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The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists 

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Updated July 27, 2020 40.7k votes 5.8k voters 205.2k views 189 items

List Rules Only rock bands and artists who first rose to fame in or after the '90s.

Modern rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good modern rock bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top modern rock bands in the world includes all current rock musicians who rose to fame in the '90s, '00s, or '10s. These contemporary rock bands have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Modern rock groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all modern rock bands on this list got started. Spanning both American and international artists, these are truly the greatest modern rock bands of all time. The most famous modern rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best modern rock music.

You can click on the modern rock band names to see more information about that particular notable modern rock group. If they're near the top of the best modern rock artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top modern rock bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the modern rock band names themselves.

The list you're viewing is made up of artists like Avril Lavigne and Staind, and includes many of the latest heavyhitters in hard rock, punk, and alternative today. Vote for your favorites to get them to rise to the top. Show some love to your favorites like Battles or Marion Raven.

All important, significant and iconic bands, singers, and musicians in modern rock music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new modern rock bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of modern rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into modern rock music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good modern rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent modern rock bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best modern rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest modern rock musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular modern rock bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium, Mother's Milk, By the Way, + more

Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other ...more

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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters, One by One, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, + more

Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting ...more

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The Best Foo Fighters Songs of All Time #31 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #140 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York, Bleach, Heart‐Shaped Box, + more

Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, ...more

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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Hybrid Theory, Living Things, Meteora, Minutes To Midnight, Burn It Down, + more

Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. The band's current lineup comprises vocalist/keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda, lead guitarist Brad Delson, bassist ...more

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown, ¡Dos!, Insomniac, + more

Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of the band's career, they have been a trio with drummer ...more

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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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Albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug, Suck It and See, + more

Arctic Monkeys is an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2002. The group consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Matt Helders (drums, vocals), Jamie Cook (guitar, keyboards) ...more

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Origin of Symmetry, Absolution, The 2nd Law, Black Holes and Revelations, The Resistance, + more

Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals), and ...more

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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Albums: Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends, In Rainbows, Amnesiac, + more

Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), brothers Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, ...more

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The Best Radiohead Songs of All Time #449 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #70 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Leave a Whisper, The Sound of Madness, Us and Them, Stripped - Raw and Real, Amaryllis, + more

Shinedown is an American rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed by singer Brent Smith in 2001 after the dissolution of his previous band. Smith, still under contract with record label ...more

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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Toxicity, Hypnotize, Mezmerize, System of a Down, Steal This Album!, + more

System of a Down is an Armenian-American heavy metal band from Glendale, California, formed in 1994. The band currently consists of Serj Tankian (lead vocals, keyboards), Daron Malakian (vocals, ...more

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The Best System Of A Down Songs of All Time #326 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #249 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: One-X, Life Starts Now, Three Days Grace, Transit of Venus, The Collection: Three Days Grace, + more

Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997. Based in Toronto, the band's original line-up consisted of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and ...more

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Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: City of Evil, Waking the Fallen, Avenged Sevenfold, Hail to the King, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, + more

Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999. The band's members are lead vocalist M. Shadows, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Zacky ...more

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Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Phobia, We Are Not Alone, Saturate, Dear Agony, Benjamin Broken, + more

Breaking Benjamin is an American rock band founded in 1998 by Benjamin Burnley in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Having outlasted significant lineup changes, Burnley is the sole constant member of ...more

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The Best Breaking Benjamin Songs #925 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #824 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Oasis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, Definitely Maybe, Don’t Believe the Truth, Dig Out Your Soul, Be Here Now, + more

Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (lead vocals, tambourine), Paul ...more

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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Oceania, Gish, Adore, + more

The Smashing Pumpkins (or Smashing Pumpkins) are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, guitar), D'arcy Wretzky (bass), ...more

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The Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs of All Time #79 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #107 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside, Louder Than Love, Black Hole Sun, + more

Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil (both of whom are the only members to appear ...more

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#50 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #117 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #60 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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Albums: Purple, Core, Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop, №4, Interstate Love Song, + more

Stone Temple Pilots (often abbreviated as STP) are an American rock band from San Diego, California, that originally consisted of Scott Weiland (lead vocals), brothers Dean DeLeo (guitar) and ...more

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The Best Stone Temple Pilots Songs #271 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #130 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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Albums: Audioslave, Revelations, Out of Exile, Cochise, Civilian: The Demos, + more

Audioslave was an American rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles in 2001. The four-piece band consisted of Soundgarden lead singer/rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell and Rage Against the Machine ...more

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The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Is This It, Room on Fire, First Impressions of Earth, Angles, Reptilia, + more

The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998, consisting of Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond, Jr., Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti. Upon the ...more

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Queens of the Stone Age ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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Albums: Songs for the Deaf, Rated R, Lullabies to Paralyze, Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork, + more

Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band formed in 1996 in Palm Desert, California. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, ...more

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The Best Queens Of The Stone Age Songs #460 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #408 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Greta Van Fleet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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Hard rock, blues rock

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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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Albums: White Blood Cells, Elephant, De Stijl, Icky Thump, Get Behind Me Satan, + more

The White Stripes were an American rock duo formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of Jack White (songwriter, vocals, guitar, piano, and mandolin) and Meg White (drums and ...more

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My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: The Black Parade, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, Watchmen: Music From the Motion Picture, + more

My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from New Jersey, formed in 2001. The band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way and ...more

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The Best My Chemical Romance Songs #635 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #273 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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Albums: Pinkerton, Weezer, Weezer, Weezer, Raditude, + more

Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. Since 2001, the band has consisted of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian ...more

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#91 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #332 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #248 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Rubber Factory, Attack & Release, Brothers, El Camino, The Big Come Up, + more

The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, ...more

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