2000s Music

With the evolution of different recording software and different sounds, for some reasons I started observing my inclination towards english music started detrimentally increased. By this time, there would be constantly some genres of music which would be a part of my collection and then happened Linkin Park. I think so far the most different band members focused on techno style with rap and DJ. I mean that was different. My initial memory with the band was the song “From the inside” and then started my journey towards their albums.

The decade was basically dominated by the explosion of the garage rock revival and inspired by the birth of a new indie rock style.

In American culture, various styles of the late 20th century remained popular, such as in rock, pop, metal, hip hop, R&B, EDM, country and indie. As the technology of computers and internet sharing developed, a variety of those genres started to fuse in order to see new styles emerging. Terms like “contemporary”, “nu”, “revival”, “alternative”, and “post” are added to various genres titles in order to differentiate them from past styles, nu-disco and post-punk revival as notable examples.

Linkin Park

Rooted at the crossroads of aggressive metal and beat-driven hip-hop, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the early 21st century by incorporating elements from across genres, injecting hardcore rap, raucous punk, atmospheric electronic, and even polished pop stylings into their music. Despite being burdened with the oft-derided nu-metal and rap-rock genre designations, they soon evolved beyond those associations into a more complex beast. Indeed, as their original band name and debut album title suggested, they were a hybrid of forces, relying as much on the vocal interplay between singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda as on the band’s muscled instrumentation, which layered DJ Hahn’s effects atop heavy, processed guitars and pounding percussion.

No matter their direction, pain and catharsis remained at their core. From the commercial peak of their hip-hop influenced, multi-platinum breakthrough albums Hybrid Theory (2000) and Meteora (2003) into a brief electronic phase (2010’s A Thousand Suns) and ultimately to their final pop moment (2017’s One More Light), they stayed ahead of the curve without sacrificing heaviness or chart success. Months after the release of their seventh and final album as the founding lineup, frontman Chester Bennington passed away, closing the book on a nearly two-decade run that included five chart-topping albums and tens of millions of records sold across the globe. Read more


Surfacing in 2000 with the breakthrough single “Yellow,” British group Coldplay quickly became one of the biggest acts of the early 21st century, honing a blend of introspective Brit-pop and anthemic rock that helped push the band to the top of album charts worldwide. Coldplay’s emergence couldn’t have been more perfectly timed: with Radiohead embracing cerebral electronic soundscapes and Oasis further exploring psychedelic experimentation, audiences were hungry for a fresh-faced rock group with big aspirations and an even bigger sound.

After the band’s first three LPs went multi-platinum in several countries, Coldplay continued to mature, topping their early success with higher record sales, an ever-evolving sound that absorbed multiple genres, and record-breaking global stadium tours.Band members Chris Martin (vocals/piano), Jonny Buckland (guitar), Will Champion (drums), and Guy Berryman (bass) were all born into musical households. Martin, the eldest of five, began playing the piano as a young child and later took solace in the work of Tom Waits. Buckland, on the other hand, grew up with the heavy guitar sounds of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Scotland native Berryman preferred funk to indie rock, thereby leaving him to play bass, while multi-instrumentalist Champion didn’t plan to be a drummer until he joined Coldplay’s lineup. Read more

John Mayer

John Clayton Mayer was born on October 16, 1977, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the middle child of parents Richard and Margaret, who were both teachers. Mayer became interested in learning guitar after seeing Michael J. Fox’s guitar in Back to the Future. After listening to a cassette tape of blues artist Stevie Ray Vaughn, Mayer began growing his love for the genre, listening to other blues artists such as Otis Rush, B.B. King, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Buddy Guy.

In 1997 Mayer enrolled at Berklee College of Music, but he quit two semesters later with his friend Clay Cook. The two decided to move to Atlanta and began performing at local venues as the short-lived group LoFi Masters. With the emergence of the internet, Mayer began gaining an online following. After making an impression at the SXSW Music Festival in 2000, he was signed to Aware Records.

