The 10 Best Bands in the World Right Now

Posted in: Musicouching by Mark J Palazzo on November 20th, 2008 | 112 Comments

An admittedly subjective case for why these are the bands that matter most.

10.(3-way-tie)COLD WAR KIDS, VAMPIRE WEEKEND, THE KOOKS.  OK, so I cheated.  I managed to get twelve bands into my top ten.  So shoot me.  I decided to make my #10 about young bands with potential.  Vampire Weekend made their debut album fresh out of college and it is striking for its originality and its sense of fun and adventure, all while maintaining a strong pop sensibility.  The Kooks have put out two albums full of passionate pop songs and have a great singer who has a voice that can fill a stadium.  And Cold War Kids have a sound that is both very American and very unique, a very rare accomplishment these days. 

9.COUNTING CROWS.  Their first album came out 15 years ago and it will probably always be their best work.  But Adam Duritz remains a songwriter and singer of tremendous depth and talent.  A great American voice.  And their newest release Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings is their best in years.

8.NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS.  At the age of 51, Nick Cave has been around forever, but continues to make music that is energized, passionate, and vital.  He doesn’t get a lot of love in this country, but he should.  He is one of the very best songwriters of the modern era, clearly influenced by people like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, and he can go places lyrically where few other songwriters would dare to tread. 

7.ARCTIC MONKEYS.  These young Brits are on the list solely due to the shocking brilliance of their debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.  Honestly it’s one of the best albums of the last ten years.  Easily.  It is a potent expression of youth, anger, poverty, horniness, loneliness, longing, frustration, and even the joy of emotional release through music.  And it’s also catchy as hell.  Too bad their second album isn’t nearly so inspired.

6.MUSE.  Hard to believe they’ve been around almost ten years now.  With each album they get bigger and better.  Their lead singer, Matthew Bellamy, is so talented it’s scary.  When you see them play live you realize he’s some sort of musical prodigy, the strange ease with which he plays incredibly complicated things both on guitar and on piano.  Their music is always exciting, inventive, and grand.

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  • Tyler November 20th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Some very interesting choices, it was a very interesting article, there are a couple of bands on this list that I don’t know much about and now I really want to check them out.

  • ben December 16th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    blink 182!!
    everyone forgets because they broke up :(

  • monica February 19th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    i say tokio hotel is numba 1!!!

  • siddharth February 27th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Your list is quite right. Radiohead is really making the best music presently. And In Rainbows is quite an album.

  • Junior March 20th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Honestly, How dare you not mention the best band in the world in the top 10 best bands in the world?
    Number 1 is clearly Coldplay

  • Will March 26th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    The fact that radiohead are number 1 makes this list…….immense. good job

  • Mia March 27th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Personally, U2 in my opinion, is a really awful band. ALL of their songs sound the same. SNORE!

  • madferit April 10th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Where is OASIS?

  • Elisha April 11th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    In my own opinion, you have crappy taste in music. I know every one likes different things, but I hate U2 and radio head with the passion. I would have chosen Megadeth or Iron Maiden as #1.

  • Spellbound April 14th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    The real list goes like this:

    1. Pink Floyd
    2. Led Zepplin
    3. Radiohead
    4. Metallica
    5. Tool
    6. Muse
    7. The Rolling Stones
    8. Primus
    9. Rage Against The Machine
    10. Guns N’ Roses

    BTW, just because it’s indie, doesn’t make it good. Learn that and you’ll go far.

  • Meg April 15th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I totally agree with Radiohead being the top. they are just so completely unique, there are no songs of their’s that sound the same…. man how they come up with so many masterpieces?!

  • J P May 1st, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    When is pearl jam going to get the respect they deserve?

  • Gus May 15th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Few adjustments i think but pretty close..

    Muse second behind radiohead.
    i don’t think you can still have U2 up there in a modern top 10 (or 12)
    also Biffy Clyro surely up there at 8 or 9
    considered Prodigy, Placebo or Sigur ros?
    also i think Kooks have past their peak sadly. too many haters..

