Best British Bands of the 21st Century


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Best band ever, no one can ever compare to Muse. They throw bits of classical music in, while still being insanely epic, all the time. Always original, and amazing live.
Muse are the best band this country have seen in a very long time. With matt's mad guitar solos, cris's melodic bass and dome's epic drums this band are what makes Briton great.
They're so amazing I could cry. Then I once was at their concert in Manchester, it was so epic! Muse are genius, they have the best music ever!
[Newest]Amazing live, amazing voice, freaky band!
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Just because I grew up with them I adore them! Such beautiful songs makes me wonder if they are one of the best bands of all times. When they speak seem to be silly, but they are kidding: maybe there are bands like MUSE and Radiohead which make complex experimental music (I like both band indeed) nonetheless Coldplay's songs are always harmonic and they put their soul and heart in them, so I just cannot stand it! Listen to songs like The Scientist, Fix you, Trouble, In my place, Yellow and their masterpiece, Viva la Vida and you will be convinced! Their music is not only gorgeous, complex too!
Great Music! Can't stop listening to it. And not gay at all.
I love 60s and 70s music. There was so much progression and creativity in music during those decades, and, in my opinion, no modern band will ever be able to replicate the masterpieces and geniuses of the 60s and 70s. But Coldplay comes damn close. I have not taken the time to explore modern music very much due to it being bogged down in mainstream pop crap and worse that fails to contain a note of creative thought. However, since becoming familiar with Coldplay, it has become clear that there are a few bands out there today that still value innovation, creativity, good melodies, actual orchestration, and poetic lyrics. I'm not saying Coldplay is the best band of the 21st century, as I have not listened to enough modern artists to have a real opinion. But Coldplay is the first modern band of this caliber I have found, and so they will always be the most important to me for introducing me to the creative influences extant today. I now look forward to discovering other great bands that still produce albums today. Thank you Coldplay for reviving my faith in the modern music industry.
[Newest]Possibly the best band of all time. Beautiful lyrics and melody. Brings me peace! Love them
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3Arctic Monkeys
I like coldplay, oasis and muse, but the artic monkeys are AMAZING and even though I like all the bands above I still think the artic monkeys ARE the band of the 21 century, and alex was fit
Who let Muse get to 1? I like Coldplay and Oasis, despite only two of their albums in 00s were any good. Franz Ferdinand are rightly in the top ten, too, as with Radiohead. But Mumford and Sons? Why? Arctic Monkeys are the most consistently good band - only Humbug was a slight letdown. They've reinvented themselves a few times, and the results have always been good. Alex Turner is a great lyricist, and the songs are brilliant too. No band this century has been as good as the Arctic Monkeys.
Not just the best band of the 21st Century, but (in my opinion) they are the best band of all time. Their music is just so fantastic. Every album sounds completely different than another. Recommending them to people is difficult because you have to try and find the right AM sound for them. If they like more pop "Suck it and see" more of a rocker? "Whatever people Say I am that's what I'm not". They just keep getting better!
[Newest]The best band ever (in my opinion)

Still the best, even though their heyday was in the 90s. Coldplay is a close second.
My ex introduced their music to me and I fell in love with this English band. Plus they were his neighbors as they grew up. They are the best.
oasis is the best band ever. Its a shame that its third on the list.
[Newest]One Direction laugh out loud. said no one EVER

Most creative band of the last 20 years, they proved they could make different kind of music genres
Most creative band of the last 20 years one album after the other. Yorke's voice is unbelievable. Their videos are pieces of art.
Radiohead are the best British Rock band after The Beatles. Why aren't they in the 1st place? Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Ed O'Brien! Paranoid Android, 2 2=5, There There, Fake Plastic Trees, Street Spirit, Nude, Lucky, Exit Music (For A Film)! Just Perfect.
[Newest]You may not hear them on the radio too often or even listen to them with regularity, but in the back of your mind, everybody knows that they are clearly the top. Ask any of the bands on this list, and they'll tell you "yes, Radiohead, #1".

