Best Rock Bands of the 2000s

The Top Ten
1 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 is my inspiration for music, and I absolutely love what they create. They've been producing thoughtful and meaningful music for over twenty years. They don't just write love songs like many other bands or singers nowadays. Their music encompasses so much more.

I think their music has really made a statement about individuality in our country, and I hope they continue to create for a long time. I can't imagine my life without their music. Thank you, Green Day!

2 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

I've been involved with Foo Fighters ever since they started. I picked up their first album and was incredibly amazed by it. I was very familiar with the band Nirvana, so I knew that if Dave Grohl was starting a band, I had to at least stand by and be involved.

I began to truly love them when they released The Colour and the Shape. Once they released One by One, I was amazed by their sudden progress, and it quickly became a favorite of mine. My favorite album as of now is definitely Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace, with Wasting Light close behind.

I've followed them closely throughout my teenage years and have always considered them a great band.

3 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

I voted for Muse for several reasons:

1. They have sick guitar hooks, and Matthew Bellamy's vocals can be spectacular when he feels like it.
2. Decent variety without being too progressive or alternative. They fit really nicely into the vague "Rock" genre.
3. MOST IMPORTANTLY, they have the best chance of knocking Linkin Park out of the top spot so I won't have to kill myself.

Muse, Foo Fighters, and My Chemical Romance are the best true rock bands of the decade. I love bands like Disturbed and System of a Down, but they fall better into a "Metal" type of category. I also love bands like Coldplay, Radiohead, and The Shins, but they fall into an alternative "Soft Rock" type of genre. The White Stripes, The Strokes, and Franz Ferdinand are badass, but they don't really fit the rock mold either.

Bottom line: This list is too vague, and Linkin Park should retire before the Earth throws itself into the sun just so it doesn't have to hear them anymore. Oh, and Nickelback sucks too.

4 The White Stripes The White Stripes were an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they... read more

A two-piece band that is completely unique, The White Stripes were the revival of alternative rock in the 2000s. Bands like The Black Keys, The Strokes, and others wouldn't even be here if it weren't for The White Stripes. Songs like "Seven Nation Army," "Blue Orchid," "We're Going to Be Friends," "Icky Thump," and "Fell in Love with a Girl" are among the best rock songs of the past decade, period.

Jack White is number 17 on the list of "100 Best Guitarists of All Time" by Rolling Stone. With the minimalist drumming by Meg White and the red, white, and black color scheme, they are the most unique thing around!

5 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American alternative rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The current members include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ), and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park is associated with a mixture... read more

Linkin Park is probably the only band from the nu-metal era that is still just as famous as they were when they debuted Hybrid Theory in 2000. They're the only ones still extremely successful, anyway. The band members have special hearts.

Between their beautiful music and heroic humanitarian efforts, I believe in everything they stand for. Awards like Grammys or VMAs don't matter. What does matter is the Global Leadership Award they recently received from the United Nations Foundation for their efforts to help PowerTheWorld. Linkin Park has one major goal: to change the world for the better, one step at a time.

6 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

Every band above Avenged on this list is the same old crap, every single album. Linkin Park is far from number one. Sure, their music was great early in their career, but they have fallen far from decent rock music. Green Day had a few hit songs, but the rest of their music is okay.

Avenged proved with Waking the Fallen that they could play metal music. Then, with City of Evil, they proved they could mix it up and become more mainstream. The self-titled album showed a lot of the same abilities from City of Evil and somehow managed to duplicate City of Evil's greatness.

The fact that they moved from there and created lyrics that were more meaningful than any band on this list could even dream of touching with Nightmare shows how amazing these guys are as musicians. Notice this band hasn't failed with an album after Waking the Fallen, and that their fans never come out and say that they've gotten worse. It's only positive feedback for these guys from their fans.

7 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

Man, this band is just amazing. I can't believe they are ranked this low. Adam's voice is really deep, and the guitars are great. You literally feel the music in your heart, something many bands today can't achieve.

