Bands come and go all the time. It seems like there are so many bands from “back in the day.” What that means is a slew of different times. It could mean from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, or even ‘90s. It’s been half a decade since the new millennium started and things like the Internet changed the way we found music.
In the 2000s, there were so many bands because we as fans could listen to whatever we wanted. There was no need to go to a record store to see what was new, and there was no pressure of buying a new band’s record, because we learned how to listen to them all for free, whenever we wanted. It also helped to away with the radio choosing what was popular and what wasn’t. There were more bands, like Simple Plan or Bowling for Soup, who hit it big without ever having a real number one hit.
So what happened to all those bands that we loved so much in the 2000s? Are they dead? Are they making music? Well here are 13 bands that were huge in the 2000s and what they are doing now.
13. My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance was the poster band for the Emo culture that was so prevalent in the 2000s. They encaptured so much of that fanhood and then they got very upset about being classified as an Emo band, which is as Emo as it gets. The band got really big from their first album in 2002, but got huge when they released The Black Parade in 2006. The band stuck together until 2013 when the members went their separate ways. Lead vocalist Gerard Way came out with his debut solo album Hesitant Alien in 2014, which received a ton of critical acclaim. Almost all the members either joined a new band or went onto a solo career, so fans of the band have a lot to look forward to as each member continues to make music.
12. Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley is a duo comprised of singer Cee Lo Green and producer Danger Mouse. The two put out some highly acclaimed albums, Elsewhere and The Odd Couple, and scored major hits with “Crazy,” “Smiley Faces,” and “Run.” The two men haven’t cut their partnership, but both have a ton going on with their solo careers. Cee-Lo had a number 1 hit with “F*** You” and has been a coach on The Voice, while Danger Mouse keeps getting nominated for Grammys and working with the likes of U2, ASAP Rocky, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The group may be coming out with a new album as they say they have been working on one since 2010, but there has been almost no news about it so fans should not hold their breath.
11. Terror Squad
Terror Squad is a group of rappers based in New York City. They really hit the big time with their huge hit “Lean Back”, which topped the charts in 2004. The band was initially led by Big Pun, the rapper who is most famous for his hit “Still Not A Player”, though he died in 2000 from a heart attack most likely caused by his obesity. Fat Joe became the face of Terror Squad after Big Pun’s passing, and was the most recognized member when they made it big. Joe went on to continue to record, though he hasn’t put out an album since 2010, partly because he was in prison for tax evasion. Other members of the crew included Remy Ma, who was recently released from prison. We spoke about Remy Ma recently, but she is currently on Love & Hip Hop: New York and has been working with DJ Khaled. Other Terror Squad member Tony Sunshine recently put out a mixtape, No Filter, in 2015 signifying he hasn’t yet quit the rap game.
Hinder is a band from Oklahoma that came on the heels of Nickelback and the death of grunge music. They had a mega hit in 2005 with their song “Lips of an Angel.” The band stayed together for four albums up until 2015 when lead singer Austin John left the group. Hinder quickly replaced him with Marshal Dutton from the lesser-known band Faktion. Austin left the band to focus on his solo career. He released an EP entitled Love Sick Radio in April 2016. Hinder will be going on tour headlining the Stripped Tour this summer, playing their songs with only acoustic instruments.
9. Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World is the definition of a rock band from the 2000s. They had been making music since the early ‘90s when they were given a contract by the Beastie Boys. Then after years of putting out mediocre selling albums, they were dropped from their label and self funded their own music. That’s where “The Middle” came from, which became by far their greatest hit. Since then, the band has been dropping album after album, and refuses to stop making music, which is awesome. What may be most impressive is that the entire band has stuck together since 1995, as they all seem to love playing together. It’s a great story of a band who has stuck together through thick and thin, and fans should be on the lookout for even more albums from them.
8. Eiffel 65
“Blue (Da Ba Dee)” was simply the weirdest song from the ‘90s, and it carried over into the 2000s. Eiffel 65 refused to go away, releasing hits “I Wanna Be” and “Too Much Heaven.” They put out two albums in the early 2000s, but neither really made a major impact. In 2007, the group broke up without ever releasing a song that even touched the hit they had with Blue. None of the members of the band really did too much with their time post breakup. In 2010, the group announced that they were getting back together and would be working on a new album, though no album has come. On April 2, 2016, the group put out a new song on their YouTube channel signifying they are still moving forward with the album, though it’s been six years in the making.
7. Pussycat Dolls
For a group that only put out a total of two albums, the Pussycat Dolls sure did get a lot of interest from the general public. That may be partially because they were a group of ex-exotic dancers who made about a bajillion music videos of them dancing. Seriously, they had two albums and 13 music videos. The group put out a number of singles, but only their first hit “Don’t Cha” made it into the top of the charts in the U.S., though their single “When I Grow Up” off the second album was fairly successful outside of America. Since the group disbanded, Nicole Scherzinger seems to be the only member who really held onto her fame, hosting The X Factor and releasing a solo album. The rest of the group seemed to despise Scherzinger as she allegedly thought of herself as bigger than the rest of the band. Kimberly Wyatt and Jessica Sutta both attempted solo careers, but they faded into irrelevancy quickly.
