MTV’s Musical March Madness: The First Round!

It’s MTV’s second annual Musical March Madness! MTV News took the 64 biggest names in rock, split them up into four regions, assigned them seeds and puts them up against one another in a single-elimination series of match-ups in a winner-take-all contest. We’re leaving it to you to decide an actual champ in this field of 64, so over the next few weeks, fan voting will determine who will emerge as this year’s champion. It’s all about the fans, and the artist with the most passionate fan base will score the awesome Musical March Madness trophy!

All of the voting in the first round of MTV’s Musical March Madness is now open, and you can keep casting your vote for your favorite bands through this Sunday, March 20. We’ll reveal all the second round match-ups on Monday, March 21. So far, a handful of familiar faces have jumped out to big leads (including 30 Seconds to Mars, Foo Fighters, Linkin Park and defending champions Coheed and Cambria). Meanwhile, there are excellently close battles happening between Paramore and No Doubt, Arcade Fire and Sum 41 and Patrick Stump and Neon Trees. All the match-ups are below, or you can head here to take a look at all the polls at once.


» (1) Arcade Fire vs. (16) Sum 41

» (8) Coldplay vs. (9) Cake

» (5) Phoenix vs. (12) Phish

» (4) The Strokes vs. (13) MGMT

» (6) Cage the Elephant vs. (11) Rage Against the Machine

» (3) My Chemical Romance vs. (14) Panda Bear

» (7) Owl City vs. (10) The Decemberists

» (2) Radiohead vs. (15) TV On the Radio


» (1) Linkin Park vs. (16) Sleigh Bells

» (8) R.E.M. vs. (9) Hinder

» (5) Paramore vs. (12) No Doubt

» (4) Kings of Leon vs. (13) Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

» (6) Kid Rock vs. (11) Adele

» (3) Mumford & Sons vs. (14) Tokio Hotel

» (7) Weezer vs. (10) My Morning Jacket

» (2) Muse vs. (15) Cobra Starship


» (1) Foo Fighters vs. (16) The Damned Things

» (8) Dave Matthews Band vs. (9) Disturbed

» (5) Neon Trees vs. (12) Patrick Stump

» (4) Rise Against vs. (13) Pete Wentz/Black Cards

» (6) Coheed and Cambria vs. (11) Crystal Bowersox

» (3) Vampire Weekend vs. (14) Bright Eyes

» (7) Avenged Sevenfold vs. (10) Taylor Swift

» (2) The Black Keys vs. (15) Taylor Swift


» (1) 30 Seconds to Mars vs. (16) Yellowcard

» (8) Pearl Jam vs. (9) Train

» (5) Panic! at the Disco vs. (12) Avril Lavigne

» (4) Florence and the Machine vs. (13) Brandon Flowers

» (6) U2 vs. (11) Ke$ha

» (3) Green Day vs. (14) Adam Lambert

» (7) Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. (10) Death Cab for Cutie

» (2) Blink-182 vs. (15) All Time Low

And just in case you need a little guidance about this year’s bracket, check out the expert analysis by Dick Bagwell and Vincent Twice.


Who is your favorite to win MTV’s Musical March Madness? Let us know in the comments!