In 2001 Mayer released his first full-length album Room for Squares, which spawned hits like “No Such Thing,” “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” and “Why Georgia.” The album was critically praised and a multi-platinum commercial success, winning Mayer a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2003 for “Your Body Is a Wonderland.” Mayer followed up with his sophomore album, Heavier Things, which also did considerably well, reaching the top of the Billboard 200. One of its releases, “Daughters,” won the Grammy for Song of the Year. Read more

The Killers

As they matured from their indie dance-rock roots into torch bearers of new wave and Americana-inspired anthems, Las Vegas rock quartet the Killers earned global success. With a mix of ’80s-styled synth pop and fashionista charm, the band’s multi-platinum 2004 debut, Hot Fuss, became one of the decade’s biggest releases, spawning four hit singles — including their most enduring hit, “Mr. Brightside” — and catapulting the group into the international spotlight. After the abrupt stylistic shift on 2006 sophomore effort Sam’s Town — which de-emphasized the group’s new wave revivalism in favor of the heartland rock of Bruce Springsteen and Rattle and Hum-era U2 — they struck a balance between their two sides on a consistent run of Top Ten releases that peaked with 2017’s chart-topping Wonderful Wonderful.

Founding foursome Brandon Flowers (vocals/keyboards), David Keuning (guitar), Mark Stoermer (bass), and Ronnie Vannucci (drums) first came together in 2002, two years before Hot Fuss introduced their band to the public. Flowers had parted ways with his former synth pop band, Blush Response, after refusing to move to Los Angeles with the rest of his bandmates. Instead, he remained in Las Vegas, where he soon met local guitarist and Oasis fanatic Keuning. Read more


Evolving from their late-’90s alt-rock origins into a bombastic force that fused progressive rock, electronica, and pop, English trio Muse carved out a niche as a genre-blurring powerhouse that balanced intergalactic sci-fi and government-conspiracy-theory themes with yearning anthems of love and heartbreak. Initially plagued by Radiohead comparisons on debut Showbiz (1999), the trio steadily matured over a decade, incorporating a wide range of sonic inspirations ranging from the grandiose arena rock of Queen and the R&B-funk of Prince on Black Holes & Revelations (2006) to the dubstep grind of Skrillex on The 2nd Law (2012). In 2016, they scored their second Grammy win for Best Rock Album with the muscular, antiwar Drones.

As their albums consistently topped international charts, Muse also built a reputation as a top live draw with award-winning concerts that often featured big-budget, U2-esque stage setups, selling out arenas and stadiums worldwide. Read more

Maroon 5

A mix of polished pop/rock and neo-soul made Maroon 5 one of the most popular bands of the new millennium. The group’s debut album, 2002’s Songs About Jane, propelled them into the mainstream, but it wasn’t an immediate hit, only reaching multi-platinum status after two years. It Won’t Be Soon Before Long followed in 2007 and proved to be as popular as its predecessor, spinning off the chart-topping single “Makes Me Wonder” and solidifying the band’s position as pop/rock heavyweights. Maroon 5 got a big boost when frontman Adam Levine began appearing as a judge on NBC’s talent competition The Voice, which helped the band add to their string of over a dozen Top Ten hits.

Prior to Maroon 5, bandmates Adam Levine (vocals/guitar), Jesse Carmichael (keyboards), Mickey Madden (bass), and Ryan Dusick (drums) had spent the latter half of the ’90s playing in Kara’s Flowers, even releasing a debut album for Reprise Records while still attending high school. The record tanked, however, and Kara’s Flowers found themselves dropped from Reprise’s roster. Read more


Building on his start as one of the most popular finalists of American Idol’s fifth season, Chris Daughtry’s post-Idol career spanned the archetypal modern rock of his early albums to the folk- and dance-tinged territory of 2010s albums such as Baptized. Where Bo Bice proved that American Idol could have a rocker as a finalist, Chris Daughtry proved that the show could generate a successful rock act outside the context of the show. Of course, it helped that he was the polar opposite of Bice, a shaggy retro-rocker soaked in the South. Bold and bald, Daughtry was the picture of a modern rocker, living by the rule book written by Live and Fuel. These were the qualities that helped make Chris Daughtry the most successful new rock & roll singer of 2006, as well as one of the most successful Idol graduates in the show’s history.

Like many American Idol finalists, Daughtry had a long run as an amateur musician. The North Carolina native — born in Roanoke Rapids, he lived in Charlottesville, Virginia before establishing himself in the Greensboro area — began singing in local rock bands when he was 16 years old. Read more.