    :)

  • kenneth May 22nd, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    i only agree with the list in the kooks,u2 and radio head though the only one that i will possibly check out is u2, still your forgetting who started rock n roll music THE BEATLES maybe they broke up years ago but still they changed the world with their music never mind though,also the ones who followed THE ROLLING STONES and they are still active but anyway we all have diferrent opinions, i wouldlike to see APOCALYPTICA up there if you dont agree listen to I DONT CARE and IM NOT JESUS of apocalyptica and then tell me if they deserve it or not,BLACK SABBATH with their songs HEAVEN AND HELL and NEON KNIGHTS,GREEN DAY with their songs AMERICAN IDIOT and SAINT JIMMY,IRON MAIDEN with their songs DANCE OF DEATH, SEVENTHSON OF A SEVENTH SON and THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST,KORN with there song LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED,LINKIN PARK with there songs BLEED IT OUT and LEAVE OUT ALL THE REST,SLIPKNOT,SIMPLE PLAN and SOULFLY. my email if you like the music i mentioned and want to disscuss it with me is tuckerkenny@msn.com

  • Coldplays no.1 fan May 24th, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Clearly Coldplay should be no.1 on that list the guy or guys who made this list are obviously tone deaf. Coldplay has made such great songs it’s a discrace to see them not in this list. Seriously, think about it… Coldplay are just too good ten times better than radiohead (who ever the hell they are).

    Seacrest out :P

  • Mim May 27th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Coldplay wouldn’t exist without Radiohead, so STFU!

  • cmartin May 29th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    coldplay is best band in the world ..

  • robby June 3rd, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    this list is so rong it should go like this 1.AC/DC 2.Ozzy Ozborne cuz come on randy roads best guitarist ever 3.Black Sabeth 4. Mattalica enter sandman one of the best riffs ever 5.Iron Madien 6. Motley Crue 7.Nervana 8.Skid Row 9. Guns n roses 10.Van Hallen thats my thought and i wont let up that AC/DC is my number 1 they are the best no one can tell me that they have not herd any of there songs

  • James June 8th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Actually the real list goes like this:

    10: A-HA with Take On Me

    9: After The Fire with Der Kommisaar

    8: Green Day with just about any of their songs

    7: Dragonforce with Through the Fire and Flames

    6: Run DMC and Aerosmith with walk this way

    5: KoRn with Coming Undone

    4: 30 Seconds to Mars with Oblivion

    3: Fars Domino because of their blues music

    2: The Easybeats with Friday on my mind

    And finally

    Number: AC/DC with decibel from their new album black ice

    If you don’t agree with this then you must be stupid

  • James June 8th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I really feel sorry for you guys that think that coldplay is the best band in he world clearly you are wrong because ACDC is definitely the best band in the world there is no denying it

  • James June 8th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Actually the real list goes like this:

    10: A-HA with Take On Me

    9: After The Fire with Der Kommisaar

    8: Green Day with just about any of their songs

    7: Dragonforce with Through the Fire and Flames

    6: Run DMC and Aerosmith with walk this way

    5: KoRn with Coming Undone

    4: 30 Seconds to Mars with Oblivion

    3: Fars Domino because of their blues music

    2: The Easybeats with Friday on my mind

    And finally

    Number 1: AC/DC with decibel from their new album black ice

    If you don’t agree with this then you must be stupid

  • marko June 9th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    AC DC are and always were the greatest band in the world… and there are so much facts that say so…

  • Bagli June 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I think this list is pretty much spot on.

  • Jacko! June 23rd, 2009 at 3:43 am

    this is the list…

    10. blink 182

    9. green day

    8. linkin park

    7. Metallica

    6. Guns N’ Roses

    5. Motley Crue

    4. Coldplay

    3. limp bizkit

    2. foo fighters

    1. AC/DC

  • Joshua July 10th, 2009 at 4:24 am

    i feel dream theatre is 1st on the list…….best band in the world…..check it out

  • Jonny Sid July 26th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Elbow? Have any of you ignorant people ever heard of this band – lyrics better than Radiohead. Inovation far and away above – The Seldom Seen Kid is the album of the 00’s. It’s for the ages and they are surely more talented than the Kooks, Vampire Weekend – and all the other indie garbage polluting our airwaves nowadays!

