The most famous band the year you were born

What was the most popular band when you were born? dusted off our record shelves and found the hottest band every year from 1940 through 2010… from The Ink Spots and Johnnie Ray to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park. Let’s kick off our list with the big band orchestras that started the swing dance movement and spurned newer generations of music (eventually leading to rock ‘n’ roll as we know it). Keep reading to find out more…

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2001: Linkin Park

If there was any band that dominated the charts in 2001, it’s Linkin Park. After forming in 1996 with Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn and Rob Bourdon, they released debut studio album “Hybrid Theory” in October 2000 and were launched to international fame: The album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and was certified 11-times platinum by the R.I.A.A. Lyrically, the album disclosed lead singer Chester’s adolescent experiences including his drug abuse and his parent’s divorce. Four singles were released off their debut — “One Step Closer,” “Crawling,” “Papercut” and “In the End.” To date, “Hybrid Theory” has sold more than 30 million copies globally, making it the bestselling rock album of the 21st century.

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