Top 10 Best Modern Rock Bands

The Top Ten
1 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.

Linkin park have forever been an iconic band. Their music has lit up the lives of audiences worldwide and created such a solid foundation for new and upcoming rock bands to build from. Chester Bennington sang like an angel and screamed like a devil, a phrase that many LP fans will easily recognise. Those iconic and pain filled vocals mixed with Mike Shinodas amazing instrumental and rap skills are what created them. Them and the other band members really built the band up from the ground, helping it to become the amazing genre crossing band we know and love. This band will forever sit close to my heart, as well as the legacy Chester Bennington set. That man did everything for that band because he simply loved it, he even performed with a broken ankle, because he wouldn't let the fans down. I don't know any other band with as much dedication that Linkin Park had to the music and fans. RIP Chester, your legacy lives on through us.

What I love about Linkin Park is the diversity of sounds incorporated into their music, as well 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 bash 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 its not surprising to know that he experienced the same pain in his childhood. The lyrics and the themes are so euphonious and soothing that you just can't stop listening to them. And it would be a disgrace to forget the guitar and drum tunes, such power and
Creativity. And 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 whatsoever. Hope you make the 100 million albums sold mark soon and that you come to India soon.. Was with u, am still with u, will be with U... Always...

Amazing band with so many great songs (also pretty consistent with the exception of Thousand Suns- they were better before in my opinion with Hybrid Theory and Meteora but they still have released some great songs in that last couple of years). Also Chester Bennington's voice is amazing and Mike Shinoda's rapping talent is in my opinion, still underrated. The rap metal (is that what it's called) works so well together. Their songs are also pretty meaningful and just the sound is amazing to listen to. Some of my favourite songs are Numb, In The End, What I've done, New Divide, Burn it Down, Castle of Glass, Crawling and Bleed it Out. It's also cool to see them experiment with different styles, sounds etc. (not all I like but I can appreciate them).

2 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal/rock band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.

BB... my favourite band since I was 4. Ben is an absolute king of modern rock, 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. Three vocalists allow their concerts to be diverse while Bens distinct and powerful voice absolutely carries studio recordings. If you haven't listened to this band and need 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

I don't understand how bands like linkin park get such a strong fan base when the messages in their songs are so scattered that I hate them for it. BB is the band that has song that are so different but also the same. Their songs are that of emotion and passion, the likes of which is lost in most of todays music genera. This bands songs can make my eyes water, my body move, and my smile come about all in one album. And that is consistent where as linkin park just seems to be throwing things out now a days. In my opinion that is. Music affects different people in different ways with different sounds and this is what I believe

I LOVE Breaking Benjamin! The first song I ever heard was Rain, and it's been one of my favorite songs ever since and I have loved Breaking Benjamin ever since. I have not heard a single song from them that I didn't absolutely love. Benjamin Burnley is pure genius! His voice is so beautiful and his lyrics are seriously amazing. I was beyond happy to hear that they have a new album coming out and they're touring. My boyfriend and I drove six hours just to see them play, and we were not disappointed. By far the best show I've been to so far, and I've seen Linkin Park live. BB is definitely better in my opinion.

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. They are like a darker and less poppy Maroon 5 after that. 3dg should also not even be on this list. The last time they were relevant was One-X. After all of these years BB is still getting better in each album. Ember is so different, yet so familiar. After meeting them at Marathon Music works in Nashville, they are some of the humblest and most awesome people, especially when you consider their level of success. They are one of the few remaining successes of the early 00's. Breaking Benjamin is #1 on this list!

3 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian post-grunge/alternative 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 ...read more.

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 bands. None of you people know anything about good rock music... Especially modern rock. I'll suggest 1 so g from every band I just listed and I encourage you to listen to it. Three Days Grace - Never Too Late. Linkin Park - Crawling. Sick Puppies - Pitiful. Rise Against - Hero of War. Crossfade - Cold. Thank You to everyone REAL rock fan who actually listened to the songs I just listed. If you don't like those songs... I suggest you transfer 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 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. They have to be unique and I think bands like three days grace, skillet, and fall out boy accomplish have accomplished that. They are a band that has a "rock" sound without going over the top.

Three Days Grace is personally my favorite because because every song they have made believe it or not when I listened to all of their songs when Adam ( the original singer and the best ) was in the band some how I found a connection with my feelings. The on.y reason why they are not as famous as they are is because Adam left and if you yell THREE DAYS GRACE everyone go"s like huh what, you yell Linkin Park everyone is know what you"re talking about.

