Music is a lingua franca that arises feelings and exceptional sensations. When we listen to someone singing in a language that’s alien to us, we still find ourselves grooving to the beats of that song. In short, music has an immense effect on our souls.
Music is like chocolates; no one can ever have enough of it. We often find music as a way to express our overwhelming feelings. We discover a place in music where these feelings can erupt freely without hurting anyone. Sometimes we get together to dance and let the rhythm of the music guide us. Other times we look for music to inspire us, or maybe to learn or motivate us to function.
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” – Victor Hugo
Without further ado, let’s talk about the best modern music bands that have been entertaining us for a long time.
Gaining recognition as a songwriter for Beyonce and Adele, Ryan Tedder joined hands with his Oklahoma mates. OneRepublic came into existence in 2002. Since then they have been a valuable asset to the billboard charts with songs like “All the Right Moves”, “Good Life” and “Counting Stars”.
Ryan Tedder, guitarist Zach Filkins, guitarist Drew Brown, bassist and cellist Brent Kutzle, drummer Eddie Fisher and keyboardist Brian Willett constitute OneRepublic. This music band has been in the industry for almost two decades now.
OneRepublic is one of those bands whose music is not limited to any specific genre. OneRepublic’s varied style of music has been described by Ryan Tedder:
“We’re no respecter of genre. If it’s a good song or a good artist whether rock, pop, indie or hip hop, they’ve probably influenced us on some level… nothing’s new under the sun, we’re a sum of a bunch of parts.”
OneRepublic has won several music awards and landed many nominations, including ones for American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, World Music Awards, and Grammy Awards. Separately, lead singer Ryan Tedder has won three Grammy Awards due to his songwriting credits for Adele and Taylor Swift.
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9. My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance (commonly shortened to My Chem or MCR) is an American rock band from Newark, New Jersey. The current lineup of the band includes lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Lero, and bass player Mikey Way.
My Chemical Romance isn’t the quietest or subtlest band out there.
They’re angry. They’re loud. Their music demands you to blare it through your speakers until your parents bang on your bedroom door demanding you to turn that infernal noise down. But believe me, You won’t!
The general style of My Chemical Romance has been identified as alternative rock, pop-punk, post-hardcore, punk rock, emo pop, hard rock, hardcore punk, gothic rock, pop-rock, arena rock, and heavy metal. Some of the defining tracks from the band are “Welcome to the Black Parade” and “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”
My Chemical Romance has been nominated and won several awards, most notably two NME awards for best band in the world.
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8. Fall out Boy
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 guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.
Out of the seven albums released so far, four of them have made to No. 1 album and six of them have made to top 10 albums on Billboard charts.
While widely considered to be a pop-punk band, Fall Out Boy has also been described as pop-rock, pop, alternative rock, emo, emo pop, punk rock, and electropop, with elements of electronics, R&B, soul, funk, blue-eyed soul, hip hop, and hardcore punk.
Fall Out Boy is influential in other artists’ careers, such as Panic!
At the Disco. Many artists, including You Me at Six and Taylor Swift, have produced or performed covers of Fall Out Boy songs as a tribute to the band.
As of 2020, the band are two-time Grammy Award nominees, their first nomination having been for Best New Artist at the 2006 Grammy Awards and the second for Best Rock Album for their 2018 album MANIA at the 2019 Grammy Awards. The band has various remarkable wins and nominations for various awards.
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7. Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, consisting of lead singer Dan Reynolds, lead guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.
Imagine Dragon is one of the very few bands that got recognition from the very beginning. The band’s debut album ‘Night Vision (2012)’ shook the world completely. ‘Radioactive’ and ‘Demons’ clung to their spots on Billboard top 100. Even ‘Radioactive‘ holds the record for most weeks charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and became ‘the biggest rock hit of the year.’
This success continued with the band’s second album: ‘Smoke + Mirrors’. The album reached the number one spot in the USA, UK and Canada. Owing to this amazing popularity, the band launched a 10 months-long world tour.
Imagine Dragons’ musical style has mainly been described as alternative rock, pop rock, Indie rock, electronic rock, pop, arena rock and electropop.Their music also has some influences of folk, R&B, hip hop, and EDM.
Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’ has won the Grammy for “Best Rock Performance.” The band has also won three American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, one MTV Video Music Award, and one World Music Award. Apart from this, the band has won and has been nominated for dozens of awards.
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6. Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots (stylized in all lowercase or as twenty øne piløts) is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. The duo consists of lead vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun.
The duo gained much appreciation for their album “Blurryface” released back in 2015. The tracks like “Stressed Out” and “Ride” just hijacked the Billboard rankings for weeks. The album became the first album in history on which every track received at least a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.
The release of the single ‘Heathens‘ also made the group the first alternative artist to have two concurrent top ten singles in the United States (Alternative Songs and Hot Rock charts).
