Best Bands from the UK

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1The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

You have GOT to be kidding me. The Beatles in 4th place? Queen in 5th? Led Zeppelin in 6th and Pink Floyd in 11th!? Has everyone gotten deaf? Mcfly isn't even that famous. And in no way is it even nearly as good as the Beatles yet its 2 spots above it?
Probably some 10 year old made that list.

Actually what to commit since when did mcfly, keane and coldplay become better than the Beatles. Without the Beatles they wouldn't even exist whoever voted for those three actually want to be shot. What is the world coming too. Correct Order 1. THE BEATLES 2. Rolling Stones 3. Pink Floyd 4. Led Zeppelin 5. Queen 6. The Who 7. Oasis 8. The Smiths 9. The Clash 10. The BeeGees

The Beatles are easily the best band in the world. My top 10 UK band list: 1. Beatles 2. Led Zeppelin 3. Rolling Stones 4. Who 5. Pink Floyd 6. Black Sabbath 7. Queen 8. Yardbirds 9. Cream 10. Sex Pistols

As much as I love other bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Oasis and Queen. It feels wrong to even try and compare The Beatles with them, they were simply in a different league to everyone else.

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2QueenQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Freddie Mercury the BEST vocalist of all time.

Brian May one of the best guitarists of all time and the only one who could probably gel so well with mercury's voice

Roger taylor insane drumming skills

John Deacon great bassist! (listen to the bassline from under pressure)

The band responsible for Bohemian rhapsody, we will rock you, another one bites the dust, and we are the champions. People from all over the world have heard them! Even those who are from non-English speaking countries (such as me). Queen is the greatest band ever!

The only bands (from the UK) which match queen are the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the Who.

None of them are in the top 3. Even other amazing bands like Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, radiohead, sex pistols, and the clash are nowhere on the list!

Queen is the best band ever! Their songs have become part of everyone's life at one point or another. Their music is music for winners! If you are down and want to feel pumped up and like a champion listen to Queen. You will never tire of Queen's music because it is so diverse. Every band member contributed hit songs and every band member has a college degree (and one, Brian May is a genius! ) The original lineup stayed together for 20 years until Freddie's death and they made music up until Freddie couldn't sing anymore. This band is the best ever! If you watch their documentaries you will be blown away at their story and you will definitely get sucked in and never want to come out.

Been listening to Queen non-stop all day. You can't do that with any other band without getting sick of it. Queen had such a wide variety of songs that it never gets old! - ObsessedwFreddie

Better than Led Zeppelin

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3Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

HAHA JOKE SHOP! I'm sorry, and at the risk of music snobbery, any list regarding the best British bands who's top 10 doesn't include (in no particular order
The Beatles, Queen, Led Zep (and probably The Yardbirds), The Stones, The Kinks, Bowie (though a 1 man name) and Floyd... Is a bit of a load!

Oasis, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Roxy Music, Muse, Blur, Pulp, Manics etc are all brilliant but owe everything to the above... As for Keane and McFly... They barely even rate to clean the piss from the toilet seats of Page, Beck, Plant, Harrison etc al.

Anyway! My 5 pennies... Keane my arse!

Muse ahead of Led Zeppelin? Really? Jimmy Page one of the greatest guitarists ever. John Bonham one of the greatest drummers ever. Robert Plant one of the greatest rock voices ever. John Paul Jones one of the most underrated musicians ever. Truly inspirational music that blended many genres, including rock, heavy metal, blues, Indian, Celtic, etc. Truly a brilliant band in every way.

This is ridiculous. how is Led Zeppelin not at least no. 2 on this list... greatest band to ever live... changed music in the most beautiful and inspiring way ever possible. stairway to heaven and whole lotta love has truly changed my life... take a listen and try and argue that they are not one of the greatest bands to ever walk the earth

The Greatest Band Of All Time Period...No One Comes Close In My Opinion. While I'm Here How About The Most Underrated Rock Band Of All Time.. I Vote For "Free" Unbelievable Band

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4Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard ...read more.

Pink Floyd have stood the test of time, and their music will still be loved long after people forget the names of some of these "musicians". - rachelcarr

Their music will be remembered forever especially when compared to that of the bands above. Sure Muse looks huge now, but in retrospect we will all think that they were ants when compared to the giants that The Beatles, Who, Queen, and Floyd (etc. ) were.

I love the Beatles, Led and Queen but I always revere Pink Floyd for most intuitive - in perfection and anti-establishment, no need to ask I was born in the early 50's - live through them all and through the Vietnam War as a Marine even went to Woodstock.. 62 now so my opinion counts a lot!

