100 Best Rock Bands of the 2010s

Updated on June 20, 2019
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Since the 1950s, rock music has evolved several times. Starting in the early 2000s, rock branched into many diverse subgenres. While rock music was no longer the most profitable genre, many rock bands still managed to garner cult followings on social media. Thanks to experimentation and exploration across a diversity of music genres, the modern rock soundscape has become more dynamic, and the definition of rock music has become more flexible.

While rock music has been exceedingly diverse throughout the 2010s, the genre didn't achieve as much success with mainstream audiences. That said, the decade will still go down in history for having many breakthrough bands. This article showcases an epic list of rock bands from our current decade. If you are passionate about rock music from the 2010s, feel free to speak your mind in the comments section.

Top 10 Best Rock Bands of the 2010s

  1. Coldplay (Rock/Alternative Rock)
  2. Arctic Monkeys (Rock/Garage Rock)
  3. Avenged Sevenfold (Heavy Metal/Progressive Metal/Metalcore)
  4. Linkin Park (Nu Metal/Alternative Metal)
  5. Vampire Weekend (Indie Rock/Rock)
  6. Tame Impala (Psychedelic Rock)
  7. Thirty Seconds To Mars (Alternative Rock)
  8. Disturbed (Heavy Metal)
  9. Cage The Elephant (Alternative Rock/Indie Rock)
  10. Five Finger Death Punch (Heavy Metal/Groove Metal)

Alternative Rock in the 2010s

A new wave of alternative rock music mesmerized the world in the 2010s. A number of alternative rock bands released debut albums in this decade, and several scored big with both critics and fans. While few alternative rock bands have had tremendous mainstream success, the genre was never bigger than it was during the 2010s.

Best Rock Bands of the 2010s #11-20

11. Imagine Dragons (Indie Rock/Alternative Rock)

12. Three Days Grace (Rock/Post Grunge/Alternative Metal)

13. Weezer (Rock/Alternative Rock)

14. Florence and the Machine (Indie Rock)

15. The Black Keys (Garage Rock/Indie Rock)

16. Foo Fighters (Alternative Rock/Grunge)

17. Asking Alexandria (Metalcore/Heavy Metal)

18. Slipknot (Heavy Metal/Alternative Metal/Groove Metal)

19. Muse (Rock/Alternative)

20. Fall Out Boy (Pop Punk/Rock/Emo Pop)

Experimental Rock and Progressive Metal in the 2010s

Experimental music gained steady momentum in the 2010s. A number of progressive rock bands and progressive metal bands employed complex instrumental song structures, finding loyal fan bases around the globe. Experimental rock and math rock became increasingly popular in this decade. The blending of diverse musical influences from the past and present gave these progressive rock bands a unique place in music history.

Heavy Metal and Hard Rock in the 2010s

While music critics are of the opinion that classic heavy metal sounds fell out of favor in the 2000s, a new wave of heavy metal bands emerged in the 2010s and would challenge that notion. Youth clamored to hear these new bands that payed homage to the past. A number of hard rock bands that succumbed to the grunge onslaught in the '90s made comebacks in this decade. The thrash metal movement and the alternative metal scene witnessed a new form of revival. Both heavy metal bands and hard rock bands gained significant momentum through online streaming services, as well.

Best Rock Bands of the 2010s #21-40

21. Arcade Fire (Indie Rock)

22. Metallica (Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal)

23. Red Hot Chili Peppers (Funk Metal/Funk Rock/Alternative Rock)

24. Maroon 5 (Pop Rock)

25. Green Day (Punk Rock)

26. OneRepublic (Pop Rock)

27. Paramore (Alternative Rock/Power Pop)

28. Bullet For My Valentine (Heavy Metal/Metalcore)

29. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard (Psychedelic Rock/Progressive Rock)

30. The National (Indie Rock/Alternative Rock)

31. Papa Roach (Nu metal/Alternative Metal)

32. Breaking Benjamin (Post Grunge/Hard Rock/Alternative Metal)

33. Radiohead (Alternative Rock/Experimental Rock)

34. Mumford & Sons (Rock/Folk Rock)

35. Kasabian (Alternative Rock/Indie Rock)

36. Nothing More (Progressive Rock/Hard Rock)

37. Foals (Rock/Indie Rock/Alternative Rock)

38. The Mars Volta (Progressive Rock/Experimental Rock)

39. Nickelback (Post Grunge/Alternative Rock)

40. Panic! At the Disco (Alternative Rock/Pop Rock)

Punk Rock in the 2010s

Although many punk rock bands of the ‘90s and pop punk bands of the 2000s did not have considerable mainstream success in the 2010s, the decade has witnessed a resurgence in ethnic punk and garage punk. New subgenres of punk rock are going to emerge in the days ahead, and they sure will pack a punch.

