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

Updated January 7, 2021 48.5k votes 4.5k voters 60.3k views39 items

List RulesVote up the current bands most well known today.

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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  • The Rolling Stones1
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    97

    The Rolling Stones

    Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St.

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

    The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • AC/DC2
    988
    923

    AC/DC

    Back in Black, Highway to Hell

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

    AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Metallica3
    1,229
    1,217

    Metallica

    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning

    Genres (Music)Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

    Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Coldplay4
    1,283
    1,448

    Coldplay

    A Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

    Genres (Music)Alternative Rock, Pop

    Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members – which include... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • U25
    864
    981

    U2

    The Joshua Tree, War

    Genres (Music)Rock, Punk

    U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Eagles6
    670
    767

    Eagles

    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits

    Genres (Music)Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock, Soft rock

    The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Foo Fighters7
    1,109
    1,303

    Foo Fighters

    Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Post-grunge

    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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  • Bon Jovi8
    591
    688

    Bon Jovi

    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey

    Genres (Music)Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music, Country rock, Heavy metal

    Bon Jovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. It consists of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Red Hot Chili Peppers9
    915
    1,096

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik

    Genres (Music)Alternative Rock, Funk Metal

    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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  • Linkin Park10
    454
    541

    Linkin Park

    Hybrid Theory, Living Things

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Hip hop, Alternative metal

    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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  • Green Day11
    906
    1,116

    Green Day

    American Idiot, Dookie

    Genres (Music)Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

    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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  • Journey12
    562
    693

    Journey

    Escape, Frontiers

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

    Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Imagine Dragons13
    1,107
    1,501

    Imagine Dragons

    Night Visions, Continued Silence EP

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Pop

    Imagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Maroon 514
    776
    1,053

    Maroon 5

    Songs About Jane, Hands All Over

    Genres (Music)Pop, Alternative Rock

    Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. It currently consists of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Twenty One Pilots15
    1,132
    1,582

    Twenty One Pilots

    Vessel, Twenty One Pilots

    Genres (Music)Alternative hip hop, Pop, Rap rock

    Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Pearl Jam16
    618
    883

    Pearl Jam

    Ten, Vs.

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

    Pearl Jam is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Guns N' Roses17
    5
    8

    Guns N' Roses

    Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies

    Genres (Music)Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

    Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, in 1985. The classic lineup... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Radiohead18
    600
    908

    Radiohead

    Kid A, OK Computer

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog, Experimental rock, Experimental music

    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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  • Depeche Mode19
    402
    629

    Depeche Mode

    Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion

    Genres (Music)Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music, Alternative dance, Alternative rock

    Depeche Mode () are an English electronic band formed in Basildon, Essex, in 1980. The group... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Arctic Monkeys20
    606
    956

    Arctic Monkeys

    Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

    Genres (Music)Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia, Acid rock

    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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  • Kiss21
    50
    82

    Kiss

    Destroyer, Icon

    Genres (Music)Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll, Hard rock

    Kiss (often stylized as KIϟϟ) is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Panic! at the Disco22
    652
    1,079

    Panic! at the Disco

    A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Too Weird to Live

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Pop punk, Emo

    Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Muse23
    483
    831

    Muse

    Origin of Symmetry, Absolution

    Genres (Music)Alternative Rock, Electronica

    Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 30 Seconds to Mars24
    314
    578

    30 Seconds to Mars

    A Beautiful Lie, 30 Seconds to Mars

    Genres (Music)Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Space rock, Emo, New Prog

    Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Lumineers25
    285
    531

    The Lumineers

    The Lumineers, The Lumineers EP

    Genres (Music)Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock, Indie folk

    The Lumineers are a folk rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The two founding members and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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