One of the most popular post-alternative American bands of the 2000s, Evanescence debuted with a hybrid operatic goth-pop sound that paired soul-baring introspection with churning metallic guitars. Fronted by singer/pianist Amy Lee, the band scored a massive hit with their first album, the Grammy-winning, international multi-platinum Fallen (2003), which was followed by a pair of chart-toppers. Even with multiple lineup shifts, the band persevered under Lee’s helm, slowly shifting from the radio-friendly anthems of their early days into a shimmering, classically inspired symphonic alternative outfit in the 2010s.

Evanescence was formed in the early ’90s by Amy Lee and founding member Ben Moody at a youth camp in their native Little Rock, Arkansas. Lee and Moody worked steadily together, releasing three EPs at the tail-end of the ’90s, followed by a full-length album called Origin. They signed with Wind-Up Records in 2002, expanding to a full lineup consisting of guitarist John LeCompt, bassist Will Boyd, and drummer Rocky Gray not long after the completion of the band’s major-label debut, Fallen. Read more


Alternative metal quartet Seether hails from South Africa, and claims bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Deftones among its influences. The grunge influence is apparent in the band’s keen melodic sense and wall-of-guitars attack. The group was called Saron Gas on their 2000 debut album Fragile, but changed their name for 2002’s Disclaimer. The single “Broken,” featuring guest vocals from Amy Lee of Evanescence, broke into the Top 40 in six countries. Subsequent hits like 2005’s “Remedy” and 2007’s “Fake It” charted high for such a heavy band, while Seether’s full-length work also proved popular; 2011’s Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray and 2014’s Isolate and Medicate both reached the top five in the U.S.

Comprising members Shaun Morgan (vocals, guitar), Dale Stewart (bass), John Humphrey (drums), and Corey Lowery (rhythm guitar), Seether emerged in 1999 as Saron Gas (a name taken from the back of a sound-effects compilation) and released their debut album, Fragile, the following year on Musketeer Records. In a country whose musical tastes center around pop and indigenous music, Fragile found impressive chart success. Across the Atlantic, the U.S.-based Wind-Up Records caught wind of the band’s growing popularity and signed the South African bandmates, who changed their name to Seether, given that sarin gas is the name of a lethal nerve agent used in chemical warfare. Read more

Breaking Benjamin

Pennsylvania hard rock outfit Breaking Benjamin debuted with a brand of metal-tinged alternative that came to define the sound of mainstream rock in the early 2000s. Over the years, multiple lineup changes would impact the sound of the band, which developed into a more arena-friendly act by the late 2000s. Originally indebted to the minor-chord dirges of grunge rockers like Alice in Chains and the menacing darkness of nu-metal acts like Godsmack and Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin became one of the most popular rock groups in the United States, scoring a number one with the single “Breath” in 2007 and topping the Billboard 200 in 2015 with Dark Before Dawn. In addition, three of their albums — 2004’s We Are Not Alone, 2006’s Phobia, and 2009’s Dear Agony — have been certified platinum in the U.S.

In late 2000, after parting ways with the band Lifer, founding guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark Klepaski joined forces with singer Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel to form Breaking Benjamin. When the quartet started playing around their hometown of Wilkes-Barre, they favored a radio-friendly post-grunge approach that was informed by influences like Live, Bush, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, and Nirvana. Later, they would adopt the downtuned guitar sound of groups such as Korn and Tool. Raed more


Boston-area hard rock group Godsmack infuse a sound influenced by Alice in Chains and Metallica with mystical imagery and percussive tribal rhythms. Part of the late-’90s post-grunge/nu-metal wave, the Lawrence, Massachusetts quartet debuted with a dark and menacing self-titled effort that took cues from Alice in Chains, especially frontman Sully Erna’s vocal similarities with Layne Staley. Through the decades, they matured to incorporate classic rock and heavy metal touches on mid-era releases like The Oracle and IV, with Erna taking more vocal cues from Metallica’s James Hetfield. Following Erna’s solo projects in the late 2010’s, Godsmack reinvigorated themselves with the polished When Legends Rise

The band was founded in 1995 by Erna, guitarist Tony Rambola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Tommy Stewart. After debuting in 1997 with rough demo All Wound Up, Godsmack signed with Universal, which in 1998 reissued the LP as a self-titled effort with a handful of new tracks; at that point Stewart — who’d left the group in mid-1997 and was replaced by drummer Joe d’Arco — returned to the lineup. The band’s audience built slowly but surely and Godsmack was certified gold in 1999, the same year the group was invited to join the Ozzfest tour. Read more


