Best Music Artists and Bands of the 21th Century

The Top Ten
1 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.

This is the best band man. Amazing voice chester and great rap by mike. They are many rocking songs like numb, in the end, new divide, what I've done, faint etc. This band deserves the first place. Those who dint vote this band are not humans at all, they don't have taste.

These guys have brought new genre to world that is Linkin Park. This is the only band which can give you any taste of music. If anyone is fan of music then he should know Linkin Park "RESPECT Linkin Park" if you are music addicted

This is not the expected result!
It is agreed that 30 seconds to mars is a great band...
But Linkin Park is the best rock band ever, not only in 21st century, but also since rock music was originated!
Linkin Park is NO. 1!

I've listened to Linkin Park and a lot of their music sounds very original. Plus they stand out more than other bands. Although I like other bands, this band has to be the top on my list!

2 30 Seconds to Mars Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band currently consists of brothers Jared and Shannon Leto.

MARS owns the 21st century, having released their second album 'A Beautiful Lie' containing hits such as 'The Kill' and their third album 'This Is War' with hits such as 'Kings And Queens' and 'Closer To The Edge'. They've more than proven why they are the best.

THeir second album 'a beautiful lie' consists of rock hits.. Song like the story, the kill, the fantasy, attack, a beautiful lie, was it a dream, r-evolve. And other songs as well like a brand new name, and hurricane.
I'm not suprised their voted the best rock band

Absolutely the best :D

3 Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

This guy is the best selling artist of the 21st century, so therefore he should be #1. For 5 years, he had problems with drugs and his best friend being killed, he had 3 classics in a row, 2 of them becoming diamond albums and has even won an oscar for best original song. And there are people like Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson who haven't done anything in the 21st century are above this talented guy.

First three were amazing yes, encore wasnt that great but still alright. Relapse I think was his worst album, I mean there was a few god songs like, beautiful, underground, crack a bottle and 3 am, but the rest of the album was just funny voices whcih made it bad. But I think recovery was up their with his earlier albums, he really brought it back with that album and I can't wait for his next album due this autumn

Shoot! Eminem should be #1! What is he doing all the way on 10. HE IS TOP ARTIST and SHOULD ALWAYS BE! Come on now people! This man writes his own lyrics. His story somehow connects to a lot of people out there! He should get mostly all the props! Eminem fan all day yo! His music is my definition of "music" so weather or not y'all may not agree. Imma still stick to my boy! My final vote!

Almost every single rap artist looks up to him. He dominates the game in every aspect: Lyricism, beat, and tone. Because of this, he is the greatest selling rapper of all time, which is made even more impressive by the fact that he is in a genre composed of mostly African Americans, who often don't buy his songs purely because he is white.

4 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

Always the best

5 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 ...read more.

What is this? Green Day is an awesome band and one of the best artist in the 21st century. No one compares to them, they just rock. Their songs are so meaningful and full with emotion. They just rocked the 90's and the 00's. Their lyrics, song, music are so good. Albums like American Idiot, Dookie,21st century Breakdown are the one of the best rock album in the present era!

Green Day are the best band ever end of. By the way, where are queens of the stone age? The strokes? Biffy Clyro? Weezer? On this list? Also, a7x should be higher up. Syn is an amazing guitarist. YES Green Day!

Who Can compare green day with other bands they are far better than any other bands of 2000's or even the 90's as well. Both their original as well as live albums are BOOMBASTIC!

They Rock! This list should not have Heart and Daughtry on the list as they are both awful!

