Best British Bands of the 21st Century

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1Muse

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.

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!

This band is the definition of progress. From 1999 on their first album with Showbiz, the variations of musical styles were unbelievable. Songs like sunburn and unintended started them off strong but then they came out with origin of symmetry which is still in my top 6 favourite albums ever (the other 5 being Showbiz, absolution, black holes and revelations, the resistance and second law). But now with the change from somewhat classical rock, to electro rock with their latest album I'm just blown away by the sheer amount of awesome this band can compose. Thank you Matt, Chris, and Dom for your perfection in this industry!

Worst band ever will never ever be number one don't even know how this happened

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2Coldplay

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!

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.

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 ...more

Coldplay are not really my favourite but I'm happy they're in number 2. They deserve it cause their lyrics are great. All of their songs are a little bit boring on first listen in my opinion but if you give a few more listens you'll find their songs are beautiful and amazing.

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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!

Who are these people will never be famous and win and award

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4Oasis

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.

Never heard of them and will never win an award

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5Radiohead

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.

Easily best band on this list

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6Iron 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...

Iron maiden is one of the greatest bands of all time. Not everyone can make a good-sounding, inspired, original work 40 years after conception of the band.

Can't believe they're not higher up the list!

Who are these people and they are the worst

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7Kasabian

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.

Seriously though... Their music is so unique and epic. Not only do their songs have amazing riffs but they also rock it with the violins and cellos. Who could ever dislike songs such as "Fire", "Underdog" or "Club Foot"?

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8Franz 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

They even don't have a picture WOW

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9One Direction

I think we're overlooking the fact that first of all, they are a boy band, not a rock band. They don't play instruments on stage like every other band here does. The perform coordinated dance routines and sing for an audience. Second, they are not rock. They are most certainly a pop band that something verges on alternative. Definitely should not be this high on the list.

They may not be pure rock, and it doesn't matter, because these boys have talent. People say only the music that THEY like is "real" music, but in my opinion, if you have the talent, anyone can make "real" music. They most definitely have the talent and are charming boys who are very kind, judging from everything they've done these past 5 years.
Sure, they're a "boy band" but that's still a band, is it not?
Doesn't matter what your taste in music is, they have talent, that's that. Their new album has been going very well and has been on the pop rock and rock side.

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

Phenomenal. They should be higher on this listen

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10Led Zeppelin

"Hi, I'm a Led Zeppelin fan and although my favorite band has not released any album since 1982 I still want to have this band in the top ten of the best British bands of the 21st century."

Learn to read, there are other top tens where Led Zeppelin can shine legitimately.

Led Zeppelin is a Legend! They are in the top 5 and have been the inspiration for most of the other bands on this list. Would be a shame to see them get lower billing than some of these other bands.

I find it hard to believe that Oasis are even in this list! But to be above Zeppelin is just stupid laugh out loud!

Is 1982 the 21st century?

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The Contenders

11Mumford & Sons

This has to be at least top 10 come on people this is REAL music right here

This is music you'll like your whole life. It's timeless.

About the only band of which I can say I love every one of their songs.

Mumford and sons are awesome

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12Bullet 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

Best band. Awesome music style and the singer is awesome

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13Asking 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

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14Bring 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've developed really well as a band and I'm sure they'll get better as they progress.

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

I love them simply I think they should be rated higher but there at 14? That's not to bad

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15Gorrilaz

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.

That is not how you spell Gorillaz

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16Keane

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.

Keane must at top 5

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17McFly

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!

One of my favourite bands ever

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18Stereophonics

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 - tomblud

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.

19Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Firsts 2 albums were very good, Noel's still got the ability to make great songs

Top quality music. We have indeed the chance of having Noel's pure talent on its own.

20Queen

One of the best bands of the 20th century, terrific hits and still excellent music, but without Freddie Mercury, Queen seems to be resting on past glory somewhat. Muse has definitely won their crown now as top band in the 21st century! You can detect some Queen-esque influence in a few Muse hits, especially in their recent album, Second Law. Like Freddie, Matt Ballamy writes hit songs for Muse and the band perform these perfectly together live, interacting marvellously with their audiences!

Absolutely amazing, so many hits

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