18. Joanna Newsom
Here’s someone who took a genre by storm, using truly original sound and a unique voice. If you haven’t heard of Joanna Newsom, it’s only because folk music doesn’t have much of a following in the 21st century.
Newsom defies all the norms – she’s a successful folk harpist with the voice of an 8-year-old. She was named a major influence by Devendra Banhart and most of the big 21st-century folk bands, including Fleet Foxes and Iron & Wine.
17. White Stripes
The White Stripes duo has been hailed as a game-changing band by alternative rock bands and pop singers alike. They were always open about their creative process, saying they just brought back the simplicity of classic rock and added a few elements reminiscent of the blues. Cold War Kids, Jet, Wolfmother and Alabama Shakes are just a few bands who followed their formula. In 2010, the Stripes were named as ‘The 2000s Most Influential New Band’ by Rolling Stone Magazene.