Top Ten Best Musical Acts of the 21st CenturyNo, good music is not dead. There have been plenty of fantastic bands, singers, rappers, and producers from the past decade-and-a-half that prove that. Let's take a look at them, shall we?
The Top Ten
He's not considered one of the greatest rappers of all time for nothing.
Eminem not only broke racial barriers in the hip-hop genre, but managed to make some incredible and iconic music in the process.
There's no other way to say it: Eminem (and Slim Shady, of course) is just a fantastic rapper. His voice, his flow, the beats, the lyrics, all perfect, all the time. (Just pretend that whole Encore thing didn't happen)
But what's my favorite Eminem song?
Well, honorable mentions go out to Stan, one of the darkest and saddest stories ever told through music, Not Afraid, which is inspiring and powerful and brought him back from a major career slump, and of course the classic Lose Yourself.
My favorite Eminem song is Rap God. Just listen to it, and you'll probably know why.
Got to be one of the worst. No further comment. - PositronWildhawk
Despite coming from the Nu-Metal genre, one of the worst things to come out of the early 2000s, Linkin Park have proven themselves time and time again that they can really make some music. And when they do, it's fantastic.
Whether you're a fan of their older, more nu-metal influenced stuff like Hybrid Theory or Meteora, or their newer, more alt-rock/electronic rock inspired albums like Minutes To Midnight or Living Things, you simply can't deny these guys have talent to spare.
Chester Bennington is a great singer, and unlike most metal bands, when he screams, it lends actual power and emotion to the song.
Mike Shinoda is an extremely skilled rapper, and has even proven to be a good singer at points.
While most people hate more experimental albums like A Thousand Suns, I actually enjoy and respect that Linkin Park are willing to experiment and go outside their comfort zone.
And the music. Oh boy, the music.
They have SO MANY good songs. In The ...more
It could be no other.
Coldplay are my all-time favorite band. I've never heard a group of musicians capable of producing such incredible music in my life.
Chris Martin has one of the most amazing voices in musical history, and the rest of the band's musical skills all culminate into something truly admirable.
I've never heard a bad Coldplay song. They're the example of a band that does everything right. Even the Beatles had a few failures here or there, but Coldplay? Never. Not once.
Some great Coldplay songs include:
Fix You- Their signature song. A heartbreaking breakup ballad that deserves a listen.
Clocks- A Grammy-winning piece of art that keeps you captivated in the music all the way through.
Violet Hill- An impressive rock tune with great lyrics and a powerful message, A must-listen.
Yellow- An honest, beautiful love song with fantastic lyrics.
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall- An upbeat tune that will put you in a good mood instantly.
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Greatest work*. Typos have ed me over once again.
OneRepublic are my favorite band. Their music is so meaningful and amazing. I like all their songs but my favorite one is Secrets.
I do really like them. - PositronWildhawk
Once again, I'm at a loss of what to say.
OneRepublic are, in my opinion, one of the most underrated bands out there. They've made lots of truly amazing music, but sadly lots of people ignore them.
I almost can't describe how much I absolutely love these guys.
Frontman Ryan Tedder is a musical genius. His songwriting, singing, and production capabilities are through the roof. And with the rest of the band with him, he has created some damn fine pieces of music, if I do say so myself.
Some of their best songs include the wonderfully optimistic Good Life, the aptmospheric, emotional Say (All I Need), the catchy, upbeat Counting Stars, and the simply amazing Stop And Stare.
But the best of the bunch is All The Right Moves. It's majestic, fun, has excellent production, one of Tedder's best performances to date, and even a really cool music video. You have to give it a listen. You will love it.
Name any Award and Green Day has probably won it.
First off, let me address something: I am well aware of Green Day's output in the '90s. Yes, Dookie was a good album. Yes, they had lots of success before the turn of the millennium.
But in my opinion, Green Day really hit their stride in 2004, with the American Idiot album, which to this day remains one of my all-time favorite albums. Oh yeah, 21st Centure Breakdown was pretty good too.
Green Day are probably one of the most iconic punk-rock/alt-rock bands in the world, and with good reason. Billie Joe Armstrong is a great singer, and they have essentially perfected punk-rock music. Who doesn't love rocking out to these guys?
Honorable Mentions for best song from the 21st Century go to the tragic, heartbreaking Wake Me Up When September Ends, the explosive, politically-charged Holiday, and the amazing 21 Guns.
But I would have to say. Their best song is, undoubtedly, Boulevard Of Broken Dreams. I've been in love with that song since it first came out, and to this day it ...more
Oh, Justin Timberlake.
So much better than that OTHER Justin we have.
