Spotify recently celebrated the International Day of Rock N Roll on Thursday, July 13th, and to help honour the day, they released a list of the 20 most listened rock acts of 2017. It’s a pretty amazing list that covers some pretty awesome bands, ranging from some of our current favourites, to some of the best old-school throwbacks whose influence is still being felt.
To celebrate on our end of things, we’ve decided to have a look through the list of most popular global acts and reflect on just how amazing some of these bands are. So sit back while we take you on a quick trip through the bands that the world just can’t get enough of, according to Spotify.
They were one of the biggest bands of the last decade, and it appears that Coldplay are nowhere close to losing that title. With a recent collaboration with The Chainsmokers under their belt, there’s a pretty good reason that Coldplay are the most popular rock group in the world.
2. Twenty One Pilots
For a group that started back in 2009, it took the world a little while to latch on to Twenty One Pilots. Thankfully, since the group released Vessel in 2013, their profile has risen at a super fast rate. After the massive success that was Blurryface, dedicated fans are hungry for more, and their ranking as the second most popular rock group says that the whole world is after more too.
3. The Beatles
The Beatles’ presence in the list just proves that rock and roll never dies. Sure, it’s been close to 60 years since the band first got together, their legacy speaks for itself. With one of the group’s surviving members, Paul McCartney, touring Australia later this year, there’s a fair chance that The Beatles are going to be seeing a bit of a resurgence in Australia in the coming months.
4. Linkin Park
Linkin Park have released seven albums in 17 years, and it feels like they’ve approached a different style on every one of them. However, every single one of those albums have been based in the rock sound that they made a name for themselves with. Sure, their most recent album, One More Light, has made a few fans mad that they’ve gone a bit electro, but with so many hit singles to their name, they’re allowed to experiment a bit, we reckon.
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were one of the bands of the ’90s and ’00s, with their legacy being so great that many bands were inspired to begin due to the Chili Peppers’ music; not too many bands can boast that level of popularity! They’ve not been as popular in the last few years with a lineup change, but their music is so beloved that they could release a best-of compilation every year and still top the charts.
6. Panic! A The Disco
Panic! At The Disco are still one of the world’s most popular rock bands, and honestly, we couldn’t be prouder. With so many amazing albums and songs under their belt, we’re honestly surprised they’re not number one. Regardless, a number six spot is pretty bloody awesome for the group that bought us amazing songs like ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’.
One of the world’s most famous metal bands, it’s no surprise that Metallica made the list. With their most famous record, 1991’s The Black Album, still considered one of the best-selling records of all time, there’s a pretty strong chance that Metallica’s music isn’t going to disappear any time soon.
8. Arctic Monkeys
Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys could sing a line from the phonebook and fans of the band would rightfully turn it into a number one single. With some major swagger and an uncanny ability to write some catchy-as-heck rock songs, the Arctic Monkeys definitely deserve to be one of the most popular rock bands in the world.
While the Queen that everyone knows and loves sadly ceased to exist after their charismatic singer Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991, the group have never actually broken up properly. These days, they’re touring with Adam Lambert, having had a huge number of guest vocalists over the years. Despite this, the group’s Greatest Hits record is a hugely popular record that has sold so many copies, it’s probably easier to find someone who doesn’t own a copy.
10. Fall Out Boy
The precious babies that are Fall Out Boy honestly deserve to hit number one on this list, we reckon, but we’ll settle for them making the top ten. With their new record M A N I A set to hit shelves later this year, we’re undoubtedly going to be seeing the whole world catch Fall Out Boy fever once again. Plus they’re touring Aus at the start of next year. Get hype, y’all!
11. Green Day
Green Day have been one of the leading pop-punk bands for so long that they basically created the genre. With a huge number of albums in their discography, and close to three times as many hit singles, Green Day are undoubtedly one of the biggest rock bands of the last few decades.
Amazingly, AC/DC are the only Aussie band on this list, but frankly, they’re probably one of the biggest bands to ever come from Australia. Their most famous record, 1980’s Back In Black, is still the second-biggest selling record in history. With a statistic like that next to their name, we can sort of see why they’re still so popular with listeners on Spotify.
13. Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd’s heyday might have been back in the ’70s, but heck, they were so good then, that everyone obviously still loves listening to them now. Like AC/DC before them, Pink Floyd’s most famous release, The Dark Side Of The Moon, is still so popular after its release that it’s the third-biggest selling record ever.
It’s hard to believe that in about two weeks’ time, Blink-182 will turn 25 years old. That’s a huge amount of time to spend as one of the most popular pop-punk bands ever, but hey, no one ever said being amazing was easy. While the last couple of years saw Blink-182 lose founding member Tom DeLonge, they managed to score Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, so you know they’ll be in good hands for some time to come.
Since they burst onto the scene in 2005 with their debut record, and then won our hearts with their brilliant record Riot!, Paramore have been kicking goals all over the place. Recently releasing their fifth record, After Laughter, after four years away from the game, they changed up their sound, but frankly, it’s only made us love them more. Who knows what new sounds the future will hold?
16. Guns ‘N’ Roses
Out of all the bands on this list that are still currently active and releasing new music, Guns ‘N’ Roses are the only one not to have released a new record in almost a decade. That just goes to show, there’s a reason while their early stuff is well regarded. With classics such as ‘Paradise City’, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, ‘November Rain’, it’s pretty easy to see why folks still love Guns ‘N’ Roses.
We have a lot to thank Nirvana for. If it weren’t for them, we probably wouldn’t have the music that we have today. Thankfully, they came onto the scene in the early ’90s with their record Nevermind and made alternative music popular. Let’s just think about it, imagine how boring music would be today if Nirvana hadn’t made guitars a vital part of music once again?
18. The Rolling Stones
Like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones are one of those bands that helped to revolutionise rock music back in the ’60s. However, The Rolling Stones never broke up, so they’ve spent over 50 years bringing some of the most influential riffs, licks, and choruses that rock music has ever seen directly to our ears.
19. The 1975
Just one listen to the amazing tones of The 1975’s Matty Healy and its easy to see why they’re so beloved. With a penchant for making some absolutely stunning songs, and an ability to deliver an absolutely killer vibe with every thing they do, The 1975 definitely deserve a spot on this list, but it’s a shame they couldn’t have been higher.
20. Kings of Leon
Almost ten years ago, Kings Of Leon were everywhere. You couldn’t turn on your TV, radio, or even open Facebook without seeing the four Followills and their music. Despite their popularity having waned in the ensuing decade, they’re obviously still amazingly popular since they’ve managed to scrape in at number 20 on Spotify’s most listened to rock bands around the world.