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The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Updated February 26, 2021 62.9k votes 7.0k voters 231.9k views194 items

List RulesOnly 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.

You can change the order of this list by having your friends vote too.

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    Rock music, Grunge
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    Rock music, Electronic music
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  • 3

    Arctic Monkeys

    Trip hop, Dance-punk
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    The Strokes

    Garage rock, Power pop
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    Rock music, Grunge
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    The Smashing Pumpkins

    Shoegazing, Gothic rock
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    Rock music, Grunge
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    Rock music, Britpop
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  • 9

    Stone Temple Pilots

    Rock music, Grunge
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  • 10

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Alternative Rock, Funk Metal
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  • 11

    Foo Fighters

    Alternative rock, Post-grunge
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  • 12

    The Killers

    Pop punk, Synthpop
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  • 13
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    The Black Keys

    Blues-rock, Punk blues
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  • 15

    The Cranberries

    Jangle pop, New Wave
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  • 16

    The White Stripes

    Blues-rock, Punk blues
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    Linkin Park

    Alternative rock, Hip hop
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  • 19


    Experimental rock, Grunge
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
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  • 21

    Green Day

    Pop punk, Rock music
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  • 22

    The Cure

    New Wave, Gothic rock
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    Nine Inch Nails

    Dark ambient, Industrial metal
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  • 24


    Rock, Punk
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    Twenty One Pilots

    Alternative hip hop, Pop
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