Linkin Park Are the 'Biggest Rock Band in the World Right Now'

According to Kerrang! magazine, of course.

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Kerrang! magazine has posted the list of the "60 Biggest Bands on the Planet Right Now."

It's unclear what criteria did they use while making this list, but the results may offend the hardcore rock and metal fans.

Well, according to Kerrang!, the biggest rock band in the world right now are Linkin Park (maybe they liked "The Hunting Party" very much).

Check out the full list below (oh, BTW, it doesn't say "best band," right?).

Also, who, do you think, are the biggest band?

The Biggest 60 Bands in the World Right Now:

1. Linkin Park

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2. Fall Out Boy

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3. Metallica

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4. Foo Fighters

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5. Iron Maiden

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6. Blink-182

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7. Biffy Clyro

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8. Slipknot

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9. Paramore

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10. Queens of the Stone Age

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Wondering who else is on the list? Check the Kerrang!'s list here.

166 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Markiole
    "I felt a great disturbance in the Force… as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly pissed off on UG."
    vels7545
    In my opinion you just can't determine how big a band is because there are too many unmeasurable aspects. This list is just a bunch of horse crap
    CallumRocks99
    exactly. anything that is listed as the greatest anything is going to be open to ridicule. there is no greatest guitarist, band or artist.
    AspieKid1991
    Agreed. It's just music industry types that come up with this stuff. As you said there is no such thing as a good band, guitarist, drummer etc. There is also no such thing as good or bad music taste either. It's just your taste. Anyway, 'The Hunting Party' what's it like? I am quite a big LP fan, (not so much of their last few albums) though.
    Artturi
    It's heavy as **** comparing to their previous stuff, so if you're into more guitar driven tones, The Hunting Party is a treat.
    Sixxstarr
    it's decent...I personally didn't feel any urge to listen to a single song off the album more than once but it's not horrid...I think it's their worst album though
    Artturi
    Most concert-goers, most hits online, most records sold- I'd say LP is definately on top of those criteria.
    Lord_Doku
    There's another issue here. If we take this literally, Linkin Park is most definitely not the biggest band today. It only has 6 members. David Letterman's backing band has more members than that :/
    rbramble18
    Well...I suppose you could have collected a bunch of data from the past year to figure it out. Social media followers gained, music purchases, torrent downloads, concert attendance numbers, clothing sales. You could even just poll people and ask them which rock band do they think is THE rock band right now. You could also poll members of smaller bands and see if the results differ. But I doubt Kerrang! did any of these things...or they at least didn't talk about them.
    Artturi
    Most concert-goers, most hits online, most records sold- I'd say LP is definately on top of those criteria.
    tonello
    I can almost assure you that Jimmy Eat World, All American Rejects, and Yellowcard ar not in the top 60 biggest bands in the world.
    thejay2
    2 things: 1. There seems to be a lot of people unnecessarily hating on UG for their News articles recently and it's starting to get on my nerves. You know something, you don't like the news articles that's fine, just stop f**king reading them if you don't like it! Rather than making the rest of us suffer through your persistent whining! 2. This list wasn't even compiled by UG! It was created by Kerrang! - if you read the text at the top it actually reads like a joking stab at Kerrang! creating the list
    Dynamight
    2 things: 1. You can't tell if you don't like an article until you read it. 2. Even if UG isn't the source, the fact that they posted it means they support it.
    godzillarissa
    Implying UG are actually reading what they post...
    Dynamight
    What a dumb comment. Of course they read what they post, otherwise they wouldn't know they want to post it.
    TryTheKetchup