They were the first rock band I listened too. They were the band that made me LOVE rock and not just think about pop. They have awesome lyrics and great melodies. They are the most underrated band of the 21st century. Barley anyone in Britain has heard of them. They need more airplay. Come on Radio 1, give them a slot.

4 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk/punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. 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 rock. Some of their ...read more.

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 Billy Joe Armstrong lends his vocals in a fantastic blend. Their lyrics started simplistic, but over time grew to be the deepest and most though-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 ...more

COME ON! Punk's Not Dead because of this band! I can't decide if Green Day or Linkin Park is greater but I can tell that Green Day is certainly better than the ones on No. 2, 3 and 4. What the hell? Do you even think before you vote?
Just listen to boulevard of broken dreams, 21 Guns, Wake me up when September ends, American Idiot, Longview and Basket Case, and then dare tell me that all these bands are better than Green Day. Please, you are misleading the young listeners...

To be clear since it says "modern bands" I will say Green Day 2000-present is the greatest. Don't get me wrong 90s Green Day is just as good, but probably comes second to Nirvana out of all 90s bands. Combine the Clash, the Replacements and the Who all into one band, and make it work? Green Day is probably the only band who could do it. American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown are the closest we will ever get to another Who type rock opera.

Green Day is not just a typical rock band. Green Day's songs show more than typical lyrics that discusses common topics like love, loss and all those things. Some songs discuss these common topics but most stand out because they are a way of speaking out to the government. It is a way of protest.
Green Day is surely one of the greatest bands of this era.

5 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy 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 think most people can agree that most of the music that the "normal" will listen to doesn't include rock on their list (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 will make songs for the subjects that matter, like the problems people have to go through everyday or when they lost there drummer they made songs about him too. Each song sounds different two, examples: 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. And every aspect of their music is great. From Zacky and Syn's crazy duel solos to the heavy metal riffs and crazy drum fills. And lets not forget the legendary singer for the band: Matt Shadows. His unique voice and his overall talent adds 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. He has some pretty cool bass lines too. Overall Avenged Sevenfold is a great band with a unique sound and deserves number one. There is many more reasons why, but they would be way to many to name.

Linkin Park? Number 1?
Let's be completely serious here, Linkin Park is a joke. If they were the last "rock" band on the planet I wouldn't listen to them. I listened to them when I was like 10, but that was before I knew what good music was.
Avenged Sevenfold is what a rock/metal band is all about. Every album they put out is a different experience for the listener. Avenged Sevenfold has something for everyone. You have M. Shadows who has such an unique voice that it can't compare to anyone else. You have Syn and Zacky tearing it up on guitar. Johnny is a monster on the bass. Then of course you have the Rev who is just an amazing drummer. Even then Arin Is doing just as great of a job. This is definitely the best modern band of our generation in my opinion. They are destined to be called classic rock in the future.

These guys have more talent than the vast majority. Their creativity with their vocals and dueling guitars are their staple. Sadly, Their drumming was standout caliber as well, until the unfortunate passing of Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. One of their guitarists, Syn Gates, is in a league of his own. Whether your a fan of milder or harder takes on the genre of rock, one thing cannot be denied, Avenged Sevenfold plays a pivotal role in retaining the standards and relevance of modern rock music. This band is a top 5 lock, #1-2 potential given the exact criteria for ranking.

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

The reason why Skillet should be number one is not just because they play (in my mind) the best music, but they also do a lot more with their music than most bands. I know adding violins and cellos would not work for every rock band, but for Skillet, this just adds to the skill level at which they perform and sounds amazing! I could go on for a very long time about why this band is the best, but I believe the best way to tell anyone how great they are is simply this; go see them live. Enough said.

Skillet is one of the BEST MUSICIANS OUT THERE no doubt and for those of y'all who are saying they're not good, try to listen to pretty much all artist out there and lets see if they can do well as Skillet, Hard Rock with lots of chord progression, with Violins etc. added and diversity of music range, not only Hard Rock but Electronics, Gospel and literally almost every genre along with having such Meaningful songs. Skillet ONE OF THE GREATEST MUSICIANS IN HISTORY

Also if you listen to their albums and see just how they vary their style along a common theme. It makes it so much enjoyable. Lyrically as well in terms of the weight they place on significance and meaning in every song I think is a nice touch. The kind of words that can literally change how you view everything.

