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The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists  

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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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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock
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) 2 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Alternative rock, Hip hop, Alternative metal
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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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Alternative rock, Post-grunge
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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#196 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #60 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famefeaturing The Best Foo Fighters Songs of All Time

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Alternative Rock, Funk Metal
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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#105 of 466 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singersfeaturing Totally Bizarre And Insane Stories About Red Hot Chili Peppers Frontman Anthony Kiedislisted on Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Winners List

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Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
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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#88 of 466 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #125 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Green Day Songs of All Time

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Alternative Rock, Electronica
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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#197 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #130 of 2,239 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #9 of 82 The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Greg Wright added Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock
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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#302 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #192 of 2,239 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Arctic Monkeys Songs of All Time

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
chilimtsidyachinsinsi added Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog
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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#139 of 466 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #36 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Radiohead Songs of All Time

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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Ryan Roth Morgan added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
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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#205 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #115 of 2,239 The Best Rock Bands of All Timelisted on Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Winners List

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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
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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Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music
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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Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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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#202 of 466 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #907 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #274 of 2,239 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge
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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Queens of the Stone Age ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
James Carey added Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock
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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Greta Van Fleet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
stairwaytothemistymountains added

Hard rock, blues rock

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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
MIKEBTM added Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave
The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals). Mark Stoermer ...more

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#138 of 466 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #281 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Killers Songs of All Time

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
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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#388 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Black Keys Songslisted on Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Winners List

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
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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Oasis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock
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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#158 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Oasis Songs of All Timelisted on The Best English Boy Bands

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Blur is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
MIKEBTM added Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music
Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Their ...more

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Band-Maid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Stass Gricko added
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The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock
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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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Jake Zacharias added Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock
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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Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Indie Rock, Baroque Pop
Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim ...more

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