In the 2000's, several new Rock artists came about, and expanded the genre. While many Rock songs were similar to 90's rock, more of an emphasis of "Screamo", and "Metal" came about. Similar to Hip Hop/R&B during this time, a sharp generational divide was present in the 2000's Rock industry. Many people in the "Baby Boomers" Generation, and "Silent Generation" liked classic Rock, and deemed the "new wave" Rock as "idiotic", "violent", or "evil." However, many Millennials(and some Generation X-ers) disagreed, and engaged in this rock.
So, what did I do? I decided to develop a list of somewhat popular, yet, know "super" popular Hip Hop/R&B songs from the 2000's. I put the title, artist(s), and date, with a brief explanation of the song. Enjoy this list! And may the nostalgia be ever-flowing in your head!
15. "Bent" by Matchbox Twenty(Released in 2000).
Matchbox Twenty was one of those Rock groups which appealed to everyone from 2000-2004: Then they decided to fall off the face of the Earth the second half of the 2000's. This song still brings back memories of my childhood.
14. "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon(Released in 2009).
Kings of Leon saved the world in 2009-This song was pretty much the only highlight of Rock music in 2009. This takes me back to my senior year of high school.
13. "Here it Goes Again" by Ok Go.(Released in 2005).
This song was often referred to as "The Treadmill Video"! Ok Go has always been known for their unique music videos.
12. "Again" by Lenny Kravitz.(Released in 2001).
Lenny Kravitz took the daring approach by releasing a slow Rock song in the 00's: Which was seen as taboo among big 00's Rock fans. But we still loved it!
11. "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" by Fall Out Boy. (Released in 2007).
Even though Fall Out Boy had(and still has) mainly a dedicated following of teenage girls, they are still going strong with their insanely long song titles, and tunes everyone could dance to(Yes, even the guys).
10. "Boom!" by System of a Down.(Released in 2002).
Not only was System of a Down one of the most talented Rock bands, they were also unique for getting the younger generations politically active. "Boom!" was no exception.
9. "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers.(Released in 2004).
This is one of those songs which seems to make you sad, and happy at the same time.....it really makes me miss my eighth grade year :(
8. "Snow(Hey OH)" by Red Hot Chili Peppers.(Released in 2006).
Red Hot Chili Peppers change their style every decade, yet, they seem to keep their fans no matter what.
7. "Pork and Beans" by Weezer. (Released in 2008).
This song actually portrays a positive, and effective message in its lyrics, but due to the unique video, people only remember this song because of the video. It was the first music video to pay a tribute to Youtube stars......and it might be the only music video so far to do as such....
6. "Helena" by My Chemical Romance(Released in 2005).
My Chemical Romance was another band which pretty much survived on a teen female fanbase.....except they finally slipped through the cracks.
5. "Pinch Me" by Barenaked Ladies.(Released in 2001).
The refrain is random. The video is creepy. The song makes you nostalgic for no reason, and the band is named after what they're not...but I still love this song.
4. "Clever Kicks" by The Hiss.(Released in 2003).
This is a dangerously underrated jam. This is one of those song which is better if you listen to while driving through a rural area.
3. "Vermillion Part 1" by Slipknot.(Released in 2004).
Slipknot had some form of a cult following in the 2000's(and probably 90's too). However, the better question is: Do you prefer part one, or part two of this song? They're the same lyrically.
2. "Bat Country" by Avenged Sevenfold.(Released in 2005).
2005 was a penultimate year or Rock music. Avenged Sevenfold expanded its fan base with this favorite hit.
1. "Icky Thump" by The White Stripes.(Released in 2007).
This talented duo appealed to everyone. They had a "classic rock" sound, with a good drummer, and unique singer. However, unlike "Seven Nation Army", I think this is their best song. Besides the insane distortion of the guitar, and the catchy base drum, its message on immigration is relevant to the United States to this day.