In my opinion, there is bad music, ok/good music, and there is GREAT music. If a song has good music, but not deep lyrics (or vice versa), it's ok. 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 em' out! They haven't written a "bad" song yet!

Awake and Alive, Victorious, Hero, Monster, Not Gonna Die, Rise, Undefeated just to name some of their best.

7 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are the greatest band ever! They currently hold the world record for most number 1 hits on the alternative rock charts, and have, like Linkin Park, combined several different forms of music together. Funk, Punk, Alternative Rock, and Rap have all been genres they have written music in. They are the band of a generation. Hell, I'll even create a list of their greatest songs for all those out there that 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 no to J your pants.

Every member posseses a huge amount of creativity and talent. All members have their own platforms in music, as well. When you listen to any of their individual songs, you could listen to an individual instrument and be amazed, and then you could then go back to listening to the full band and still be amazed! This band is legendary and one of the biggest inspirations to many bands. Jesus, they inspired Incubus, however Incubus should be in the top 50 bands, which is unfair.

None of the bands above have the flexibility, sound quality and groove that the Chili Peppers have. Their evolution since their first album to this year's The Gateway is a musical journey that sees them mature in their musical style and performance without letting go of their rocking and funking roots. And they can play anything. They can launch a hit song for the whole world to like, or really deep and more fragile songs. They are my favourite contemporary band.

Kiedis's been the coolest singer in the world since the 90's, not because his voice, but because his energy, charisma and style. Chad supports Flea's amazing talent and fantastic performances. Every single Chili Peppers' fan miss John Frusciante, but Josh is also a great talent. And when they play By The Way and Under The Bridge, you'll never forget the energy of the moment.

8 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American alternative 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 ...read more.

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 always their chemistry as a band that makes them be better than any contemporary band. They are not a band of posers, they do not pretend to represent a generation, and do not pretend they play are among the best in the world. They just get together and rock out, which is exactly what the other bands are lacking. Rock 'n roll isn't all about elaborate compositions and "the rock star lifestyle" and 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 is gold, especially the pretender, bridges burning, long road to ruin, learn to fly, and basically every song so never mind, but Wheels is fantastic. Dave Grohl is an insane drummer, songwriter, and singer, and he can get anyone pumped up any time and he's hilarious. The drummer is crazy good and the bass player and Chris and pat are just crazy man. The Foo FIGHTERS are by FAR the best band with all they're different, but amazing songs. J can't believe their #8 they should be #1 without a doubt. I mean really? Lincoln Park, they're okay but no where near the rock and roll hall if fame, legendary FOO FIGHTERS

Of the five bands above the Foo Fighters, the only one that can be compared to them is Green Day. It's insulting that Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin, and Three Days Grace are above them; they wish they were real rock. The Foos are real rock. They are the last modern classic rock band and need to be appreciated for their greatness. Legendary rock artists like Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Beatles (Paul and Ringo), and others have all showed what big fans they are of the Foo Fighters. As long as they are modern, (technically) rock isn't dead.

I'm 50 years old and have played in bands all my life. We I saw the Foo Fighters back in 2008, they are genius to draw you into their world while they play their songs. Amazing show. I took my son for his first Rock Concert. Hard to top a concert when your first was the Foo Fighters. My son saw Taylor Hawkins playing the drums and looked at me and said: "I want to be a drummer". Foo Fighters draw you in and make you want to play music forever. Check out what this did for my son Adam www.Youtube.com/adamtl7 One of his first drum covers was a Foo Fighters tune. He's covered Three Days Grace, Foo Fighters, System of a Down, A7X, Dream Theater, Bullet For My Valentine. Looks like most of these bands are in the top of the top. My 50th birthday is in September and I'll be on stage playing Foo Fighter songs. Wheels, Learn to Fly, Times Like These, Everlong and of course... My Hero because my son is now my hero and I get to share the stage with my son on drums. Thank you Foo Fighters!

9 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.

Why Papa Roach isn't in the top 10 I will never know. But these guys have some of the best performances in rock today. They are consistent with great hits, you can find at least three in EVERY album, and that's not an exasperation. And if their new album F.E.A.R. Is any indication, we will be hearing good music from them for years to come.

They were the first rock band I heard, they can easily be in the top ten. Jacoby's voice, Tobin's bass, Jerry's guitar, Tony on the drums, everything about them is awesome. Definitely in the top ten, especially with albums such as The Connection and... To Be Loved.

