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The Best New Rock Artists Of 2021

Here are the best new rock bands of 2021, ranked by fans everywhere. Including up and coming bands you've heard of and some you haven't, this list of new rock artists features heavy metal groups, solo acts, and indie bands from all over the world.

From alternative to pop punk, the next generation of bands covers a variety of genres. New rock bands and musicians to watch for in 2021 include iDKHow, The Snuts, Yungblud, and KennyHoopla. 

Vote up the top new rock artists of the year, and add your favorite future rockstars who are expected to have a big 2021. 

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    Greta Van Fleet is an American rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, formed in 2012. It consists of vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka, and drummer Danny Wagner. They  ...more
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    #96 of 267 The Greatest American Rock Bands#759 of 1,681 The Best Rock Bands Of All Time#20 of 101 The Best Musical Groups Featuring Brothers, Ranked

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    NationalityUSA

    Dirty Honey is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 2017. It consists of singer Marc Labelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian, and drummer Corey Coverstone. The group's  ...more
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    starwarssuperfan addedRock music, Heavy metal
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    NationalityIndonesia, Italy, United States of America

    Wolfgang William Van Halen (born March 16, 1991) is an American musician who is currently the bassist for Van Halen, having replaced Michael Anthony in 2006. He is also the former bassist for the  ...more
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    #185 of 645 The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time#100 of 211 The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams#32 of 57 The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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    Alternative rock, Indie rock
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    NationalityIrish

    Inhaler are an Irish rock band originating from Dublin. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Elijah Hewson, bassist Robert Keating, guitarist Josh Jenkinson and drummer Ryan McMahon. The band was  ...more
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    Hard rock, Alternative rock
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    Highly Suspect is an American rock trio from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The band was founded by twin brothers Rich (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums, backing vocals) and their best  ...more
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    #55 of 56 The Best Rock Trios Of All Time#6 of 34 The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked

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    Alternative rock, Rap rock
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    NationalityCanadian-American

    Jordan Edward Benjamin, known professionally as grandson, is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and musician currently signed to Fueled by Ramen. He released his major label debut EP, A Modern  ...more
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    Alternative rock, Pop punk
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    NationalityUK

    Dominic Richard Harrison (born 5 August 1997), known professionally as Yungblud, is an English singer, songwriter and musician. His debut album, 21st Century Liability, was released on 6 July 2018.  ...more
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    Garage Rock
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    Cleopatrick is a Canadian indie rock band based out of Cobourg, Ontario. Childhood friends Ian Fraser and Luke Gruntz grew up in Cobourg, Ontario had been friends since age 4 and began getting  ...more
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    Metalcore
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    Spiritbox is a Canadian metal band from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Before starting Spiritbox in 2016, husband and wife duo Courtney LaPlante and Michael Stringer were both in  ...more
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    Alternative rock, Indie rock
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    I Dont Know How But They Found Me (stylized in all caps), often shortened to IDKHow (stylized as iDKHOW), is an American musical duo based in Salt Lake City, Utah and formed in 2016. The band  ...more
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    FEVER 333 is an American rock band formed in Inglewood, California in July 2017. The three-piece band consists of former Letlive vocalist Jason Aalon Butler, former Chariot guitarist Stephen Harrison  ...more
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    Punk rock, Garage punk
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    NationalityAustralian

    The Chats are an Australian punk rock band that formed in 2016 in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The current band lineup is composed of guitarist Josh Hardy, drummer Matt Boggis, and bassist and  ...more
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    Indie rock
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    Kenneth La'ron (born August 5, 1997), known by his stage name KennyHoopla, is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. He is primarily known from his singles "Lost Cause", "How Will I Rest in  ...more
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    Kaleo is a record producer, rapper, dancer and songwriter.
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    #1713 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#43 of 65 The Best Musical Guests on 'Colbert' in 2020

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    Colson Baker (born April 22, 1990), known professionally as Machine Gun Kelly (abbreviated as MGK), is an American rapper and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. MGK embarked on a musical career as a  ...more
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    The Best Songs Feat. Machine Gun Kelly#53 of 74 Bad Boy Records Complete Artist Roster#64 of 136 The Best Young Rappers And New School Rappers

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    Indie rock
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    NationalityPhilippines, UK

    Beatrice Kristi Laus (born June 3, 2000), also known as Bea Kristi or professionally as beabadoobee (stylized in all lowercase), is a Filipino-British indie singer-songwriter. Since 2018, she has  ...more
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    Alternative rock
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    The Wrecks are an American alternative rock band based in Los Angeles, California. The band is currently made up of Nick Anderson, Nick "Schmizz" Schmidt, Aaron Kelley, and Billy Nally. The group is  ...more
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    Indie rock, Alternative rock
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    NationalityScottish

    The Snuts are a Scottish indie rock band formed in 2015, originating from West Lothian, Scotland. They have performed across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The band consists of Jack Cochrane (vocals  ...more
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    NationalityUK

    Bones UK is a rock band from Camden Town, London consisting of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Rosie Bones, lead guitarist Carmen Vandenberg, and drummer Heavy.  ...more
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    Indie rock
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    Sea Girls are an English indie rock band formed in London in 2015, comprising four members: Henry Camamile (vocals, guitar), Rory Young (lead guitar), Andrew Dawson (bass), and Oli Khan (drums). The  ...more
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    Rock, Pop rock
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    NationalityAustralia

    The Faim is a four-piece band from Perth, Australia. The band consists of singer Josh Raven, bassist/keyboardist Stephen Beerkens, guitarist Samuel Tye and drummer Linden Marrisen. The group released  ...more
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    The Driver Era (stylized as THE DRIVER ERΛ) is an alternative musical duo that consists of brothers Rocky and Ross Lynch. The band has cited Calvin Harris, Selena Gomez and Dua Lipa as musical  ...more
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    NationalityAmerican

    Meet Me at the Altar (stylized as Meet Me @ the Altar) is an American pop punk band formed in 2015. Initially, the three members—all of whom lived in different states at the time—worked on music  ...more
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    Alternative metal, Progressive rock
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    Sleep Token is a British rock collective. The members of Sleep Token are a masked, anonymous collective of musicians said to be united in their worship of an ancient deity identified as 'Sleep', who  ...more
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    Adam Jensen is an American rock recording artist, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Boston, MA. Jensen first built a following with the band Mission Hill after signing a record deal  ...more
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