Top 10 Best Modern Rock Bands
What I love about Linkin Park is the diversity of sounds incorporated into their music, as well as the emotion and real-life connections in each song. For example, two completely different songs can be found on the same album: Given Up, a song with powerful screams dealing with the struggles of everyday life, and Hands Held High, which incorporates deep raps and group vocals to criticize the corruption of government.
Also, unlike many bands, the members maintain close friendships with one another, and alcohol and/or drug abuse probably isn't going to cause the band to implode. They are all just a bunch of honest, genuine, hard-working guys.
One of the best rock bands in the history of music. Chester Bennington sings with so much soul and pain that it's not surprising to know he experienced the same pain in his childhood. The lyrics and themes are so euphonious and soothing that you just can't stop listening to them.
It would be a disgrace to forget the guitar and drum tunes, which showcase such power and creativity. Some tunes strike a chord so powerful that one would feel their own pain, happiness, guilt, anger, will - being expressed by the songs. The list goes on and on. Linkin Park rocks! You will always be the best, no matter what. I hope you reach the 100 million albums sold mark soon and that you come to India soon. Was with you, am still with you, will be with you - always.
First of all, this is how the list should be:
- 1. Three Days Grace
- 2. Linkin Park
- 3. Sick Puppies (underrated)
- 4. Rise Against
- 5. Crossfade (super underrated)
This site sickens me. There's no reason why Sick Puppies and Crossfade should be ranked under bands that aren't even really bands. None of you know anything about good rock music, especially modern rock. I'll suggest one song from every band I just listed, and I encourage you to listen to them:
- Three Days Grace - Never Too Late
- Linkin Park - Crawling
- Sick Puppies - Pitiful
- Rise Against - Hero of War
- Crossfade - Cold
Thank you to every real rock fan who actually listened to the songs I just listed. If you don't like those songs, I suggest you switch to reggae music. Thank you.
Three Days Grace is pure greatness. My personal favorite by them is "Life Starts Now." If you haven't heard it, then you are missing out on an amazing song! They have good vocals and a unique sound, which I think is important for a band to have. Bands like Three Days Grace, Skillet, and Fall Out Boy have accomplished that uniqueness. They are a band that has a "rock" sound without going over the top.
The band is one of the most well-known bands of its genre and is associated with its electronic sounds in... read more
These guys are hands down the absolute BEST! Linkin Park should not be number one here! They left the rock radar around 2008 and went more mainstream. After that, they became like a darker and less poppy Maroon 5. 3DG should also not even be on this list. The last time they were relevant was One-X. After all these years, BB is still getting better with each album. Ember is so different, yet so familiar. After meeting them at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, I found them to be some of the humblest and most awesome people, especially considering their level of success. They are one of the few remaining successes of the early 2000s. In my opinion, Breaking Benjamin is #1 on this list!
BB has been my favorite band since I was 4 years old. Ben is an absolute king of modern rock, with every one of his albums consistently hitting the right spot. Keith, Jason, Shaun, and Aaron are all fantastic and really complete this six-piece masterpiece. Having three vocalists allows their concerts to be diverse, while Ben's distinct and powerful voice absolutely carries their studio recordings. If you haven't listened to this band and want to get into them, listen to: Breath, Diary of Jane, Angels Fall, Blood, Ashes of Eden, Dark of You, Give Me a Sign, Save Yourself, So Cold, Sooner or Later, and their absolute best track, Dear Agony.
Green Day blends unique sounds with high-octane guitar riffs and drum beats. Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt are two of the best at their instruments, and Billie Joe Armstrong lends his vocals in a fantastic blend. Their lyrics started off simplistic but over time grew to be the deepest and most thought-provoking in the business.
With songs like Jesus of Suburbia, Holiday, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, and Letterbomb, American Idiot proves to be their best album. The rock opera stands apart from even 21st Century Breakdown as the most relevant and patronizing albums of the day. Dookie has some amazing singles as well, from Basket Case and Longview to Welcome to Paradise and When I Come Around. The aforementioned 21st Century Breakdown has some great tracks as their third-best, notably 21 Guns and Peacemaker.
