VOTE: Linkin Park vs. Godsmack

May 11, 2020


Here at The Independent, we’ve organized a tournament to determine which band ruled the 2000s. otherwise recognized as the MySpace Era. Boosted by a generation that gravitated toward rock and its various subgenres, the mid-2000s were defined by both the emergence of punk, pop punk and emo and the refinement of traditional hard rock and heavy metal. 

While rock and its subgenres no longer monopolize the airwaves, the bands that propelled the genre to the tops of charts possess a resiliency that keeps them near and dear to the hearts of listeners. This quarterfinal matchup is between Linkin Park and Godsmack.

Linkin Park

How they got here: Linkin Park collected 78% of the vote in their first-round victory over Paramore.

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.


How they got here: Godsmack picked up 1,417 votes in the first round in a loss to the Foo Fighters. However, the votes were enough to earn them the final spot in the second round as the Boston hard rockers overcame Tool, Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace in a “play-in” contest.

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Renowned for unbridled energy atop resounding riffs, Massachusetts hard rockers Godsmack introduced themselves to the rock landscape with their 1998 eponymous debut effort.

Since then, Godsmack–vocalist Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin–enjoyed remarkable success, releasing seven studio albums over a 22-year span.

Between 2001 and 2006, Godsmack was nominated for four Grammy Awards and three Billboard Awards, earning Billboard’s Rock Artist of the Year in 2001.  In 2002, “I Stand Alone” claimed Metal Edge Readers’ Choice Awards Song of the Year from a Movie Soundtrack after appearing in The Scorpion King.

Godsmack also collected three consecutive No. 1 releases on the Billboard Top 100 (Faceless, IV and The Oracle) to go alongside 25 top-10 rock radio hits and 18 top-five singles. 2003’s Faceless featured the aforementioned “I Stand Alone” and “Straight Out of Line.” two singles that earned Grammy nominations for “Best Hard Rock Performance” and “Best Rock Song,” respectively.

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22 Responses to “VOTE: Linkin Park vs. Godsmack”

  1. Stewart Alfrey on May 11th, 2020 11:27 pm

    Godsmacks music opens your mind, and cleares my head, I have said before godsmacks music is my church

  2. AAA on May 12th, 2020 8:10 am

    Godsmack without doubt

  3. Sandy Erickson on May 12th, 2020 10:15 am

    Godsmack all the way. They just. Keep rocking

  4. Rebecca Babcock on May 12th, 2020 2:56 pm

    Rough choice!

  5. Marlon on May 12th, 2020 10:55 pm

    Linkin park fue de mis bandas favoritas y a ellos aprendi a superar a mis demonios, gracias Linkin park por esa buena musica que nos diste ❤❤

  6. Victor Perez on May 13th, 2020 10:41 am

    Godsmack the group alone has the better talent Shannon Larkin is the most underrated drummer of all time.

  7. Karen Johnson on May 13th, 2020 10:53 am


  8. Daniell on May 13th, 2020 11:00 am

    Godsmack all the way. There my favorite band listened to them from the beginning and still do..

  9. Cindy Locke on May 13th, 2020 11:38 am


  10. Riccardo Ball on May 14th, 2020 12:53 am

    Godsmack for me – great band, solid and consistent. Linkin Park’s direction after Meteora was disappointing.

  11. Helen Hewitt on May 15th, 2020 8:34 pm

    Love me some Godsmack
    The best music 🎶

  12. Shannon Clark on May 15th, 2020 10:40 pm

    Wtf why not Godsmack? That’s strange

  13. Shannon Clark on May 15th, 2020 10:40 pm

    Well in my heart Godsmack will always be my #1

  14. Deena on May 16th, 2020 1:09 am

    Godsmack 100%.. they are the best Rock group ever!! Sully is simply amazing.. the whole band is.. love them. Sully has a voice like no other. He’s so talented. Not only can he sing but Also plays drums piano and guitar.. he’s on fire HOT AS WELL!!!! He’s the whole package!!!

  15. Audrey Walker on May 16th, 2020 5:53 am

    Godsmack is the best by far anyway and anytime. Sully’s voice is amazing

  16. nicole on May 16th, 2020 11:49 am

    I vote Godsmack.

  17. Scott Duncan on May 17th, 2020 10:35 pm

    If Chester we as still alive , he wouldn’t be winning this thing. That Sellout had to collab with Jay z to stay popular. Hybrid Theory was their ONLY half decent record. R.I.P.

  18. Sally Markos on May 20th, 2020 5:19 am

    Godsmack’s energy n heavy hypnotic drumming takes you on a journey that is so much more than just listening.
    I’ve always been drawn to them from the beginning.
    They just kept on getting better n better with every album! Now, 23yrs later they’re still going strong and will for a long time to come!

  19. denise berg on May 30th, 2020 6:32 pm

    Just wanted to bbn vote for godsmack

  20. Jacob Jordan on June 8th, 2020 7:51 pm

    Responding to Scott Duncan First of all Linking park had multiple awesome albums not just one you need to listen to more tracks man. Second of all Linking park did not “sell out” on their collab with Jay-Z, Jay-Z was the one who suggested that they collab in the first place. So if you intend to rip on one of the best rock bands ever who’s lead singer committed suicide two years ago then I suggest you do some research first, just because you know one band more does not mean they are better.

  21. Jacob Jordan on June 8th, 2020 7:53 pm

    Oh, and their is a reason Linking Park is winning.

  22. Jacob Jordan on June 8th, 2020 7:53 pm

    Oh, and their is a reason Linking Park is winning.

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