Best Music Artists and Bands of the 21th Century

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The Top Ten

1 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.

Best rock band since queen! Rip Chester as well

Best modern rock band hands down

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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

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2 30 Seconds to Mars 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.

No way is that number 1. Most people don't know who they even are. There songs haven't been super hits like other people

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

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3 Eminem 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.

He is the best selling artist of the past 20 years

What Eminem at 10 :O Can't be like this man he is the star of this world the only man who can make any sucking song to become one of the best in world come on fellows vote EMINEM.

He has 3 classic hip-hop albums and they were all in a row. Other than that trainwreck encore he has nothing but amazing work. Stan is just amazing to. One of the 5 best rappers of all time

That early stuff was all amazing. Maybe encore and the re-up and that's it. He carried a crew of wack rappers by himself in D12 to actually make there first album good. The only other rapper in D12 with skill was probably proof that's it. - Chris-1

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4 Bon Jovi 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

WHO ARE U PEOPLE?

5 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 ...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!

YAY! Go Green Day! They should be bit further up!

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6 Michael Jackson 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.

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!

I don't understand why Michael Jackson is on this list.

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
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7 K.S. Chithra 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... - bradman

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

8 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.

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

Really good bassist, and most of these bands here have no measurable talents except Avenged Sevenfold and bon jovi

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.

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

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9 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 ...read more.

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

Coldplay is simply awesome

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

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

10 Justin Timberlake 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 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.

"Brian... top marks for not trying! "
They deserve top 3 for the accents alone! haha - Uzzy101

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

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

12 Metallica 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.
- Slashhead

13 McFly
14 Kanye West 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.

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

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.

He should be number one

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15 Beyonce Knowles 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 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!

She's the Best, the only Queen. When Will this world wake up and realize that beyonce a.k.a. THE QUEEN OF PoP/RnB is the artist of the GENERATION.

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

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16 Katy Perry 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 Busted are an English pop rock band from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, consisting of James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson.
18 Adele 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 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.

20 Heart 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. - Scorpion

21 Maroon 5 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 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 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 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

26 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read more.
27 Slade Slade Slade are an English rock band from Wolverhampton. They rose to prominence during the glam rock era in the early 1970s, achieving 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones on the UK Singles Chart.
28 Childish Gambino Childish Gambino Donald McKinley Glover Jr. is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, rapper, singer, songwriter, producer and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as a DJ under the name mcDJ. ...read more.
29 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative 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). ...read more.

I can't believe A7X aren't on the top10 with bands such as Muse or Green Day which are just commercial unskilled bands are on it, considering A7X has got the most talented newcomers and each of their songs has got a meaning and are really complex.

respect to a7x, the most talented band in the present day

Are you drunk? A7x are the best guys in activity.

I absolutely adore Avenged 7X! I sing everyone of their songs at the top of my lungs...pure talent

30 Jay-Z Jay-Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and investor born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album. He is considered to be one of the best rappers of ...read more.
31 Jake Bugg Jake Bugg
32 OneRepublic OneRepublic OneRepublic is an American pop rock band. Formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2002 by lead singer Ryan Tedder and guitarist Zach Filkins, the band achieved commercial success on Myspace as an unsigned act.
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34 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 ...read more.
35 Shakira Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
36 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

def. nickelback and papa roach should be the first two 30 seconds to mars should not be before them! - a7xfan93

Nelly Furtado and Linkin Park are so mediocre compared to Nickelback - Bec

they are sweet music makers I like the newest album dark horse - seether62

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

She's the best! Amy Lee's the whole package... She's cute she has an incredible voice & their lyrics are so meaningful!
Just amazing!

38 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. ...read more.
39 Audioslave Audioslave Audioslave was an American rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2001 and disbanded in 2007. The four-piece band consisted of then-former Soundgarden lead singer/rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, and then-former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk. ...read more.
40 Frank Ocean Frank Ocean Christopher Edwin Breaux, known professionally as Frank Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and photographer.
41 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.

They have a cabinet full of Grammy Awards and recently won the best rock performance of the year for 'Walk' from their new sensational album 'Wasting light'. They should be in the top five of this list.

Simply awesome, probably the best artist of the moment.

Love these guys...

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

The music contains so much detail and some of the best lyrics ever to be written, best band of the 21st century, without a doubt! Personally I think its sad that so few people understand this music and gives it the time it deserves.

43 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, ...read more.

If more people could be like her the world would be a MUCH better place - TopTenTed

She will be ahead of them all in a short time. Most beautiful voice since the beginning of voice recording. Perhaps the most beautiful voice of all time period.

Perfection Personified. Don't believe me? Just listen...

44 Papa Roach Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.
45 The Strokes The Strokes The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998. They consists of Julian Casablancas (lead vocalist), Nick Valensi (guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Nikolai Fraiture (bassist) and Fabrizio Moretti ...read more.

Incredible, started the alternative garage rock revival, inspired bands like the Arctic Monkeys

46 Hariharan Hariharan Hariharan is an Indian playback singer who has sung for Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Gujarati and Rajasthani films, an established and foremost ghazal singer and composer, and one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music . In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma ...read more.
47 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.
48 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.
49 Skrillex Skrillex Skrillex is an American (Born in 1988, in Los Angeles, California) EDM producer who is known for popularizing dubstep. He is part of the bands Jack Ü (DJ) and From First To Last (Lead Singer). His album Recess debuted at 4 on the BB200, tying him with Zedd for the highest debut for an EDM album on ...read more.
50 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

Should be top 10, easily.

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