Other albums have great songs as well, like Brain Stew and Jaded from Insomniac, Hitchin' a Ride and Time of Your Life from Nimrod, and Church on Sunday and Misery on Warning. Green Day stands apart from the other rock bands of the modern era as a unique and wonderful artist.
Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (Drums), their most notable drummer, passed away in 2009, being temporarily replaced by Mike Portnoy, who was replaced... read more
I think most people can agree that most of the music that "normal" people listen to doesn't include rock on their list. The highest they'll go is probably alternative. I listen to rock for three reasons: 1) The message behind the song. 2) The background music. 3) The attitude of the songs.
Avenged Sevenfold is perfect if you are looking for those reasons. They make songs about subjects that matter, like the problems people go through every day or tributes to their late drummer. Each song sounds different too. For example, "Dear God" goes for a soft rock tone for most of it, while "Afterlife" uses more classical instruments like a piano or violin. If you want a rock band with everything you could look for in rock, I recommend this band.
Avenged Sevenfold is one of the best, if not the best, modern rock/metal/alternative rock band. Each album has a diverse and unique sound. Every aspect of their music is great, from Zacky and Syn's crazy duel solos to the heavy metal riffs and crazy drum fills.
Let's not forget the legendary singer for the band: Matt Shadows. His unique voice and overall talent add a whole new layer to their music, and it is truly amazing. And how could we forget Johnny Christ? The talented and beer-loving bassist of Avenged Sevenfold has some pretty cool bass lines too. Overall, Avenged Sevenfold is a great band with a unique sound and deserves the number one spot. There are many more reasons why, but they would be too many to name.
The reason why Skillet should be number one is not just because they play what I consider to be the best music. They also do a lot more with their music than most bands. Adding violins and cellos might not work for every rock band, but for Skillet, it enhances the skill level at which they perform and sounds amazing. I could talk at length about why this band is the best, but the most compelling argument is this: go see them live. Enough said.
If you listen to their albums and see how they vary their style around a common theme, it makes it much more enjoyable. The weight they place on significance and meaning in every song is a nice touch. Their lyrics contain the kind of words that can literally change how you view everything.
In my opinion, there is bad music, okay/good music, and there is GREAT music. If a song has good music but not deep lyrics (or vice versa), it's okay. If it has shallow lyrics and bad music, it's a bad song. But if it has deep lyrics AND good music, it's a FREAKING GREAT SONG! Skillet, even if you're not Christian, delivers the highest number of what I would call great songs. Check them out! They haven't written a "bad" song yet.
Some of their best songs include Awake and Alive, Victorious, Hero, Monster, Not Gonna Die, Rise, and Undefeated.
The band's members are Anthony Kiedis (Vocals), Michael "Flea" Balzary (Bass), Chad Smith (Drums) and numerous guitarists, most well-known being John Frusciante.
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers are the greatest band ever! They currently hold the world record for the most number 1 hits on the alternative rock charts. Like Linkin Park, they have combined several different forms of music together. Funk, punk, alternative rock, and rap have all been genres in which they have written music. They are the band of a generation. Hell, I'll even create a list of their greatest songs for all those out there who might want it: By the Way, Can't Stop, Venice Queen, Around the World, Scar Tissue, Purple Stain, Cabron, Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder Cover), Havana Affair (Ramones Cover), The Adventures of Raindance Maggie, Look Around, True Men Don't Kill Coyotes, Californication, Readymade, Purple Stain, Under the Bridge, Save the Population, Give It Away, Even You Brutus?, Soul to Squeeze. Those are just a few off the top of my head. Just listen to them, and try not to wet your pants.
They are the best thing music has to offer since the grunge movement. Of course, everybody is impressed with Dave Grohl's musicianship, but it's their chemistry as a band that sets them apart from any contemporary band. They are not a band of posers. They do not pretend to represent a generation, nor do they claim to be among the best in the world. They just get together and rock out, which is exactly what other bands are lacking. Rock 'n' roll isn't all about elaborate compositions and "the rock star lifestyle." It is best practiced when your friends are next to you, so that you do it for fun and for the love of the craft.
Long live Foo Fighters!
