Let’s get one thing straight here: Rock music in the early 2000’s was f*cking awesome.

At this point in time, rock music was slowly changing and it wasn’t necessarily a bad change either. It was a change that gave early 2000’s rock music a name of its own.

Rock music from the early 2000’s just sounded different from rock music of the past. Bands were experimenting with new instruments and sound manipulations that gave their music a sound that bands of the past just didn’t do.

The work these bands put into their music was just pure art.

Here are 10 bands (and their songs) who completely nailed their experimental music projects, which turned into songs we absolutely loved from the early 2000’s.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers

These guys formed in 1983, consisting of lead vocalist, bassist Anthony Kierdis, Michael “Flea” Balzary, drummer Chad Smith and [most recent] guitarist John Frusciente.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are well known for their sound that combines a mix of funk, hip-hop and rock – music that was especially a hit in the early 2000’s.

With songs like “By the Way” and “Can’t stop” (which both came out in 2002), The Red Hot Chili Peppers established a huge following.

If you’ve never heard these two tracks, I suggest you get on to it. The vocals are amazing and the music is completely original.

White Stripes

This rock duo were something else. Made up of just two members – Jack White and Meg White – they managed to defy the odds of a two-person band becoming as successful as they did.

The raw simplicity of their music is what made people like you and I fall in love with the White Stripes.

Their song, “Seven Nation Army” drove people completely nuts. It only consisted of drums, guitar and a whammy pedal that manipulated the sound of Jack’s 1950’s style, semi-acoustic guitar.

But it was the underlying riffs from the opening of the song that people most recognize the White Stripes for – it’s just so badass.

A Seven Nation Army can’t hold me back!

“Seven Nation Army” is even used today, to play at sports events and serves as a sort of “motivational” song for political protests all around the world.

Linkin Park

Anyone who knew Linkin Park knew about Chester Bennington.

Oh, Chester Bennington…

This guy had some power in his diaphragm. He was that guy screaming (yet singing) the main verses to every song this band made.

Remember the feeling you got when you heard the opening to “In the End”?

What about “Crawling”?

And let’s not forget “Numb” – the song that all of us [felt like] we could relate to when we were teenagers rebelling against our parents.

You know, those, “You just don’t understand, mum/dad!” days?

Don’t feel bad. We all did it.

Foo Fighters

Ah, where to begin with these guys…

The Foo Fighters were a band that was created by David Grohl – ex drummer of the band, Nirvana.

Grohl created the band following the death of his friend (and Nirvana’s lead vocalist), Kurt Cobain.

Although it didn’t come out in the 2000’s, The Foo Fighters gained much of their popularity from their song, “Hero” which came out in 1997; and was played long after its release year, especially during the earlier 2000’s.

“The Best of You” and “The Pretender” (which came out in 2005 and 2007) were also excellent tracks that we got to enjoy growing up.

Three Days Grace

I – hate – everything about you!

Remember that one?

Yet another song that many of us [felt like] we could relate to back in our adolescent years in the earlier 2000’s.

Three Days Grace didn’t really have many other hit songs after “I Hate Everything About You” (I think maybe one after, but I really can’t come to think of it at the moment…); but they still made a killing with that song, and it’s definitely something many of us give a listen to every now and then when we feel like sitting in nostalgia.

Green Day

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right… I hope you had the time of your life…

I know you sang along to that as you read that. Well, I hope at least.

Another song released in 1997 but had such a long run, venturing far into the early 2000’s, and can even be heard playing on some radio stations today.

This song hits home for many, holding different meanings to everyone. It was a song played for high school graduations but was also heard at funerals…

It’s a deep song, I tell you.

My Chemical Romance

Although these guys were mocked for being more of an “emo” band rather than a rock band, they still had amazing music made with incredible talent.

Songs like “I’m Not Okay”, “The Ghost of You” and “Helena” were some of the first songs introduced to many of us over radio, with later following their 2006 hit, “The Black Parade”.

Avenged Sevenfold

A band well known for their AMAZING guitar riffs and solos (and killer vocals), Avenged Sevenfold were that one rock metal band many of us just couldn’t resist liking.

While their music did lie more toward metal, they had albums that proved to us that they could more mainstream – and that kind of flexibility was just so hard to find back then.

As a matter of fact, it still is.

I don’t belong here, we’ve got to move on dear, escape from this afterlife.

These badasses were known for their song “Afterlife” (released in 2007), which has clean lyrics, a super catchy main verse and outstanding guitar solo.

Radiohead

I’m a creep. I’m a weirdo… What the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here.

“Creep”, A song that came out in 1993 but was still playing all over rock music stations well into the 2000’s – and yes, you know it, it’s still playing today.

I’m convinced Radiohead is one of those bands that will never burn out; even long after the member are gone.

Muse

The Muse’s release of “Time Is Running Out” in 2003 was something we’ll never forget.

Lead singer Matt Bellamy’s beautiful vocals completely blew everyone away and Feeling the Nostalgia Yet?

If you’re sitting there fighting the urge to look up any or all of these songs just to reminisce those good ol’ days when they were played on local radio stations on the daily – my advice to you is: Don’t.

G’head. Look ‘em up.

You’re welcome ?