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Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now? 

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Updated January 2, 2020 23.3k votes 3.1k voters 41.5k views 35 items

List Rules Vote up the rock bands you think are most famous right now. If you add to the list, ensure the band is still active.

With so many great new bands out, as well as all-time greats who still tour, determining the most famous rock bands in the world right now is no easy task. Not only must you consider the top bands from the 21st century (even the most hipster bands), but you also have quite a few not-so-washed-up groups producing new albums and playing all over the world today. So, of all the bands out right now, both old and new, who do you think is the most famous?

From more modern rock bands like Twenty One Pilots and the ever-popular Radiohead to bands who peaked decades ago, such as Journey and U2, you have many to consider in determining just who is the most famous. While it's hard for a 21st century band to compare to U2 (whether you like them or not), this isn't a list of the best bands ever. With this, there may be more fans of the Foo Fighters than those of Bono. So, who is the most famous rock band out right now? That's up to you fans to decide.

Check out the list of active rock bands below and vote up those who you think are the most famous. You can also add any bands that may be missing from the list.

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica, …and Justice for All, Kill 'Em All, + more

Labels: Vertigo Records, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., Universal Records, Megaforce Records, Universal Music Group, + more

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles by vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, and has been based in San Francisco for most ...more

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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

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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#40 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time #41 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Foo Fighters Songs of All Time

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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: A Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Parachutes, X&Y, Clocks, + more

Labels: Parlophone, EMI, Fierce Panda Records, Universal Music Group, EMI Records, + more

Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members – which include lead vocalist/pianist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer ...more

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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
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Albums: Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock, The Razors Edge, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, ATCO Records, EMI, Albert Productions, Epic Records, + more

AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. Commonly referred to ...more

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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: Vessel, Twenty One Pilots, Regional At Best, Fake You Out, Guns For Hands, + more

Labels: Fueled by Ramen

Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 and consists of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. They put out two self-released albums, Twenty One Pilots ...more

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

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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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

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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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: Night Visions, Continued Silence EP, Night Visions Live, It's Time, It's Time Remixes, + more

Labels: Interscope Records

Imagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne "Wing" Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and ...more

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#182 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time #356 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Imagine Dragons Albums, Ranked

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby, Rattle and Hum, The Unforgettable Fire, + more

Labels: Island Records, CBS Records, Mercury, Interscope Records, Columbia

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass ...more

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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: Ten, Vs., Vitalogy, Binaural, No Code, + more

Labels: Epic Records, J Records, Monkeywrench, Universal Music Group

Pearl Jam is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band's line-up has comprised Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. The ...more

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#1,059 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #57 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time The Best Pearl Jam Songs of All Time

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Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, Vices & Virtues, Pretty. Odd., + more

Labels: Fueled by Ramen, Atlantic Records, Decaydance

Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson. Since 2015, singer Urie has ...more
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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2, Desperado, The Long Run, + more

Labels: Warner Music Group, Geffen Records, Asylum Records, Universal Music Group, Polydor Records, + more

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. With five number-one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American ...more

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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
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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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#142 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time #93 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Linkin Park Songs of All Time

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

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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#1,024 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #69 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Radiohead Songs of All Time

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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

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 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #302 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Arctic Monkeys Songs of All Time

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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: Songs About Jane, Hands All Over, Payphone, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, 2003-10-31: Philadelphia, + more

Labels: Fueled by Ramen, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal International, BMG Brasil, A&M Octone Records, + more

Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. It currently consists of lead vocalist Adam Levine, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, ...more

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#525 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #13 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers The Best Maroon 5 Albums of All Time

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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
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Albums: Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road, Bon Jovi, 7800° Fahrenheit, + more

Labels: Island Records, Mercury, Universal Music Group Nashville

Bon Jovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. It consists of singer Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh ...more

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5 Seconds of Summer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
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Albums: 5 Seconds of Summer, Somewhere New, Unplugged, She Looks So Perfect, Out of My Limit, + more

Labels: Capitol Records

5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian pop rock and pop punk band. Formed in Sydney in 2011, the band consists of Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin. The group were ...more

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

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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Journey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: Escape, Frontiers, Evolution, Journey, Departure, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sanctuary Records Group, Frontiers Records, Columbia

Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest ...more

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Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: Infinity on High, Save Rock and Roll, From Under the Cork Tree, Take This to Your Grave, Project Rocket / Fall Out Boy, + more

Labels: Fueled by Ramen, Island Records, Uprising Records, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Decaydance

Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, lead ...more

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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
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Albums: The Downward Spiral, The Fragile, With Teeth, Pretty Hate Machine, Year Zero, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, TVT Records, Island Records, Rykodisc, The Null Corporation, + more

Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN (stylized as NIИ), is an American industrial rock band formed in 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio. Singer, producer and instrumentalist Trent Reznor was the ...more

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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

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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The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: The 1975, Music for Cars, Sex, iTunes Festival: London 2013, Facedown, + more

Labels: Vagrant Records, Dirty Hit

The 1975 is an English indie rock band formed in Manchester. The group consists of Matthew Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel, and Ross MacDonald. They have released four EPs, while their ...more
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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

Albums: Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses, The Singles 86-98, Black Celebration, + more

Labels: Hansa Records, EMI, Some Bizzare, Reprise Records, Sire Records, + more

Depeche Mode () are an English electronic band formed in Basildon, Essex, in 1980. The group as of 2019 consists of a trio of Dave Gahan (lead vocals and co-songwriting), Martin Gore (keyboards, ...more

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