  • Jonny Sid July 26th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Elbow? Have any of you ignorant people ever heard of this band – lyrics better than Radiohead. Inovation far and away above – The Seldom Seen Kid is the album of the 00\’s. It\’s for the ages and they are surely more talented than the Kooks, Vampire Weekend – and all the other indie garbage polluting our airwaves nowadays!

  • Jonny Sid July 26th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Elbow? Have any of you ignorant people ever heard of this band – lyrics better than Radiohead. Inovation far and away above – The Seldom Seen Kid is the album of the 00\\\’s. It\\\’s for the ages and they are surely more talented than the Kooks, Vampire Weekend – and all the other indie garbage polluting our airwaves nowadays!

  • Jbuckland July 27th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Wheres Coldplay… the best band in the world and Oasis who were excellent?

  • john July 30th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    If you are talking about bands of today and not just ones and genres you like the most, with an unbiased ear: First of all Pearl Jam should be #1- even if they arent your fav band, with the albums and success they are still having today (and in the past), legitimately they should get that spot.

    Also, (again strictly saying best bands not just music one likes the most, but true talent) Bon Jovi should be up there. One of the most successful bands ever, still around, and 100% complete. Good drummer and basist, outstanding keyboard player (who also writes symphonies/piano scores on the side) fantastic lead vocals, and arguably the best guitar player ever-Sambora- Their new music sucks imo, but they still have more true talent than most bands- again speaking unbiased.

    but if it were me and I was doing favs, Id throw in Ra, Finger Eleven, Third Day, and Coheed & Cambria

  • ZooM August 8th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Dream Theater is the best.

  • Maria August 13th, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Umm, you forgot the best which is Coldplay!!!

  • sam August 23rd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    the 100 best bands were on kerrang and the top 10 was
    1:my chemical romance
    2:30 seconds to mars
    3:HIM
    4:green day
    5:evanesance
    6:Blink 182
    7:Iron maiden
    8:lost prophets
    9:paramore
    10:youmeatsix

  • Gerben August 24th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    You can’t say that coldplay is the best if you haven’t heard of radiohead yet. Coldplay was promising but it all fell downwards and now they make overproduced popsongs. And some retards who put a list here, you can’t put a list here with just 1 or 2 genres. Many others will disagree you know :’)

  • yoyoma August 26th, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Coldplay, Elbow, Tindersticks, Pink Floyd ???

  • Ciaran O'Hare August 30th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Coldplay are a POP band, don’t take them too seriously,
    Musically head and shoulders above everyone else except possibly for Sigur Ros,are Radiohead

  • takeout August 31st, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    alot of you people are retarded. hes talking about the best bands right now… not blink 182 which broke up… or ac dc, or zeppelin… its all bands that are presently alive and making music…

  • Rich September 10th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Pearl Jam have sold 60 million records worlwide…the album \’Ten\’ is still one of the biggest albums in the rock scene and is now 13 times platinum. Couple with this the fact they are on their ninth album and still going strong I think its a pretty innacurate list that they don;t get a mention and a scrub band like Kooks do….shocking.

  • mike September 12th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    no 1.mettallica 2.bullet for my valentine 3.avenget sevenfold 4.foo fighters 5.guns n roses

  • mike September 12th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    mettalica sold out more than 100million cds.just in the cd reloud,just in united states,imagen the whole world.so mettalica is the best in the world

  • Alexander October 2nd, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    The original list was amazing…
    Anyways this is my list (all genre)..(last 10 years)..Spanish & English.
    1.Radiohead
    2.U2
    3.Block Party
    4.Animal Collective
    5.Kanye West/Muse
    6.Jay-z
    7.Sigur Ross
    8. Stereophonics
    9. John Mayer
    10. Fito Paez
    10. Oasis

  • Shortseptember October 31st, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    -I just LOL at coldplay = best band comments.
    -I like coldplay, they should probably be on that list, at least before the kooks and vampire weekend, but to say they should be number 1 just wrong
    -The list is alright. I wouldn\\\’t put arctic monkeys, kings of leon or counting crows on there though.
    -The list is biased towards indie bands

  • Smiffer3333 November 10th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Coldplay and U2 are so boring, its Kenny G for twenty somethings.

