The Noughties: The best bands of the 2000’s

As the decade known as “the Noughties” draws to a close, it’s time to ponder what mark the decade made musically. In this post, I’m going to ask you which bands have made the most impact in the last ten years.

Now, to help you out, I’ve gone and scoured the internet for bands that you might want to consider. If you want to suggest another band – leave a note in the comments saying who they are and why you chose them!

  • Fall Out Boy As emo met pop culture, Fall Out Boy became a massive force in music. Not only did they score a ton of hit singles and albums, but they helped bring a bunch of new bands to the public eye.
  • Arctic Monkeys – Arguably reignited the whole indie scene with their debut album and proved you could work around the major labels and still get heard!
  • Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails – Established acts like NIN and Radiohead both broke the mold with different payment models for their music that included “pay what you want” and graded payment options.
  • Velvet Revolver reunited the scattered former members of GNR and gave them a fresh focus that hadn’t been heard in their music for years. Awesome supergroup for the 2000’s – also consider Chris Cornell and Audioslave.
  • For consistency and stadium-filling records, Nickelback and Foo Fighters deserve a mention. Not particularly innovative, but sales would suggest they’ll make many people’s “top bands of 2000’s” lists!
  • The White Stripes – Jack and Meg spent the decade producing their trademark stripped-back blues-rock. Seven Nation Army being definitely one of the most identifiable tracks of the decade…
  • Then there’s the award-grabbing Elbow. Not my cup of tea, personally, but obviously somebody appreciates them 🙂
  • Not pictured above, but one of my personal favourites – Kings Of Leon‘s innovative rock has endeared them to me and a legion of Fans (sorry for the shitty pun).
  • Both The Killers and Muse have carved out formidable reputations in their respective niches. Brandon Flowers and his band have managed to keep their sound experimental and fresh, while the guys from Muse have crafted some cutting edge sounds over the decade.

Now, it’s over to you: Who are your favourite bands of the 2000’s?

There’s no right or wrong answer, this is totally about your opinions…


  1. RandomEnigma

    Are we talking about rock bands alone? Good cos its nice to take a break from all the pop music currently infiltrating the music scene. I think Evanescence deserve some mention. Bring Me To Life was one of the biggest rock tracks of 2003 and I think they really brought gothic rock into the mainstream. Red Hot Chili Peppers also remained consistent with their albums By The Way and Californication. Let’s not forget Linkin Park who have racked up a few hits through the decade. More recently Paramore are climbing up the ranks as one of the biggest bands of this decade. What about Green Day? I know there latest album hasn’t been doing so well but during the American Idiot era, everyone was talking about Green Day. Oh and My Chemical Romance have done pretty well for themselves also.

    1. Gerard McGarry

      I don’t think we necessarily need to restrict ourselves to rock, although I think that’s just as good a place to start. (You might want to consider Black Eyed Peas in that case, or even N*E*R*D)

      Evanescence are a good call – I loved their first album. But – personally – I thought RHCP became increasingly pedestrian as the decade went on. I remember their earlier material as eclectic and frenzied. And while I enjoyed Californication, I got bored by By The Way and haven’t bought anything of theirs since.

      How could I have forgotten Paramore? Next to Kings Of Leon, one of my favourite bands of the last couple of years.

      Some really good suggestions there, RandomEnigma!

  2. gabriel

    I think Incubus made the big jump this decade to become one of the most important current rock bands in the world.


    And i agree about Paramore. Even though they been going downhill, their first album is awesome.

  3. Anonymous

    this is the worst list i think i ahve ever scene on the internet. fist of all, no self respecting person could even consideer callin nickleback music. nickleback just about next to dumpster scum. as is fall out boy who somehow captilized on the most annoying sound ever possible. Radiohead as well as the White stipes are hands down legendary, but clearly you dont understand anything about music so i can only assume these bands are on your list to improve your sweet trendy status. paramore=new age bullshit. evenesence made any one with ears want cut their wrist to end the pain. RHCP is actually a band of musicians with talent. they have made countless hits and last longer than half shitty bands u moronicly listed. im not trying to be mean… but come on… nickleback?!  try listening “my girls” by animal collective. “atlas” by battles. these are incredible new directions in music today. tool is another incredible band that makes mindblowingly epic music. please for the betterment of human kind refine your tastes.

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