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Published on December 2nd, 2014 | by Alan Cross


What Is the Biggest Band Since Nirvana?

I’ll say it again: the industry (and the public) have done a lousy job of creating new superstar rock acts since the start of the millennium. Platinum-level artists used to be a plentiful back in the 20th century. Now? Not so much. (There are many, many reasons for this, but that’s a discussion for another time.) noticed this, too. The site set out to quantify the biggest bands since Nirvana. This is the final result. Learn about the methodology used here.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One Response to What Is the Biggest Band Since Nirvana?

  1. Angie says:

    I think we need to find an alternative way to measure this no? I understand Coldplay, Foo Fighters but I am lost on how the others made the list. Arcade Fire and Kings of Leon make great music, but I’m not sure that they should be in the top ten since Nirvana?…..This is making me feel OLD! lol.

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