    You, sir, are an idiot. Or you just don't have a single f--king clue about what "the context" word does mean.
    godzillarissa
    Constant downvotes might be an indicator that you're taking things way too seriously. Other than that, if they in fact read what they post, why do they live in igloos?
    shreddguitarist
    I can't comprehend how Biffy Clyro is at number 7 and Muse is at number 13.....Biffy Clyro has supported Muse, and nobody even paid attention to them. On top of that, Birds Of Tokyo didn't make the list and they also supported Muse....difference is.....they actually ROCKED!!!! Strange list indeed.. And where the hell is Dream Theater on this list?!?
    D4CE
    Biffy's pretty huge in the UK atm though. Not as big as Muse of course, but they headlined Reading and Leeds last year.
    101nemesis
    People seem to be mixing up "Biggest band" and "Greatest Band". Kerrang did not call them the latter but the former. And Linkin Park are indeed the biggest band right now. If Coldplay was included, then it would have been Coldplay(possibly not included because Coldplay are pop-rock). But after Coldplay, it's LP. Linkin Park are the biggest band on facebook, YouTube, they always feature as headliners of every concert they are a part of. Also, tell me an actual rock band that has sold over 1 million singles in the past 4 years? Fall Out Boy had one song, Paramore had songs that went Gold until this year. Linkin Park had 2 singles that sold more than a million (Waiting for the end, Burn It Down)and gold in most other places with singles like The Catalyst, Castle of Glass and Iridescent doing decently well (going gold in many places). They sold 5 million records in the past 4 years worldwide, excluding the new album. And this is 10-14 years into their career. No other current rock act can actually compete with such figures. So while you all think that they aren't the "greatest" and they surely aren't, they are quite literally the biggest at the moment based on figures and numbers alone. Kerrang ain't wrong on this one.
    shreddguitarist
    I can't comprehend how Biffy Clyro is at number 7 and Muse is at number 13.....Biffy Clyro has supported Muse, and nobody even paid attention to them. On top of that, Birds Of Tokyo didn't make the list and they also supported Muse....difference is.....they actually ROCKED!!!! Strange list indeed.. And where the hell is Dream Theater on this list?!?
    MthrfknBrkdwN
    I find it ****ing hilarious how any idiot would even consider LP and FOB remotely anywhere close or above Metallica, Maiden, Foo Fighters, AC/DC and Muse.
    vels7545
    I agree with you but don't forget that it says "right now" fall out boy and linkin park recently had hits but acdc and maiden didn't, I still agree with you
    NAOR
    What about Rhcp?
    EnslaveTheWorld
    Plenty of bands sell more tickets that a lot of these on here. I wonder what this is based on?
    jamie_hough
    I'd hazard a guess its the top 60 list of which bands promoters pay Kerrang the most to write about them
    Vandekill
    Not rock
    cyclonus
    There you go again UG, trying to stir up s**t with that second opening paragraph. Linkin Park may very well be the biggest band on the planet right now seeing as they've catered to the mainstream for the last few years. Saying that, Kerrang are one of the worst publications in the world and a lot of people couldn't care less for what they print
    BriR0049
    If you were to consider Arctic Monkeys a rock band, they'd be up there as one of the biggest bands in the world at the moment, surely?
    ledzep426
    I don't know what other genre they could be considered as. They have been garage rock, stoner rock, psychadellic rock, doom rock, but always indie rock. Arctic Monkeys are rock.
    TryTheKetchup
    Linkin Park's spot is arguable, but Fall Out Boy definitely should be lower than QOTSA (at least).
    Izzy-Sweet
    Linkin Park is somehow bigger than both Iron Maiden AND Metallica? Paramore is somehow bigger than AC/DC? Yeah, this is a readers poll for sure.
    MattHessing
    In terms of relevance I'd say so, considering it's "Biggest Rock Band RIGHT NOW" and not "Biggest Rock Band Thirty Years Ago". I still disagree with the majority of this list though.
    metaldalz
    Thirty years ago, RIGHT NOW and Thirty years from now, Iron Maiden and Metallica will be BIGGER than Linkin Park... That beeing said, RIGHT NOW, Foo Fighters, Slipknot and QOSA are bigger than any of the bands on the list...
    gibsongodsg
    Linkin Park #1 in the world? Who did they ask, a bunch of 16 year olds? Let's see the numbers of a world tour for LP compared to Metallica and then come back with this bullshit list.
    slush
