32. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Years active: 2000 - present
Influenced: Female lead singers in rock, The Knife
Hometown: New York, New York
Jam: "Maps." This song serves as a foolproof guide to finding true love: if your beloved doesn't know it, dump them.
When he Yeah Yeah Yeahs blazed onto the New York City music scene with their electro-punk (that was also danceable) and the howling pipes of female vocalist Karen O— it quickly became clear that they were destined for success. Touring as support for The White Stripes and The Strokes, Karen O and Brian Chase gained considerable buzz, but it wasn't until 2003 when they released their debut album Fever to Tell that the group achieved significant success. The combination of electrified rock and Karen's unforgettable, energy-ridden vocals made them shoe-ins for the indie rock crowd. Their single "Maps" is still one of those songs that gives you chills down the back of your spine every time you hear it—and Rolling Stone even named it one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" so you know it's real. On another note, the feminist perspective that this group brought to the indie rock scene of the late 2000s made a considerable impact on other female musicians—Karen O cemented the fact that girls were rocking just as hard as guys.