Psychedelic Rock in the 2010s

While psychedelic rock from the ‘60s and ‘70s has had a profound influence on music and musicians, the genre has not had much to brag about since the ‘80s. That is, until the 2010s rolled around. The decade unleashed an array of modern psychedelic bands, blending varied elements of the sounds and visuals popularized by the '60s counterculture with modern electronic sounds that help create textural layers to the soundscapes. A number of modern effects, including feedback and distorted vocals, are used by new psychedelic rock bands to create an atmospheric sound and ambiance that the listener can get lost in.

Best Rock Bands of the 2010s #41-60

41. Bring Me the Horizon (Metalcore/Alternative Metal)

42. MGMT (Indie Rock/Neo Psychedelic Rock)

43. The War On Drugs (Indie Rock)

44. Being as an Ocean (Post-hardcore/Melodic-hardcore)

45. Kings of Leon (Alternative Rock/Southern Rock)

46. Skillet (Christian Rock/Christian Metal)

47. Nothing But Thieves (Alternative Rock)

48. 5 Seconds of Summer (Pop Rock)

49. Code Orange (Hardcore Punk/Metalcore)

50. Blink 182 (Punk Rock)

51. Metric (Indie Rock/Alternative Rock)

52. Nine Inch Nails (Industrial Rock)

53. Royal Blood (Alternative Rock/Garage Rock)

54. Swans (Experimental Rock)

55. Thank You Scientist (Progressive Rock/Progressive Metal)

56. 12 Foot Ninja (Experimental Metal/Heavy Metal)

57. Turbowolf (Alternative Metal/Hard Rock)

58. Arcane Roots (Alternative Rock/Progressive Rock)

59. Marmozets (Math-rock/Post-hardcore)

60. A Day To Remember (Metalcore/Post-hardcore)

Indie Rock in the 2010s

In the 2010s, the Indie rock craze reached new heights. Indie subculture became prominent in mainstream circles. A number of indie bands and artists had crossover chart success with their singles. A wide spectrum of alternative influences fuelled new experimental sounds and new kinds of lyrical poetry in indie rock. The indie music scene broadened its reach globally in this decade, creating impact-oriented trends in music markets.

Best Rock Bands of the 2010s #61-80

61. Dead Letter Circus (Alternative Rock/Progressive Rock)

62. Black Veil Brides (Gothic Metal/Glam Metal)

63. Circa Survive (Indie Rock/Progressive Rock)

64. Seether (Post-grunge/Alternative Metal)

65. Thrice (Post-hardcore/Experimental Rock)

66. Enter Shikari (Post-hardcore/Electronic Rock)

67. Biffy Clyro (Alternative Rock)

68. Halestorm (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)

69. Evanescence (Gothic Metal/Rock)

70. Hands Like Houses (Experimental Rock/Post-hardcore)

71. Dance Gavin Dance (Post-hardcore/Experimental Rock)

72. Temples (Psychedelic Rock/Neo Psychedelia)

73. Dredg (Experimental Rock/Indie Rock)

74. Ghost (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

75. Best Coast (Indie Rock/Power Pop)

76. Deerhunter (Indie Rock)

77. The 1975 (Rock/Indie Rock)

78. Black Map (Post-hardcore)

79. Neck Deep (Pop Punk)

80. Train (Rock)

Best Rock Bands of the 2010s #81-100

81. Shinedown (Alternative Metal/Hard Rock/Post Grunge)

82. Letlive (Post-hardcore/Experimental Rock)

83. Wavves (Pop Punk/Indie Rock)

84. Deafheaven (Post-metal/Black Metal)

85. The Fray (Pop Rock)

86. Periphery (Progressive Metal/Djent)

87. Chevelle (Alternative Metal/Post-grunge)

88. Death From Above (Noise Rock/Punk Rock)

89. Baroness (Heavy Metal/Sludge Metal/Alternative Metal)

90. Pond (Psychedelic Rock)

91. Animals As Leaders (Progressive Metal/Djent)

92. Bastille (Alternative Pop/Pop Rock)

93. The Word Alive (Metalcore)

94. Martha (Pop Punk/Indie)

95. Parkway Drive (Metalcore/heavy Metal)

96. The Garden (Experimental Rock/Punk Rock)

97. Sworn In (Metalcore/Nu Metalcore)

98. Protomartyr (Post punk/Gothic Rock)

99. Animal Collective (Indie Rock/Psychedelia)

100. The Spook School (Pop Punk)

Other Notable Bands of the 2010s

  • Parquet Courts (Rock/Indie Rock)
  • Allah-Las (Psychedelic Rock)
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Psychedelic Rock)
  • Alabama Shakes (Blues Rock/Southern Rock)
  • Queens of the Stone Age (Alternative Rock)
  • Dream Theater (Progressive Metal)
  • Screaming Females (Indie Rock/Alternative Rock)
  • Homeshake (Indie Rock/Indie Pop)
  • Samsara Blues Experiment (Psychedelic Rock/Stoner Rock)
  • Bass Drum of Death (Garage Rock)
  • Dayshell (Post-hardcore)
  • Kaleo (Blues Rock/Indie Rock)
  • Shining (Avant-garde metal/Experimental Rock)
  • The Script (Pop Rock)
  • Kongos (Alternative Rock)
  • Shopping (Post Punk)
  • Mutoid Man (Metalcore/Progressive Metal)
  • Highly Suspect (Alternative Rock/Hard Rock)
  • Gama Bomb (Thrash Metal)
  • The Color Morale (Metalcore/Post-hardcore)
  • Makthaverskan (Post Punk)
  • Leprous (Progressive Metal)
  • The Story So Far (Pop Punk)
  • Crashdiet (Sleaze Metal/Glam Metal)
  • The Growlers (Surf Rock/Psychedelic Rock)