They're always experimenting with new sounds, and with every album, they prove their versatility. They can handle alternative rock, a little bit of alternative metal, and maybe even punk. I just adore these guys. The album Three Days Grace is perfection.

Adam will be missed. The new guy doesn't give me the same feeling Adam did. Yet, they're one of my favorite bands of this decade, alongside Muse, Avenged Sevenfold, Green Day, My Chemical Romance, and Linkin Park. I feel truly blessed to see all of them on this list. Yay!

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

The band's members are Anthony Kiedis (Vocals), Michael "Flea" Balzary (Bass), Chad Smith (Drums) and numerous guitarists, most well-known being John Frusciante.

The band is among the... read more

My Chemical Romance is a joke and is only famous because of blogs. Green Day does not deserve a spot because every album after American Idiot is terrible. The Chili Peppers have arguably one of the best bass players ever, and they fused '90s rock with modern pop.

What a bloody joke this is! People are mad to vote bands like Linkin Park and Foo Fighters above Red Hot Chili Peppers. It's so shameful for a band that has been in existence for nearly three and a half decades, playing beautiful music.

From what I see in this top 10 list, it has become very clear to me that evil always wins over good, and the day of judgment is not far. Miserable Linkin Park fans.

9 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).

I've never heard of anything quite like Radiohead. I understand that their music may not be everyone's cup of tea, but there is no denying the genius that Thom Yorke and company have continuously displayed throughout the years. Each one of their albums is different, creative, and progressive. It's absolutely intoxicating.

Of course, music is relative, but I can't think of any other band in the last 20 years whose body of work even comes close to theirs. They represent everything music should be. All the bands on this list have had their share of great albums and songs that will be remembered for years to come. However, none of them will transcend music and time quite like Radiohead will. They give me all the feels, man, and if you don't think so, then I'm truly sorry for your loss.

10 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

How can you not like The Strokes? They've helped influence a lot of indie bands today. Many of the bands that exist now were influenced by The Strokes. They started in the year 2000, and they're still performing and making music.

It's impressive, especially since there are rarely any bands that make genuinely intelligent songs today. Bands these days aren't even rock anymore. They're all pop, and the lyrics aren't even poetic and smart. But The Strokes are still keeping it real and doing what they do best: crafting nice lyrics, actually knowing how to play the guitar very well, and most importantly, showing what music is all about.

The Contenders
11 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance is an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013, and again from 2019 to present day. 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 existed for twelve good years and represented a different breed of inspiration. They made music about real problems that could only come from personal experience. Through that experience, they touched many lives and reached a large number of people.

After facing their own battles with addiction, death, and heartache, the band was able to rise from their own ashes and share that journey with their fans. Messages like Never hurt yourself, Live, and Beauty is not what a magazine tells you are all part of My Chemical Romance's ethos and ring just as true today as the day they were spoken. My Chemical Romance is an idea and can never die.

12 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

Breaking Benjamin not only produces an amazing sound, but their music also resonates with a lot of people. There are some songs that bring me to tears when they play. If you haven't listened to them, you should. I'm not taking anything away from the bands ranked above them, but you just can't beat these guys.

When I say you haven't listened to them, I mean you need to hear songs other than Diary of Jane. It's an amazing song, but they have a multitude of other amazing tracks: Breath, Until the End, I Will Not Bow, Give Me a Sign, Dance with the Devil, Evil Angel, Dear Agony, etc. The list goes on and on! We miss you, Breaking Benjamin. Please come back!

13 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

System of a Down is one of the most lyrically eclectic bands of this generation. They have a style all their own and are not afraid to play as their souls desire. They are true to themselves to the end, even when confronted with the promise of great fortunes from big-name music channels and companies.

I believe they should be in the number one spot, not only for these reasons but also for the fact that they paint the truth in the form of power chords and dark melodies. Thank you, and make the right decision. Vote System of a Down to the top.

