Best Rock Bands of the 2000s

The Contenders: Page 2

21 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.

This list can't be taken seriously if U2 is this low. Top 10 in sales, influence and relevance.

I personally think Green Day is the best, however I would put U2 in the top 5 and voted for it simply because I can not understand how it is this low. Really? One of the most successful bands of all time at 21? Please.

A slack in the face from you to U2 - how DARE YOU insult the greatest band in the history of the world. This is indeed a sad day in America.


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22 Rise Against Rise Against Rise Against is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes. They are known for popularizing punk.

Rise Against placed 12th! The everlasting impact they have made on the world of rock is infinitely greater than My Chemical Romance or Arctic Monkeys. Apart from being one of the most consistently brilliant bands that epic songs, the meaning in each of their songs about life, society and the way they world works makes them undoubtedly one of the best rock bands of the 21st century, and definitely not 12th. 12th?! Putting them in 12th place is an insult to their immense contribution and the genre that they have pioneered. Bring them higher or else the rock gods won't be pleased

To cut right to the chase, Rise Against is going down in history. Rise Against is probably about the 2nd most popular in the 2nd wave of Punk along bands like Green day, Blink-182, and The Offspring. Rise Against delivers a sound that is always new and you won't know what expect except for the fact that it will please you. - Sabres18

Rise Against should be at least #2. Tim's lyrics and Joe's rhythm are the most impressive things in the world. If you don't know why, do yourself a favor and buy The Sufferer and The Witness or RPM. You're welcome.

These guys should be higher honestly

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23 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.

Have you hear "viva la vida" before?
Or "lover in japan"?
You must be never hear "yellow" as song
Try "clocks"
Or something different "in my place
Go to "violet hill" and try to drive with "speed of sound"
And you will "talk" to anyone that coldplay is the best song - muhammadfajri

Coldplay should be at least top 10! Maybe you heard their songs, call them gay, whatever... You just don't know the meaning of their songs. Listen to Sparks, Shiver, Green Eyes, Politik, Low... Do I have to say more? Ok. Fix You, Strawberry Swing, Violet Hill, 42, Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, Charlie Brown, Another's Arms, Ink, Magic, AHFOD, Up & Up... Still call them bad? Listen to Jonny's riffs! Still think they sucks? Google up "Chris Martin"... I'm sure you'll smile when you saw him smile. Watch their interviews, you'll know how humble and down to earth they are... You might hate it now, then you'll back at them! They're the best.

All their songs are beautiful hold meaningful lyrics about the world and people. Definitely one of the best bands out there.

#23? this is joke.

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24 KoRn KoRn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

KoRn should be at the very top! Davis kicks ass still!

Korn is one of if not the greatest bands of all time. The way they rock out every song and the vocals are the most insane of any band.

This list is a joke. Linkin Park as number 1? They've made only one good album, and some Ok albums. My Chemical Romance and Three Days Grace are bands without any creativity. In my opinion in a list like this the top ten should be bands which has their own sound. Korn created a very original sound, and there are emotions in their music. They really should be the top one.


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

I can't believe they are so low in this ranking, they are by far the most talented band of the new century and Funeral is one of the greatest albums ever made. -. -

One of the best bands nowadays out there along with radiohead, foo fighters, muse, arctic monkeys, jack white, queens of the stone age, strokes and tame impala. They are beautiful!

I have not been this excited about a band since The Beatles. Members are very versatile, lyrics are incredible, and the music is awesome.

These guys should be in top 10

these guys have such artistic and beautiful sound

its incredible to listen to

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26 Paramore Paramore Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York.

Oh common, this should be in the ten, imagine in just few albums they almost rock the whole world. Our Rock band in school won 4 four consecutive wins by just singing Paramore songs.

Pffft 21, no way minus the 2... - Sammy

Paramore are way up there with AC/DC and Guns 'N' Roses for me, they're amazing

Linkin park & green day are my favorite bands but paramore is my heart's favorite. This awesome band should be also in 10. These guys are good at everything. Damn it sucks

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27 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. more.

You have to be kidding me. System of a Down is one of the greatest bands of the 2000's. I used to like Linkin Park... When I was 5 and My Chemical Romance is a mediocre band. Same with 30 Seconds to Mars. Just listen to Chop Suey or B.Y.O.B and tell me that's not good enough.

