The Most Famous Alternative Rock Bands of All Time (part 2)

Thirty Seconds to Mars

Formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, Thirty Seconds to Mars (or 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band including members: Jared Leto (lead vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards), Shannon Leto (drums, percussion), and Tomo Miličević (lead guitar, violin, and some other instruments).

In 2002, Bob Ezrin produced Thirty Seconds to Mars’s debut album under the name 30 Seconds to Mars, which was released to positive reviews but only to limited commercial success. The band became widely famous for the release of their second album A Beautiful Lie in 2005. The album received various certifications all around the world, including platinum in the US. They released next album This Is War in 2009, showing a dramatic evolution in the band’s musical style.

The band then moved to Universal Music, which helped them release the fourth album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams in 2013 with both critical and commercial success. They had sold more than 15 million albums as of September 2014,

During their career, the band has received some awards and accolades such as a Guinness World Record, and has also been regarded as one of best artists of the 2000s.

Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys was a hip-hop group formed in 1981 from New York City. The group includes Michael “Mike D” Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz (vocals, guitar), and Adam “MCA” Yauch (vocals, bass).

Originally formed as a four-member hardcore punk band, the Young Aborigines in 1978, the band appeared on the compilation cassette New York Thrash with two songs from their first recorded, Polly Wog Stew, in 1982.

After achieving local success with the hip hop 12-inch single Cooky Puss in 1983, the band made a full transition to hip-hop successfully. They made a tour with Madonna in 1985 and released their first album Licensed to Ill one year later. The group sold 50 million albums worldwide, making them the biggest-selling rap group since the Billboard started recording sales data in 1991.

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