Bands like these deserve a spot much higher than this!...a very talented rock band, they've got a very talented vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, a very distinctive voice.Their songs are so energetic and pumping.I do agree that bands like Linkin Park and A7X are at the right spots but even these bands have only one or two songs they're very much known for.Papa Roach is known for 7 or 8 signature songs!...all their songs are so good that you can't tell which one is their best.
So, yeah!...they truely deserve top 10!

It should be on the top tens, of course after their best album the connection was out... Even nickelback and bullet for my valentine can beat it... Hell yeah it should be in the top tens... And it is so so much better than alter bridge!

10 Disturbed Disturbed is an American alternative metal/nu-metal/heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

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 the 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 werent 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 Evanesence still make music. Nickelback is just awful. Even if these other bands were still relevant Disturbed is much better. Their lyrics have meaning, David vocals are amazing and the gutair solos are always great

This is obviously a popularity contest not a true best list. Out of this list its hard to say is truly the best because it is so subjective.

All I can say is Disturbed is great and as far as Modern rock/Metal they are definitely a leader.

One of the most powerful lead singers of all modern rock bands and have stayed true to themselves throughout their career. I would say they are only rivaled by Breaking Benjamin in terms of vocals and Slipknot in lyrical content.

The Contenders
11 System of a Down System of a Down, formed in 1994, is an Armenian-American alternative metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. They've always been a very political band since their inception. Often being against genocide and war most notably in songs like: Pluck, ...read more.

Nothing against Avenged Sevenfold but seriously, this band is way better then them in my OPINION. They put so much meaning and emotion in their songs. Their lyrics are off the wall, emotional, relatable, deep, and just 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 released has touched me emotionally.

You haven't listen System of a Down if you don't vote 'em. Their Toxicity album was their masterpiece. Chop Suey, Toxicity, Forest, and the rest just amazing. And Serj's voice give the life to their music. For the note, their song is unique one from another. Chop Suey, Forest, and Toxicity have a different music character from another even in the samr album. And I haven't mention the other song like Sugar, Radio/Video, Holy Mountain, BYOB, and too many more

They are the most unique band I know, there 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 till they became 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 how they deal with serious isues without taking themseves seriously.

Frankly this band has the potential to be a good band but the vocals are annoying. Serj does a good job with screams but how can a good band be considered a good band if the thing that drives it is just trash? Serj just seems to stay monotone on most songs but when he tries he does a decent job.

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

Fun fact: The first Evanescence song I've ever listened to was actually "Call Me When You're Sober", THEN "Bring Me to Life".
One of the reasons why I love this band so much is because Amy Lee's vocals and the band's hard rock/metal sound really blend well together. Fallen was an awesome album, but dang, I can't stop listening to The Open Door. Some of my favourite 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 is 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 is amazing band and songs is very beautiful. Actually this is a stupid list, what are you doing up there RHCP, Rise Against and System of a Down? Avenged Sevenfold is number 2? I love A7X but Evanescence is very very better. Ev for life!

They are unique in the fact that, musically, there is no other band that is exactly like them. Evanescence does not fit under one category of music, but several, hence making them their own genre: Evanescence. The lyrics have very deep meanings and can be interpreted several ways. They leave a memorable impression, wheather or not you like them, and keep a unique style with every album.

Amy Lee is a true musician and she knows how to rock! They had the peak of their fame in 2003-2007 but are still amazing. Also this November they should be coming back with new material ready to surprise us all. They are one of the bands whose have true lyrics and are 100% relatable, unlike Christina Aguilera.

13 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.

Muse is the all time best band in the world. From each band member's individual talent to the range of sounds and styles the incorporate into their music. Even a person who doesn't listen to rock music can listen to muse and find at least one song they love. Linkin Park is great, save for their newer musical endeavors, but I think that 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 suck, 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 that chose these bands must also be the people that voted Barack Obama into office.

Matthew Bellamy (vocals, guitar), Dominic Howard (drums, synth) and Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, vocals) are not only some of the nicest guys on the face of the earth, they also form modern rock sensation Muse. Muse use some of the greatest and most easily remembered rock riffs of the 21st century (Plug in baby anyone? ) and combine them with one of the best voices and use of falsettos in modern rock, in fact, in all of music. They have conceptual albums covering wide varieties of genres and playing styles, their live performances are renowned for being some of the best ever seen and their combination of space rock with anything else on the planet (trust me, think of a genre, they've covered it) makes for some of the greatest rock songs/ albums ever seen. They are either a 21st century queen, or a band that will go down in history. Hell, why not both?

