1. Ok Go (YouTube)
It was YouTube that truly put this band on the map. Their creative viral videos for the songs “Here It Goes Again” and “This Too Shall Pass” were a true win, making them a household name and scoring them over 40,000,000 views on YouTube.
2. Death Cab For Cutie (The O.C.)
Sure, Death Cab For Cutie have always had a solid following among Indie music fans, but it wasn’t until they were referenced on The O.C. as Seth Cohen’s favorite band, that people really started to take notice. And all the name dropping paid off, as their fourth album, “Transatlanticism” went on to sell over 200,000 copies.
3. The American Secrets (Free Credit Score Commercials)
Being named the official FreeCreditScore.com band in 2010 has done big things for Detroit rockers, The American Secrets. Since their TV debut, this group has played SXSW and acquired a solid fan base.
4. The Swell Season (Once)
Marketa Irglova and Glenn Hansard are the definition of an overnight sensation. The duo, who starred in the low-budget Indie film “Once,” not only received an Oscar, but also saw mainstream success with their band, “The Swell Season.”
5. Panic! At The Disco (MySpace And PureVolume)
MySpace’s golden days may be over, but it has done wonders for many up and coming bands, especially Panic! At The Disco. Now, one of the biggest pop-rock around, this group gained the majority of their mega fan base through Myspace and PureVolume.