    Radiohead peaked with the bends and ok computer. I just dont want to listen to them anymore.
    Top ten music at the moment:
    Passion Pit
    Julian Casablancas
    Phoenix
    The Enemy
    Arctic monkeys
    Elbow
    Hot Chip
    The airborne toxic event
    Wolfmoter
    The gas light anthem

  • Akiko November 26th, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Everyone has different tastes in music: Some like pop, some like rock which are both very different. I don’t think Coldplay is that great, I find their songs quite irritating and Lincon Park is just stupid, and alot of people here seem to like 70’s and 80’s music – are you old or just weird?

    I reckon the best bands in the world need to TALENT in every member if the band and even out the songs so it doesn’t sound so damn repetitive, and lyrics have to mean something deeper than getting wasted and scoring.

    My opinion is Muse is number 1 – don’t even question that.

  • Fiontan December 1st, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Oasis should be in that list before , THE KOOKS , ARTIC MONKEYS, VIMPIRE WEEKEND ,

  • hank December 12th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    your bands suck major ass get with it

  • alternate current/direct current December 19th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    AC/DC just has to be the guys on top of the mountain of bands.
    Just check out the new video Beyond the thunder and the dimensions will
    become visual enough.

  • iggles January 20th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    laughable list. all u coldplay people, get real.

    1. pearl jam
    2. zeppelin
    3. pink floyd
    4. beatles
    5. the who
    6. stones
    7. doors
    8. bob mmarley
    9. bob dylan
    10. sublime

  • denis January 23rd, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    coldplay is the best band ever
    the persons who don’t think that have no sense for music

  • Alek January 28th, 2010 at 7:28 am

    I do not know the top ten, but top 2 for me, in any order:
    RADIOHEAD
    ARCTIC MONKEYS

    These ones are really talented, lead by geniuses, and make us wander what it’s coming next…

  • Rensie123 February 9th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    The Red Hot Chilli Peppers

  • Trent February 12th, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Coldplay are not a good band. U2 are not a good band. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers have not been a good band in 10 years. That is all.

  • Alister March 6th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Wow…this list looks pretty embarassing a year and a half on….whoever wrote this has no idea obviously…

  • Connor March 19th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Obviously Coldplay are having more success than any other band at the moment, and I think Radiohead are considered to be the best band in the world by more people than for any other band.
    These bands are my favourites (Coldplay wins easily) and next to them I put their Grammy record, and next to it their overall major award record in brackets.

    Note that the award record would be biased towards older acts, most particularly Green Day as they have been active for over twenty-two years.

    1. Coldplay, 7 Wins; 20 Nominations (43 Wins, 122 Noms)
    2. Radiohead, 3 Wins; 14 Noms (11 Wins, 40 Noms)
    3. Keane, 1 Nom (9 Wins, Noms Unknown)
    4. Muse (28 Wins, 72 Noms)
    5. The Killers, 7 Noms (17 Wins, 72 Noms)
    6. Snow Patrol, 1 Nom (23 Wins, 49 Noms)
    7. Green Day, 4 Wins; 18 Noms (72 Wins, 162 Noms)
    8. Starsailor (Unknown)
    9. Phoenix, 1 Win; 1 Nom (Unknown)
    10. The Temper Trap (3 Wins, 7 Noms)

  • Lola March 20th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    were are the Jonas Brothers they deserve it, there awesome and really talented!!!

  • u r daddy biacht March 31st, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    this list is a joke! this the real list:

    1.Black Sabbath
    2.Pink floyd
    3.King Crimson
    4.Dream Theater
    5.Led Zeppelin
    6. Deep purple
    7. Opeth
    8. Diadlo swing orchestra
    9. Rush
    10.Dimmu Borgir

  • ann April 7th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    i say bodoms da best at all circumstances

  • PACHINSON April 11th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    come on !!!!!!!!!!! coldplay is simply the best band in the world right now, and maybe with a few more years they would be one of the best in all times !!!!!!!!!!!!
    1.- COLDPLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Johan April 20th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Ok. ok. I think it’s about ime for the truth to come out on who’s the best. You can decide on in which number they fall, but here it goes…
    1. Bon-Jovi
    2. Def leppard
    3. Bryan Adams
    4. Pink Floyd
    5. Bad Company
    6. Guns&Roses
    7. Rolling Stones
    8. Scorpions
    9. Lucky Dube
    10.AC/DC

    Just qoute on that! If you don’t recognise, then you got a serious problem. Keep in mind Nickelback is is surelly coming to a city near you!