  • Warbringer (Thrash Metal)
  • Cherry Glazerr (Noise Pop/Garage Rock)
  • Oh Sees (Garage Rock/Psychedelic Rock)
  • TV on the Radio (Indie Rock/Art Rock)
  • Night Verses (Alternative Metal/Progressive Metal)
  • Liturgy (Experimental Rock)
  • Havok (Thrash Metal)
  • Bombay Bicycle Club (Indie Rock)
  • Ought (Post Punk)
  • The Record Company (Rock n Roll/Blues/Blues Rock)
  • Joanna Gruesome (Punk/Noise Pop/Nu gaze)
  • The Vaccines (Indie Rock)
  • Iceage (Punk Rock)
  • The Black Angels (Psychedelic Rock)
  • Chon (Math Rock/Progressive Rock)
  • Vektor (Thrash Metal)
  • Tenement (Noise Pop/Punk Rock)
  • Haim (Pop Rock)
  • Hardcore Superstar (Sleaze Rock/Glam Metal)
  • Alt-J (Indie Rock)
  • Coheed and Cambria (Progressive Rock)
  • Joyce Manor (Indie Rock/Punk Rock/Emo)
  • Spoon (Indie Rock)
  • White Lies (Post Punk/Indie Rock)
  • Hop Along (Indie Rock)

  • Twenty One Pilots (Alternative Rock/Alternative Hip-Hop)
  • Haken (Progressive Metal/Progressive Rock)
  • Beach Slang (Punk Rock)
  • Evile (Thrash Metal)
  • H.E.A.T. (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)
  • Against Me! (Punk Rock)
  • Hard-Fi (Rock)
  • Torche (Heavy Metal/Sludge Metal)
  • The Struts (Alternative Rock/Glam Rock)
  • Downtown Boys (Punk Rock)
  • Volbeat (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)
  • Sheer Mag (Post Punk)
  • Daughtry (Alternative Rock/Pop Rock)
  • The Maccabees (Indie Rock)
  • Chumped (Pop Punk/Emo/indie Rock)
  • This Town Needs Guns (Alternative Rock/Math Rock)
  • Greta Van Fleet (Hard Rock/Blues Rock)
  • Diablo Swing Orchestra (Avant-Garde Metal)
  • Chastity Belt (Alternative Rock)
  • Tribes (Alternative Rock/Indie Rock))
  • Snow Patrol (Alternative Rock)
  • Cloud Nothings (Indie Rock)
  • Opeth (Progressive Metal)
  • Future Islands (Synthpop/Alternative Rock)
  • Municipal Waste (Crossover Thrash)

  • Girl Band (Noise Rock/Post Punk)
  • Sleepwave (Industrial Metal/Alternative Rock)
  • Caligula’s Horse (Progressive Metal)
  • Fidlar (Punk Rock/Skate Punk)
  • The Body (Experimental Metal)
  • Mastodon (Heavy Metal/Progressive Metal)
  • Titus Andronicus (Indie Rock/Punk Rock)
  • The Wombats (Indie Rock)
  • Japandroids (Alternative Rock/indie Rock)
  • Suicidal Angels (Thrash Metal)
  • Beach House (Indie Rock/Dream Pop)
  • Inter Arma (Experimental Metal)
  • Noah and the Whale (Indie Rock)
  • Spock’s Beard (Progressive Rock)
  • Girlpool (Indie Rock)
  • Reckless Love (Heavy Metal)
  • Between the Buried and Me (Progressive Metal)
  • Wolf Eyes (Experimental/Noise)
  • Chromatics (Synth-rock/Indie Rock)
  • Symphony X (Progressive Metal)
  • Two Door Cinema Club (Indie Rock)
  • Bully (Alternative Rcok/Grunge)
  • Ne Obliviscaris (Progressive Metal)
  • Repetitor (Alternative Rock)
  • Dirty Projectors (Indie Rock)

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      5 weeks ago

      Where is Alter Bridge????? They should be top 5 and I don't even see them!

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      jean ernesto 

      6 weeks ago

      bands of full song listen clasics forever

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      Mark Richardson 

      9 months ago from Utah

      I love Volbeat! I'd describe the vocals as a caricaturized Eddie Vedder


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