21 Most Influential Musical Artists of The 21st Century

10. Animal Collective

Animal Collective started out as a high school talent show project. To everyone’s surprise they’ve maintained a large, ever-growing fan base, over the course of the 2000’s. After landing on Billboard’s top 15 ans receiving a 9.6/10 rating from Pitchfork, the ‘experimental rock’ band was nominated for three Brit Awards and a Grammy.



Hipster culture, which was seen as a passing trend, became a real movement thanks to Animal Collective. Their first hit album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, kicked off the hipster “chillwave.” The Record stood out for abstract and ironic songs over rhythmic, psychedelic melodies. The album’s success spawned a long list of followers, including Gang Gang Dance and MGMT.




  1. Al April 6, 2016
  2. Dmitriy Feldman April 6, 2016
  3. Eden Perez August 6, 2017
  4. John December 14, 2018
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