Anyways, this guy is the definition of cool. Every time one of his songs come on, you just can't help but be sucked in. And with R&B mastermind Timbaland by his side for a large portion of his work, this guy is unstoppable. And the fact that he's been able to remain relearn for as long as he has is really something.
But what's my favorite song of his?
Well, honorable mentions go out to Mirrors, a beautiful love song with breathtaking production, and My Love, which is a fun, danceable tune with a fantastic guest verse from TI.
But my favorite JT song is the awe-inspiring, suave, and beautiful break-up song "What Goes Around... Comes Around". The simultaneous heartbreak, anger, and "I'm over it" attitude expressed in the song all at the same time is something to be admired, and the amazing production and Justin's incredible vocals help a lot. It's a must-listen.
Yeah, I know. In real life, Kanye West is an annoying, pretentious ass. That much is true.
But we're judging by the music here, and when it comes to his music, Kanye is one of the most brilliant, creative, and talented people the rap industry has ever seen.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was a masterpiece. The College Dropout was a masterpiece. This guy is one of the most talented rappers, producers, and songwriters of our generation.
Some honorable mentions would be Stronger, which is one of the best uses of samples in music history (may even be better than the Daft Punk original), N****s in Paris, his upbeat, catchy collaboration with Jay-Z, and the emotionally-fueled breakup ballad Heartless.
But his best song is certainly "All Of The Lights", an all-out musical masterpiece, with Kanye's best production and songwriting to date.
Rock on, Kanye, you beautiful dark twisted genius.
The Script. What can be said about The Script?
These guys have composed some of the most beautiful, emotional, and downright incredible pieces of music in history.
I'm at a loss describing just what a fantastic band The Script truly is. Lead singer Danny O'Donahughe (not sure I spelled that right) has one of the most amazing voices in music history, and his vocal talent has helped them produce songs with pure, raw emotion.
I had trouble picking their best song. There's the inspiring Hall Of Fame, the depressing If You Could See Me Now, and of course, the heartbroken, impactful masterpiece that is Breakeven (Falling To Pieces), as song which, quite frankly, makes me want to tear up each time I hear it.
But the winner for me is Six Degrees Of Seperation. It's just a perfect example of how truly sad and, more importantly, RELATABLE breakup songs can be.
The Script are one of the greatest bands it's ever been my pleasure to listen to. Let's hope the keep on going far into ...more
If any artist has helped shape Electronica as a legitamite form of music in the past few years, it's definitely Avicii. His unique blend of Folk music and EDM is very admirable, to say the least. Between the beautifully ambeiant Levels and the iconic Folktronica smash Wake Me Up, he has many impressive works under his belt.
And my favorite song of his would have to be "Hey Brother". It's surging, powerful, and simply incredible. A truly fantastic song.
They are the best! - Rahat
Amazing. Honestly underrated. So underrated. Drake’s album went PLATINUM before it even dropped. He’s not getting the credit he deserves
"Most of their sales and chart success were in the '70s and '80s". Well, there you go. Neither the '70s or the 80's took place in the 21st century, therefore, the Stones are a 20th Century band.
And I know they've made lots of money during tours in the new millennium, but I am basing this list on album sales and chart success which, LIKE YOU SAID, the majority of which were in the '70s and '80s.
So, again, they are NOT a 21st century band, they are a 20th century band.
Most of their sales and chart success was in the 70's and 80's, because during the 60's they had to compete with The Beatles, which nobody could beat.
In total dollars, most of their success DID come in the 21st Century, because of just how lucrative touring is for them during modern times.
Any single tour these days makes far more money for them than any of those entire decades did.
I don't think you understand.
The point of this list is to highlight artists who experienced the majority of their commercial success in the 21st Century.
Yes, the Stones have done many things in the new millennium, but most of their successful works happened in the '60s, this making them primarily a '60s band, not a 21st-century band.
Does that make more sense?
They have put out several successful CD's during the 21st Century, and done several MONSTER tours during the 21st Century, though that is not when they got started of course.
If the list is only for acts that STARTED in the 21st Century, then Eminem is out, Justin Timberlake is out, Linkin Park is out, Coldplay is out, etc, etc.
Of all the Indie Rock bands that hit the mainstream the past few years, FTP were probably my favorite of the bunch. They brought a unique sound to the table that had not been heard in mainstream music before. Pumped Up Kicks was one of the standout hits of 2011, but my favorite FTP song is probably "Houdini". It's an energetic, aptmospheric track that really makes you feel good. I highly recommend it.
Smash mouth are the band behind such cultural icons such as All Star. In this masterpiece, Smash Mouth spit some fire bars in this song and are undoubtedly the best band of all time, Rolling Stones who?
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