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Top 10 Rock Bands of the 2000s... So Far

Updated on December 31, 2011

There are so many rock bands that have evolved over the past decade, but only a few of them have really made a difference in the music world today. Of course, everyone has different tastes when it comes to rock music, but when researching to see which bands really made an impact on the 21st Century, it seemed unanimous as to which bands have made their presence known.

1. Muse: Personally, I think Muse is one of the greatest bands that rock has seen in a long time. Between their energetic and intense live performances and their range of diversity from "Time Is Running Out" to "Knights of Cydonia" to "Uprising," they're like nothing I've ever seen before.

2. Kings of Leon: With their unique rasp-rock twang, good looks and catchy tunes, Kings of Leon is a breath of fresh air compared to some of the radio-friendly boy bands we've seen in the past.

3. The White Stripes: This interesting two-set duo has been described as "50's inspired rock music" and have also been compared to Black Sabbath's earlier albums.

4. The Black Keys: These guys are just great. They're like the perfect combination of blues and rock and roll.

5. The Killers: The funny thing about the Killers are that - although they are an American rock band - they actually sound like they're British rockers.

6. Florence and the Machine: So dark. So eerie. So awesome.

7. Queens of the Stone Age: Queens of the Stone Age didn't become well-known until the release of their third album Songs for the Deaf in 2002, with the help of Foo fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Mark Lanegan from Screaming Trees. These guys definitely have a different sound than most artists on the rock scene today.

8. Paramore: I love chick singers, and this girl can belt it out. Between her crazy range and catchy tunes, Paramore rocks. That's all I have to say.

9. Coldplay: For anyone that's seen the movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin, you'll recognize this infamous line, "You know how I know you're gay? You listen to Coldplay." Well, considering that Coldplay's first album "Parachutes" reached double platinum status, and they were also nominated by Rolling Stone Magazine's readers as the best band of the year in 2003, I'd have to say that they're far from gay.

10. Yeah Yeah Yeah's: What's better than Karen O's sexpot orgasm-sounding screams? Nothing. That's why we love them.


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      Josh 

      5 years ago

      Where the actual fuck are RHCP I know all of these bands, but RHCP are so much more diverse and just fantastic than come on paramore, personally the fact that paramore got on the list without a trace of the chili's genuinely disgusts me!!! Moreover there constantly changing with every album brings a totally new outlook on rock music, I listen to pretty much all these bands but when I go to RHCP I realise there in a different league, masterful at all there instruments yet they still don't make it in the fucking top 10, I realise it's a matter of opinion but the fucking figures speak for themselves sell out tours millions of albums shifting!!!

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      MIGUEL 

      5 years ago

      WHERE IS LINKIN PARK ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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      pirate 

      6 years ago

      The crazy list that......where is 30 Seconds to Mars.....i think if hub have a online voting system it must be at top 3....................unbelieveable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      ME 

      6 years ago

      BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE

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      UrNxtNightmare7 

      6 years ago

      OK.What the hell is this?Where is Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold?!?!

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      Jdawg 

      6 years ago

      Man u don't have papa roach rise against my chemical romance a7x disturbed sixx am or even linkin park? Man I don't even like half these bands

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      Jason 

      6 years ago

      And where is Godsmack as well.

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      Jason 

      6 years ago

      This list sucks. The Foo Fighters are by far better then any band on this list. And there is no Rage Against the Machine, or 311 and the list can continue. Yeah your list really sucks.

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      Tony K. 

      6 years ago

      Kudos to the one who mentioned Wolfmother. I'm a fan of a Kentucky band that goes by Black Stone Cherry; that's some hard driving rock and roll there. Also really dug Audioslave--too bad they're not together anymore.

      And if you can get past the random "ahhh!" screams of the lead vocalist and dig deeper into the band's lesser known offerings, Disturbed is a quality band. I'm an album guy so I get burned out on radio-friendly singles.

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      JasonPLittleton 

      6 years ago

      THanks for sharing.

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      Paramorefan0218 

      7 years ago

      I have to agree with paramore they are AWESOME!!

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      Tabitha 

      7 years ago

      Coldplay is one of the best... Their music is good for listening and keeps me in a mellow mood. Their songs can give a good taste of any bit though. Violet Hill: Calm and a good rock out song all in one. Their older music too. Shiver: good song!

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      WTF 

      7 years ago

      30 seconds to mars, my chemical romance?????

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      funmontrealgirl 

      7 years ago from Montreal

      like this hub. My faves here are the white stripes and linkin park.

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      Giovanna 

      7 years ago

      I'm a little sad to see that you did not mention The Strokes...