  • yeah May 6th, 2010 at 2:14 am

    not Green Day not All American Rejects not Jonas Brothers not Red Hot Chili Peppers not Kings of Leon

    Good Bands: Radiohead, Coldplay, Muse, Phoenix, The Killers Snow Patrol, Keane

  • Ian May 8th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Wow, there are some for real morons in this comment section. ACDC got old in the 80’s. They should have stayed there instead of selling their souls to wal-mart. Secondly there is no reason to have muse and radiohead on the list. They are like the same band. Coldplay? really, take the cock out of your mouth before you try to join the conversation with adults. Also just because it’s indie doesn’t make it amazing. And although I love the beatles and led zep and pink floyd, if the band hasn’t played together since the 70’s they shoundn’t make a list. So to wrap it all up remove the tit of the radio and make your own opinions. Find your own music and stop choosing your music because dj dan is told by the big 3 record companies what the public likes.

  • Rabbi Rizzle May 12th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Numbers 2 to 10….pick who you want. The number one band of all time and right now is the Beatles.

  • Mr. Brown May 14th, 2010 at 3:45 am

    all d above bands suck to d core…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • farreast May 19th, 2010 at 4:00 am

    where are A7X????

  • carmen June 2nd, 2010 at 2:47 am

    kings of leon gets me every time…i can’t help it !

  • Person that thinks Green Day Suck? June 29th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    lol i guess if BJ Armstrongs son is here Emily’s Army kick ass. no joke… wait it actually is a joke :D

  • junar21 August 27th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    fuck! mcr is no. one!

  • (\/) /-\ > September 2nd, 2010 at 3:31 am

    … horrible taste in music, all of you. (especially cold play)
    then again, I was expecting this.
    Mainstream is killing the music industry, people CANNOT tell what they DO and DO NOT like! since they only go with what’s popular. As for my number one band?

    …who cares….

    Try and listen to music, not just for its populairity but for the talent (instruments, how fast, precise a note is played, or how it is sustained for an unbeleivable amount of time, etc) the effort, the lyrics (many deal with themes, often relating to individual lives but can also revolve around a cause, against poverty, hunger, etc) there is SO MUCH MORE TO MUSIC THAN YOU THINK!!!

    then again, I suppose simple music is for the simple minded…

  • Karmen September 11th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    YOU FORGOT THE BEST BAND EVER… TOKIO HOTEL!!! ICH LEIBE SIE!!!

  • Screw the haters September 19th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    this is a pretty good list in my opinion (save the fact that it is genre biased). i would have liked to have seen coldplay here as they are my favorite; however i would definitely say that radiohead and u2 should be ranked higher than them.

    and as a fellow guitarist, pianist, and trumpeter, i appreciate technically talented musicians. i have respect for people who can play fast and accurately. but good music is more than just fast fingers and the ability to sustain notes. it’s also about writing quality songs with good lyrics. i think that’s what sets the “best bands” apart from the “bands”

  • Nic September 21st, 2010 at 10:00 am

    10. Brand New and The Offspring
    9. Green Day and Blink 182
    8. The Doors
    7. The White Stripes
    6. KoRn
    5. Beatles
    4. Led Zeppelin
    3. Nirvana
    2. System Of A Down
    1. Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • BENGAK September 22nd, 2010 at 2:44 am

    fackkk

    DREAM THEATER ,..
    THAT IS NO, 1

  • Roshan Ghimire September 24th, 2010 at 3:01 am

    i think this could be the best list of all ha ha check it out:

    1> Nickelback
    2> Disturbed
    3> Cradle of filth
    4> Linkin park
    5> GNR
    6> Green day
    7> Evanesence
    8> Albatross [ Nepalese band]
    9> Roshan Ghimire[Simply the best]
    10> Rujen Shrestha[The Greatest band ever]

    Myachikni muji haru k heri rako top 10 band lekhi sake ta!!!!!! ha ha la yehi band haru ko geet matra sunne hai aja dekhi natra roshan ra ruzen don aera darro dhulai hun6 tinmi haruko…………….. we will be watching… he hahaahha

