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The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

Updated August 25, 2020 58.4k votes 6.4k voters 215.3k 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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  • 1
    Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music

    AlbumsKid A, OK Computer, The Bends, In Rainbows, Amnesiac

    Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Rock music, Britpop

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

    Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsPurple, Core, Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop, №4, Interstate Love Song

    Stone Temple Pilots (often abbreviated as STP) are an American rock band from San Diego,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsAudioslave, Revelations, Out of Exile, Cochise, Civilian: The Demos

    Audioslave was an American rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles in 2001. The four-piece band... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsNevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York, Bleach, Heart‐Shaped Box

    Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Shoegazing, Gothic rock

    AlbumsSiamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Oceania, Gish, Adore

    The Smashing Pumpkins (or Smashing Pumpkins) are an American alternative rock band from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Trip hop, Dance-punk

    AlbumsWhatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug, Suck It and See

    Arctic Monkeys is an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2002. The group consists of Alex... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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    Soundgarden

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsSuperunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside, Louder Than Love, Black Hole Sun

    Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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    The Strokes

    Garage rock, Power pop

    AlbumsIs This It, Room on Fire, First Impressions of Earth, Angles, Reptilia

    The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998, consisting of Julian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Alternative Rock, Funk Metal

    AlbumsCalifornication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium, Mother's Milk, By the Way

    Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 11
    Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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    Foo Fighters

    Alternative rock, Post-grunge

    AlbumsWasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters, One by One, There Is Nothing Left to Lose

    Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    New Wave, Gothic rock

    AlbumsDisintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry, Wish, Pornography

    The Cure is an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex in 1976. The band members have... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Pop punk, Synthpop

    AlbumsSam’s Town, Hot Fuss, Day & Age, Mr Brightside, Battle Born

    The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsDemon Days, Gorillaz, Plastic Beach, Clint Eastwood, The Fall

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    Band-Maid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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    The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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    The Black Keys

    Blues-rock, Punk blues

    AlbumsRubber Factory, Attack & Release, Brothers, El Camino, The Big Come Up

    The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 17
    Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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    Arcade Fire

    Indie Rock, Baroque Pop

    AlbumsFuneral, The Suburbs, Neon Bible, Reflektor, Christmas Album

    Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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    Linkin Park

    Alternative rock, Hip hop

    AlbumsHybrid Theory, Living Things, Meteora, Minutes To Midnight, Burn It Down

    Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. The band's current lineup... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Dark ambient, Industrial metal

    AlbumsThe Downward Spiral, The Fragile, With Teeth, Pretty Hate Machine, Year Zero

    Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN (stylized as NIИ), is an American industrial rock... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 20
    The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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    The Cranberries

    Jangle pop, New Wave

    AlbumsEverybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? / No Need to Argue, Bury the Hatchet

    The Cranberries were an Irish rock band formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989 by lead singer... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    REM is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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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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    The White Stripes

    Blues-rock, Punk blues

    AlbumsWhite Blood Cells, Elephant, De Stijl, Icky Thump, Get Behind Me Satan

    The White Stripes were an American rock duo formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Green Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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    Green Day

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsAmerican Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown, ¡Dos!, Insomniac

    Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Experimental rock, Grunge

    AlbumsDoolittle, Surfer Rosa, Bossanova, Trompe le Monde, Come On Pilgrim

    The Pixies are an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Blur is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
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    Blur

    Indie pop, Shoegazing

    Albums13, Parklife, Blur, Modern Life Is Rubbish, The Great Escape

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