To hell with the mainstream popularity, Muse is by far the best modern rock band. First of all, they touch on topics that most bands don't even want to think about. Second, their musicianship is better than any modern band not called Dream Theater. Bellamy is in my mind the best modern vocalist and guitarist for rock. Third, their sound is orgasmic. It is innovative, hard, and unique. I cannot think of another band that sounds anything like Muse. And remember, this is created by THREE...GUYS! Everything put together, Muse is better than every rock band right now, hands down.

Very disappointed in this list. What is Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, AC/DC, etc. doing down there? However, I do think Muse is the greatest modern band that this world has to offer I mean okay, other bands do sound incredible with deep lyrical meanings and a creative style but in my opinion Muse tops it all. One of the only modern/active bands that can pull off something heavy like Stockholm Syndrome or the scream at the end of Hyper Music and at the same time produce a space themed symphony and other tracks inspired by classical composers. One of the best three pieces around, they put everything they've got into their music and performances to the point you'll be surprised that it is in fact only a three piece. They're not afraid to experiment, which separates the good bands from the best bands and no two albums are the same, you can actually tell which songs came from which album because of how diverse their music is! They sound so good, they're all the nicest people in the world, ...more

14 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

My Chemical Romance seemed to ingeniously bridge the gap between metaphorical punk and David Bowie-esque revelations, all while masking this brilliance between eras and eras of different personalities, both physically and lyrically. No matter what kind of punk or emo rock you might be into, it is guaranteed that My Chemical Romance will have something for you. And maybe even if you are not into emo or punk at all, it is still likely that My Chemical Romance will sneak their way into your heart and head with social satire, ballads, a wealth of angst and regret, and contrasting love for life get-up-and-go bouncers.

These bros are awesome live, save lives, create inspirational and deep lyrics, and are really good at composing their music. They've all fought of their demons bravely 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 about the double meanings of some of the songs and I promise you won't be disappointed. But overall, I am fairly pleased with this list and you guys' overall taste for quality music. It's moments like this that help restore my faith in humanity!

I really hate the misconception that their emo (yuck) when their actually hard rock; and I hate the sucky bands of their time they get lumped in with like panic at the disko. I don't think all the songs they advertise (teenagers, I'm not okay) really do them justice, but if you listen to their masterpieces (hang em high, thank you for the venom, its not a fashion statement, the world is ugly) its hard not to fall in love. I love their lyrics and beautiful melodies. They never make a flat boring song. Gerard, in my opinion has one of the best voices ever; he has so much expression and personality in his voice. And they sound great live. I love them!

My Chemical Romance is a truly beautiful band. They combine a amazing vocalist and lyricist (Gerard Way) that has a great mind, two extremely talented guitarists, one with influences from Metallica and Iron Maiden (Ray Toro), and the (Frank Iero) other with Misfits. Their bassist, Mikey Way, (Gerard's younger brother) knew very little about playing bass and improved his skills marginally to make their first album and sounded great. They've been through quite a few drummers, due to differences and/or theft, but by far, the best one was Bob Bryar. Not only talented in the sound booth, but also with the drums, and capable of improvising. They were live on MTV when Frank jumped on his drum kit, knocking it over and Frank falling on top of Bob. He still kept going, and the rest went beautifully. They're extremely versatile with their music, and are able to come up with interesting and fresh guitar riffs. One of my favorite things about them is their variety. From punk, to metal, Britpop, ...more

15 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. Some of their most well-known ...read more.

It kills me to see this band at #11 being 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 first heard them as well. I've been to some pretty intense concerts and they were fun but Rise Against was the best I've been to by far. These guys should be 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 of theirs and each one has a different impact that will make you realize how important some actually is compared to what you may have originally thought. You also have one of the most caring and meaningful vocalists ever (Tim McIlrath) making this band better than the rest.

I encourage anyone who underrated this band to listen to their music. Not just the popular songs like "Savior" and "The Good Left Undone" but all their other songs such as "Help is On The Way", "Make It Stop", "Hero Of War", ...more

Rise Against should be number one. They have adrenalin pumping songs (beats Green Day), they don't dick around with their music (beats linkin park), their lead singer doesn't look/sound like a girl (beats tokio hotel), and I have never even heard of "alter bridge". And even after six albums their still kicking ass... Not to mention they're one of the few bands who write songs with a real meaning behind them like "Make It Stop" is about September's children, "A Hero Of War" is about a soldier's mistake in Iraq, "Help Is On The Way" is about Hurricane Katrina and the Oil Spill and "life Less Frightening" is about the dangers we face every day... I'm a die hard RA fan, their music has inspired me to be who I am today... And by the way I'm awesome...