Every song they make is gold, especially The Pretender, Bridges Burning, Long Road to Ruin, Learn to Fly - actually, every song is excellent, so never mind. But Wheels is fantastic. Dave Grohl is an incredible drummer, songwriter, and singer. He can energize anyone at any time, and he's hilarious to boot.
The drummer is exceptionally good, and the bass player, along with Chris and Pat, are just insane. The Foo Fighters are, without a doubt, the best band with their diverse but incredible songs. I can't believe they're ranked at #8. They should be #1. Lincoln Park is okay, but they're nowhere near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-level Foo Fighters.
I will never understand why Papa Roach isn't in the top 10. These guys have some of the best performances in rock today. They consistently produce great hits. You can find at least three in every album, and that's not an exaggeration. If their new album, F.E.A.R., is any indication, we'll be hearing good music from them for years to come.
They were the first rock band I heard, and they could easily be in the top ten. Everything about them is awesome: Jacoby's voice, Tobin's bass, Jerry's guitar, and Tony on the drums. Especially with albums such as The Connection and To Be Loved, they definitely belong in the top ten.
Bands like these deserve a spot much higher than this! They're a very talented rock band with a very talented vocalist, Jacoby Shaddix, who has a distinctive voice. Their songs are energetic and pumping. While I do agree that bands like Linkin Park and A7X are at the right spots, even these bands are known for only one or two songs. In contrast, Papa Roach is known for seven or eight signature songs. All their songs are so good that it's hard to determine which one is their best. So, yes, they truly deserve a top 10 spot.
Seriously, people, Linkin Park at #1? These guys are way better. Sure, LP is good and has some really good songs, but these guys have WAY better songs than them. Ten Thousand Fists, Down with the Sickness, Stupify, Sound of Silence, and many more. These guys cleared out battlefields. It was against their religion to listen to this music, and they played it through towns taken by the Muslims, and it was cleared. Has Linkin Park done that? Didn't think so.
However, RIP Chester.
You weren't the best, but you were amazing.
More modern than some of the other stuff here. Nirvana isn't around anymore. Green Day is way past its popular years. Does Evanescence still make music? Nickelback is just awful. Even if these other bands were still relevant, Disturbed is much better. Their lyrics have meaning, David's vocals are amazing, and the guitar solos are always great.
This is obviously a popularity contest, not a true best list. Out of this list, it's hard to say who is truly the best because it is so subjective. All I can say is that Disturbed is great, and as far as modern rock/metal goes, they are definitely a leader.
Nothing against Avenged Sevenfold, but seriously, this band is way better than them, in my opinion. They put so much meaning and emotion into their songs. Their lyrics are off the wall, emotional, relatable, deep, and simply the most amazing songs ever. They may not have the most insane shredding, but they have skill leaking out of their ears in everything they do. Every album they've released has touched me emotionally.
You haven't listened to System of a Down if you don't vote for them. Their Toxicity album was their masterpiece. Chop Suey, Toxicity, Forest, and the rest are just amazing. Serj's voice gives life to their music. For the record, their songs are unique from one another. Chop Suey, Forest, and Toxicity have different musical characters, even within the same album. And I haven't even mentioned other songs like Sugar, Radio/Video, Holy Mountain, BYOB, and many more.
They are the most unique band I know. Their lyrics and especially their music are just different from anything else I've heard. I noticed there was something different about them the first time I heard them, although it took a while for them to become my favorite band. There are other great bands out there, but in my opinion, no one is quite like them. Maybe it's the way they deal with serious issues without taking themselves seriously.
Muse is the all-time best band in the world. From each band member's individual talent to the range of sounds and styles they incorporate into their music, Muse stands out. Even a person who doesn't listen to rock music can find at least one Muse song they love. Linkin Park is great, except for their newer musical endeavors, but I think the top five should really be Linkin Park, Muse, Foo Fighters, Green Day, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The other five bands that are listed here are terrible. I've listened to them all, and they are all crap. Three Days Grace? Rise Against? ALTER BRIDGE?! What are you people thinking? The people who chose these bands must also be the ones who voted Barack Obama into office.