6Franz Ferdinand
I'm from the U.S. and I can't find anything as unique and original as Franz Ferdinand! Especially living in Arizona, it's not something that's usually come across, but I saw them open for Green Day and they were incredible! Definitely up there in my top bands with Muse, plus it's undeniable that their songs are catchy and infectious

7One Direction
I love them and I think the should made more songs. They're talented and so amazing and incredible. I wished they could make songs about the world I think it'll be awesome. But just do what are you doing right now because you guys are amaZAYN, phenomiNIALL, extraordinHARRY, fabuLouis and fave brilLIAM. Love you all, directioners xx
One direction is young yet mature Colleen yet appropriate and good looking too who could want anything more and the worst part is that most people haven only heard what makes you beautiful and one thing when they have so many other incredible songs you can't judge them on 2 of them
One Direction are my inspirations and they make me feel like I matter to the world, listening to their song also cheers me up when I'm having a bad day!
[Newest]Nope. This horrible excuse for a band shouldn't even be called a band in the first place!

I have loved the band for as long as I can remember and still love them now they are the best band I have ever known of and play all their own music and they write them too also they have written books and not many bands do that. McFly may have been around for 10 years but I love them to bits and will never replace them on my top ten list of my favorite bands and they are at the top. They are so inspirational in the way they have taken part in different shows like Harry won Strictly come dancing and Dougie won I'm a celeb get me out of here. With Tom and Harry both married they show that they are not fancy posh celebs they are normal people and kind and that's why I think they are the best
Mcfly are an inspirational band. Not only do they support many charities and promote many great causes, their music has helped thousands of young people through tough times with uplifting and quirky songs. They have gained a massive following, not only in the uk, but the world. Their journey from boys to men hasn't been easy, however the music has helped them as well as so many of their fans.
I just love this band. It's not even a boys band cause they actually write all of their music and they play their own instruments! Danny, Tom, Dougie and Harry: they are all very talented! I totally agree with the other comment!
[Newest]Radio:ACTIVE is one of my favourite albums ever.

9Bullet For My Valentine
BFMV are the best band, Fever the best album and The Last Fight, Tears Don't Fall and Scream Aim Fire the best songs.
Bullet comes first any day! They are truly the best band in the world, no one, no band, no sounds could ever compete with them! They are NUMBER 1! BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE FOR LIFE!
How the hell are wrong direction higher than these? Bullet For My Valentine are awesome! Loving their new stuff, but nothing beats fever
[Newest]Best band. Awesome music style and the singer is awesome

10Mumford & Sons
This has to be at least top 10 come on people this is REAL music right here
Love mumford and sons!
Mumford and Sons is AMAZING. My brother has even met them¬

The Contenders

For me personally, they're my second favourite band of all time, only beaten by the Beatles. They draw inspiration from so many great bands and their music spans many genres. They've made so many great songs over the years that have been used for so many events. Kasabian for number one.
This band writes songs that will stay with me forever! I'll never forget a single lyric! I put my iPod on repeat and listened to their album Empire all night long! (until it ran out of batteries)
Possibly the best live act I have seen, followed very closely by Biffy Clyro and Red Hot Chili Peppers! No other act has exceeded the standards of their recordings in their live performances to the extent of Kasabian, no doubt about it.

