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The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists  

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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 musicians who 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. These are truly the greatest modern rock bands of all time, since 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. 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 names 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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Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
derpyow3547 added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
3
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock
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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music
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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music
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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
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Muse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music
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Band-Maid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Stass Gricko added
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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Greg Wright added Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock
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Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music
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Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge
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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
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Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
James Carey added Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock
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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
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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 Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
MIKEBTM added Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock
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The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
MIKEBTM added Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock
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The Verve is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
MIKEBTM added Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music
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The Walkmen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Garage rock, Indie rock
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Travis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
MIKEBTM added Rock music, Britpop, Baroque pop
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XTC is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
MIKEBTM added Indie pop, New Wave, Psychedelic pop
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
MIKEBTM added Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk
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Suede is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
MIKEBTM added Britpop, Alternative rock, Glam rock
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Placebo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
MIKEBTM added Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music