This band saved me from any pop nonsense. They're the first band I ever fell in love with. I know what good music is because of them. Matt has amazing vocal, guitar, and piano skills, making him one of the best in this era. Their lyrics are deep and meaningful. Dom has amazing drumming skills, and Chris provides incredible bass lines.
Fun fact: The first Evanescence song I ever listened to was "Call Me When You're Sober," followed by "Bring Me to Life." One of the reasons why I love this band so much is the blend of Amy Lee's vocals with the band's hard rock/metal sound. "Fallen" was an awesome album, but I can't stop listening to "The Open Door." Some of my favorite songs from Evanescence are: "Going Under," "End of the Dream," "My Last Breath," "Cloud 9," and "Weight of the World." I also really enjoyed their most recent song, "Wasted on You."
Come on, Evanescence is easily number 1! Linkin Park is trash. Evanescence is the best. Chester and Mike are nothing compared to Amy. Brad Delson is nothing compared to Ben Moody and John LeCompt. Rob Bourdon is nothing compared to Rocky Gray. Honestly, it's an amazing band, and their songs are very beautiful.
Actually, this is a stupid list. What are RHCP, Rise Against, and System of a Down doing up there? Avenged Sevenfold is number 2? I love A7X, but Evanescence is much better. Ev for life!
It kills me to see this band at #11, cheated out of the top 10. I fell in love with this band the day I first heard their music. I bought a ticket to one of their concerts the same day I heard them as well. I've been to some pretty intense concerts. They were fun, but Rise Against was the best I've been to by far.
These guys should be at the top of this list, with Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace right behind them. They put so much thought and meaning into every single song, and each one has a different impact that may make you reconsider its importance compared to your original thoughts. Tim McIlrath, one of the most caring and meaningful vocalists ever, makes this band better than the rest.
I encourage anyone who has underrated this band to listen to their music. Not just the popular songs like "Savior" and "The Good Left Undone," but also other songs such as "Help is On The Way," "Make It Stop," "Hero Of War," and "Collapse (Post-Amerika)." These songs demonstrate their care and concern for various serious issues. I would also encourage those same people to listen to songs like "Satellite," "Ready To Fall," "Give It All," and "I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore" to see how energetic and inspiring they can be. All these elements create the ultimate best band out there, and that's what Rise Against is. I'm sick of people underrating this band just because their songs aren't on the radio 24/7, like those of Green Day or Linkin Park.
My Chemical Romance ingeniously bridges the gap between metaphorical punk and David Bowie-esque revelations. They do this while masking their brilliance through eras and eras of different personalities, both physically and lyrically. No matter what kind of punk or emo rock you might be into, it's guaranteed that My Chemical Romance will have something for you. Even if you're not into emo or punk at all, it's still likely that My Chemical Romance will find their way into your heart and head with social satire, ballads, and a wealth of angst and regret, as well as contrasting love-for-life, get-up-and-go bouncers.
These guys are awesome live, save lives, and create inspirational and deep lyrics. They're also really good at composing their music. They've all bravely fought off their demons and deserve all they have today. Listen to their albums, read up a bit on what was going on at the time each song was written, and learn about the double meanings of some of the songs. I promise you won't be disappointed. Overall, I'm fairly pleased with this list and your overall taste for quality music. Moments like this help restore my faith in humanity!
The band was comprised of Kurt Cobain (Vocals, Guitar), Dave Grohl (Drums) and Krist Novoselic (Bass).
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While not as modern as other bands on this list, in terms of quality, they're the best. They revolutionized grunge and alternative, two genres that I don't necessarily like, but whose impact I can't ignore. Nirvana basically led the rise of alt-rock, with bands like Weezer following closely behind. Not only that, but Kurt Cobain's guitar skills are horribly overlooked. While not the best guitarist ever, his skills should get more attention. Dave Grohl is a fantastic drummer, and Krist Novoselic is a fine bassist. They are definitely better than other entries on this list, like Linkin Park, Evanescence, and Nickelback.