Keane are simply the BEST british band... Fact! Their music is incredible, their lyrics are amazing thanks to the very talented Mr Rice-Oxley and Tom's voice, well what can I say. He has the purest and the most beautiful voice ever. They so deserve to be the best British band
It's hard to find a band that puts more emotion into their songs as Keane. I honestly don't understand why they are so disliked. If you give a shot at their songs, not just the singles, I think you'll be surprised.
Keane was AND IS my all-time-favorite band! With almost every song I can match the feeling and emotion of Keane with my own even. Though I have never met them, Keane has been my favorite band for years now. It's very easy to connect with them, their music style is very captivating, and the lyrics have very deep meaning, which makes the replay button feel just as important as the pause/play button.
[Newest]Keane must at top 5
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Gorrilaz gained most of their fame with their Demon Days album... Which was produced by an American, DJ Dangermouse. So, they should be removed from this list.
original music, ANIMATED BAND. plus, theres only 1 person for music and one for the art.
The originality of Damon Albarn combining synth and other instruments make him a great artist. Some underrated songs of Gorillaz should be better known.
[Newest]That is not how you spell Gorillaz

14Iron Maiden
Its a British band I was not knowing... Its a joke iron maiden is a legendary band. It deserve number 1 place.. This band has inspired other bands.. It is at no 9th place... It is not possible, it is not possible, it is not possible, it is not possible... Please vote for iron maiden...
Can't believe they're not higher up the list!
Seriously. Maiden are gods. Give yourselves a shake.
[Newest]IRON MAIDEN is the best band not muse!

15Asking Alexandria
Asking Alexandria is probably one of the best metalcore bands. They have changed tremendously and they have really "grown up" I think they should be ranked higher but at least they are part of the top 10
They're the best they defiantly deserve to be higher than one direction so why aren't they? VOTE FOR AA OR ARCTIC MONKEYS
Love this band. They really deserve to be ranked higher than
Bullet For My Valentine. And Black Sabbith should be number 1

16Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Top quality music. We have indeed the chance of having Noel's pure talent on its own.

17Bring Me the Horizon
Although people are always going to disagree with one another I personally think that some of the top 10 at the moment don't deserve the spot as much as this band.
They're first two albums were way to metalcore to be popular, but suicide season was much easier to enjoy and their last two albums, especially septernal are stunning, unique, fresh
They've developed really well as a band and I'm sure they'll get better as they progress.


One of the best rock bands around, and one awesome thing about them is they're WELSH!
Stereophonics rule listen 2 superman well good song. Killers not even English they are american


Best band you have never heard of, period. Not too many bands can say they are admired by The Rolling Stones, The Who, AC/DC, U2, Oasis, The Black Crowes, Tom Jones, Rod Steward to name a few. YouTube them and their covers. They been around since 1996 and released a Greatest album called Decade in the Sun.

20Take That
A very good band
Okay when it's all 5 of them
The best on this list

21Led Zeppelin
I find it hard to believe that Oasis are even in this list! But to be above Zeppelin is just stupid laugh out loud!
Seriously. This list is lacking severely. Not having led zepplin up there is board lining on sacralige.

22Snow Patrol
There is so much meaning to their songs! Their songs are about our world issues today with and indie-like feel. I love them to death.
Half British half Irish band, however Snow Patrpol are elegible here due to the half British origins.

Oh my gosh. I love Bastille. I listened to Pompeii and thought it was incredible. So I listened to their whole album, Bad Blood, and thought it was amazing. All the songs are so meaningful. My favorites are Bad Blood, Laughter Lines, and Laura Palmer.
Amazing band- their songs are meaningful and they are amazing live.
Not to mention they can cover any song- We Can't Stop is a good example!

24You Me at Six
You Me At Six are the most unique rock band I've come across, it's hard to even name their genre. They are a true talent and the best rock band of the 21st century!
You Me At Six are an awesome band! I love every one of their songs and they bring such a new and unique approach to rock/alternative & punk music. You rock YM@6!
They are amazing. High power performence that will draw you in.

25The Wanted
I love The Wanted! Their music is great and their personalities are hilarious. Their music gets you in the mood for partying, cleaning, working out, just anything for me And they have some pretty sad/emotional songs as well And they have their mature moments
The Wanted's is just so awesome! All the songs have amazing catchy lines that will never stop you from listening to them. They seem like another bunch of normal 20 to 24 year olds but inside, they're like 4 to 6 yeear olds. They're like a 6 year old child trapped in a 20 to 25 year old's body.
The Wanted are absolutely brilliant! Funny, handsome, cool, excellent music-makers! Their music is fun to listen to, they create sad and party songs both. Very enjoyable.

