Best British Bands of the 21st Century


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The Top Ten

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!
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2Arctic 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.
Their first 2 albums are out of this world! The 3rd isn't very good but includes one of my favourites Crying Lighting and the new album is quite decent.


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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.
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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 have listen to muse they are good but coldplay are far better, songs like-viva la vida, yellow, fix you are one of my best songs.
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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.
Most unique band all of time radiohead one of my all time favorite. Band most iconic frontman thom yorke worlds gifted producer nigel godrich best guitarist jonny and ed o brien bassist collin they experiment with rock music and their beats are insane I have all their albums kid a
, ok computer one of greatest album of the new era of rock... Muse is also ma favorite. Band but they are new comers in front of radioeads legacy... )
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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

7Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Top quality music. We have indeed the chance of having Noel's pure talent on its own.

8Iron 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.
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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 For My Valentine, just undeniable in their quality. No-one can compete with their playing stlye and musical quality. None of this whiny pop that people seem to like now-a-days.
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!
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10Mumford & Sons
This has to be at least top 10 come on people this is REAL music right here
Love mumford and sons!
Love their Folk Rock sound. It is really interesting. I didn't even know the genre existed until I found these guys. Truely amazing.
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The Contenders

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.
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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)
Lyrics, music, voice, atmosphere - great. Love them! Astounded... Thanks to Kasabian generation gap doesn't exist (at least while listening the songs with my daughter)
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13Led Zeppelin
Seriously. This list is lacking severely. Not having led zepplin up there is board lining on sacralige.

14Asking 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
Love this band. They really deserve to be ranked higher than
Bullet For My Valentine. And Black Sabbith should be number 1

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
Whoever says they don't like Keane are either deaf, or have never really listened to them. If they ever become mainstream, it will be thrilling to see such a good band there for once.
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.
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16Beady Eye

17Kaiser Chiefs
Love the boys unique sound and down to earth attitude.

Stereophonics rule listen 2 superman well good song. Killers not even English they are american


One of the best rock bands around, and one awesome thing about them is they're WELSH!

19Bring Me the Horizon
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
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.
I love them simply I think they should be rated higher but there at 14? That's not to bad
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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 by far one the best bands to come out of the uk, they have a huge follwing world wide. They are talented musicans, brillant song writers and all round nice guys. I would say they are definitely one the best bands around at the minute.
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!
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21Bloc 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.

22Florence + 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.
Best band of all time, they deserve to be much higher
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23One 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 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!
One Direction IS my life and I need them to help me through tough times! I love one direction so much and they are amazayn!
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24Black Sabbath
Only lil' wayne is better than black sabbath!

25Snow 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.

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?


27The 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.

28Take That

29The 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.
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30You 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.

31Little Mix
I am surprised this wasn't already on the list!
Little mix are the best! They won the X factor!
Love these girls! Why aren't they at the top?
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32Deep Purple
The best Hard Rock Band ever

Why the heck aren't they on the list? Should be 2nd behind Muse.


34Biffy Clyro
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
Mon the Biff! Not a single bad album here!

35The 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!
Amazing band! Best band of all time

36The 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...

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).

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.

37Manic Street Preachers

38The 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

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

41Two 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!

42The 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.

43The 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!
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
They need to be HIGHER how are they 43 at least under 10.
Listen to ONE song.


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.


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


48The Hoosiers
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.
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

49The Blackout
The Blackout are what I call rock. They have so much energy and they love to party. Just perfect

50The Stone Roses
Best album of all time but not in the top 10 :/
Legends. don't know why they aren't higher up.

51Massive Attack
Wonderful music from another world which talks about the problems in our world!

52The Saturdays


Very good singer, great music.

55The Overtones

56Missing Andy

57Deaf Havana

58Union J
4 amazingly talented boys <3 xx

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

60Bee Gees

61Porcupine Tree
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

62Pink Floyd

63Kids In Glass Houses

64The Zutons


66Right Said Fred
Best pop rock band since the Beatles.

67A Silent Film

68We 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.


70Enter Shikari


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...
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74New Order


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