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Old 09-30-08, 08:23 PM   #1
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Mainstream bands of this decade?

It seems up to this decade, there were mainstream bands that were definitive music of a decade. For example, the 90s had (as a couple examples):

Blind Melon
Smashing Pumpkins
Nirvana
Korn
Insane Clown Posse
Limp Bizkit

However, I don't see many definitive bands of this decade that are popular but:

Britney Spears
Hannah Montana

Of course, there are plenty of other bands (Radiohead was mentioned) but they were in the 90s, and not really this decade phenonomon. When looking at playlists of people around, its usually older stuff, or newer CDs of older bands. This also shows when you hit the Billboard top selling albums. First is Metallica's Death Magnetic (and I can't really call Metallica a band of this decade), and the rest are bands that are pre-millennial.

This is of course not factoring the many, good bands out there that are not in the top pop charts, but just a mainstream snapshot.
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(and I can't really call Metallica a band of this decade)
Or last decade!

It kind of seems to me that with the advent of MP3s and everything surrounding them, more people are branching out, as opposed to waiting for ClearChannel and its ilk to tell them what's popular. I'm plenty biased though, having been an early adopter of MP3 and having given up on the radio years ago.
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It seems up to this decade, there were mainstream bands that were definitive music of a decade. For example, the 90s had (as a couple examples):

Blind Melon
Smashing Pumpkins
Nirvana
Korn

Insane Clown Posse
Limp Bizkit

Gotta say, this group brings out the freaks.
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The Strokes
Killers
Interpol (not so main stream though)
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Killers
Interpol (not so main stream though)
None of them are really mainstream, are they? I probably don't have a great handle on what's mainstream these days, but I've never heard these bands mentioned outside of certain circles (Pitchfork and indie-rock types).
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Gotta say, this group brings out the freaks.
I've seen them in their personal lives, and I know people who know them. In essence, they are normal guys who saw a market and grabbed it. I'm not saying that they don't enjoy what they do, but in my opinion they are little more than sell outs who don't take themselves as seriously as they want you to think.

The serious fans however, they really are some freaks.

As for a band of this decade that stands out for me, Operator is the only one that stands out to me as being any good.
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Creed was insanely huge and sold more records than metallica.
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None of them are really mainstream, are they? I probably don't have a great handle on what's mainstream these days, but I've never heard these bands mentioned outside of certain circles (Pitchfork and indie-rock types).
Yeah I guess.

Green day or some stupid **** like that perhaps?
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Green day or some stupid **** like that perhaps?
Formed in the 80s, "hit it big" in the 90s.
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Formed in the 80s, "hit it big" in the 90s.
Gorillaz?
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sure as heck doesn't include 'foo fighters'

how about Evanescence?
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sure as heck doesn't include 'foo fighters'

how about Evanescence?
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Seems like another problem is the increasingly short attention span of this country and the entertainment industry. Everything new is a flash in the pan, at least as far as wide public perception.
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it's also because the radio stations and music video stations kill it by overplaying the most popular tunes for the entire month.

I think 5 times a day is enough, 10 is pushing it, 20 is overkill and 40 just shows there's some rating grabbing scheme going on.
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It seems up to this decade, there were mainstream bands that were definitive music of a decade. For example, the 90s had (as a couple examples):

Blind Melon
Smashing Pumpkins
Nirvana
Korn
Insane Clown Posse
Limp Bizkit

However, I don't see many definitive bands of this decade that are popular but:

Britney Spears
Hannah Montana

Of course, there are plenty of other bands (Radiohead was mentioned) but they were in the 90s, and not really this decade phenonomon. When looking at playlists of people around, its usually older stuff, or newer CDs of older bands. This also shows when you hit the Billboard top selling albums. First is Metallica's Death Magnetic (and I can't really call Metallica a band of this decade), and the rest are bands that are pre-millennial.

This is of course not factoring the many, good bands out there that are not in the top pop charts, but just a mainstream snapshot.
That list looks awfully white. A huge part of what defined the 90s musically was hip hop's ascension to the main stream. Where's the Wu Tang Clan? the Fugees? Biggie? Tupac? Snoop Dogg?
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Creed was insanely huge and sold more records than metallica.
can you provide proof for your claim?
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Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco and all those other trashy bands.
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That list looks awfully white. A huge part of what defined the 90s musically was hip hop's ascension to the main stream. Where's the Wu Tang Clan? the Fugees? Biggie? Tupac? Snoop Dogg?
I'd guess its because the poster is white and listens to mostly white music?

But we'll take them into consideration now, diversity bear thanks you!


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Creed was insanely huge and sold more records than metallica.
Regardless of record sales, Metallica has made a lot more good albums that many people can stand to listen to front to back than any other metal/rock band I know of.
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Formed in 1987, "hit it big" in the 90s...and beyond
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It's because 'mainstream' has been infiltrated by the more superior music of post-hardcore, metalcore, emo/screamo/scene, etc. But since the radio doesn't like to play that kind of music, it's been stuck with Hannah Montana and Green Day.
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