26Little Mix
I am surprised this wasn't already on the list!
What?! 1D ranked #18 and Little Mix #36?! Little Mix should be on top ten! Come on guys they are awesome!


Little mix rock they should be right at the top not #26
[Newest]I love little mix they're awesome girls. I'm very motivated by them.

27Kaiser Chiefs
Love the boys unique sound and down to earth attitude.

28Bloc Party
BP has reached no.9 before any comments are left here. That means, if necessary attention is paid to this genius band, this chart will be better.
I thank there great

29Florence + the Machine
HOW IS THIS BAND NOT ON THE TOP OF THIS LIST? It is the best band EVER. You have to listen to them! They are surreal.
This band developes beautiful harmonies through the song, florence sings so open hearted and strong.
When I meet Florence Welch or Isabella Summers or Chris Hayden or anyone else my life will have meaning

30Beady Eye

31The Script
How can anyone forget The Script! They are the best pop music band on this planet right now in my opinion...! Anyone who has listened to a few songs of the script will surely vote for 'em!
What a band the best sound for a long time the words and music go together like sausage and mash tasty as hell easy to digest and leaves you wanting more awesome keep going
The script is the best band in the planet how can anyone forget their songs nothing, breakeven, hall of fame, great vocal by danny oh he is my favourite singer in the world


Why aren't close to the top? They're AMAZING! If you haven't heard of them GO LISTEN TO THEM!
Charlie Simpson, Matt Willis, and James Bourne... People come on these guys were so original and so damn amazing!
Because matt willis is just amazing

34Biffy Clyro
I love Muse, Coldplay, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys... but I also love Biffy and they deserve to be alongside those bands. They cut to the crap, producing proper heartfelt rock music. I saw them last year at Isle of Wight, headlining alongside two more of my favourite bands, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings of Leon, and they stole the show. They're even better live than recorded. Emotion and talent. Biffy are genius and it's sad they're this low down. Mon the Biff!
If you haven't already heard this band go on youtube and listen to every one of their songs, one of the only modern bands which display unique musical skill along with simon neils lyrical genius. This band changed my life and influences me
One of the greatest bands alive today, and their songs have deep meaning, and are written for a purpose, the most underrated band out, why isn't this at number 1?! The boys deserve more recognition

35Union J
4 amazingly talented boys <3 xx
In my opinion this band is the best band to set foot on the x factor stage. I don't like them for there looks, I like them because there each different yet they fit so perfectly. I also love the way there voices varies and when they sing together. I love the meaning in their (especilly Jaymi's ) voice/s.
A proud J-Cat
Ps thanks for reading

I love rixton, their songs are great! Listen then and you will love them
Don't forget rixton😱☺ this band is the best, you will love their songs
As soon as you check them out 😋😺

I love JLS! They did an amazing performance with One Direction on the X-Factor awhile ago. They are also very talented dancers! So proud of them! :) Wish they would make more songs though

38Spice Girls

39Black Sabbath
Torn between Sabbath and Zeppelin. Two of the most influential bands of all time! 1&2
Only lil' Wayne is better than black sabbath!

40The Saturdays

Madness is such a great band. It's hard to believe they're not in the top 5. Who else would name a song Baggy Trousers and still make the song brilliant?


42The Vaccines
Very underrated and all their songs are amazing, my all-time favourite band and they always will be. Justin, Freddie, Arni and Pete are Gods.


44The Kooks
The Kooks are absolutely brilliant, they remind me of the Arctic Monkeys when they first started out- and personally I think the Arctic Monkeys first albums were their best! The Kooks are just phenomenal!
The songs are really cool! The voice of Luke is really amazing!
Amazing band! Best band of all time

45The Fratellis
I'd say these guys are the most under appreciated band of the 21st century. They're fantastic. This band should be much higher.

