So, me and my friends had a discussion the other day and I’m trying to get as many opinions on this as possible. So, we were trying to figure out what music/band defined the Naughties? Like 60′s were The Beatles, 70′s had Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, 80′s were all about punk and Depeche Mode and 90′s saw the rise of the legendary Nirvana. Ok now, we’re just past the Naughties, but I’m having such a problem trying to figure out what band/artists defined our generation globally.
Mentions were Eminem, Linkin Park, Radiohead and even Muse, but somehow they just aren’t on the caliber as the previous generational bands. If you look at the list of Number one hits in America the Naughties it is completely at a loss of bands. More and more solo artists took the stage.
The only bands that make appearances are Nickelback, Maroon, Crazy Town, Plain White T’s and Coldplay among a very few others. Of course Number hits aren’t an indication of a generational band, but it just gives an indication of the general trend. I mean 2005 must’ve been the most boring year ever. Only 9 tunes. And three of them are from Mariah Carey.
I guess when one look at instant fame shows, ala Idols, thing got focused on instant solo celebrities and collab between musicians in a band aspect grew unpopular. Somehow, I’m not sure that I’m happy that I have the internet to listen to any music I want, but also feel kinda lost without this “epic” generational band. Ok, South Africa had that with Fokofpolisiekar, but I’m talking more globally.
So, I have two questions: What band/group/artist defined your Naughties? Mine personally was probably In Flames. I listened to them throughout the Naughties and still do. Of course there are a lot of other gems, but nothing quite stood with me quite like In Flames. A close second would be Arcade Fire, Gorillaz and any chiptunes, but this was more late Naughties.
Second question, what band/group/artists in the Naughties can be defined as our generation’s biggest musician, comparable to Nirvana? Is it even possible?
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