New bands culminate in the music scene every year to test the longevity of the pioneers and battle it out for the 10 best bands 2009 had to offer. Here are some of the most venerated bands of that year that are still going strong.
- Kings of Leon. One of the characteristics of being one of the best bands of 2009 is to have your song sung in every corner, or covered in different bars. “Use Somebody” is one of the biggest songs of 2009 from the album of the same title. The album also won Record of the Year in the 52nd Grammy Awards.
- Linkin Park. “New Divide”, Linkin Park’s 2009 album propelled them into more solid grounds than they ever were, as the album contains songs from the hit movie "Transformers 2, Revenge of the Fallen" released in the same year. This band has clearly gone a long way since their debut album “Hybrid Theory” in 2001.
- Phoenix. With their album “WolfGang Amadeus Phoenix”, Phoenix bagged in the Best Alternative Music Album in the 52nd Grammy Awards. Hailing from France, this group has made it big in the US with their chart-topping album. One of their most famous singles from their Grammy winning album "1901" was snagged by television music supervisors, appearing not only in an episode of the new "Melrose Place", but also in a Cadillac commercial.
- Green Day. The summer of 2009 released 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day’s first album after a four-year hiatus. One of the best bands of 2009 and of the past two decades perhaps, Green Day has maintained to garner awards and top the charts and even extend to acting when lead vocalist, Billy Joe Armstrong made his debut in their Broadway musical, “American Idiot.”
- Third Day. A Christian rock band that has garnered 25 number one singles across multiple formats, Third Day hailed from Powder Springs, Georgia, singing songs which speak of their faith. They released their album “Live Revelations” which won them a Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album.
- Black Eyed Peas. From their 1998 debut album “Behind The Front” to their 2009 album, "The E.N.D" and being on the cover of "Rolling Stone" to now, coming full circle with "The Beginning", The Black Eyed Peas is inevitably one of the groups that made our Best Bands of 2009 list. They have indubitably created a unique niche for themselves, breaking boundaries and in Will.i.am’s words, “just have fun with music” along the way.
- Dave Matthews Band. Released on June 2, 2009, “Big Whisky and the Groogrux King” was Dave Matthews Band first album in four years. From Green Day’s and My Chemical Romance’s producer Rob Cavallo, the country sounds of this musical pioneer are displaced by heavier and more emotional collaborative efforts within the band.
- MGMT. This New-York based duo toured extensively in 2009 and that same year, produced their second album, “Congratulations”. However, even before its release in 2010, they garnered enough acclaim from the Grammys to warrant their place among the best bands of 2009 list.
- Spyro Gyra. “Down the Wire,” released in 2009, is a highly anticipated album from ‘70s jazz group Spyro Gyra. In the same year, they bagged the Best Pop Instrumental Album for “A Night before Christmas.” The group has consistently produced albums over the years since their self-titled debut album in 1978.
- Lady Antebellum. Spending eight weeks at the number one spot in the Billboard Top 100 in just eight months and having their album debut at number one is undeniably a feat for a trio in the cruel world of the music industry. “Need You Now”, is a certified triple platinum and has set the longest run at number one on the Billboard Country Songs Chart for 2009.
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