46The Feeling
This is fantastic I can't believe it hasn't got to number 1 yet so 15 is what they rate them. Please rate them I want them to beat the number 1 I love all their songs and I always listen to them on my ipod touch everyday. If you like the song then why haven't you vosted for the group yet. Are you darn crazy man vote or I will be very dissapointed with whoever you R. I LOVE this group it make me happy everyday tpo listen haven't heard them in a while hope they have a new song. Go THE FEELING...
Perfect songs, that you know for their beauty and not for the fame of their composers. First time I heard a song played by The Feeling I was amazed by the fact that I already knew and liked half of their songs, I just didn't know who was the genius who wrote them.
This is at least a genuine group as opposed to solo X-Factor retards who got groomed into a group at the last minute (coughLittle Mixcough).

47Manic Street Preachers

48The Wombats
This is what the top 5 English Rock bands should look like, taking into consideration their successes, their effect on society in general and their huge following.

1. Lostprophets
2. Muse
3. The Wombats
4. Busted
5. Arctic Monkeys or The Hoosiers

49Two Door Cinema Club
One of the best bands. They makes me fly any time I listen them. I live all they songs: good music with a really amazing lirycs - that's what good music mean!

50Deep Purple
The best Hard Rock Band ever

51The Cure
Robert Smith is a Genius - a Band with no genre. Survive the time yet relevant. Fantastic Music VIdeos. The one and only band that still does what they believe in - by sticking to their ROOTS.
Robert Smith I think some people need to hear MUSIC again and not same MTV trash music



54Pink Floyd

55The 1975
Amazing unique sound, different voices, great talent.

56The Hoosiers
Great band live, pretty current and well known. Although they don't have lists of top singles, all their music is up beat and they have a great front man in Irwin sparkes
If we're judging this list based purely on a band that came around in the 21st century, surely The Hoosiers are more legitamite than Take That, which were 20th century.

57The Blackout
The Blackout are what I call rock. They have so much energy and they love to party. Just perfect

58The Stone Roses
Best album of all time but not in the top 10 :/
Legends. don't know why they aren't higher up.

59Massive Attack
Wonderful music from another world which talks about the problems in our world!

60Porcupine Tree
On the best of british list, a band of this talent placed so down below, sad.
Just before scrolling down and forget all these bands just YouTube this "porcupine tree arriving somewhere but not here" after which you will come back to give this comment a thumbs up
And you urself will explore this artist I mean this god


Very good singer, great music.

63The Overtones


65Enter Shikari
Such an underrated band, I mean, I like a lot of the bands in the top 10 list, but I still think Enter Shikari should be 1. Simply amazing.
Unique and awesome live. Great lyrics.
Great Band with a fantastic live-act.

66Missing Andy

67The Zutons

68Deaf Havana

69Right Said Fred
Best pop rock band since the Beatles.

70We Are the Ocean
They are my favourite band and I hear a lot of bands. Their older albums are more post-hardcore and they are really good, their newer stuff goes more into the country direction but is definitely as good as the older stuff because they are extremely talented.

They're one of the few Brittish bands representing the emo-revival of there 2010's, also the most popular and the best.

72Bee Gees
One of our best singer/song writer's in the world, never, ever to be beaten by anyone, EVER!

73Royal Blood


75Kids In Glass Houses


77A Silent Film



80Crystal Fighters



I can't believe this band wasn't on the list. They're amazing!


I absolutely love Westlife! Grew up with their songs, and, yes, 'til this day I relax to their songs and do think they're way better than most artists of today's era!
Definitely Westlife! They have it all, the charm, the looks, the talent. Their songs are very catchy and the lyrics are just so sweet and romantic. Go Westlife!
=) westlife, they are just amazing hahaaha, they are the best...

86New Order


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