This is THE BAND, the rest is mere noise

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5ColdplayColdplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

I had difficulty picking this over the Beatles and Led Zepplin, but when it comes down to it, nothing feels better than listening to coldplay. If I could only do one thing for the rest of my life, that would be it. - edtheiii

Coldplay is my favorite band ever and it is self evident they should be at this spot the international superstars deserve it!

I think Coldplay it's the best UK band, the best musicians, the best overrated band, the most popular, the best songwriters, the best song- to fall-in-love-a-girl(or boy) writers. They're simply the best

Coldplay, should not be in the top ten, there are so many other great bands that have made areal changed in music, style, and attitude. Coldplay, in this position very funny.

the only band that deserves to be at top is coldplay, they have done it over and over again giving the coldplaymates great music all the time, buy an ablum you would never be dissapointed. Rock on coldplymates...

I agree beatles and stones are better than them but they are the only good band right now

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6The WhoThe Who is English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are best ...read more.

Really, the who, rolling stones, led zep, queen and pink floyd are like the greatest rock bands of all time. The Beatles are the greatest artists of all time.

The who are the greatest band ever for me. They had a real angry edge about them that made them something different from Beatles and stones. The true sound of British working class and Sabbath zep Nazareth deep purple even motorhead the specials the jam oasis and and so many proper urban British bands across different genres would not have exacted without the who. They are the missing link. Just listen to live at Leeds and you will know they are the boss of British rock

I just watched a movie about the who and fell in love with the band, I have always been a fan of their music and knowing their story makes their songs even more special.

I'm a huge Coldplay fan, but come on, they shouldn't be in top 10. And Keane!? Oh God, please! The Who, instead, MUST, with NO DOUBT, be in the top 10, and top 3 in my opinion.

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7Rolling Stones

The who was the first band to ever wreck instruments on stage. The first band to ever right rock opera. The who is the bar there is nothing to stones did to change the face of music but played recycled blue songs. And having some great hits as well. The Beatles did nothing to change music but open a door for a lot of great bands to go to America. The stones and the Beatles both made good recording in studio but they who could definitely blow them both off the stage. We are talking about rock and roll right? It's more than just listening to music and albums. it's an energy a total loss of control definition of rock 'n roll is The Who.

ARE YOU ALL MAD?! THE ROLLING STONES IS THE GREATEST ROCK N ROLL BAND IN THE WORLD AND GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME THE ROLLING STONES IS THE GREATEST IN UK NOT EVEN THE BEATLES ARE WORTHY OF OVERCOMING THE STONES BECAUSE THE BEATLES HAVE BEEN DUING A LOT OF WORK IN MUSIC DURING 10 YEARS.

the rolling stones along with the beatles paved the way and set the standards for those who came later

Stones > Who > Beatles.

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8KeaneKeane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1995. The group currently comprises Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tom Chaplin.

Wow, #1! I must say, Keane totally and completely deserve to be #1! Tim Rice-Oxley is a genius when it comes to writing beautiful lyrics and melodies and Tom Chaplin has the best voice I've ever head and needs no autotune to aid him! Not only do they contribute beautiful songs but they are so dedicated to their fans. The members of Keane have been cooped up in a studio since the end of September putting together their fourth album. Instead of shutting their fans out, they have been posting pictures and short teaser clips of the music they've been working on. So far this album sounds like it is going to be their best one yet, so watch out for the second coming of Keane.

Great quality of lyrics. Great voice quality. Great live performances. What else? They reinvented the piano-rock. If not enough, try listening to a couple of songs and then tell us what you think

Keane is simply amazing. Tim's lyrics are so deep and from the heart and they're so simple at the same time, anyone can related to them. And Tom's voice is just the most gorgeous thing ever. They're all just so amazing.

Who is this and why are they above Th Who?

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9OasisOasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

Amazing band!

Noel Gallagher is one of the greatest song-writers of all time and liam Gallagher has such a raw and unique voice. Their Best Album is 'What's The Story) Morning Glory! It is UK's 4th best selling album of all-time, 14 times platinum in the UK, best selling album of the 1990's which was a decade of amazing albums! :D

Best songs include -

Don't look back in anger, some might say, the Hindu times, lyla, the importance of being idle, the masterplan, little by little, wonderwall, morning glory, roll with it, songbird and champagne supernova... And more.

What is the world coming to if oasis are behind mcfly! - FOSTER69a

Oasis is the best Britpop-Band of the 90s, without any doubt. Only Beatles can reach their level. "wonderwall" was THE 90s anthem. Live forever

The top 3 in British history

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10MuseMuse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...read more.

