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.
Extremely popular in the mid-2000s and even more in the early 2010s. If any Millennial rock band deserves some love, Muse is definitely a contender. - cjWriter1997
2 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.
To Pimp a Butterfly is an instant classic for Hip-Hop. One of the most introspective rappers in the mainstream. - cjWriter1997
3 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.
Do I have to really explain this one? These guys are one of the most well-respected rock bands from the 2000s - cjWriter1997
4 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.
Popular rock band with many great songs and albums. One of the biggest arena rock bands of the 2000s. - cjWriter1997
5 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.
2006's Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was massively popular and exploded AM into fame. - cjWriter1997
6 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.
Thanks for making this list I like that you try and be more positive about music and yes I agree with most of your choices.
As time went on, Bruno evolved in his music, making him one of the best artists in pop music today. Whether you like his funkiness, his upbeat groove or his singing, there's no denying he's got something going for him. - cjWriter1997
7 System Of A Down
System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Alternative Metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.
They have the most viewed rock song on YouTube of all-time, and I figured I needed one band on the heavier side for this list. - cjWriter1997
8 Lady GaGa
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. ...read more.
Sure she dresses a little weird, and she likes to be out of the norm every now and then. There's no denying she has talent and a great voice. Not to mention she does explore other genres too. - cjWriter1997
9 J. Cole
Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer.
2014 Forest Hills Drive is an album that comes to mind. J. Cole is another pretty introspective rapper in the mainstream. Lost Ones is a good song to see that he's more than just a party rapper and he does talk about some real issues. - cjWriter1997
10 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.
Green Day are awesome. Their music is popular with a wide range of age group from 8 year olds to 80 year olds. Their music really has a connection with generation Z.
11 Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer and songwriter from Mission, British Columbia, and later based in Vancouver. She is best known for her hit song "Call Me Maybe" which topped many charts in 2012.
Before you say anything, she isn't just the Call Me Maybe girl anymore. Emotion is a great pop album from this decade. - cjWriter1997
12 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.
13 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.
These were awesome originally, they have gone downhill a bit, though luckily Mike Shinoda will revive it again.
Songs like Numb, In The End, Feint, Crawlin.
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.
Best rapper with meaningful lyrics
15 Ed Sheeran
Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.
16 Porcupine Tree
Porcupine Tree were an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band's music.
Not massively popular but man is he a modern prog icon.
He is the face of prog after Ian Anderson. - JoLeKosovo
17 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.
18 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
19 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.
20 Sandi Thom
I wish I was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in my Hair) - I was born too late, into a world that doesn't care.
21 Denzel Curry
Denzel Rae Don Curry (born February 16, 1995) is an American rapper and songwriter from Carol City, Florida. He released his debut full-length album, titled Nostalgic 64 on September 3, 2013. His second full-length album, titled Imperial, was released on March 9, 2016.