Pink was born Alecia Beth Moore in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and was later raised in Philadelphia. Her parents, Judith Moore (née Kugel), a nurse, and Jim Moore, a Vietnam veteran, divorced when she was very young. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Irish, German, and English ancestry. As a child, all Pink wanted was to become a singer, and she was driven by the music of Madonna, Mary J. Blige, 4 Non Blondes, Janis Joplin, Billy Joel and Whitney Houston. She was a very unique teenager, and went through phases as a skateboarder, hip-hopper and gymnast.

Pink spent several years as part of the club scene in Philadelphia, singing guest spots and performing for talent shows. At the age of 13, she was asked by a local DJ to sing back-up for his rap group, Schools of Thought. A short time later, she was discovered by a record executive and joined a female R&B group, Choice. When that didn’t work out, she signed with LaFace Records and began her solo career. In spring 2000, she released her debut, “Can’t Take Me Home”. She co-wrote many songs and watched it go multi-platinum by the year’s end. Her debut included the Top 10 hit, “There You Go”, which was certified a gold single.

Pink is now considered an icon in the world of pop music. For example, in 2019 she won the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, becoming the first non-British artist to have won the award since the Brit Awards began in 1977 (originally known as the BPI Awards). Read more

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga attended New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts but left to find creative expression. Her debut album, The Fame, was a huge success, and the single “Poker Face” topped charts in almost every category, in almost every country. Lady Gaga has since earned acclaim for subsequent albums, including a collaboration with Tony Bennett, as well as her acting skills, nabbing a Golden Globe for her contributions to American Horror Story and an Oscar nomination for her co-starring role in A Star Is Born.

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986, in Yonkers, New York, to Cynthia and Joseph Germanotta. Now known as Lady Gaga (the inspiration for her name came from the Queen song “Radio Ga-Ga”), she has become an international pop star.

Gaga learned to play the piano by the age of 4. At the age of 11, she was accepted to the Juilliard School in Manhattan, but instead attended a private Catholic school in the city. She continued studying music and performing, writing her first piano ballad at the age of 13, and she held her first performance in a New York nightclub at the age of 14. Read more

Avril Lavigne

Canadian singer Avril Lavigne burst onto the music scene in the early 2000s, becoming a hit with her unique style which blended rock and punk. She spent most of her childhood in Napanee, Ontario. Lavigne began singing in church at a young age, and signed with Arista Records in 2000. Two years later, she released her debut album, Let Go. Thanks to hit singles “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi,” the record sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Lavigne followed with the albums Under My Skin (2004), The Best Damn Thing (2007), Goodbye Lullaby (2011) and Avril Lavigne (2013).

Avril Ramona Lavigne was born on September 27, 1984, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, and spent most of her childhood in Napanee, Ontario. For more than a decade, Lavigne has enjoyed huge success with her punk-influenced pop sound. She has also branched out in new directions over the years, including starting her own fashion line.

Lavigne sang all the time as a child, much to the chagrin of her two siblings. Raised by deeply religious parents, she first started performing in church choirs. Lavigne learned to play the guitar and began composing her own music as a teenager. Read more

My Chemical Romance

With their emo-punk songwriting, theatrical vocals, and neo-goth appearance, My Chemical Romance rose from the East Coast underground to the forefront of modern rock during the early 2000s. In keeping with the tragic element of the group’s best-known singles — including “Helena,” “I’m Not OK (I Promise),” and “Welcome to the Black Parade” — My Chemical Romance has roots in catastrophe, as frontman Gerard Way decided to form the band after watching the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001. Drummer Matt Pelissier joined one week later, guitarist Ray Toro climbed aboard soon after, and the quintet’s ranks solidified with the addition of bassist Mikey Way (Gerard’s younger brother) and guitarist Frank Iero. With their lineup in place, the bandmates began touring and making plans for an album.

