316

19 Skillet Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

One of the best current rock bands today. Their songs carry so much meaning, and they are catchy. Also, Skillet is one of the best bands to see live. Their shows can be amazing! - Alpha101

This band saved my life. If you're going through hard times in your life, check them out. They're worth it.

If you're going through a rough time right now, listen to their song It's Not Me, It's You.

Awesome band with a lot of meaning behind the lyrics

20 Beyonce Beyonce Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from more.

Ugh, made me lose my faith. All flash, lights, choreography, and pulchritude.

How the hell is she on the list of, "will regain my faith in modern music"?! If anything her music makes me lose more faithin music today!

Beyonce's song called Ape S*** is not really a good song to be honest!

21 Grizzly Bear

An excellent psychedelic group with folk influences and hints of Pink Floyd. Try their album Yellow House. - PetSounds

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

Amy, Will, mostly Will, his guitar skills are amazing, Amy and her vocals, Tim you are amazing. The drummer, amazing drumming. I may have forgot your name, but I never forget, as it's the first time, but you all are amazing.

Just quickly, for those who don't know (looking at other comment) the current members are; Amy (vocals), Jen (lead guitar), Troy (rhythm guitar), Tim (bass), and Will (drums).

Please put this to number 1

Has anyone even heard evanescence in the last ten years? Exactly - Miko0031

23 Greta Van Fleet Greta Van Fleet

How to be Greta Van Fleet :
Step 1 : Be Led Zeppelin - JoLeKosovo

24 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Greatest metal band of all time! - slipperyjack30

25 Sandy Rivera
26 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.
27 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg more.

To Pimp a Butterfly is probably one of the greatest album of this decade. He's a great lyricist with very experimental instrumentation. To Pimp a Butterfly's concept is very intelligent and enlightening. Also, he has a great flow in general. - JoLeKosovo

Only his lyrics are good. Otherwise, he would be average computerized rap.
Is there a Lamar song that has real instruments? - I80

The vast majority of them. All songs on To Pimp a Butterfly, except of maybe one or two, have brass and string instruments (and piano). - JoLeKosovo

Why is Green Day above them? I don't hate them, but they are hardly modern

He puts out some of the most thoughtful records for a mainstream rapper, "sing about me" "maad city" etc. His lyricism is on another level, his musical talent is great, while I do believe modern music is great, if it needed someone to help it back up, Kendrick would single handle that

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28 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.
29 The Sword The Sword
30 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.

It's too bad people don't really talk about them anymore. They were really good.

Need I say more? - NoodleRidley

New album soon, so excited to see what Damon Albarn does with it after Blur's new album

31 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

One of the ONLY modern bands I like on this list. At least Dan Reynolds can sing - KingSlayer93316

32 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, more.

I love these guys! I never knew there was such a thing as a good Moddern rock band. They are now my new favorite band. If you want good rock music, listen to Arctic Monkeys. Now, I need to find something American that I like. - Slipperyjack40

They have so much talent, unlike other modern british bands, like! D

33 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.
34 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

I wish they would play live again... Dystopia was a damn good album. Not sure about Plagues of Babylon, but that was okay. - IronSabbathPriest

35 Serge Devant
36 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have more.

I recommend you check out their old stuff first. Along with all these artists on this list because checking out their first albums first will give you a more better understanding of them.

37 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

Glad to see them high on the list. Seriously check them out. They are an amazing band.

One of the best industrial bands of all time.

Been around since the 90's, but they still kick ass.

38 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.

She's the queen of Pop Rock and a generation defining musician

39 Florence + the Machine Florence + the Machine Florence and the Machine are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, Isabella Summers, and a collaboration of other artists.
40 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.
41 Tycho
42 Temples

The modern day Beatles.

Their lone album, Sun Sketches, is reminiscent of mid-1960s rock and roll. "Shelter Song", in particular, reminds me of the Byrds. - PetSounds

43 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.
44 Lorde Lorde Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.
45 Finger Eleven
46 Sammie
47 John Mayer John Mayer John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.
48 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 more.

I hate rap but I love Linkin Park. It certainty not the same kind of rock as that of the 70s, but it is a good difference. They're lyrics are very deep and meaningful, and the music part is even better! - slipperyjack30

Pretty much everything post Meteora isn't that great for me. - IronSabbathPriest

To be fair, they have been the most creative overall band since 2000. Not necessarily the greatest, but definitely the most creative. - Kiteretsunu

I don't know about that, Kiteretsunu. Have you heard any AnCo albums? I'd say they've been a lot more innovative, though in different ways. - PetSounds

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49 Daft Punk Daft Punk Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of producers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.

They were already famous before 2013

I'm talking about Daft Punk before they got famous in 2013.

I still think their new stuff is way better than anything today. - Slipperyjack40

50 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.
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