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The Best New Rock Artists Of 2021

Updated August 13, 2021 2.8k votes 564 voters 27.3k views26 items

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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    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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    Mammoth WVH

    Rock music, Heavy metal
    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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    Yungblud

    Alternative rock, Pop punk
    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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    I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME

    Alternative rock, Indie rock
    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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    Cleopatrick

    Garage Rock
    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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    Machine Gun Kelly

    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap
    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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    Grandson

    Alternative rock, Rap rock
    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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    Inhaler

    Alternative rock, Indie rock
    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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    The Chats

    Punk rock, Garage punk
    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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    Highly Suspect

    Hard rock, Alternative rock
    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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    Kaleo is a record producer, rapper, dancer and songwriter....

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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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    Spiritbox

    Metalcore
    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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    KennyHoopla

    Indie rock
    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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    The Wrecks

    Alternative rock
    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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    The Snuts

    Indie rock, Alternative rock
    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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    The Faim

    Rock, Pop rock
    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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    beabadoobee

    Indie rock
    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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    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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    Sea Girls

    Indie rock
    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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    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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    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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    Sleep Token

    Alternative metal, Progressive rock
    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

    Alternative rock
    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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