  • fret ross September 25th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    all times bests :-
    1. beatles
    2. led zeppelin
    3. pink floyd
    4. ac/dc
    5. rolling stones
    6. u2
    7. GREEN DAY(the greats)(with highest no. awards won among all others)
    8. metallica
    9. bonjovi
    10. nirvana

  • Ryo sardo September 26th, 2010 at 5:15 am

    coldplay it’s biggest band in the world they have high skil of music they can defeat anything band with sweet symphony other band can’t beat them and coldplay will be greatest band of all time and in my heart you ……

  • Tsuf September 26th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Joey I don’t know if it’s really you, but if it is tell your dad we want him and his band here in Israel!
    If I could I would be on every one of their concerts but I don’t think I can go to America just for that (as much as I want to).
    It’s so annoying that Green Day only performs in America, I want them in Israel too! And a lot others too!
    GREEN DAY SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE ON THIS LIST! You guys really need to hear some real music! Like Coldplay? SERIOUSLY?! C’mon! And what’s wih comparing Green Day with Linkin Park? GREEN DAY IS THE GREATEST BAND IN THE WORLD ATM!
    Just look them up on YouTube or something and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

  • julian October 9th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    where the strokes,placebo n the last shadow puppets????

  • radiohead1 October 16th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Best Bands of TODAY

    1. Radiohead- . Every album is different. Every song is different. Effin genius. #1 without a doubt
    2. Muse- Best live show ever. Bellamy is ridiculous
    3. Tool- Rhthym’s beyond belief. How hard rock should sound
    4, Coldplay- A bit poppy of late, but great nonetheless.
    5. Dave Matthews Band- Best drummer ever. Great live
    6. MGMT- Pushing the sound of music today (they\’ll get there)
    7. Them Crooked Vultures- Classic rock is back
    8. U2- They were #1 for years
    9. Sigur Ros- Georgeous
    10. My Morning Jacket- Need to step it up lately

  • radiohead1 October 16th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Learn an instrument, get a band together, and then cover the setlists of Green Day, Bon Jovi, Jonas Brothers, Blink 182, etc.

    Then try to cover a setlist of Radiohead, Tool, Muse, etc.. Good Luck

    It’s not even CLOSE

  • kevin October 20th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    i say tokio hotel is #1 in the list !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    the musicouch is very wrong the its stupid these ranks are wrong they are fools

  • Clare November 9th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    well everyone has there own opinion i guess. But your missing Muse and Green Day!!!!!!!!!!! And how did U2 get up there but the other 2 didn’t, hahaha, but like i said i can’t argue to much cause its your opinion

  • Clare blah November 9th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    well everyone has there own opinion i guess. But your missing Muse and Green Day! And how did U2 get up there but the other 2 didn\’t, hahaha, but like i said i can\’t argue to much cause its your opinion

  • ANKUR November 22nd, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    nice…………..keep on posting……..

  • Justin December 1st, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    justin bieber?

  • Aries99 December 6th, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Yeah, where is Oasis for God sake???!!!

  • Quinn Cureton December 9th, 2010 at 5:01 am

    I just have a couple things to say: 1) Led Zeppelin is the greatest band of all time (the only other bands you can make an argument for are The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Pink Floyd and maybe U2), 2) Radiohead is a better band than Coldplay (they are both great bands), 3) Pearl Jam is a GREAT band, and pretty unappreciated. Oasis should definitely be in the top 10 also. They are also pretty unappreciated. Thanks for the list though. I will be checking out a couple bands mentioned on here that I had not heard of. Everybody go and listen to Zeppelin, and then try to tell yourself that they are not the best band ever. Really…Go try it.

  • Madruga December 14th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    that when guns n Roses, will get the respect it deserves?