- N.A.P.

14 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

Rise Against placed 12th! The everlasting impact they have made on the world of rock is infinitely greater than My Chemical Romance or Arctic Monkeys. Apart from being one of the most consistently brilliant bands with epic songs, the meaning in each of their songs about life, society, and the way the world works makes them undoubtedly one of the best rock bands of the 21st century, and definitely not 12th.

Placing them in 12th is an insult to their immense contribution and the genre they have pioneered. Bring them higher, or else the rock gods won't be pleased.

15 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have... read more

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

Best album of the '80s (The Joshua Tree) and of the '90s (Achtung Baby), along with a massive number of stunning songs and Grammys in the 2000s. What about the tours? Most emotional band in the world. By far.

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

16 Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1996. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme, alongside longtime members Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman, Dean Fertita, and recent addition Jon Theodore.

Songs for the Deaf is the best rock album of that decade for me, and they pretty much changed my musical life and identity by the mid-2000s. I think Homme is the best musician of his generation, but it's debatable and just my opinion.

Radiohead should be number one, though. OK Computer and Kid A are just too good. Honorable mention should go to the Arctic Monkeys. Their debut album was extraordinary. Muse also killed it during the decade, and their shows are a must-live experience.

I just voted for them because 26 is way too low. Rated R and Songs for the Deaf are classics. A lot of silly comments here from kids who know diddly-squat about rock history. News flash, kids: Avenged Sevenfold is a badass group, but they aren't doing anything different!

Ever heard of Judas Priest? Do some research. Their kind of metal (the good albums, not when they tried to be metalcore) is a rehash from the early 80s, mixed with a little bit of thrash metal (Metallica, Megadeth).

17 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

There are bands more creative than Coldplay, and there are bands that are more talented than Coldplay. Put simply, plenty of bands out there are better than Coldplay. Perhaps that's what makes them so awesome. I can't listen to Tool's "Lateralus" or Muse's "The 2nd Law" and say, "Yup, I suck sometimes too." But Coldplay sucks sometimes.

And I can listen to "X and Y" and say, "Yeah, I screw up a lot too, Coldplay." Having just proved that they are good because they are bad, I will now argue that they are good because they are good. Sure, Mr. Martin sometimes (very often) sounds like a whiny crybaby, and yes, there are bands that go beyond Coldplay's plodding soft-rock (limestone-rock, kinda-pop, whatever you want to call it) style. But Coldplay is, in all of its imperfection, an awesome band.

I never cry listening to "OK Computer," but you bet I do during "Mylo Xyloto." Their music has a sort of Journey-esque way of weaseling into your subconscious and never letting go. Whenever someone says the word "Paradise," you can be sure that a certain soaring melody is rushing through my mind, making me happy. And even if you don't like them, they deserve to be respected. Any band with a not-so-uncommon sound like them that becomes as ridiculously successful without incessant references to sex or drugs has an unnamed quality that makes them a force to be reckoned with.

18 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

Alex Turner has been considered a musical genius by many musicians throughout his career. From their fast-paced, immediately recognizable first album, "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not," to their bold and memorable rhythms in their latest release, "AM," the Arctic Monkeys not only know how to constantly evolve their sound, but they do it while sustaining fantastic instrumentation and catchy lyrics that got them on the scene in the first place. The bass playing is imaginative, the guitars are hooky, the drums are perfectly played and fit well into each and every track, and Alex Turner is one of the best vocalists out there. He excels not just in terms of sound, but also with his lyrical brilliance and songwriting skills.

The Arctic Monkeys will be one of the few bands remembered for their talent in this bland, pop-laden music scene right now. They deserve to be one of the top bands on this list, for sure.