Muse is probably the most unique British band there is right now. Each of their albums having a different style and genre (s) makes them simply amazing for everyone. Matt Bellamy honestly has the most amazing voice I have ever heard, melodic, expresses emotions perfectly, and is one of the only rock singers that can actually use falsetto amazingly. Not to mention his incredle guitar playing skills, the Plug In Baby riff was voted the best riff of the decade, and with good reason! His guitarist is always complex, and uses a wide range of guitar techniques, not to mention his frequent use of improvisation in playing guitar live. Chris Wolstenholme has been voted one of the greatest bassists of all time, this being backed up by the incredible bass riff in Hysteria, the legendary bass riff of Time Is Running Out, and so many more! Their live performances never fail to entertain their crowd, whether it be an arena concert, or yet another sold-out stadium concert. The band has multiple ...more

Only band that could (maybe) deserve to be above Muse are the Beatles - and that's only because they changed music so much. If Muse had been around at the same time, they'd have been even bigger than the Beatles were!

This is the youngest bands amongst most of many mentioned below, they deserve to be on top, keane deserves to be somewhere 15, muse has the most dedicated fans and is most under estimated band, they will be regarded as best bands of modern times, most of american bands suck, they are famous just because they show explicit materials rather than concentrating on music, if muse were american, they would have got attention just like lp but would have fans 4 times than lp, I have heard so many rock bands none of them are a match to MUSE in terms of great music, style, vocals, MATT I SALUTE YOU!
I LOVE MUSE & ALWAYS WILL

Muse deserves to be way higher on this list! Somewhere in the top five - not eleventh! Maybe below The Beatles and Queen because lets be honest those two bands are very famous and each helped to shape and change the music industry in their own ways. Top three should be The Beatles, and then probably Queen and then Muse very close behind. Come on internet! - Get your act together...

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The Contenders

11Iron MaidenIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and as of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.

Iron Maiden, without a doubt, have proved to the entire World that they are the greatest British band of all time, as well as one of the greatest bands, full stop!

Up The Irons!

This list is absolutely ridiculous. Surely bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Cream, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rolling stones, The Who, definitely Leppard, Motorhead, Deep Purple, Eric Clapton etc. Ought to be above the current top three, which should not even be anywhere near the top 10.

How is Maiden not in AT LEAST in the top 4. With over 2000 concerts played over their 35 year run and a more global fanbase than any band in this list they SHOULD be number 1. With that awesome voice of Bruce, the amazing bass of Steve, the best drumming by Nikko, and the incredible guitarists trio of Dave murray, Adrian Smith and Jers, iron maiden has made a everlasting impact on music and always will be the best band from the UK. Long live maiden.

Their music alone beats all

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12U2U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

They are from the Republic of Ireland which is not from the U.K.. If they were from the other side of Ireland they would be part of the U.K., but they are not. - Powerfultekin

One I greatest bands of all time, their style is unequal and progress thru generations they make hit by hit

Don't give a damn if they are not British they have good music

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13RadioheadRadiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

When You discover Radiohead, they become your favorite band... - iTunesJunky

Sit down, slap on a bit of OK Computer and you've got the perfect day sorted out. Radiohead are seriously amazing, they change their style so frequently and it still sounds amazing and has depth. After Pablo Honey (when I started listening to them) they haven't let me down since and I own all their albums on vinyl.

Oh my god! Keane is number ONE?! That is just stupid... I mean, over Radiohead, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Queen? I mean, those bands are legendary... just try and listen to Paranoid Android, and you'll see how awesome these guys are.

Beatles, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Radiohead. Best bands from UK

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14Arctic MonkeysThe Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, ...read more.

How is Artic Monkeys number 16?! They deserve to be above Bullet For My Valentine and Spice Girls! They are great! Much better than Iron Maiden!

As a whole they're one of the best names in the industry currently. All their albums have gone to number one, lyrically exceptional and they've recently finished a world tour (need I go on? ) Like it or not, the Monkeys' are one of the best bands to come out of the UK, and totally deserve to be higher on this list.

Why are AM below muse and Coldplay two of the most dull and bland bands ever. AM have some of the most real and clever lyrics that make you feel things, great variation between albums and are one of the best live bands ever. They have been a giant inspiration already and the best band of this century.

Not better than Jimi Hendrix by a long shot

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15McFly

McFly? McFly's the best band. I think they just created a new style than anyone can like. If you listen to some old McFly's songs you'll realize they sound like The Beatles (like a new Beatles' style). Their last albums totally changed it's style, but I think they're still unique. It's easy to identify yourself with their lyrics... Those inspirational and fabulous lyrics. Don't forget about the melody. The melody of their songs are just amazing. The way they play their instruments, the way Tom and Danny sing while they play the guitar, Dougie's style to rock with his bass, and Harry's form to play the drums is just HANDSOME. McFLY's my life and no one's gonna change that! MCFLY ROCKS.