I'll tell ya one thing, Rise Against is one of those bands that aren't mentioned often. In fact they're probably one of the most underrated bands today. They might not be #1 but they definitely deserve at least a top 7. Just for the simple fact that their songs have incredible guitar riffs, a very good bass and some very nice fast paced drums. Their singer has an amazing voice and doesn't mess around. Although in my opinion I think their live performances are a bit lacking, they still know how to put a show.

Love all the bands listed above! Literally I grew up on most of them however I love how there is REAL life issues that are going on currently! That is pretty awesome. Regardless of my personal thoughts towards these other bands, it just makes me happy to know there are others out there who appreciate the same music as me. I seriously just got the biggest smile seeing Rise Against on the list. Everyone knows TDG, LP, A7X, and hopefully Foo Fighters, but to see Rise Against on there? A band that I keep having to go through the "Rise Against is a rock band that..."! You my love, RA, are on this Top Ten chart! Be proud of that.

16 Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

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 necesarilly like, but one that's impact I can't ignore. Nirvana basically lead 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 anyways, Nirvana's gritty and sometimes dark mood was a major contributor in the grunge movement in the 90's. But even though they were bigger in the 90's, their ...more

Honestly, they deserve to be in top three. Many modern music are so crappy these days, and a lot of them don't take music seriously. And Linkin Park, even though it is a good band, they should be somewhere lower than 1. Nirvana is a band that created a unique revolutionary sound. This is a way lower ranking. How are they lower that Bullet for My Valentine? No. 21. Not cool.

Nirvana? Number 13? Really? How is Nirvana rated so high, they are the worst rock band ever! And why is Metallica ever worst then Nirvana? Please make this have a lower lower rating and Metallica have a better rating. This is no demand that you guys have to fill. I think that Nirvana is not a very good band and that's my opinion, it might not be yours though.

Kinda old and un-relevant today, but they were pretty dope. Mostly "clinically depressed" wannabe teenage girls listen to it nowadays. How the mighty fall.

17 Shinedown Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch.

I'm voting for Shinedown. Not because they're the best. Linkin Park does get that. Shinedown's good. Really good. They should probably be above Rise Against. They sure don't deserve 26th. They need to be above Evanescence at least. I mean, their song "Devour" was the theme for a Madden game. And 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 be around 6 or 7 probably. It is worth noting, however, that they did a Foo Fighters cover. Foo Fighters are #7 now. A cover means respect. And so, Shinedown respects Foo Fighters. Maybe that means that they should not be above FF. But more than one space 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 discusion. They are a very amazing band and deserve to be heard. I havn't heard one song that I dislike. I can honestly say even though they are slow at making their albums, they take there time and pick the best half of the 22-23 songs they make and 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 there albums and loved them. I don't know very many people that can honestly say they don't like shinedown. They deserve to be #1.

In my opinion, Shinedown belongs in the number 2 spot right behind Avenged Sevenfold. Shinedown puts out amazing music. They have true talent, compared to most bands nowadays.

And to the person who said Avenged Sevenfold is way overrated and their only good song is Afterlife... Haha... You are WAY off. They deserve every ounce of their fame. They never fail to put out a great song and their musical talent is BEYOND any other band today.

Back to Shinedown, listen to their music. THEY ROCK.

I did a VERY long review while voting for them on the best rock bands list, so I'm not gonna do it again, if you want to read the review, go to that list. I'll just say that Shinedown has to be at least in the top 5, as only Rise Against, Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace can compare to them, and it will be hard to get Linkin Park out of the top 5 (and number 1 spot as well), especially now that Chester's dead. But 14 is way too low for this amazing band.

18 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

If we are talking 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 and away 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 that understands music on a more sophisticated level will know what I'm trying to say. The move 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, what is Radiohead doing behind so low? Especially behind Linkin Park! Radiohead is one of the most experimental bands out there, their chords are so unusual and their sound is unique-especially compared to some of the bands on this list with repetitive, predictable riffs and chord suites. Radiohead are completely unpredictable-you never know what's going to come out of their next album. And maybe what they do is a little twisted, but sometimes to appreciate music you have to be twisted yourself.

