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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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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 1 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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#41 of 632 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time #41 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Foo Fighters Songs of All Time

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 3 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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#46 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #115 of 505 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80sfeaturing The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 4 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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#143 of 632 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time #93 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Linkin Park Songs of All Time

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 5 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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#85 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #35 of 39 Punk Bands with the Best Lyricsfeaturing Insane Stories From The Heyday Of Green Day

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Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 6 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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#302 of 355 The Greatest American Rock Bands #127 of 434 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands #38 of 361 The Best Nu Metal Bands

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 7 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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#96 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #29 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 8 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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#206 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #144 of 632 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time #116 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 9 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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#9 of 81 The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time #59 of 632 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time #131 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 10 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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#187 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #130 of 355 The Greatest American Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Black Keys Albums of All Time

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 11 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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#36 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #143 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singersfeaturing The Best Radiohead Songs of All Time

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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 12 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 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #192 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Arctic Monkeys Songs of All Time

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Queens of the Stone Age ... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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#82 of 411 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s #208 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Queens Of The Stone Age Albums

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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock
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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#155 of 632 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time #77 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs of All Time

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Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
MIKEBTM added
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia
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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#573 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #10 of 411 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90sfeaturing The Best Stone Temple Pilots Songs

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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 16 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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#240 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #160 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best System Of A Down Songs of All Time

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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 18 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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#150 of 632 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time #169 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Killers Songs of All Time

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The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 19 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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#236 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #193 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Strokes Songs of All Time

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Blur is listed (or ranked) 20 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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#186 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #158 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Beck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
MIKEBTM added
Beck is the self-titled, official debut and second overall EP by American artist Beck which consists of b-sides from the Midnite Vultures era. The EP was only available on Beck's website, and ...more
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Greta Van Fleet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
stairwaytothemistymountains added

Hard rock, blues rock

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Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 23 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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#910 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #210 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

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Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 24 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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#818 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #488 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Breaking Benjamin Songs

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Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 25 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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#476 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #218 of 411 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90sfeaturing The Best Avenged Sevenfold Songs