Also, speaking of Nickelback, fans of them claim people only hate them because they are Canadian. I love Celine Dion and Rush, so that can't be an option. I hate them because their music sucks. But anyway, Nirvana's gritty and sometimes dark mood was a major contributor to the grunge movement in the '90s. Although they were bigger in the '90s, their influence can still be heard today. Not really, though, because music now is mostly computer-made.
I'm voting for Shinedown, not because they're the best - Linkin Park gets that title - but because Shinedown is really good. They should probably be above Rise Against and definitely don't deserve to be in 26th place. They need to be above Evanescence at least. I mean, their song "Devour" was the theme for a Madden game.
They're touring with Three Days Grace this spring, and Three Days Grace is #4 now, not to mention my current favorite. So, Shinedown should probably be around 6 or 7. It's worth noting, however, that they did a Foo Fighters cover. Foo Fighters are #7 now. A cover signifies respect, so Shinedown respects Foo Fighters. Maybe that means they should not be above FF, but placing them more than one space apart would not be giving due credit.
Shinedown is by far one of the greatest modern rock bands ever. The music is outstanding, and Brent Smith's voice is beyond discussion. They are an amazing band and deserve to be heard. I haven't heard one song that I dislike. Even though they are slow at making their albums, they take their time and pick the best half of the 22-23 songs they create to put them in an album.
They are also a major inspiration to many people. Multiple songs have been heard on the radio. Most of their first album, Leave a Whisper, was on the radio when it first came out. Millions of people have bought their albums and loved them. I don't know very many people who can honestly say they don't like Shinedown. They deserve to be #1.
If we are talking about the best rock band of all time, Radiohead clearly should be number one. They might not be the most fun to listen to, or have the most meaningful lyrics, but they are by far the most musically talented rock band since 1990 (I'd argue since Pink Floyd). Sure, I like Three Days Grace and I'm more likely to sing along with Avenged Sevenfold, but Radiohead is by far the best rock band. Anyone who understands music on a more sophisticated level will know what I'm trying to say. The transition from OK Computer to Kid A was insane. No super popular band would do something like that. I honestly like Kid A a little bit more than OK Computer. Radiohead are true pioneers of music, and I, for one, am excited to see what's coming in the next few months.
What the hell? Why is Radiohead ranked so low? Especially behind Linkin Park! Radiohead is one of the most experimental bands out there. Their chords are unusual, and their sound is unique - especially compared to some of the bands on this list with repetitive, predictable riffs and chord progressions. Radiohead is completely unpredictable. You never know what their next album will bring. Maybe their work is a bit twisted, but sometimes, to appreciate music, you have to be a little twisted yourself.
I might only be fifteen, but Coldplay means everything to me. They're the fuel to my joy, the mirror to my conflict, and the antidote to my sadness. I've been listening to them since 2009, which is admittedly pretty late, but it's their unique sound - so diverse yet so uniform - that captivates me. The blending of instrumentals features prominently in their music and it sounds simply beautiful. At other times, when solo instrumentals take the lead, they make the track shine. The piano and guitar riffs in their songs are pure magic. Don't even get me started on Chris Martin's heavenly voice. If it's even possible, I've fallen in love with it and will probably never recover.
If you haven't listened to them, give them a try. Listen to the lyrics and let them touch your heart. You won't regret it.
Coldplay is the perfect band and deserves to be in the top 10. This British band has all the spark. Chris Martin's voice is heavenly, and the lyrics are amazing - so perfect that it becomes a lovable affair. Trust me, the whole world loves them. I'm from India, and I appreciate good music. While there may be many other rock bands that I've yet to listen to, for that reason, I won't say that Coldplay is the best. However, they certainly deserve a top 5 place, at least.
This band synthesizes melodic melodies with sinister outbursts, while also sprinkling in hints of electronica. It's a beautiful combination of BB and Starset. Michael Barnes' powerful choruses and full-throated screams touch my soul.