Radiohead is by far the most respected name across ALL genres of music, not just rock, at any place in the world. So much so that I consider them as 'THE UNDERGROUND Beatles'. They are just as influential as the Beatles were amongst their peers and at the same time garnishing the same respect by all of the critics. However they don't get the same radio play as the Beatles, hence they don't have the same size fan base. They should always be place at number one!

Critically, skillfully, and success-wise, one of the greatest and most innovative musical artists of the past 20 years. Thom Yorke is among the greatest frontmen in rock history. Jonny Greenwood and Ed O'Brien are each considered to be among the greatest guitarists of all-time. Colin Greenwood is one of the more unique bassists out there. And Philip Selway is, rhythmically, among the drummers who challenges himself the most and continues to raise the bar.

19 Coldplay Coldplay are a British pop 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.

I am only 12, but Coldplay is my LIFE. It is what gives me joy and happiness. I love Coldplay with every fiber of my being, and I have loved their music my whole life. Don't Panic is the first song I can remember loving when I was an infant.

Chris Martin's voice is heaven to me. His voice carries me to a land of pure light and happiness. It sounds cheesy, but I am being truthful. The melodies carry me away, drifting me to a state of love and peace.

The instrumentals on Coldplay are always unique, whether beautiful, powerful, or energetic. I love how everything just flows together and is one. Solo instruments are not common in Coldplay, which I like (except in the songs like O where it is mostly piano and vocals. However, those have such amazing piano, all is well. ) I also love how sometimes one song has two different themes, usually one slower and one more fast/rock-like. Just listen to or think of Amsterdam or 42.

I could go on forever about Coldplay. My love ...more

I might only be fifteen, but Coldplay is everything to me. It's the fuel to my joy, the mirror to my conflict and antidote to my sadness. I've only been listening to them since 2009 (which is yeah, pretty late) but it's just that unique sound they have that is so diverse, but yet so uniform. Blending of instrumentals features highly on their music, and it sounds simply beautiful. Other times, when solo instrumentals take the lead, it makes the track shine. The piano and guitar riffs on their songs are just pure wow. 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 and just listen to those lyrics; let them touch your heart. You won't regret it.

Coldplay it's the perfect band and deserves to be in the top 10. This British band has all the spark, Chris Martins voice its heaven and amazing lyrics ( so perfect and undoubtedly the best ) makes it's a loveable affair. Trust me the whole world loves it. I am from India and I appreciate good music, there must be many other rock band that I am yet to listen to for that reason I won't say that this is the best but they deserve a top 5 place at least.

Coldplay's melodies and lyrical capabilities are unmatched in the rock/alt rock genre. Even though they are the band that you "are not supposed to like", they still are the best. Chris Martin's vocals have improved as his age and career progresses, and with their new album coming out spring-fall 2014 sounding like their best album (AROBTTH), they will prove their capabilities, and hopefully progress up the list.

20 Red Red is an American christian alternative rock/alternative metal band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead vocalist Michael Barnes.

This band synthesizes melodic melodies with sinister outbursts, while sprinkling in hints of electronica. It is a beautiful combination of BB and Starset. Michael Barnes' powerful choruses and full-throated screams just 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 (out only on Youtube)

4. Faceless

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, and smooth beautiful strings of Red are only a few things that makes this band awesome. It has some pretty good electronica influences too, and the screaming of Michael Barnes is simply amazing. The guitars are usually tuned to drop A, B, or B flat, so if you like guitar riffs similar to Breaking Benjamin, give Red a listen. In the end, the only reason Red is so underrated is because they're Christian, which personally I love, but if you're not a Christian, listen to them anyway. They're that good

Red is one of the best bands I've heard. Yes a lot of these other bands are good ( a lot of them I wouldn't listen to even if I'm tortured for not listening to them ) but Red has captured me ( even though it's a Christian band ) because of the album Of Beauty And Rage. Give these guys a listen and don't forget to click them if you like them.

Even though I'm a huge die hard fan of this breathtaking band, I've always wanted 'em to remain obscure and keep producing mind refreshing songs. I absolutely loathe the fact of getting into mainstream which devasted and resulted in the quality depletion of the bands that I adored previously.

21 Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian post-grunge 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.

This band should not even exist on this list. Along with Green Day, skillet and a few others. Rock is not supposed to be whining about some chick. Save that for country. It's about what you feel when you're alone, when you're playing sports, when you're doing something bad ass! Not looking at a photo of of your ex and crying lol come on! System should be #1 on this list because most of their songs make no sense yet they can still make everything they do badass. By the way if you like pop or like when your finger pokes through the toilet paper you shouldn't even vote.