They sound like the Beatles, because there was something called 'the Beatles'; without the Beatles there would be no McFly. Also, copying is technically bad in music, no originality. Also, "The way they play their instruments". You're saying you prefer these guys to the way Pink Floyd 'play their instruments' or how Lennon 'sings while he plays guitar' or Entwistle's 'style to rock with his bass'. Finally, how do you even play drums 'HANDSOMELY'? - paak17

McFLY second!? Wow! Wasn't expecting that!

McFLY Are great band who focus on keeping up to date with new styles, yet stick with meaningful and emotional lyrics. Their new songs (to be officially released in the winter) are almost electric rock, yet the lyrics recall dougies (bassist player) hard time in rehab.

Seen these guys 9 times and just seem to get better each time, and I'm a 19 year old guy.. Not a 12 year old little brat. I love bands such as coldplay, bullet for my valentine, keane, oasis, muse and queen and I'm not going to attack them.. But nothing will compare to the 6 years I've had following McFLY.

Time doesn't = quality. Yeah, it's great to have been around for a while, but that doesn't automatically make your music better! 8 years and five albums is what McFly have accomplished by the first half of their twenties. Give these guys time, and their original music and lyrics are going to earn them JUST as much longevity as some of the other bands on this list. Don't wait a couple of years to give this band the credit it deserves, appreciate them now!

To those who says that McFly sounds like the Beatles probably never actually tries to fully listen to their songs... Sure Beatles have the originality but when it comes to style, McFly always have some new surprises under their skin and Beatles are utterly out-skilled by the McFly boys when it comes to instrument and vocalizing. The only two bands to top their skill, talent, and creativity in my opinion would only be Queen and Genesis! Overall, McFly is the best!

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16The SmithsThe Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

I'd feel like I was cheating on common sense and good music taste if I'd written a list like this, The Smiths, 15th?! There is no combo better than Morrissey and Marr in the whole of British music! If you have ever been truly miserable then you will find yourself listening to the Smiths and really understanding the deepness and humour of Morrissey and the musical genius of Marr. First came across There Is A Light That Never Goes Out Listening to 7 Worlds Collide and I've never turned back. Anyone who does not appreciate The Smiths is missing 99% of their emotions, this list is truly a disgrace.

They're timeless, melancholy but uplifting, can have them playing all day - seasoned

Who made this list there on drugs! The stones are first! The smiths are 2nd duh

Come on guys, The Smiths at number 22?! Easily top 10, if not higher

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17Electric Light OrchestraThe Electric Light Orchestra are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.

Legendary band in every respect! From the 70s to now they have just got better and better and have some of the greatest songs ever written to their name.

These guys should be much higher than mcfly!

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18Bee GeesThe Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

The Bee Gees are the 5th best selling act of all time, wrote great songs and were not a disco group, there had hits before Saturday night fever and after. It frustrates me when people say they only did disco and people forget their work after Saturday night fever, I love songs like Too much heaven and How deep is you love, listen to many of their songs from the 90's and 2000's, The only love, For whom the bell tolls, Secret love, I could not love you more, Alone, Sacred trust, Wedding day, just to name a few, great songs, with great lyrics and melodies, written and performed fantastically, take a listen, find them on You tube

The Bee Gees my first love! One of the most succesful band from UK and the whole world. The capacity of reinventing their selves is just amazing! Decades of incredible songs, incredible success and incredible talent! They connect in a way that only brothers could connect! They are amazing! Their songs are so varied and so rich in different influences that there is a song for every day of your life!

How could anyone forget about the Bee Gees lol - seasoned

19Depeche ModeDepeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.

Most underrated band in music history. Their music is so far ahead of its time that most people cannot comprehend it. If after you listen to them and then disagree, you seriously need to re-evaluate your life. Better than the Beatles by lightyears. Best band in the universe PERIOD.

The absolute best. When will they ever get their long, long overdue recognition? On a completely different level to anyone else. Decades before their time. Always have been. Always will be. Enough said!

Depeche Mode is #1. Acknowledge this fact Britain. The rest of the world has. So sick of them being underrated. #41.. Just look who's above them... Enough said!

Totally agree, so underrated, their back catalogue is stunning and pretty diverse - Violator has to be one of the best all round albums ever.

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20Black SabbathBlack Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, ...read more.

You currently have Black Sabbath listed below Oasis and Coldplay. I am embarrassed for you, and may our Dark Lord Satan take great glee in your eternal punishment, which will hopefully involve a pineapple, some rock salt, and a jack hammer.

If not the best, one of the best heavy metal bands of all time.
Surely the best English band.
OZZY ROCKS! - i-love-rock-n-roll

Ok most people would say number 1 is beatles or zeppelin but why some band I've never heard of ps one direction sucks paranoid best album ever

Black Sabbath in 13th? Please guys

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