6 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

I love MJs music and THE ROLLING STONES the very most and QUEEN would come close after for me when it comes to favourites and I listen to Bruce Springsteen and some others too even listening to little heavy metal music and to Eminem I thought about it a lot and decided to give his music a chance when I listened to his album the Eminem show I thought it was great I would think Eminem would been the biggest music artist of the 2000s I do not say he's better than MJ, THE ROLLING STONES and QUEEN I think the same with ELVIS PRESLEY AND LED ZEPPELIN I would have placed Eminem on number 6 of greatest music artists of all time if I begin to like his music even more I did not like the song just loose it I can forgive Eminem and I do not intend to judge him because of talk about him sold his soul to illuminati I have listened to some music and I haven't felt brainwashed I have bought many
Albums even over 10 of MJs albums and 2 of his concert dvds and the rehearsals dvd named Michael ...more

Michael Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. I love you Michael!

How is he not in the top three?

7 K.S. Chithra Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music.

She is not single day famous or best She is best in 80's, best in 90's, best in 2000's and continues... Chithra is the best in century in the real meaning...

She started in her career with best performance, still its continue...

8 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.

I'm sorry why is Muse 6th on the list?!?! They are the best band over all on this list. And they deserve more respect.

The first band to ever sell out the new wembley stadium? In my opinion the best band since the beatles!

Ever heard a song turn into a living, breathing thing all on its own? That's muse right there!

This band is better than everybody else on the list, except maybe eminem

9 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 ...read more.

Coldplay simply is one of the best bands of all time...they easily have 15 songs I adore. No other artist has that for me

Currently the best and the most popular band on the face of planet earth.

Not only the best band on this planet b4t the best artist!

Coldplay is simply awesome

10 Justin Timberlake Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child.
The Contenders
11 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.

This is the band that seem to have won more Brit Awards than anyone the the 21st century so far at 5

If you want raw talent stick with bands like Arctic Monkeys, Muse and Kasabian.

"Brian... top marks for not trying! "
They deserve top 3 for the accents alone! haha

12 Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

What's amazing is how much this band has not changed, look at guns n roses, as well as many other bands and you'll see, if they are still releasing albums, then they have changed a lot. Metallica has not changed all too much.

Metallica has been the best from the start of its career. I never knew a band names 30 Seconds to Mars before Toptens. Slipknot should also be in the list.

13 McFly
14 Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.

Kanye is the GOAT in any century! Go back and listen to his massive discography. You can't compare him to people who make 1 or 2 decent albums. Redo the entire list.

Listen to his catalogue. It shows the growth of the modern day 21st century young adult on his quest to take over the world. What an artist.

Why is he only at number 47? He should be in the top 5 at least and deserves to be number 1!

Greatest and most influential!

15 Beyonce Knowles 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 ...read more.

She has been doing it for 15 years now and is still one THE TOP performers and one of the best vocalists on this decade. We have all scene new girls on the scene come and go! Bey is always here showing why she is QUEEN!

Beyonce has dominated music for almost 15 years. She has had hit after hit and remained a humble, kind, and generous. She's the greatested of my generation hands dow. THE QUEEN!

With a cartload of awards accomplished within this period and counting, Beyonce always keep herself at the top of her game. She's irreplaceable

Beyonce is the Queen,y'all see the crown on right? She's been number 1 & will continue 2 be number 1! I LOVE YOU BEYONCE GISELLE KNOWLES CARTER! King Bey!

16 Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. ...read more.

Sorry but 110th is a crime

17 Busted Busted are an English pop rock band from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, consisting of James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson.
18 Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles ...read more.

Best selling artist of the 21st century.

19 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.

So many great songs in such a short time. Should be top 10 of this decade.

I love Imagine DRagons

20 Heart Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

They Rock too! Just saw them live. And YES! They should definitely be on this list.

21 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

I Love Maroon 5. Especially Adam. Great band. (and admit it Adam is hot)

I love maroon 5 a hole lot even sexy adam Levine <3. you guys are the best at pop. I thin they are better than 1 direction. you rock maroon 5

22 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.
23 Band of Skulls
24 Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. ...read more.

The man is a genius. People forget how good he is. Modern Michael Jackson.

25 Crosses (†††)

Exelent work from the boys from deftones, not as heavy, more dream pop alt rock but great stuff.
Why is 30 seconds to mars at one, those posers are lame

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