A.V. To Z: The best rock bands of the ’00s, from Arcade Fire to Zwan
A.V. To Z is an alphabetical survey of a specific realm in pop culture.
Though we’re only halfway through the ’10s, the ’00s can occasionally seem like a long time ago. (Remember when barely anyone had cell phones? Jesus.) Still, five years is enough time to get some critical distance from a decade, and so 2015 seems like the perfect time to produce this, The A.V. Club‘s A.V. To Z list of the best rock bands of the ’00s, from Arcade Fire to Zwan.
The rules this time around: Rock bands only. No solo acts, no electronica, no hip-hop. (We’re saving all that for another time.) A band has to have made a substantial contribution to the ’00s and couldn’t win on legacy. (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb and No Line On The Horizon weren’t enough for U2, in other words …