Best British Classic Rock Bands


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1QueenQueen 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 more.

You asked for my opinion so here it comes.
Queen is the best band ever to exist, and there are many reasons for me saying that.
Queen had loads and loads of talent and creativity.
Ever heard Bohemian Rhapsody?
Yeah, I bet you have.
That couldn't have been written in 10 minutes.
That took hard, long work to be able to write the music, lyrics, and figure out all the different parts of the song.
Not to mention that Queen is so underrated.
May people forget about them, even though they wrote hits like We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, and Another One Bites The Dust that you can hear likely everyday.
There's a reason why people still listen to music, and that's because it sounds good to them.
Well Queen sounds really good to me.
Freddie Mercury, where do I start?
Yes, he's another reason why Queen is the greatest band ever to exist.
Ever seen Queen, live in concert?
Yes? No? Maybe so?
Well the truth is he can work up a crowd.
And by ...more

Queen rules. Musically more sophicated than any other band. Vocally more talented than any other band. Not one song sounds like another, they had no genre, no one dimension. Take away the incredible vocals and you have classic instrumentals. The rise and fall of the guitar riffs and drum beat are instantly recognizable and incredible. It is well establish about the vocal ability of Freddie Mercury, his range, his rapid voice clearly singing every word like no one before or since. His voice was an instrument he used however he wanted. Likewise could be said of Brian May's guitar. His guitar was his voice and he used it like no one other before or since. And the drum beats got to you too.
But the real test of their greatness, was their lyrics that touched the hearts of their fans, the common man and woman. Who has sometimes wished they have never been born at all, who has felt that they have had their share of sand kicked in their face, who's has felt that they have worked til they ...more

Variety, depth, emotion, skill, power, grace, entertainment, personality and warmth went into every queen song. They are unlike any other group on the planet, in that they attempted all kinds of music styles and never played it safe on any album I can think of. The result is a series of successful and memorable songs which will survive the test of time for years to come. Long live queen!

Queen is my all time favorite band. They have been my favorite band since childhood.

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2Pink 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, Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. more.

Best band of all time. Their music is beyond awesome. They have the best album ever, which is Dark Side Of The Moon. I had to vote for this band. They weren't afraid to be different in music. Plus, they have the deepest of lyrics.

well duh! it was the first time you had a reason two watch the wizzard of oz (if you know about the one thing where Dark side of the moon syncs up with the movie) - Schwanie3

Their songs are accessible but unique and experimental. Not only are they one of the best selling acts if all time but one of the best full stop.

Lol... I think Pink Floyd is the best band personally them, there music is my heart and soul I truly love them:))))))) so so much

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3The 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 more.

Time after time - pro rockers, critics, producers and fans have voted The Beatles Best rock band of all time. Any other band is a distant second no matter who they might be. Look at their library and the timelessness of their songs as well as their variety of styles. Geez people!

You have to be musically uneducated not to vote for The Beatles.
If you don't vote for them, you don't know the History of Rock music and you lack research, therefore you shouldn't even be voting, to begin with. People are only entitled to have an opinion about things if they have some basic clue of what the subject they are talking about.

in 3rd?
the best band in music history in 3rd?
Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin are really good bands, but THE BEATLES are the best! - rock2metal

4th? The best (or one of the best) should be 1st. No words for The Beatles

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4Led 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 more.

I consider myself Hendrix's number 1 fan...yet, I believe when we use the word band, and this being about best British bands, Led Zeppelin is the definite answer. All the members were excellent musicians. These were multi-talented stars with an incredible thirst for creating music. Their music was so easy to understand and had so many levels. Take Immigrant Song, an iconic two-note masterpiece with incredible drive. You also have songs like Achilles's Last Stand, The Rain Song and others that have so many layers. A singer who was a master at the harmonica like the classic blues stars he admired, a guitarist that could play just about anything with strings, a bass player who also played strings and produced incredible music and last but not least...the one and only, John "Bonzo" Henry Bonham who did not have to play any other instrument because he was the hungriest percussionist always on the lookout for a groove. Bonzo would spice every song up differently to the point where ...more

The Beatles were talented yes, but I have to say Zeppelin's members were considerably more so. This is most prominent in Jimmy Page, who was worlds better than Harrison on the guitar. He could make playing a guitar solo with a violin bow extremely entertaining whereas Harrison wasn't even playing guitar in the Beatles' best guitar song (Clapton on While My Guitar Gently Weeps; the Clapton vs Page argument is a whole other argument). Anyway, I could sit through a 20 minute John Bonham drum solo (see live version of Moby Dick) and I've got to say Ringo seems like a nice guy but his talents were nowhere near Bonzo's. John Paul Jones' bass-playing is perhaps more subtle than McCartney's but is intricate in itself; JPJ beats out Paul in terms of bass-playing ability. Finally, there's no denying that both Lennon & McCartney had amazing voices, but Plant's is OTHERWORDLY. Sure, McCartney had a clearer and more "beautiful" tone to his voice but man, Plant ranged from a spine-shivering screech ...more

their sound is amazing, I've always loved their great sound
with an infinite list of great songs, everybody should like their music - rock2metal

