Garage rock revival and the birth of a new indie rock style basically dominated the 2000s in American popular music while various styles of the late 20th century remained popular from genres like rock, pop, metal, hip hop, R&B, EDM, country and indie. An explosion of computer technology and internet sharing contributed to a burst of new musical ideas and emerging styles.
All of the sudden one began to hear terms like “contemporary”, “nu”, “revival”, “alternative”, and “post” to indicate new takes on existing genres, fusions of older ideas and fresh new ones. The 2000s saw the emergence of technologies like Napster and Bittorrent that undoubtedly had a profound effect upon musical creativity, and plummeting artist profits that would profoundly change existing music industry business models.
In the great musical churn for the new and new ideas, graphic band tees were not left behind. The decade saw t-shirt designs emerge that are now classics or that have retro appeal. Below we’ve provided some ideas for t-shirts from some of the heavy hitters of the 2000s in popular music that we hope you enjoy!
Green Day American Idiot Mens Black T-shirt | Green Day
The East Bay, California band Punk/Pop-Punk/Rock Green Day was formed in 1986 but during the 2000s saw some of their greatest commercial success and fan enthusiasm as their style and musical ideas matured. Rolling Stone listed “American Idiot” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” among the 100 best songs of the 2000s. The band has written and performed from 1986 to the present.
Korn Logo Mens Black T-Shirt | Korn
The American nu metal band Korn was formed in Bakersfield, California in 1993. The band is considered one of the major pioneers of the nu metal genre and bringing it into the mainstream.
Though formed in the 90s, the band saw major successes both with their fans and commercially in the 2000s with releases like Untouchables (2002), Take a Look in the Mirror (2003) and See You on the Other Side (2005).
Slipknot Negative One Graphic Goat Mens Black T-shirt | Slipknot
American heavy metal band Slipknot was formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1995 but released several works during the 2000s and amassed a strong popularity throughout that time to make it one of our popular band tees from that decade. Slipknot is known for its aggressive style of music and energetic and chaotic live shows.The band rapidly gained fame following the release of their debut album in 1999.
The 2001 follow-up album, Iowa, made the band more popular even though it had a darker tone. After a brief time off, away from the pressures of the road and resulting internal conflict, Slipknot returned in 2004 with Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). Then followed another hiatus and subsequent return in 2008 with its fourth album, All Hope Is Gone, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. This popularity during the 2000s decade gets it on our list of t-shirts of the time.
Fall Out Boy Chicago T-shirt | Fall Out Boy
American rock band Fall Out Boy was formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001 and consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, lead guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.
The group went through quite a few drummers before finding Andy Hurley but then recorded the group’s debut album, “Take This to Your Grave” in 2003. Underground success associated with the album helped the band gain a dedicated fanbase through heavy touring, as well as commercial success. “Take This to Your Grave” has commonly been cited as an influential blueprint for pop punk music in the 2000s.
Their 2005 major-label release “From Under the Cork Tree” produced two hit singles, “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Dance, Dance”, and gained double platinum status, turning the group into superstars and making Wentz a celebrity and tabloid fixture. Fall Out Boy received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2006 Grammy Awards. The band’s 2007 follow-up release, “Infinity on High”, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 260,000 sales in the first week. It produced two worldwide hit singles, “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” and “Thnks fr th Mmrs”.
Disturbed Scary Face T-shirt | Disturbed
Another band from Chicago in our list is Disturbed, a heavy metal band formed in 1994 with a lineup including vocalist David Draiman, guitarist/keyboardist Dan Donegan, bassist John Moyer and drummer Mike Wengren. With four of their total of seven albums released in the 2000s they certainly qualify for our 2000s list.
“The Guy”, Disturbed’s mascot, was originally just a drawing of a face with a large grin, as seen on the back album cover of The Sickness. The original drawing of The Guy was edited with image manipulation software and after the original image had been distorted three times The Guy became the official mascot image for the band. Later on, he would be drawn as a full figure by artist David Finch.
Foo Fighters Bonsai Tree Mens Black T-shirt | Foo Fighters
An American rock band, Foo Fighters formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994 and continues to produce music to the present. Founded by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the breakup of Nirvana after the suicide of Kurt Cobain the group took its name from “Foo fighter”, a term coined by Allied aircraft pilots for UFOs and other aerial phenomena.
During their career, Foo Fighters have won 12 Grammy Awards, including the Best Rock Album category four times. The band has also won an American Music Award, four Brit Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards. Heavily active in the 2000s, Foo Fighters were a strong, international success during the period.
Bullet for My Valentine Raven Mens Black T-shirt | Bullet For My Valentine
Bullet For My Valentine (often abbreviated BFMV) are a heavy metal band from Brigend, Wales formed in 1998. Influenced by classic metal acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer, the band’s debut album The Poison was released on 3 October 2005 in the UK and on 14 February 2006 in the US to coincide with Valentine’s Day, in a reference to the band’s name. The album entered the U.S. Billboard 200 at number 128 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The band made appearances at the Download Festival and Kerrang! XXV, and toured in the US with Rob Zombie. Bullet for My Valentine’s second studio album, Scream Aim Fire, was released on 29 January 2008 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200.
Weezer Pixel Glasses Mens Black T-Shirt | Weezer
American rock band Weezer was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1992 and has quite a history leading up to the decade of the 2000s including releasing recognizable hit songs like “Undone – The Sweater Song”, “Say It Ain’t So” and “Buddy Holly” among others. In 1997 the band, experiencing disagreements about creative directions began a hiatus from performing together to take time for personal creative efforts.
The Green Album, in 2001, signaled Weezer’s return and they had added new bassist Mikey Welsh. With a more pop sound, and, gaining recognition from singles like “Hash Pipe” and “Island in the Sun”, the album was a commercial success and received largely positive reviews. Weezer’s fourth album, Maladroit (2002), achieved mostly positive reviews, but weaker sales. Make Believe (2005) received mixed reviews, but its single “Beverly Hills” became Weezer’s first single to top the US Modern Rock Tracks chart and the first to reach the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Red Album was released in 2008, featuring “TR-808s, synths, Southern rap, and baroque counterpoint”. “Pork and Beans”, its lead single, became the third Weezer song to top the Modern Rock Tracks chart, accompanied by a Grammy-winning YouTube music video.
Deftones White Pony Mens Black T-shirt | Deftones
Once referred to as “the Radiohead of Metal”, the Deftones are an American alternative metal band formed in Sacramento, California in 1988. The band, having been around with varying degrees of success for years, started out the 2000s with a strong album and evolved musical style in “White Pony”, their third studio album and which went on to receive Best Album at the Kerrang! Awards. The band tee pictured here features artwork from that album.
Nine Inch Nails Black Logo on Mens Gray T-shirt | Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN and stylized as NIИ in the band tee pictured here, is an American industrial rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988.
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Trent Reznor was the only permanent member of the band until English musician Atticus Ross joined in 2016. Following critical acclaim and commercial success throughout the nineties they too are another band that re-emerged in the 2000s with force. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine put Nine Inch Nails at No. 94 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.