P. S, They've been around longer than Linkin Park. Give System the number 1 place or at least top 5 or 10.

System of a Down is one of the most lyrically eclectic bands of this generation. They have a style all of their own, and are not afraid to play as their souls desire. They are true to themselves to the end, even when confronted with the promise of great fortunes from big name music channels and companies. I believe they should be in the number one spot, not only for these reasons, but also for the fact that they paint the truth in the form of power chords and dark melodies. Thank you, and make the right decision. Vote System of a Down to the top.

- N.A.P.

The mark of a great band is how many people can manage to copy their sound. No-one has even come close. They are unique, highly talented, challenging and engaging, with the whole being so much more than the sum of the parts.

Despite it being over seven years since their last album, they still maintain their place as the most exciting rock band since Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine and Tool.

26, meanwhile Green Day is first and u2 21st... - Disturbedpotato

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28 Guns N' Roses

Guns n' roses= not 2000s

Guns is the best 90's hard rock band not 2000's - Pat5105

Guns is 2000? Get off the list.


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29 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". more.

they with only bon jovi have survived through grunge and into the 21st century

Great band, everyone loves them they were not noted for any good albums in the 2000's other than St. Anger which most of their fans hated.

I know Metallica was around in 2000s, but their albums in this period are not nearly as good as their 80s albums.

24th? Kidding me

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30 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal 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 guitarist Adrian more.

I don't get it?! Iron Maiden CREATED metal as we know it, they have more fans then all these other bands PUT TOGETHER! Bruce Dickinson is more talented and has a greater vocal range then any other lead singer, Dave Murray & Adrian Smith have both written the best guitar work ever heard in a music and can shred it like no other is capable of doing.

This is not done.. Unfair to the gods of metal.. They are an awesome band.. They have been the inspiration of metal greats like Metallica and megadeth.. They should be at least in the top 5.. 18 isn't the right position for them.. They simply rock...

I don't really believe in rating bands "as long as its not stupid screamo" but I really don't see how Iron Maiden is not in the top 10s. Most of the bands listed are amazing, they're just ordered wrong


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31 The Killers The Killers The Killers is an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

The killers- Awesome. They've got so many good songs, such as All these things I've Done, Human, Mr Brightside, Somebody Told Me, When You Were Young. None of these other bands come close to the Killers, apart from maybe Muse. They've never produced a bad song, even there Christmas songs own! VOTE THE KILLERS

First band I ever heard and had to buy their album the next day. Seriously, All These Things That I've Done is my most played song in my iTunes for a reason.

Can you argue with this? Their The Killers. Mr. Brightside, When you were Young, Human, Somebody told me. Nuf said. - Sabres18

"I har soul but I'm not a soldier". Best riff since smells like ten spirit.

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32 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.

These guys are hardly Rock try are more like pop. I like them but they are not rock. Three doors down, Evanescence, Skillet, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, those are rock and should all be much higher up.

46 that is just ridiculous

They should at least be in the top 10

This Love is an awesome song. Wake Up Call is to and even songs on the B-Side Story, Hands All Over (Deluxe version) No Curtain Call

Maroon 5 is the most underrated band of all time. The drums, keyboard, guitars and adam levine's voice are perfect. - batman360

MAROON 69696969

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

Yes you can argue this all you want. The reason is the insanely quick jump from being unheard of to being popular. I picked up skillet about 3 months before Awake and instantly fell in love with Whispers in the Dark and Comatose. I watched as Skillet overnight became extremely popular and was the first Christian rock band to break free of the other christian rock bands and started touring with the popular bands that were not christian. To this date I have only seen that happen twice, Skillet and Red. - Sabres18

Skillet has got to be one of the greatest bands of all time. John Cooper's distinct voice along with the rare use of string instruments in a rock band make them so much more different than ANYTHING else you hear on the radio... And yet no other band has attempted to mimic that sound and make it sound anywhere NEAR as good as they can. Hats off to Skillet.

This band should be in top 20 bands at least Their music made me like rock and their music is the best ever. They have been for a long time and should be rated higher..

I don't listen/like when Skillet anymore, but some 5 years ago they were my favorite band. Good times.

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34 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.

They have such a unique style that can make any moment better. Groove, rock, bass, drums, good voice, attitude, they got it all, except stage performance. But all their studios albums are diamond.

THE brit Pop band around there, I think I don't know no other band where 2 guitars work that good together and create a specific sound...

