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

Updated March 3, 2021 48.7k votes 4.7k voters 64.4k views39 items

List RulesVote up the current bands most well known today.

With so many great new bands out in 2021, 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 in 2021?

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. 

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    AC/DC

    Back in Black, Highway to Hell
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    Metallica

    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning
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    The Rolling Stones

    Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St.
    The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled...  more

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    Coldplay

    A Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
    Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members – which include...  more

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    Foo Fighters

    Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape
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    U2

    The Joshua Tree, War
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    Eagles

    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits
    The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley,...  more

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik
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    Linkin Park

    Hybrid Theory, Living Things
    Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. The band's current lineup...  more

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    Bon Jovi

    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey
    Bon Jovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. It consists of...  more

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    Green Day

    American Idiot, Dookie
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    Journey

    Escape, Frontiers
    Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former...  more

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    Guns N' Roses

    Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies
    Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, in 1985. The classic lineup...  more

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    Imagine Dragons

    Night Visions, Continued Silence EP
    Imagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup...  more

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    Maroon 5

    Songs About Jane, Hands All Over
    Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. It currently consists of...  more

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    Pearl Jam

    Ten, Vs.
    Pearl Jam is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its...  more

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    Twenty One Pilots

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

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    Radiohead

    Kid A, OK Computer
    Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of...  more

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    Arctic Monkeys

    Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
    Arctic Monkeys is an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2002. The group consists of Alex...  more

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    Depeche Mode

    Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion
    Depeche Mode () are an English electronic band formed in Basildon, Essex, in 1980. The group...  more

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    Kiss

    Destroyer, Icon
    Kiss (often stylized as KIϟϟ) is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973...  more

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    Panic! at the Disco

    A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Too Weird to Live
    Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by...  more

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    Muse

    Origin of Symmetry, Absolution
    Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of...  more

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    The Lumineers

    The Lumineers, The Lumineers EP
    The Lumineers are a folk rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The two founding members and...  more

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    30 Seconds to Mars

    A Beautiful Lie, 30 Seconds to Mars
    Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from...  more

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