Having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and ranking as the eleventh best-selling music act, and the second best-selling foreign act in the U.S. of the 2000s, behind The Beatles, this success would suggest they are higher up the list. People don't spend money on music because it isn't good. Everyone has an opinion - but the 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 evilly just because they are Canadian. That is discrimination! They have a wider range of music than most bands and very few of their songs are about sex. At good 80% of it 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 are the stadium rock everyone is dying for and yet they can't handle that there is a grunge band out there doing better than Nirvana. Listen to them and stop hating for no good reason.

Nickelback's songs don't sound the same. Again, compare How you remind me to Far Away. Do you hear a difference? Nickelback is the best band ever. I'm not say they have to be number one but they honestly deserve to be in the top 5. Oh well if they're Canadian. Because They write way better music then American rock bands do. Let's go Nickelback! Vote!

22 30 Seconds to Mars Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band currently consists of brothers Jared and Shannon Leto.

30 Seconds to Mars is not an ordinary rock band-I have no idea why they're so low in this list! They started off as space rock, but they evolved so much and have such a personal sound. They're completely different, with Jared's voice really standing out from others, as much as Matthew Bellamy, both with their own style. The lyrics are just amazingly philosophical and really make you think. This band should be much higher up in this list!

Jared Leto's voice is something to die for. And I love how they aren't the typical Rock band. They have their own unique and distinct style and they know their own roots. It is also fascinating how they deliver their songs using symbolisms 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 do tell true stories and I find I cannot wait to hear a new song even though they just released a album not long ago. I really feel these guys truly sing about what they care about and the lyrics are as real as it gets.

My favorite band, I like this heroes moreover I like every song they had sang. I love there intricate style of singing. '' we all FANS love you 30 seconds to mars''.

23 Slipknot Slipknot is an American metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. ...read more.

Slipknot is raw, unadalterated music. They don't try to ass kiss, they kick ass. Their music is diverse, it's transformed over ten years, and they put a lot of emotion into their work.

Slipknot wasn't made for the general public, and 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 maggot forever. The world needs sth like this band!

What is escape the fate and how is it higher than slipknot?

24 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.

The Strokes are so perfect, it's not even fair to other bands out there. Except for Arctic Monkeys cause they rule (but not to mention The Strokes were a huge inspiration and influence on AM in the first place anyway). Two of the best bands of our time.

The Strokes wipe the floor with these other bands! Great melodies, Great lyrics, Great guitars, drums, and a distinct style that cannot be replicated without someone saying "That sounds like the Strokes. "

United Kingdom has many great bands of 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.

The Strokes deserve much more recognition on this list. Most bands on here are horrible.

25 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.

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 achieved to be versatile but yet so true to their style. I think that is a really important thing that a lot of the bands on the top of the list don't actually have. Not to mention their amazing stage performances.

Arctic Monkeys are definitely my favourite band. Nothing to do with the fact that I've met them or anything (My uncle is best friends wih them) But they are just amazing mucicians and singers. Alex turner has THE most amazing voice ever and the rest of the band... AMAZING! Their lyrics are so original and the actual melody 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.

Its sad they never really got popular in America (despite living in Los Angeles). They are probably my favorite rock band right now. In there most recent albums, they either lack Alex Turner's great songwriting, or they lack his personality. My favorite stuff is their early punk rock songs. There new stuff is still very good. But please! Check them out! You won't be disappointed.

Honestly, if Arctic Monkeys are all the way down here, this list can't be taken seriously. Some of the bands at the top are plain awful and half of them sound exactly the same as the others.
Arctic Monkeys, on the other hand, have their own unique sound and seamlessly cross different rock genres flawlessly, experimenting while still retaining their unique sound. Alex Turner is one of the best lyricists of this generations (ex- "Fools on a parade cavort and carry on for waiting eyes" (Secret Door); "I took my batteries out of my mysticism and put them in my thinking cap" (The Hellcat Spangled Shalala); "When she needs a break from reality / she takes a dip in my daydreams" (Arabella); "You are the fugitive / But you don't know what you're running away from" (Old Yellow Bricks); "Yeah but his bird thinks it's amazing, though / So all that's left / Is the proof that love's not only blind but deaf" (Fake Tales of San Francisco.
And Matt Helder is one of the best drummers currently, ...more

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