I started a good debate yesterday on Twitter when I began talking about if fun., with their Grammy nominations and success, had crossed them into the top 5 of bands that have ever come from this "scene." This got me (and others) thinking about what the top bands that have broken through into the mainstream have been ... and well, with that ... I decided it would make a damn good Thursday discussion. So, here's my list of the biggest mainstream bands that have a connection to our music scene (the existence of which we could debate by itself), and a few notes about why. I tried to stay away from just using a pure "album sales" metric, since the music buying habits have obviously changed, and tried to take as many variables as I could into account. I'd love to hear your lists in the replies, where they differ, and even what you think the next band to make the cross over will be.
01) Green Day
02) Blink 182
03) Fall Out Boy
06) Jimmy Eat World
07) My Chemical Romance
08) All American Rejects
09) Gym Class Heroes
10) Panic! at the Disco
Flirting with the last three spots and I could make an argument in my head they should be there but don't have enough space to put them: Yellowcard, Sum 41, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte.
Note: I'm not saying any of this even really matters. I, personally, think success should be judged by if you put out the music you love and your art can stand the test of time ... mainstream popularity or continued popularity really doesn't mean that much. Most of the time the masses have shitty taste. However, it is kinda cool to watch bands and artists that we've known about for years get extremely popular. This is more of just a discussion about the bands that have seen that happen, not a commentary on it being the end goal or not.
Pretty much agree.
I'd say every band's rank in this list is likely set, with the exception of Fun. and Paramore.
I'm betting Fun. has the power to be Top 3, if not #1, by the end of this all.
And like you said, new Paramore is a huge test for them and will define their longevity.
I have a hard time with Gym Class Heroes above Panic!, and while they came from our scene (or some version of it), the generational gap between Green Day and the others listed makes them an oddball. I think I'd personally rank Blink first.
Looks pretty much the same as I would make it. Blink 182 would probably be at number 1 had they not taken the hiatus. But that's not a bad thing (in my opinion) as Green Day went downhill after American Idiot (21st century breakdown I thought was awful) although Uno has a lot of elements from the older GD albums
I dont know if Taking Back Sunday is considered mainstream by you standards, but their was a point where "Louder Now" was huge and "MakeDamnSure" was everywhere. I think they should be in the top 10 especially if Panic at The Disco is on this list.
No denying that Fun. has been the biggest crossover in years. They're on top of the world right now. Really solid list. Maybe Rise Against if you'd count their beginnings as closely tied with the 'scene'.