6. Destiny’s Child
Ok, so we all know what Beyoncé is doing right now, absolutely killing it! Lemonade is the biggest thing in music and she’s been a perennial Grammy nominee with 20 wins to her name. Meanwhile, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams from Bey’s initial group, Destiny’s Child, both have been somewhat irrelevant since the trio’s heyday in the 2000s. Rowland has been a judge on a number of TV shows such as The X Factor, and has also been working on a solo music career and has been a reoccurring character in the show Empire. Michelle Williams has had a fairly successful broadway career taking turns in Chicago and Fela! Williams hasn’t been focusing on her music career too much though she did put out a solo album in 2014. The women have come together for performances a few times including a very memorable Super Bowl half-time show, but for the most part they are all content with their current lives.
Everything the rap duo made pretty much turned to gold. It started really early in the 2000s with Stankonia and their hits “O.B.” and “Ms. Jackson.” It was 2003 when they really made it huge with the mega-hit album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. That album had the number one hits “The Way You Move” and “Hey Ya!” The group won six Grammys and is often regarded as one of the greatest rap groups of all time. After their mildly successful Idlewild, the group took a hiatus and focused on some solo work. Andre 3000 really focused on his average acting career though he did make some guest appearances on almost every major rapper’s album or mixtape. Big Boi, on the other hand, has put out three solo albums and has focused more on managing other artists and working with other rappers from his home town of Atlanta. Outkast has reunited and went on a tour, though there hasn’t been any announcement about a new album.
4. Plain White T’s
This band had one hit. Just one. “Hey There Delilah” made the band hit superstar level in 2007 as it garnered platinum status and earned a couple Grammy nominations. The success of that song helped catapult their songs “1,2,3,4” and “Natural Disaster” to the top of the charts in 2008. Based off the one crazy popular song, Plain White T’s was able to swim in the waters of fame to this day. They are still making music and put out an album in March 2015. The band doesn’t have anything to worry about as they made enough money off their first hit to never work a day in their life, though their music hasn’t quite matched up since then.
3. The Black Eyed Peas
The hip-hop group featuring the likes of Will.i.am and Fergie basically owned the late 2000s. Their 2009 album The E.N.D. had three number-one hits that topped the charts for a collective 28 weeks, including 26 consecutive weeks (literally half the year). The album won six Grammys including album of the year. Before that they had several hit albums with Monkey Business and Elephunk. Throughout that time Fergie also had a very successful solo career. They are still together and working on a new album, but each member has been working on a slew of solo acts. Fergie has been working since 2012 on her second solo album, even releasing a single “A. Love (La La).” Will.i.am is a wannabe tech inventor, funding a number of devices including a smartwatch called The Puls, which received laughably horrible reviews. Taboo and apl.de.ap both attempted solo careers, but they both didn’t really amount to much. The Peas will be back eventually so fans just need to sit tight.
2. Good Charlotte
Though they had been making music since the late ‘90s, Good Charlotte exploded on the scene with their second album The Young and the Hopeless. The album featured the songs “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “Girls & Boys,” and “The Anthem.” The rest of the band’s career seemed to be them just trying to match that album, but never really succeeding. They kept putting out albums and going on tour with the likes of Justin Timberlake, even though they had to switch drummers in 2005 when Chris Wilson left the band for health reasons. Wilson was the second drummer to leave the band following Aaron Escolopio in 2001. The Madden Brothers, twins Joel and Benji, who helped start the band, announced that Good Charlotte would be breaking up in 2011. The two brothers went on to release an album titled Greetings from California, which peaked at number one in Australia. The album featured Good Charlotte’s drummer Dean Butterworth, though the rest of the band were not. The band announced they would be reuniting late in 2015 and is currently working on their sixth album Youth Authority.
1. The White Stripes
The White Stripes were the coolest band to say you liked, whether you could name a song they made or not. The husband and wife duo (or brother-sister, or complete strangers, depending on who you asked) was the biggest name in rock music and was creating some of the most innovative and powerful music of their generation. Then they fell to pieces. Jack seemed to point his finger at Meg as the reason for the band’s break up, even though he was off gallivanting with other bands. Since the band broke up, Jack went on his own solo career receiving a ton of critical acclaim and even winning a Grammy for the song “Lazaretto.” Meg, on the other hand, has done everything in her power to stay away from the spotlight. Though they both have been very private people, Meg has always been a bit more reclusive than her ex, not appearing in movies and taking many less interviews. Jack White will continue to make music, but it looks like we will never see the White Stripes play again.