Special Report

Most Popular Bands of the Last 10 Years

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Instrument-driven genres such as rock and roll have been eclipsed by sample and computer-based genres such as hip hop and electronic dance music in recent years. Yet even in today’s less band friendly music scene, there are many famous, popular, and successful music groups.

While overall album sales hit historic lows as recently as 2016, the popularity of most bands can be assessed via alternative means. Online presence is an especially effective measure, be it the number of fans who stream a band’s music or even the amount of people searching for information on a band.

24/7 Wall St. identified the most popular bands of the last 10 years using a number of different metrics. These include measures such as Billboard performance, Wikipedia page views, and popularity on Spotify.

Click here to see the most popular bands of the last 10 years.
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Many of the most popular bands have been around significantly longer than the last 10 years. Some rose to fame as far back as the 1960s and 1970s and continue to release music to large fan bases even today. Pink Floyd is one such example. The English rock band released their first studio album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” in 1967, and their most recent album, “The Endless River,” in 2014. While the latter sold only 500,000 copies in the United States – far fewer than their 15x Multi-Platinum “Dark Side of the Moon” – the band is still active and maintains a strong following.

Other groups that are present on the list are far less experienced. Irish band The Script released their first studio album in 2008, as did country music group Lady Antebellum. Pop band fun. released only two studio albums – in 2009 and 2012 – before announcing a hiatus in 2015.

As records do not sell at the rate they once did, today’s top bands must build a strong online presence in order to be successful. Most of the bands on our list have done just that. Both Maroon 5 and Coldplay have each amassed over 10 million followers on online music streaming service Spotify. There are 10 other bands that have over 5 million followers. Other artists’ popularity is more clearly illustrated in Wikipedia searches. The South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO has had their Wikipedia page viewed over 11.5 million times over the last 12 months – more than any other band on the list.

To determine the most popular bands of the last 10 years, 24/7 Wall St. generated an index based on sales for albums released between 2008 to 2018, popularity of singles released between 2008 to 2018, popularity of a band’s Wikipedia page, and popularity on Spotify.

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50. Florida Georgia Line
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 188
> Spotify followers: 1,511,091
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 649,543

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49. fun.
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 76
> Spotify followers: 2,914,794
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 622,816

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

48. Deep Purple
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 1,422,290
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 2,558,433

Source: Bob James / Wikimedia Commons

47. Rascal Flatts
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 232
> Spotify followers: 1,259,353
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 394,726

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46. Depeche Mode
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 1,301,665
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 2,963,697

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45. Rammstein
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 1,645,183
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 2,194,816

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44. Oasis
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 1
> Spotify followers: 2,413,914
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 3,459,995

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43. Kings of Leon
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 84
> Spotify followers: 2,965,244
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 1,786,703

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42. Kiss
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 2,045,500
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 3,573,227

Source: Christopher Polk / Getty Images for Clear Channel

41. Muse
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 50
> Spotify followers: 3,563,277
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 2,158,961

Source: Krystaleen / Wikimedia Commons

40. Backstreet Boys
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 1,265,065
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 4,023,908

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39. Panic! at the Disco
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 32
> Spotify followers: 3,754,720
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 3,026,706

Source: Nicolas Lœuillet / Wikimedia Commons

38. Radiohead
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 1
> Spotify followers: 2,925,852
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 3,874,461

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37. Slipknot
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 3,019,738
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 3,092,570

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36. Korn
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 2,026,037
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 2,448,655

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35. Twenty One Pilots
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 140
> Spotify followers: 7,376,575
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 8,111,583

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34. Paramore
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 124
> Spotify followers: 2,813,453
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 2,494,015

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33. Zac Brown Band
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 286
> Spotify followers: 927,246
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 509,503

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32. The Script
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 107
> Spotify followers: 3,071,898
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 782,695

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31. The Black Eyed Peas
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 213
> Spotify followers: 2,329,863
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 1,430,562

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30. Pearl Jam
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 22
> Spotify followers: 3,075,414
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 2,604,292

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29. Imagine Dragons
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 349
> Spotify followers: 8,838,375
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 3,434,655

Source: http://www.thetroubadoursroad.com / Wikimedia Commons

28. Mumford & Sons
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 115
> Spotify followers: 4,101,582
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 1,659,932

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27. Blink-182
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 5
> Spotify followers: 3,603,724
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 4,349,981

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26. Fall Out Boy
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 141
> Spotify followers: 4,159,549
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 2,343,798

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25. Nickelback
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 110
> Spotify followers: 2,564,501
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 1,912,530

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24. Black Sabbath
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 2,384,387
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 3,504,099

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23. One Direction
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 279
> Spotify followers: 9,145,066
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 6,489,807

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22. Florence and the Machine
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 43
> Spotify followers: 3,481,816
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 1,354,351

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21. Foo Fighters
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 49
> Spotify followers: 4,166,191
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 3,427,619

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20. Marilyn Manson
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 1,390,980
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 6,463,758

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19. Lady Antebellum
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 353
> Spotify followers: 1,816,832
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 718,960

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18. Iron Maiden
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 2,762,181
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 3,300,102

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17. The Rolling Stones
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 4,169,732
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 4,891,805

Source: Aurelien Guichard / Wikimedia Commons

16. Arctic Monkeys
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 20
> Spotify followers: 5,339,722
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 2,294,280

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15. Fifth Harmony
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 44
> Spotify followers: 4,977,270
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 3,051,627

Source: The Dark Lord of Wiki / Wikimedia Commons

14. System of a Down
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 3,373,614
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 2,727,377

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13. OneRepublic
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 275
> Spotify followers: 4,215,556
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 1,533,646

Source: gillyberlin / Wikimedia Commons

12. Green Day
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 39
> Spotify followers: 5,878,538
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 3,876,314

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11. Aerosmith
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 3,793,298
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 2,386,579

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10. EXO
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 2,148,081
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 11,523,688

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9. Gorillaz
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 2,678,815
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 5,583,853

Source: Keith Moseley / Wikimedia Commons

8. Pink Floyd
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 5,244,063
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 6,394,669

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7. Red Hot Chili Peppers
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 19
> Spotify followers: 6,542,328
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 6,443,759

Source: Ed Vill, Prayer for the wild at heart / Wikimedia Commons

6. Guns N’ Roses
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 3
> Spotify followers: 6,107,852
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 5,004,935

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5. AC/DC
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: N/A
> Spotify followers: 6,263,508
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 6,534,987

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4. Metallica
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 12
> Spotify followers: 6,081,248
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 6,464,590

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3. Maroon 5
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 274
> Spotify followers: 10,224,597
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 2,714,145

Source: Christopher Polk / Getty Images

2. Coldplay
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 204
> Spotify followers: 10,969,375
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 4,894,538

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1. Linkin Park
> Weeks on Billboard Hot 100, 2008-2018: 100
> Spotify followers: 7,785,552
> Annual Wikipedia page views: 8,429,414

Detailed findings and methodology:

A band’s total certified U.S. album sales came from the Recording Industry Association of America. The RIAA tracks album sales released in the American market with a threshold of 500,000 units sold. How well a band’s singles performed was determined by awarding a band points for singles that spent time on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. A single was awarded points based on the number of weeks it was on the list and its rank for each week. Wikipedia page views were calculated for the past two years. Popularity on Spotify was based on Spotify’s popularity index.

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