    Lol! You think 16 year olds listen to Linkin Park in 2014?
    Funnyname99
    Pretty sure they do... I saw linkin Park headline a festival last year and the crowd looked pretty young (mostly under 25s)... Discovered Kyuss that day... Very happy with it; not even Linkin Park's mind-rapingly boring songs could ruin that day...
    slush
    People in their 20's I can understand, but people under 20? Especially people who were probably, what, a year old when Linkin Park made it big? It's unlikely, especially given modern attention spans.
    AeonOptic
    Think about it, who is 'Kerrang!' aimed...a bunch of 16 year olds with, shall we say, not very good taste?
    vayne92
    Worst list UG has ever posted, and in what universe has Fallout Boy been relevant in the last 10 years? I can't remember the last time i heard of them.
    TheDanSyndrome
    Kerrang. UG don't support this, If you ask me, they're posting this to show Kerrang!'s stupidity.
    blackone666
    What about Lorde?? The Petty Reckless above MUSE, ACDC? Who the **** made this list? Well, calm down, whatever...
    notaconotaco
    The Black Keys?!?! RHCP?!?!! What a strange list.
    schirripar
    If this list was made 5 years ago I think both would still be on this list and pretty prominent. The lack of Arctic Monkeys surprises me.
    Sixxstarr
    I love Linkin Park but no.... as for saying Fallout Boy is bigger than Metallica is more than enough reason to know the person has an IQ equivalent to a brick
    zamboni757
    i do agree that linkin park is probably the biggest rock band right now, but i feel like foo fighters should be at #2 and that muse should be much higher than 13
    Gubbeman
    This list is retarded. I mean seriously. I realize it says biggest and not best, but no. Not even close. Like, not to sound like a fanboy, but realistically, where is Nickelback?
    GenerationKILL
    There's NO WAY Fall out Boy is bigger than Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden plays places like India and most of south america, they have followings there that are so huge and rabid that it reminds me of old black and white Beatle-mania footage whenever I see it.
    Grimshanks
    Kerrang! Seem to think its 2005 still, not a clue about whats currently happening in the genre.
    Abacus11
    Ha yeah I was gonna say 2001 but yeah... Kerrang! is still pretty on top of things.
    D4CE
    Did they even base those numbers on anything? It's like they threw this list together in like 10 minutes on the spot. Some stuff in there is completely random.. I mean, what's Blink 182 doing so high in that list?
    cm-thrashing-45
    Most of these bands haven't been relevant for years. They can put out as much new material as they want but that doesn't change the fact that they're way passed their peak.
    Zaqq
    Who the hell is Biffy Clyro? I haven't heard of him at all.
    Funnyname99
    They're a threepiece w*nk stain from Scotland who used to "be quite alternative" (Gag on balls) but now just live for the Kerrang! market and handjobs from 14 year old competition winners...
    adtrfanboy1
    I got really mad until I saw 30 Seconds To Mars and ADTR on here. That was its only saving grace. I'm still quite angry at how biased this site is. Fall Out Boy may have rock elements, but its a stretch to say they belong with some more of the rock legends such as Metallica. Linkin Park has as many genre's as they do albums. I don't know if it's because they're not afraid to experiment, or they just can't decide on one genre to stick with.
    D4CE
    How is Biffy Clyro bigger than Muse? I love both bands a lot but Biffy Clyro is nowhere near the size of Muse.
    rocklee1431
    In fact, when I saw Muse last year, Biffy Clyro opened for them.
    godzillarissa
    What is this Biffy Clyro you speak of? But seriously, in over a decade of listening to rock music, I've never once heard a Biffy Clyro song.
    Kueller917
    They're pretty big around the UK so I hear. I mean they've headlined Reading so that's got to be worth something.
    HitmanJenkins
    Yep, Biffy Clyro are pretty big in the UK at the moment, have been for the past four years or so. People need to remember that Kerrang! is a UK publication.
    godzillarissa
    Oh yeah... I remember reading that (no pun intended) and wondering who that was. Didn't get very far in the meantime, did I?
    metaldalz
    To be fair, this is NOT a UG list, stopo bashing UG for it. So, Thirty years ago, RIGHT NOW and Thirty years from now, Iron Maiden and Metallica were,/are and will be BIGGER than Linkin Park... That beeing said, RIGHT NOW, Foo Fighters, Slipknot and QOTSA are bigger than any of the other bands on the list.