Everyone just knows stairway to heaven. dazed and confused? - gemcloben

And there's also When the Levee Breaks, Thank You, The Ocean, No Quarter, Good Times Bad Times, Communication Breakdown, and Immigrant Song. There's plenty more actually, I just listed a few underrated ones. And the ones I listed weren't plagiarized, I believe. - MontyPython

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5The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

They're still rocking since 60s to nowadays. Definitely one of the very best bands from UK. Sympathy for the devil is one of the greatest songs. 99, 99% percent of their songs rock.

What the hell is led zeppelin. They are so overrated I think beatles is even better than led zep boo come on vote this for number 1

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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 more.

They are simply amazing. They have one of the most energetic lives I've ever seen, yet it's not too much over the top. Exactly what you expect of Rock. People always tell me you either have to be a rolling stones, Beatles or the who fan. I'd pick the Who anyday.

Who, stones, Beatles in that order

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7Jimi Hendrix Experience

despite the fact hendrix is american the experience was formed in england and the other members are british I believe so its really a british band. - russian

What does this band do in this top? It's great group, but it's not British.

8Deep PurpleDeep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

Ritchie and John were the greatest. Nobody could compare with them.

"Smoke on the water" has an amazing yet simple riff - Ajkloth

Thanks for given purple a high ranking. Blackmore.. Gillan.. Glover.. Lord.. Paice were as good as led zep.. They should be top 5.

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9Black SabbathBlack Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed 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 inproving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, Ozzy was fired and replaced more.

Hm, never heard better guitar riffs besides Deep Purple and Ozzy, aah legendary Ozzy - getting wet eyes when reflecting on this...

Godfathers of metal, got to be at least top ten

Black Sabbath is not a classic rock band and shouldn't be on this list (same for Iron Maiden). - Metal_Treasure

10Dire Straits

Sultans Of Swing, Romeo And Juliet, Telegraph Road, Money For Nothing, Down To the Waterline, Where Do You Think You're Going, Tunnel Of Love, Private Investigations, Brothers In Arms, Calling Elvis, Twisting By The Pool, Private Investigations, Once Upon A Time In the West, On Every Street, Love Over Gold, Solid Rock, Walk Of Life, Wild West End, Portobello Belle, Your Latest Trick, Two Young Lovers, So Far Away, You And Your Friend, Lady Writer, etc. Such timeless songs!

Splendid songwriting by Mark Knopfler.

Intelligent music and lyrics.

Incredible fame and fastest/biggest selling band at their time.

There has always been something universal about their music (as for the Beatles), but the music and the lyrics are more profound, according to me.

Mark Knopfler was the king of his generation. All of Dire Strait's songs are just art. They are all Mona Lisas really. Mark Knopfler just makes it cool, and he knows chords no one else knows. He's amazing. Dire Straits is not only the best band in UK but the best in the world...

Great, but.. They are dutch

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The Contenders

11Def Leppard

Definitely Leppard was a great 80s hair band.
Their most famous song is "pour some sugar on me" - Ajkloth

I find it weird the best 'British' ones was make by someone called 'Russian' - gemcloben

I still remember when I heard Pyromania album for the first time, awesome. F-f-f-foolin, Photograph, Die hard the hunter, need I say more.


Genesis created absolutely fantastic music, played with skill, they could teach most modern bands a lot!


The best three musicians in their trade in one band.

Eric Clapton is one of the best guitarists ever! - Ajkloth

14The Kinks

Ray Davies is a better song writer than anyone on the list, Dave is underrated as to his contributions to guitar. Top ten easy

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15The Police

One of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands alongside Queen and Pink Floyd

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They deserve a lot more attention - PositronWildhawk


As good of musicians as you'll ever see or hear. Amazing that so few have taken to time to listen and understand how great this band was and still is. Close to the Edge is a groundbreaking album. Yes set the stage for many of today's acts yet no one to date can duplicate their intricate musical scores and soaring keyboard, guitar and bass leads. Hats off to Yes!

These guys were one of the godfathers of progressive rock, I'm sure we wouldn't have Opeth without them.

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Great British rock band, from its early rock-blues to its hard metal sound, always great melodies, lyrics, and David Coverdales fantastic voice. Who can forget, In the Still of the night, Is this love, Fool for your lovin', Here I go again, Don't break my heart again, all superb.

19The Clash

The only band that matters. The greatest band hands down, although T. Rex and the Smiths come close

20Uriah Heep

From 2008's wake the sleeper thru 2015's outsider. Quality hard rock, aor, classic rock. Listen and you will know.

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