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The 2000's

The 2000s were for the most part, nondescript, as pop music fragmented into smaller trends. Unlike many past decades, the 2000s did not see the creation or emergence of many styles, with the exception of a few indie-related genres such as emo and electronic subgenres like Liquid funk and UK funky. Convergence of different styles was one of the more defining features of the decade, as seen with the creation and commercial success of the British grime genre and trap and chillwave in the United States.

Nevertheless, distinguishable elements can be attributed to the decade from a musical point of view, such as the common and mainstream usage of pitch correction software Auto-Tune, as well as the rise of the internet, media player programmes such as iTunes and music & video sharing websites such as YouTube. Also, most songs put less focus on elaborate bass-lines that use bass guitars and bass synthesisers in favour of louder and booming drums, and used even more electrical instruments.

Outside of North America, Britpop, post punk revival and alternative rock were at the height their popularity with acts such as The Libertines, Oasis, Lynda Thomas, Travis, Dido, Blur, The Hives, Björk and Radiohead, which still continued at the top of the major charts in the rest of the world since the 1990s.

Despite the hip hop dominance rock music was still popular, notably alternative rock, and especially genres such as post-grunge, post-Britpop, nu metal, pop punk, emo, post-hardcore, metalcore, and in some cases indie rock; the early and mid 2000s saw a resurgence in the mainstream popularity of pop rock and power pop.

Radiohead

Radiohead

Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. They have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

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Rolling Stones, The

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band who were in the vanguard of the British music Invasion that became popular in the US in 1964–65.

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Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove, an American jazz trumpeter, has played primarily with jazz musicians including Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock.

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Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams is an American singer-songwriter best known for his solo career, and as a former member of alternative country band Whiskeytown.

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Smiths, The

The Smiths

Critics have called The Smiths the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.

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Artwork by Storm Thorgerson for Thornley's album Come Again

Thornley

Thornley was a Canadian post-grunge/hard rock band formed by Ian Thornley in 2002 after the break-up of his earlier band, Big Wreck.

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U2

U2

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group are one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.

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Velvet Revolver

Velvet Revolver

Velvet Revolver was an American hard rock supergroup who achieved commercial success with their debut album, 'Contraband'.

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White Stripes

White Stripes

The White Stripes were an American rock duo who became a worldwide phenomenon with their energetic blend of blues, punk, folk & country.

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Artwork by Storm Thorgerson for Yumi Matsutoya's single Setsugekka

Yumi Matsutoya

Yumi Matsutoya is renowned for her idiosyncratic voice, live performances & is an important figure in Japanese popular music.

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The Beatles

Shooting promotional films for the singles Rain & Paperback Writer at Chiswick Park Gardens in May 1966

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AC/DC

Angus Young, from AC/DC, captured in a small street outside a press meeting in Copenhagen in 1977

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Bob Dylan

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Sex Pistols

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The Fall

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Madness

Madness are an English band from Camden Town, London & one of the most prominent bands of the late 70s & early 80s 2 Tone ska revival.

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Lou Reed

Lou Reed

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Smiths, The

The Smiths

Critics have called The Smiths the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.

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Ramones, The

The Ramones

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Who, The

The Who

The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964 & are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century.

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