My Chemical Romance’s debut, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, appeared in 2002 courtesy of New York’s Eyeball Records. Comparisons to Thursday were frequent; both bands hailed from New Jersey, both had recorded for Eyeball, and both combined punk-pop’s aggression with introspective, confessional lyrics. Read more

Arctic Monkeys

With their nervy and literate indie rock sound, Arctic Monkeys arrived in 2005 with a blast. Assisted by rave reviews and online word of mouth (they were one of the first bands to benefit from social media), the band quickly became a sensation in the United Kingdom, where they were seen as the heir apparent to the throne left vacant by Oasis and the Libertines. Buoyed by the single “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor,” their 2006 debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not briefly grabbed the title of fastest-selling album in British history. It landed on top of both the U.K. and U.S. rock album charts and took home the Mercury Prize. What set the group apart was Alex Turner, a singer/songwriter with a biting wit and grasp of English vernacular (not dissimilar to Paul Weller, the godfather of modern British rock). However, driven by their maverick creative spirit, Arctic Monkeys have proven highly unpredictable, reworking classic rock traditions on 2007’s Favourite Worst Nightmare and beefing up their guitars with the assistance of Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme on 2009’s Humbug. Read more

Papa Roach

Starting out as a hardcore punk- and rap-influenced outfit, Papa Roach eventually grew into a straight-ahead hard rock ensemble with strong metal leanings and a knack for pairing uncompromising power with pop acumen. Emerging in the mid-’90s, the group broke big in 2001 with the release of their sophomore effort and major-label debut Infest, which went triple-platinum on the strength of “Last Resort,” a single inspired by nu-metal and hip-hop.

A move toward a rock-forward style on lovehatetragedy (2002) and Getting Away with Murder (2004) did little to hurt them commercially (the former went gold and the latter went platinum), and by the time of the release of their ninth studio LP, 2017’s industrial metal-tinged Crooked Teeth, the Grammy-nominated group had sold over 20 million albums and outlived virtually all of their alt-metal contemporaries. Read more

Five fingers death punch

One of the most successful groove metal bands of the 2010s, Five Finger Death Punch have been a staple of the Billboard charts since their formation in 2005. Taking their name from the cult martial arts film Five Fingers of Death, the group’s titanic riffs and darkly skewed lyrics deliver a brand of vintage thrash and blazing metal as powerful as their name. In the years following their 2007 debut, they have amassed a slew of awards via gold- and platinum-selling outings like 2011’s American Capitalist, 2013’s ambitious two-volume set The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, and 2018’s And Justice for None.

The Los Angeles-based outfit formed around the talents of former U.P.O. guitar player Zoltan Bathory, former W.A.S.P. guitarist Darrell Roberts, vocalist Ivan Moody (Motograter/Ghost Machine), bass player Matt Snell (Anubis Rising), and former W.A.S.P. drummer Jeremy Spencer. Read more

Damian Marley

Damian Marley was only two when his father died, but the youngest of the Marley sons had music deeply imprinted in his DNA. At the age of 13, he formed his first band, the Shepherds, which also included the son of Third World’s Cat Coore and the daughter of Freddie McGregor; the group even opened up the 1992 Reggae Sunsplash festival. His debut solo release, School Controversy, faltered, although his lineage led to the track being featured on Epic Records’ Positively Reggae: An All Family Musical Celebration.

In 1993, performing as Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, he toured alongside Shabba Ranks on the ragga DJ’s World Unity Concert. In 1995, the Marley genealogy led to a partnership with Julian Marley, who joined him at performances on the Reggae Sunsplash and Sumfest festivals. The success of their performance led to an international tour supporting Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers that covered South, Central, and North America and culminated in the Marley Magic: A Marley Family Reunion in New York’s Central Park. Read more


Born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Pharrell Williams has become a leading force in popular music as a performer, songwriter and producer. He first got into music at a young age. “As a kid, my aunt and I used to sit in front of the stereo and just play records,” Williams explained to CosmoGirl magazine. One of the first albums he bought was by hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest.

The eldest of three sons, Williams started out by tapping rhythms on school desks. He attended Princess Anne High School where he felt somewhat out of place. As he told the London Evening Standard, “I lived in Normalville USA and I didn’t look like the average kid.” Williams eventually teamed up with friend Chad Hugo. The pair started performing together and later became the acclaimed producing duo the Neptunes. Another one of Williams’ early breaks came thanks to producer Teddy Riley, who asked him to contribute to “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx-N-Effect in the early 1990s. Read more

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