    1°Guns Roses

    (with all respect to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin)

  • Rosco December 18th, 2010 at 5:35 am

    I know everyone has their own opinion, so ill state my top 15 best bands even though the sight says top 10,

    15. A Perfect Circle (Alternative Rock/Alternative Metal)
    14. Dream Theater (Progressive Metal)
    13. Slayer (Thrash/Speed Metal)
    12. Lamb of God (Heavy Metal/Groove Metal)
    11. Billy Talent (Alternative Rock/Post Hardcore)
    10. Fozzy (Heavy Metal)
    9. Adema (Nu Metal/Hard Rock)
    8. The Offspring (Punk Rock/Grunge/Alternative Rock etc..)
    7. KoRn (Nu Metal/Hard Rock)
    6. Lagwagon (Skate Punk/Punk Rock)
    5. Black Label Society (Heavy Metal)
    4. Killswitch Engage (MetalCore)
    3. Rush (Hard Rock/Progressive Rock)
    2. Strung Out (Punk Rock/Melodic Hardcore/Skate Punk)
    1. Tool (Alternative Metal/Progressive Metal/Progressive Rock)

  • burke December 29th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    killers, kooks, you me at six, all time low, kasabian, wombats, blink 182, libertines, babyshambles, boys like girls, biffy clyro, holloways, bloc party, kings of leon, foo fighters, enemy, editors, razorlight, black kids, vampire weekend,

  • ivy January 6th, 2011 at 1:28 am

    ,.,,.,.,.,i didnt lyk this,.,.,ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • Dylan January 11th, 2011 at 1:16 am

    1. U2 -they have the best live show right now, and they continue to change their sound and try to find new ways to re-invent themselves–I mean if you listen to their 1991 achtung baby album and their 1987 Joshua Tree slbum, you’ll surely realize how different they sound, but all of their records are classic nonetheless. They’ve also been together for 30+ years with the same exact line up, and they can still fill up the entire freakin’ arena when they play live, and their albums still reach the charts!

    2. Muse -they’ve got a great, distinct sound, and play a killer live show. the guitarist/lead singer Matt Bellamy is beyond talented,.

    3. The Killers -definately a very satisfying signature sound this band has. I love their use of keyboards incorporated with all of the other instruments, and Brandon Flowers has a very unique voice.

    4. Pearl Jam-What a voice Vedder has, what songwriting talent he has as well, and what great performers this band is.

    5. Arcade Fire -One of my favorite new bands. (within the last 5 years) I just love their extrordinarily unique sound.

  • E.R. January 31st, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Ok this is what I always find when I search for the best band in the world. I want to know the best band in the whole WORLD not just the ones from America I literally mean the entire world. There are other bands in other countries that are extremely great too but I want to know the best.

  • HARI February 4th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    i think 1st goes 2 linkin park
    2nd-BSB
    3rd-WESTLIFE

  • Garry February 12th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Ever heard of Bon Jovi? #1 band in the world as mentioned in American Idol.

  • gavin February 15th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    ACDC is the best band out ther rite now and yes they are still making albums… there mosst recent tour was the second highest grossing tour in history rite after the final rolling stones concert (another legendary band

  • vibhor.tiwari91@gmail.com February 22nd, 2011 at 4:21 am

    linkin park
    metallica
    breaking benjamin
    greenday
    coldplay
    ac/dc
    radiohead

  • rhonda wheeler February 27th, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Tokio Hotel
    Tokio Hotel
    tOKIO hOTEL
    tOKIO hOTEL
    Tokio Hotel Tokio Hotel
    Bill Kaulitz is the most beatiful guy in the world and has a very unique voice which brings Tokio Hotels music all around the world. The have won 3 European Music Awards and 1 Video Music Award in the United States. Have sold 8.5 million record internationally and they have just started. All the other bands are great as well!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bojak cates February 27th, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Tokio Hotel #####################111111111111111111
    Their English albums Scream and Humanoid have some great lyrics and Bill Kaulitz voice is amazing Live. Welcom to the Humanoid City Concert Live on DVD is amazing.
    #1Tokio Hotel
    Tokio Hotel
    Tokio Hotel
    The 3 rd album will be amazing I hope.
    Everyone look up Tokio Hotel and see for yourself
    I agree with Rhonda Wheeler

  • Mohit March 22nd, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Linkin park is the best of all

  • charko March 30th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I like most of all the music mentioned but Tokio Hotel has to be my favorite :)

  • ariadni loves jonas brothers May 4th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Where’s Jonas Brothers?They are the best band in the world 4 ever and ever