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      ALTERNATIVE 

      7 years ago

      I'm tired of these Rock/Pop acts. Other than Linkin Park and Cold Play, all these bands are bunch of Homos. Rock has sincerely died. I love my 80's and 90's collections.

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      awesome hub.

      my favorites are Muse and The White Stripes

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      kb 

      7 years ago

      where are the foo fighters?????????!!!!!!!!

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      ricky 

      9 years ago

      muse are fabulous man ..................nice hub

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      RTaveras 

      9 years ago from New York

      These Songs Are good.. You can also upload all these songs on this website called www.aroundtheway.com for more info check my blog http://bit.ly/E5XTT

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      Nebil 

      9 years ago

      They should've also put in Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, and Paramore!

    • rb101182 profile imageAUTHOR

      rb101182 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Green Day came out in the 90s therefore they're not considered 21st century, Paramore is great

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      Sara 

      9 years ago

      I don't agree

      Why don't you have Paramore, evanescence and green day

      COME ON!

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      bradley 

      9 years ago

      my vhemical romace is awsome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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      jonathan 

      9 years ago

      linkin park is the best band there ever was except for Guns and roses of course. yeah rock on:)

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      Haydee Anderson 

      9 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      generally its anice list and i have to agree with you

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      Kimberly!!!!!!!!!!!!1 

      9 years ago

      come on there is no PARAMORE

      there AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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      rob 

      9 years ago

      nice, but what about tool?

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      linkin park songs 

      9 years ago

      Evanescence have studied Linkin Park, similarly opening tunes with tiny beat-box and keyboard blips before stodgy stringed slabs engulf the ears, an of-the-moment

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      RyanRE 

      10 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      @rb101182 ~ You are obviously a huge fan of Muse. My brother just bought me a copy of Black Holes and Revelations last weekend. It is the 1st Muse CD I have heard and it is pretty good. I have some really strong tastes in music, so I can't endorse your entire list, but thanks for sharing it :)

    • DJ Funktual profile image

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Can't wait for your next HUB. I check almost every day!

    • MommyMandy profile image

      MommyMandy 

      10 years ago from The South

      Love them all! Great hub

    • Panic 39 profile image

      Panic 39 

      10 years ago

      What about Metallica

    • DJ Funktual profile image

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      WOLFMOTHER is Half Zeppelin and Half T.Rex.

    • DJ Funktual profile image

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      You asked for it rb

      I have posted the best albums for the last 50 years each by decade and your HUB inspired it all. Anyone who wants to express themselves about Jeff Buckley cannot be denied on my watch.

      See ya over there

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      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      YOU MADE ME DO IT rb! Here's my new HUB published 10 seconds ago

      https://hubpages.com/entertainment/The-50-Best-Alb...

      Talk discuss. I'll be back.

    • rb101182 profile imageAUTHOR

      rb101182 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wolfmother is good, they sound a bit similar to the White Stripes actually

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      vreccc 

      10 years ago from Concord, NH

      DJ- ok.. i gotta hear these guys. Do you have any links to youtube stuff of theirs or mp3s?

    • DJ Funktual profile image

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      WAIT A MINUTE WAIT A MINUTE WAIT A MINUTE!!!!!

      hOW hAVE wE GONE tHIS lONG WITHOUT discussing the best band of the 2000s besides Jack White and that is the incredible aussies WOLFMOTHER.

      They frkin rock so hard that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant asked them to Play two of their songs while Led Zep was inducted into the Brit Hall of Fame.

      Appletree, Woman, Dimension and Love Train are all great songs by Wolfmother. 

      Not to mention SPOON is good too.  and the ARCTIC MONKEYS have their moments too. 

      The only reliable artist out there though is BECK.    EVERY TIME. 

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      vreccc 

      10 years ago from Concord, NH

      I'm a big modest mouse fan too. I found them back in 1996. I don't like the stuff they hit it big with last year. Listen to that older stuff and you'll hear something quite different.

    • DJ Funktual profile image

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Exactly. I wanna tell you so you'll whip out your secret song and we all benefit.

      Re: OURS  -- I have heard Kill The Band before but only cause it's on a CMJ Compilation I have.

      I still have the CD my friend gave me of BUILT TO SPILL & MODEST MOUSE (who to his credit were not famous yet) all the songs are short & simple but the musicians sound like they have a grip on something that we the listener should long to understand.......or not. 

