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

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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?
Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica
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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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Matt Maloney added Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock
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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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters
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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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
A Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Parachutes
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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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium
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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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
connortheboss123456 added Hybrid Theory, Living Things, Meteora
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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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown
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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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Vessel, Twenty One Pilots, Regional At Best
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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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Night Visions, Continued Silence EP, Night Visions Live
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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U2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby
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) 11 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Ten, Vs., Vitalogy
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Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!
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) 13 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2
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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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends
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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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare
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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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Songs About Jane, Hands All Over, Payphone
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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Muse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Origin of Symmetry, Absolution, The 2nd Law
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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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
LeoGoodfriend added Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road
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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Journey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Escape, Frontiers, Evolution
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) 20 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Infinity on High, Save Rock and Roll, From Under the Cork Tree
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5 Seconds of Summer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
vedavathipragna added 5 Seconds of Summer, Somewhere New, Unplugged
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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The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
The 1975, Music for Cars, Sex
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) 23 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses
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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
Aha Shake Heartbreak, Only by the Night, Youth & Young Manhood
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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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?
dhallam222 added The Downward Spiral, The Fragile, With Teeth
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