The band’s musical style has been described as alternative hip hop, electropop, indie pop, pop-rock, rap-rock, alternative rock, rock, synth-pop, pop, electronica, electronic rock, indie rock, hip hop, and indietronica with reggae, folk, psychedelic, new wave, and funk influences. The duo has been difficult to categorise because their music is extremely flexible and includes a blend of many genres.
The duo didn’t stop by blazing through every possible Billboard awards and found their way to Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (Stressed Out). The duo has a very long list of wins and nominations over a very short span of their career.
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5. Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American rock band, founded in 1983 in Los Angeles. Their music combines alternative rock, funk, punk rock and psychedelic rock elements. The band is composed of vocalist Anthony Kiedis, guitar player John Frusciante, bass player Flea, and drummer Chad Smith.
Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of the best-selling bands of all time, with more than 80 million albums sold worldwide. They are the most successful band in the history of alternative rock, with the records for most number-one singles (13), most cumulative weeks at number one (85), and most top-ten songs (25) on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
The musical style of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has been characterized as funk rock, alternative rock, funk metal and rap-rock, with influences from hard, psychedelic, and punk rock.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have received 6 Grammy awards. The band has also received 3 Brit Awards out of 4 nominations. Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of the most awarded rock bands with a humongous list of awards.
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4. Green Day
Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1987 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, drummer Tré Cool, and bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt.
Green Day has sold over 75 million albums in the world, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time
The sound of Green Day is frequently compared to the first wave of punk rock bands such as The Ramones, The Clash, The Dickies and Buzzcocks. Stylistically, the band is described as punk rock, pop-punk,alternative rock, pop-rock, skate punk, post-punk, and power pop-rock.
The band has been awarded 4 Grammy Awards out of 17 nominations, or 5 out of 20 counting their solo awards. The trio has won six awards including “Favorite Alternative Artist” award at the American Music Awards. In 2005 the band was nominated for nine Billboard Music Awards, winning seven of them on the show’s night, including “Rock Artist of the Year” and “Rock Album of the Year”. The band has a long list of achievements that makes the band one of the best bands of the 20th and 21st century.
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3. Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys (often abbreviated as BSB) is an American vocal group, founded in 1993 in Orlando, Florida. The band consists of AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, and Kevin Richardson.
The Backstreet Boys have sold more than 100 million albums around the world making them the best-selling boy band of all time, and one of the best-selling recording artists in the world.
The band is the first group to have their first 10 albums hit the top 10 on the Billboard 200 since Led Zeppelin, and the only boy band to do so. On 22 April 2013, the group received a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
It’s quite difficult to digest that one of the most decorated bands of all times has never won a Grammy Award, even after getting four nominations. The band received and got nominated for various awards all around the world.
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Coldplay is a British rock band that was founded in London in 1996. The vocalist and pianist Chris Martin, the guitarist Jonny Buckland, the bass player Guy Berryman, and the drummer Will Champion met at University College London and started playing music in London.
The band’s popularity knew no bound after the release of their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008). The album soon became the best selling album worldwide.
The musical style of Coldplay is generally considered alternative rock, punk rock, post-Britpop, and pop. Chris Martin once declared the band’s music to be “limestone rock” opposed to “strong rock”.
They won nine awards from 27 Brit Awards nominations — winning three times Best British Album and four times Best British Group. From 29 nominations, they have won 7 Grammy Awards (or 34 including their solo recognitions). This isn’t it, their awards list goes on and on.
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1. Maroon 5
Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. Today it is made up of lead vocalist Adam Levine, keyboard and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, lead guitarist James Valentine, drummer Matt Flynn, keyboard player PJ Morton, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar.
The band first gained recognition with their album, “Songs About Jane”. With the help of the singles “Harder to Breathe,” “This Feeling” and “She Will Be Loved,” the Billboard 200 chart peaked at number six.
With singles like “Makes Me Wonder”, “Moves like Jagger” and “One More Night”, topping the Billboard Charts became a norm for the band.
Their album “V” soon after release achieved No. 1 spot on Billboard charts for a long time. The album also became one of the most selling albums of all time.
Maroon 5 has sold more than 120 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
Maroon 5’s musical style has generally been regarded as pop, pop-rock, funk rock, dance-pop, blue-eyed soul, neo-soul, and soft rock. The diverse nature of the band was supported by this statement from Adam Levine:
“Everything that’s written and performed and put together pretty much comes from us. I just think people would be surprised to know that we’re a self-contained unit. We’re a band that does their own thing. There’s no puppet master.”
Maroon 5 has won numerous awards and nominations, including three Grammy Awards out of ten nominations; 8 of 40 Billboard Music Awards nominations; three American Music Awards; three People’s Choice Awards; and an MTV Video Music Awards award. The Band has won four BRIT Awards nominations. It’s not all, the band has a long list of other achievements.
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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”― Plato
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