Here is a list of my ten favorites:
1. Darkest Part (symphonic masterpiece)
2. Already Over (think What I've Done)
3. The Evening Hate (available only on YouTube)
5. Chasing Your Echo
6. The Mask Slips Away
7. Gravity Lies
8. Love Will Leave a Mark
9. Hymn for the Missing
10. Shadows (Benjamin Burnley actually wrote this one)
The dark and heavy guitars, along with smooth, beautiful strings, are only a few things that make Red an awesome band. They have some pretty good electronica influences too. Michael Barnes' screaming is simply amazing. The guitars are usually tuned to drop A, B, or B flat. If you like guitar riffs similar to those in Breaking Benjamin, give Red a listen. In the end, Red is underrated primarily because they're a Christian band. Personally, I love that, but even if you're not Christian, you should listen to them anyway. They're that good.
30 Seconds to Mars is not an ordinary rock band. I have no idea why they're so low on this list! They started off as space rock but have evolved significantly, now having a unique sound. Jared's voice really stands out, much like Matthew Bellamy's. Both have their own styles. The lyrics are incredibly philosophical and make you think. This band should be much higher up on this list!
Jared Leto's voice is something to die for. What I love about them is that they aren't your typical rock band. They have a unique and distinct style and are true to their roots. It's also fascinating how they deliver their songs using symbolism and subliminal messages. When it comes to this band, you shouldn't just listen. You also need to understand.
Wow, I cannot believe 30 Seconds to Mars isn't higher on this list. The songs they produce tell true stories. I find myself eagerly awaiting new songs even though they just released an album not long ago. These guys sing about what they truly care about, and the lyrics are as real as it gets.
Having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and ranking as the eleventh best-selling music act, as well as the second best-selling foreign act in the U.S. of the 2000s behind The Beatles, this success would suggest they should be higher up the list. People don't spend money on music if it isn't good. Everyone has an opinion, but money always tells the truth. If they outsell most of their competition, they are doing something right.
Lies! Lies! Lies! That is what hate conspirators spread about this band, and they do so maliciously just because the band is Canadian. That is discrimination! This band has a wider range of music than most bands, and very few of their songs are about sex. A good 80% of their music is very meaningful, and Chad Kroeger is a brilliant lyricist - even when he does write about sex. He knows just how far to go and uses metaphors better than most could ever hope to. They provide the stadium rock everyone is craving, yet some can't handle the fact that there's a grunge band out there doing better than Nirvana. Listen to them and stop hating for no good reason.
Slipknot is raw, unadulterated music. They don't try to kiss up. They kick ass. Their music is diverse and has transformed over ten years. They put a lot of emotion into their work.
Slipknot wasn't made for the general public. However, I love their music, and it's full of badassery and adrenaline. I can understand that most people don't like it.
How is Five Finger Death Punch better than Slipknot? What? Slipknot rocks! I am a maggot forever. The world needs something like this band!
The Strokes are so perfect, it's not even fair to other bands out there. Except for Arctic Monkeys, because they rule. Not to mention, The Strokes were a huge inspiration and influence on Arctic Monkeys in the first place. They are two of the best bands of our time.
The Strokes wipe the floor with these other bands! Great melodies, great lyrics, great guitars, great drums, and a distinct style that cannot be replicated without someone saying, "That sounds like The Strokes."
The United Kingdom has many great bands in the PPR genre: Arctic Monkeys, Kooks, Kasabian, White Lies, and so on. Basically, all of them. But it's hard to beat the greatness of The Strokes.
First of all, Alex Turner has the most amazing voice on the planet. It's just so soothing that I could listen to it and forget about everything else. Not to mention his killer looks! But their music is just genius. The lyrics are so unique, and they actually reflect the real and raw image of life through words not easily chosen by other songwriters. Their albums are each one better than the other. Over the years, they have evolved. They have experimented with their music, and they have managed to be versatile yet true to their style. I think that's a really important thing that a lot of the bands at the top of the list don't actually have. Not to mention their amazing stage performances.
Arctic Monkeys are definitely my favorite band. It has nothing to do with the fact that I've met them or anything - my uncle is best friends with them. But they are just amazing musicians and singers. Alex Turner has the most amazing voice ever, and the rest of the band is amazing! Their lyrics are so original, and the actual melodies and tunes to go with them are fantastic. The videos and the albums! Everything about Arctic Monkeys is amazing! I don't know why they are all the way down here on this list.