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      vreccc 

      10 years ago from Concord, NH

      of course i'll check out your stuff. I'm always on the lookout for good music

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      Krystle Renee 

      10 years ago from Las Vegas/ Phoenix

      Hoo-ahhh to real rock! RB I think they lean more towards the pop side with a little rock influence but still good music. They're catchy!

    • vreccc profile image

      vreccc 

      10 years ago from Concord, NH

      Nope, they are still in full swing. Head over to my hub where you can find some video of them in concert:

      https://hubpages.com/misc/Built-To-Spill

      I just saw them in concert a few months ago and had chat with the lead singer. They aren't breaking up, but they don't have an album in the works right.

      I apologize for the hub. I don't know how to write about music so I just sound like a zit-faced groupy. Maybe you could give me some ideas

      Cheers!!

    • DJ Funktual profile image

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      I grew up in a generation where most people didn't even like GREEN DAY b/c of the whining Billie Joe does sometimes and now there's a whole genre of whiney pseudo-punks in dark eye liner. 

      I love Green Day but it's sorta their fault.

      Same way it's Madonna's fault we have to put up with Britney and her ilk.  She proved that image and style were more important than talent. 

      Kudos to vreccc cause Built To Spill is real music. I'm not a big fan but every song I here by them is quality.

      Didn't they break-up?

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      vreccc 

      10 years ago from Concord, NH

      Krystle and RB, Built to Spill I think is one of the greatest rock bands of the last decade. They are not wellknown, but there are 2 things that really impress me about them:

      1- Wall-of-sound guitar.

      2- Twists and turns in every song. they never start like they begin. It's like listen to a story unfold.

      Have you two heard of them. I started a hub on them but it sucks right now. I need to do it more justice

      Jonathan

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      rb101182 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Yep, believe it or not, they're genres are categorized as "Rock/Pop"

      I actually don't like The Killers, but they are one of the bigger bands of the 2000's

      I realized earlier that I forgot one of my favorites: My Chemical Romance! I like those guys too

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      Krystle Renee 

      10 years ago from Las Vegas/ Phoenix

      Eh The Killers and Fall out Boy - that's rock? lol I mean I personally like them but they just don't really mind me of rock so much.

      Good Hub though :D

    • DJ Funktual profile image

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Mos Def rb!

    • rb101182 profile imageAUTHOR

      rb101182 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I will... and make sure you check out Muse and Ours and let me know what you think!!

    • DJ Funktual profile image

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      His other great new video is for "27 Jennifers" That song is addictive!

      Lyrics:

      I rode the bus with 27 Jennifers.

      16 Jens 10 Jennys and then there was her.

      You might be the one that I've been seeking for.

      You might be the Strange Delightful

      You might be the girlie which shall end all girls.

      You might be the Sweet Unspiteful.

      It's cute and funny whatever checkitout!!!

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      rb101182 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      haha oops sorry! I've never heard of them since that song came out. I actually did check out that blue dress song and I dig it, he's actually playing at a theater literally next door to my friends house in April, I may have to go check him out.

      it stands for rude bitch actually HA just kiddin

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      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Madam You have offended me! I love the eels and have like 5 of their albums.

      You got style there rb. Does that stand for righteous blonde?

    • rb101182 profile imageAUTHOR

      rb101182 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Soul Coughing... there's a name I haven't heard in a while... I'll check it out.. speaking of, how about the old 90's one-hit wonder "novocaine for the soul" by the eels... remember that one?!

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      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      My Favorite Song of RIGHT NOW that you gotta check out is...Are you ready for this title??? "I JUST WANT THE GIRL IN THE BLUE DRESS TO KEEP ON DANCING" - by Mike Doughty (Former Lead Singer of The incredible SOUL COUGHING)

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      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      GREAT HUB !! I have to agree with vreccc though THE WHITE STRIPES really are a band that as you say "really made an impact on the 21st Century" and I look forward to seeing that impact. A lot of these groups are bands that no one will remember in a decade.

      Tool & Rage & Soundgarden = legit

      spinoff groups = Temple of the Dog

      The Killers have potential but they'll probably never become THE CURE like so desperately seem to want to do.

      I will look into MUSE based on your amazing hub though.

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      Brandy's Mom 

      10 years ago

      you have got to be shitting me.......jack black cant come close to mariah or whitney??????!!!!!!!!!! you think??????? i mean, he is funny and all.....but WHOA

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      vreccc 

      10 years ago from Concord, NH

      I'd have to agree with you on the White Stripes, but the others.... Well, I've just never gotten into them. I saw the White Stripes in RI just before they broke out. It wasa this small dingy little place and there was just a small group of people there. It was great!!!!

      Nice hub!!!

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