Super good vocals

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

I can not believe that the jonas brother got on a ROCK chart! But what I REALLY can't believe is that they beat Evanescence! Oh my god! What is this world coming to?!

The first time that I heard Evanescence, it was "My Immortal", but at the time, I didn't know it was them. When I found them, later on, I think it was "Lithium" that made a hardcore fan, but hearing her sing "My Immortal" made me realize I'd been a fan of hers for far longer than I had realized. Amy Lee's voice could put the Greek Sirens to bitter shame. And THEY could lead sailors to a watery grave.

30? I don't understand. How can people hear her voice and the band, but not get this to the top? It just doesn't make any sense to me. I love Ben's guitars in Fallen, and I certainly love the composition. I'm I the only sane one left!?

One of the most amazing bands ever especially with a powerful female vocalist...Amy lee rocks!

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36 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi that formed in 1996. The band originally consisted of Brad Arnold (vocals/drums), Todd Harrell (bass guitar) and Matt Roberts (guitar). They were soon joined by guitarist Chris Henderson, and later by drummer Richard Liles.

There are very few bands in this era that produce album after album after album of nothing but great music! This is one of those bands. The only people that disagree are probably stuck to 1 or 2 subgenres like maybe you like Black Math Metal but don't like Viking Death Metal... Like there is a distinguishable difference laugh out loud. 3 Doors Down has produced nothing but albums that you can pop in the player and just listen... No song skipping involved! They deserve Top 10! Fix this issue now! I command you!

Just purchase the album Away From the Sun, you can thank me later. With such greats as When I'm gone and Here without you, and some not on Away From the Sun like Kryptonite and Citizen Soldier, how are they only number 38?

3 Doors Down definitely deserves to be Top 10 minimum... Really, 28? That's absurd... I have never bought an album from another band in which I did not skip a few tracks... I have never skipped a single song on any 3 Doors Down album, all of their music seems to be great...

3 doors down
2 doors down
1 door down

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37 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.

Their music can enhance any emotion you are feeling and Chino Moreno's voice is the personification of sex. Seeing them at Reading this year was, without doubt, the greatest day of my life.

The only reason they aren't higher is because their sound is not as commercial as other bands on the list, leading them to not chart as high. If more people got the chance to hear them, they'd love them too. Spread the word. Deftones are awesome.

At the time Adrenaline was 1st released I had never heard of the band, thank god that by chance I listened to 'Bored' on the radio! Bought the album and was instantly hooked, I feel the best albums are White Pony, Koi no Yokan & Diamond Eyes (In that order) if they keep churning albums like Koi no yokan out I personally will be a very happy person, THIS BAND ARE AMAZING IF YOU LIKE HEAVY ROCK DONE IN A DIFFERENT WAY WITH A NICE ELECTRONIC TWIST, CHINOS VOICE IS HAUNTING BUT POWERFUL! Awfully sad about Chi this year (One love for Chi).

Keep Rocking guys

Funny how so many of these bands sound exactly the same and yet somehow people are still able to rank them. If you want something creative and meaningful, listen to Deftones!

Ever since their inception, they've been constantly evolving. The music doesn't fit a specific genre and their sound is one of a kind. Chino is a criminally underrated singer

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38 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Gotta love rage against the machine, been there done that, plus their lyrics are revolutionary they don't sing about "broken hearts" "masturbation" "mommy issues" this is the big boy band right here folks.

Actually one of the most fantastic bands ever, clever lyrics, beautiful riffs and a huge range in style throughout their music, best songs are How Could I Just Kill a Man and Bulls On Parade

It's a good thing they're broken up for now because they might have taken over the world. - Duality

Come on. 38? This has to be a joke

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39 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. more.

I think he's just a misunderstood soul he's very talented and that's whats wrong with this world they would see it too if they embraced there inner weirdo makes life more interesting

Marilyn Manson changed my life. His music gave me the outlet I needed in my teens, and got me through those awkward years. Different and original. We need more!

I really love their music!


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40 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.

Such a creative project both musically and visually. Greatest videos, amazing contributors and combination of different styles of music. Love them.

Gorillaz was a creative project that left its mark in the music business. One of the most innovative concepts seen in the last 20 years.

When I was scrolling down the list I was like " Ahem, Gorillaz! ". One of the most creative bands ever! I think they should at least be in the top ten.

Feel good inc. DARE and Clint Eastwood were such great songs and pretty good hits, they deserve to be higher.

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