VOTE: Linkin Park (1) vs. Paramore (16)

April 1, 2020

Here at the NEIU Independent, we’ve organized a tournament to determine which band ruled the mid-to-late 2000s, otherwise known as the MySpace Era. A generation that gravitated toward rock and its various subgenres, the mid-2000s were defined by the emergence of punk, pop punk, nu metal and emo, four subgenres that experienced peak commercial success.  While rock and its subgenres no longer monopolize the airwaves, the bands that propelled punk and emo to the tops of charts possess a resiliency that keeps them near and dear to the hearts of listeners. This first round matchup is between Linkin Park and Paramore.

Linkin Park

Stefan Brending

Linkin Park introduced themselves with 1999’s critically acclaimed Hybrid Theory. Though their debut effort was released just after the turn of the millennium, the RIAA-certified diamond record carried incredible momentum throughout the duration of the decade, selling over 30 million copies worldwide.

2003 brought the release of the the band’s sophomore effort Meteora, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was ranked the 36th greatest album of the decade. Tasked with replicating the transcendental successes of songs like “In The End,” “Crawling” and “One Step Closer,” Meteora saw the band adopt a perceptibly somber tone, as evidenced by “Numb” and “Somewhere I Belong.”

Though 2007’s Minutes to Midnight received mixed reviews, it did feature “What I’ve Done,” the band’s third-most streamed song across digital platforms. Rolling Stone recognized Minutes to Midnight as its 25th best album of 2007.


Paramore debuted with 2005’s All We Know Is Falling, but really hit their stride two years later with Riot!, which featured hit singles “Misery Business” and “crushcrushcrush.”

In 2009, Paramore released Brand New Eyes, featuring “Brick by Boring Brick” and the pensive “The Only Exception,” the latter being the band’s fifth-most streamed song on Spotify. Strangely enough, while Brand New Eyes didn’t enjoy the same commercial success as Riot!, it peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, 13 slots higher than its precursor.  Brand New Eyes also peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock and Alternatives Albums chart.

Which band do you prefer? Paramore or Linkin Park

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Please vote in our other first round matchups:

My Chemical Romance vs. Coldplay

Green Day  vs. Simple Plan

Blink-182  vs. Mayday Parade


17 Responses to “VOTE: Linkin Park (1) vs. Paramore (16)”

  1. Julie on February 29th, 2020 2:56 pm

    Linkin park forever and always

  2. Susan Krummick on February 29th, 2020 8:47 pm

    LINKIN PARK is the single most influential band of the 2000s. Soldiers are the best fans ever!

  3. Erik on February 29th, 2020 8:47 pm

    Linkin Park = numetal trash.

  4. thelma lucas on February 29th, 2020 10:17 pm

    theres never gonna be a group that will beat linkin park just saying

  5. Chris Rothenberg on February 29th, 2020 10:39 pm

    Linkin Park , you can’t compare or put a band vote against Linkin Park cuz they can’t be topped or duplicated , Miss’s all of the boys , Chester RIP

  6. Emily on February 29th, 2020 11:19 pm

    Linkin park now and forever!

  7. Adrianne Rodriguez on March 1st, 2020 9:21 am


  8. Miriam van der laan on March 1st, 2020 10:45 am

    Linkin park forever.

  9. Tyrone White on March 1st, 2020 9:42 pm

    Linkin Park has always been the best of everything since they starred in 1999 and will always be till death of all mankind! Nobody can top that. I started following them since I was 8yrs old feeling their passions as if they were my own due to relations in my own life. Paramore has relations too but Linkin Park allows you to express your pain for the whole of mankind to feel. LP Riding Till Death do us part!

  10. Alesansa on March 1st, 2020 10:37 pm

    Linkin Park!

  11. Dawn bowers on March 1st, 2020 11:29 pm

    I love the whole band but I love the way Chester sang he had a real gift. Miss him so much

  12. Dawn bowers on March 1st, 2020 11:30 pm

    I really love linkin park music really miss chester

  13. Guilty Angel on March 3rd, 2020 4:07 am

    Chester has the ability to convey incredible emotions deep into the hearts and souls of people who listen to him, just by his voice. He’s the only singer I know who can do this kind of thing 🎵💚🔥

  14. Andrei on March 3rd, 2020 11:56 am

    Linkin Park

  15. Logan on April 20th, 2020 3:34 pm


  16. Soulcrusher on April 20th, 2020 6:44 pm

    While Link Park are trash, Paramore are sewage.

  17. Greg on April 20th, 2020 10:23 pm

    The best band of the 2000’s is one of 3. 1 breaking Benjamin, 2 3 days grace, 3 sum 41

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