For reference, I grabbed the first week sales of each of these bands' last two albums off of Wikipedia: Linkin Park: The Hunting Party (2014): 110,000 Living Things (2012): 223,000 Blink 182: California (2016): 186,000 Neighbourhoods (2011): 151,000 Avenged Sevenfold: The Stage (2016): 76,000 Hail to the King (2013): 159,000 Disturbed: Immortalized (2015): 98,000 Asylum (2010): 179,000 Sum 41: 13 Voices (2016): 16,100 Screaming Bloody Murder (2011): 15,000 Now this isn't a perfect indicator of popularity, but it'll do for a rough estimate for interest in new releases. Out of all of these, Blink are the only band roughly equal in popularity to LP, although A7X and Disturbed are in the same order of magnitude. Sum 41 don't even come close. That being said, I actually do agree with you, but in a slightly different way. Linkin Park are still hugely popular (even if it could be argued that they're just coasting off of being the biggest rock band on the planet 15 years ago ), but they're almost certainly not cool. And this means, as you rightly said, they're not talked about as much as many other bands, despite the fact that albums sales, concert tickets sold, etc. prove that they're still immensely popular. I think a lot of that has to do with the genre they're associated with, but who knows. Although, as others have said, their falloff in popularity has been far, far less than the vast majority of their peers (although there are certainly bands who've fared better popularity-wise). All this being said, whether they're popular (or cool ) or not is irrelevent. Sure, Radiohead will never have a single as big as Creep, but I don't think anyone would say that they "died" after Pablo Honey or The Bends. As long as the band is making quality music, I couldn't be happier. The band killed their popularity with ATS, and to this day I couldn't be prouder of them for it.