  • Alex July 14th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    OMG people chill, we cnt even name the best bands in the world since we all have different musical “taste”. for me the best yrs where roçund the 80s n 90s with CULTURE BEAT, ALPHA VILLE, IMAGINATION, DAFT PUNK, C+C MUSIC, FACTORY, BACKSTREET BOYS, THE POLICE, OASIS, MICHEAL SEMBELLO, NIRVANA, BLACK SABATH, RADIOHEAD, INTERPOLE, THE KILLS, KILLERS, IGGY POP, BLUR, PIXIES, RED HOT CHILLIE PEPERS, GUNS N ROSES, AC/DC… n it goes on forever; good bands kept on flyin in n out. They still do today maybe not with greenday but maybe with DIGITALISM, DAFT PUNK, PHOENIX, FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER (they still r pretty old but yh…. got my point) they will be good bands cmin in not replacin the old ones but changin our taste in music a little n so we don’t listen to the same songs or bands all the time.

  • JG July 27th, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Considering only one person mentioned My Morning Jacket in all of these replies…shows one thing…none of you know what you’re talking about. Best band in the world right now the top is…not ever. Led Zepplin is not the best band right now – they’re half dead!

    MMJ is the only band reinventing itself with every album and playing 3 hour shows night after night with some of the best live music you’ve ever seen. Jim James’ voice and song writing is unmatched right now! I mean seriously, ask Eddie Vedder who he thinks the best band is!

    Seriously tho, to each their own on this list…but if you haven’t given this band a listen…I strongly suggest it. Okonokos is a great place to start as it’s a live version of many of their best early songs. But more importantly, go see them live – amazing band…and people everywhere starting to hail them as the best live band in America right now. If you see a show, you’ll agree.

    And one other thing…don’t even compare bands like Arcade Fire, Green Day, Linkin Park, etc. to MMJ – musically…they don’t hold a candle!

  • Kris November 1st, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I love how (Connor March 19th, 2010 at 5:31 pm) put it. The name of this article is ‘The 10 Best Bands in The World Right Now’. Now obviously people have different taste in music but this is about stats… And for those who laughed at the Coldplay comments and saying people shouldn’t take them seriously because they’re not a rock band just have a gander at the title again. I have listened to all the bands listed and I can point out many tracks from a single album that do not meet my taste. The only exception is Coldplay- I may not like just a single track on their album; most times I love every song on an album. And for them to receive so many nominations means that i’m not the only one who shares these views.

  • Martin February 14th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Great list, I respect your opinion, I can come into it! Muse is not my kind of music, and U2 should be in the first place! Great list though!

  • David July 27th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Hm, after reading all the comments i can conclude that everybody have their own opinion. And you have to be critical.. Maybe 1 or 2 person(s) made this list.. So it isn’t the real “top 10 best bands in the world”. Everybody has their own!

    My opinion is that Coldplay is the best band in the world.. Just because the music is so d*mn sentimental and it hits you.. And because CM is a good guy!

    There is no general top 10 bands, everybody has their own.

  • Esker September 4th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    In my opinion
    10. Keane’s first 2 albums
    9. Manchester Orchestra
    8. Coldplay (BEFORE Mylo Xyloto. Whole Mylo Xyloto sucked in my opinion.)
    7. Gorillaz
    6. Triggerfinger
    5. Queens of the Stone Age
    4. Alter Bridge*
    3. Foo Fighters*
    2. Radiohead/Muse*
    1. Muse/Radiohead*

    The * one’s are godlike geniuses. No one is possible to make music like that nowadays. Except for themselfs ofcourse.

  • Ryan Hall September 13th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    The fact that Coldplay did not even make the list makes it irrelevant. There is no doubt, they are the biggest AND best band of our time (whether you like them or not) I just don\’t see why some people try and deny it.

    I personally don\’t get all the fuss about Radiohead, sure they are good… great even, but it seems as if they try too hard to be different, it comes off a bit pretentious to me. Even if they are genuinely weird, the quality of their music does not compare to a lot of bands out there.

  • edd January 30th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Blur and Radiohead, smashing pumpkins,,Beck ,REM are the my best bands.

  • SONELFORLIFE March 13th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Where’s Super Junior and Girla Generation?

  • SONELFORLIFE March 13th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Where’s Super Junior and Girla Generation?

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