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The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists 

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Updated December 21, 2019 31.9k votes 5k voters 183k views 182 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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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

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

Labels: Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records

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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#93 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #122 of 350 The Greatest American Rock Bands The Best Linkin Park Songs of All Time

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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

Labels: RCA, RCA Records, Capitol Records

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 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #58 of 284 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Best Foo Fighters Songs of All Time

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

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

Labels: Warner Music Group, EMI, Warner Bros. Records, EMI Records

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 #21 of 350 The Greatest American Rock Bands The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

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

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

Labels: Adeline Records, Lookout! Records, Epitaph Records, Skene! Records, Reprise Records

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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#126 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #40 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time Insane Stories From The Heyday Of Green Day

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Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 5 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

Labels: Atlantic Records, Roadrunner Records

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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#330 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #299 of 350 The Greatest American Rock Bands #127 of 434 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

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

Labels: Mushroom Records, Dangerous Records, Taste Media, Helium-3, Warner Bros. Records

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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#204 of 411 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s #9 of 81 The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

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

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

Labels: Geffen Records, DGC Records, Sub Pop

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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#10 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #126 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers The Best Nirvana Songs

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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

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

Labels: Sony Music Entertainment, American Recordings, Columbia

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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#161 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #238 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands The Best System Of A Down Songs of All Time

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Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 9 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

Labels: Warner Music Group, Hopeless Records, Good Life Recordings, Warner Bros. Records

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 '90s The Best Avenged Sevenfold Songs

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Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 10 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

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, GUN Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Jive Records, RCA Records

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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#909 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #216 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

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Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

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

Labels: Hollywood Records

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 Time The Best Breaking Benjamin Songs

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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 12 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

Labels: EMI, Warner Bros. Records, Domino Recording Company

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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#191 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #3 of 570 The Most Hipster Bands The Best Arctic Monkeys Songs of All Time

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Greta Van Fleet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 14 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

Labels: Warner Music Group, Eyeball Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records

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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#4 of 101 The Best Musical Groups Featuring Brothers, Ranked #300 of 570 The Most Hipster Bands The Best My Chemical Romance Songs

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Queens of the Stone Age ... is listed (or ranked) 15 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

Labels: Matador Records, Rekords Rekords, Universal Music Group, Interscope Records

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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#182 of 350 The Greatest American Rock Bands #138 of 434 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time The Best Queens Of The Stone Age Albums

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

Albums: Aha Shake Heartbreak, Only by the Night, Youth & Young Manhood, Because of the Times, Come Around Sundown, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Hand Me Down, Sony Music Entertainment, Columbia, RCA Records

Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000. The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, with their cousin ...more

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#225 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #120 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers The Best Kings Of Leon Songs

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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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Albums: Pinkerton, Weezer, Weezer, Weezer, Raditude, + more

Labels: Epitaph Records, Geffen Records, DGC Records, Universal Music Group, Interscope Records

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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#119 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #69 of 350 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: The Sufferer & the Witness, The Unraveling, Siren Song of the Counter Culture, Appeal to Reason, RPM10, + more

Labels: Geffen Records, DGC Records, Fat Wreck Chords, Interscope Records

Rise Against is an American punk rock band from Chicago. The group's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer ...more

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#1,217 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #349 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Rise Against Songs of All Time

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Band-Maid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 20 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

Labels: Sympathy for the Record Industry, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Records, Italy Records, Third Man Records, + 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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#206 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #116 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #269 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Potatoes for Christmas, Infest, Lovehatetragedy, Last Resort, The Paramour Sessions, + more

Labels: Eleven Seven Music, Geffen Records, DGC Records, Vitamin Records, Interscope Records, + more

Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California, formed in 1993. The original lineup consisted of lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, guitarist Jerry Horton, drummer Dave Buckner, ...more

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#893 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #559 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Papa Roach Albums of All Time

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Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Albums: Fallen, My Immortal, The Open Door, Evanescence, Bring Me to Life, + more

Labels: Wind-up Records, Epic Records, EMI Records

Evanescence ( E(E)V-ə-NESS-ənss) is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1995 by singer and pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. After recording independent albums, the ...more

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#412 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #14 of 156 The Greatest Chick Rock Bands Ever The Best Evanescence Albums, Ranked

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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Albums: Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends, In Rainbows, Amnesiac, + more

Labels: Parlophone, TBD Records, XL Recordings, Capitol Records

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 #155 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers The Best Radiohead Songs of All Time

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

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

Labels: V2 Records, Fat Possum Records, Alive Naturalsound Records, Nonesuch Records

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 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #187 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Black Keys Albums of All Time

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

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

Labels: SST Records, A&M Records, Interscope Records, Sub Pop

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 284 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame