Bands/Musicians 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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703 447
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

2
629 398
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

3
627 412
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

4
719 486
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

5
456 349
Muse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

6
127 52
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

7
462 363
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

8
389 301
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

9
425 353
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
377 315
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

11
344 284
Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
75 23
Queen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
derpyow3547 added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
289 254
Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

14
247 220
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

15
301 287
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

16
48 18
Greta Van Fleet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
stairwaytothemistymountains added

Hard rock, blues rock

17
247 281
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

18
215 254
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

19
27 10
Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
James Carey added Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

20
39 35
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
derpyow3547 added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

21
18 6
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Greg Wright added Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

22
188 242
30 Seconds to Mars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Space rock

23
37 41
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Jake Zacharias added Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

24
29 34
Korn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
IronFist13 added Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

25
40 54
Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
derpyow3547 added Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

26
147 218
Staind is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

27
26 39
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
derpyow3547 added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

28
19 38
Portugal. The Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Jake Zacharias added Garage rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

29
12 49
Jet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

30
5 31
Band-Maid is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Stass Gricko added

31
48 227
Fozzy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

32
109 416
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

33
36 242
Alkaline Trio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Pop punk, New Wave