19 Slipknot Slipknot is an American metal band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. 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... read more

Yes, yes, yes! I love Slipknot! I was at their first concert, where they debuted their hit song "Wait and Bleed." When they first walked out on stage in their unique attire, the entire crowd was like, "What are they wearing? Oh great, another KISS." But when Corey Taylor started singing, everyone, including me, realized, "Oh yeah! This will be the new genre and the new hit band to rock the upcoming decade and millennium!"

I love them and will always love them. Now, other metal bands try to copy them, but nothing can beat Slipknot. "Inside my shell, I wait and bleed!" Keep making more albums, Corey! You guys rock the concerts!

20 Blink-182 Blink-182 is a pop-punk band formed in 1992. The original lineup consisted of Mark Hoppus on bass guitar and vocals, Tom DeLonge on guitar and vocals, and Scott Raynor on drums. Raynor was fired from the band in 1998 and replaced by drummer Travis Barker. They gained mainstream popularity after the... read more

Blink-182 is by far the best band of the 2000s. They released multiple albums, went on a hiatus, and got back together all within a few years. Take Off Your Pants and Jacket was a pop-punk anthem for the early 2000s. Songs from the album were featured in major motion pictures for years.

Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge make the perfect vocal pair for overall skating music and can create catchy tunes overnight. Not to mention, Travis Barker's amazing drumming adds to the mix. They changed the pop-punk sound for good. Personally, I wish they would start creating music like Take Off Your Pants and Jacket again. It's my favorite album ever!

21 Tool Tool is an American alternative metal/progressive metal band, that was formed in 1990.

The band is set together between Maynard James Keenan (Vocals), Danny Carey (Drums), Adam Jones (Guitar) and since 1995 Justin Chancellor (Bass).

The band is known for their influences from electronic... read more

Greatest rock band period, at least from the '90s. Even today, no one can make music like Tool. The way Maynard James Keenan creates and comes up with the words to put to the pre-recorded song and make the music meaningful, is genius. He also highlights solos for the band because he doesn't get selfish.

He is a brilliant songwriter and artist, as is the whole band. I just keep hoping and praying for a new album. In my truck, there was only one band you were listening to, so luckily all my friends were Tool fans.

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

Come on, this low, and Radiohead not even in the top 5? I'm done. Arcade Fire is one of the most acclaimed bands of the past 10 years, critically, but sadly, not commercially. I hope this changes.

One of the best bands out there nowadays, along with Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes, and Tame Impala. They are beautiful!

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

23 Disturbed Disturbed is an American alternative metal/nu-metal/hard rock 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".

I am an absolute die-hard fan of Disturbed! "Prayer" is my favorite song by them. I remember when it first came out on the radio back in 2002. I was jamming out in the car with my best friends. We were banging our heads so much that I was afraid we were going to have a car accident.

His vocals are by far the best and have been for many years now. His songs from the 2015 album really showcase his voice. I remember when another one of my favorite songs, "Down with the Sickness," came out. Ironically, my girlfriend got sick when she first heard that song.

I kept telling her, "Are you coming down with the sickness?" She would just laugh and say yes. His songs and voice will surely grow and become even better for many more years to come.

24 Metallica Metallica is an American Heavy/Thrash Metal band formed in 1981. The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman"... read more

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

Seriously! You have got to be kidding! So-called bands (if you want to call them that) like Linkin Park and Green Day are at #1 and #2, while Metallica sits at #32. Laugh out loud, yeah! If it weren't for bands like Metallica, Linkin Park wouldn't exist! This must be teeny boppers creating this pathetic list. Get real!

Metallica is in a completely different class than these other bands.

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

Oh come on, this should be in the top 10. Imagine, in just a few albums, they almost rocked the whole world. Our rock band in school won four consecutive wins by just singing Paramore songs.

"Pressure" and "Misery Business" shook the punk rock world for me. With an outstanding female vocalist, hard rock riffs, and catchy lyrics, they are one of my favorite bands.

Linkin Park and Green Day are my favorite bands, but Paramore is my heart's favorite. This awesome band should also be in the top 10. These guys are good at everything.

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