Best British Classic Rock Bands

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21WhitesnakeWhitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

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.

22Sex PistolsThe Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history ...read more.

One of the most influential band of all time.

23Uriah HeepUriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal ...read more.

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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24The 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.V1 Comment
25Jethro TullJethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge a progressive rock signature.

Truly original masters of all genres from prog to hard rock to folk to jazz to electro

26Electric 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.

Their sound is much like the Beatles during the Sergeant Pepper stage. They started with orchestral, then into rock, then into pop. They changed a lot. - Questhero101

27FoghatFoghat are an English rock band formed in London in 1971. The band is known for its prominent use of electric slide guitar in its music.
28Slade
29Duran DuranDuran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US.V1 Comment
30MotörheadMotörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and ...read more.V1 Comment
31Bad Company
32BadfingerBadfinger was a British rock band that, in their most prolific lineup, consisted of Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans, Joey Molland and Bob Jackson.

They could do little cute pop songs, country, hard rock, you name and they never got enough credit. Though mariah carey gives song-writing credit to nilsson for without you, actually badfinger wrote it and did their own great version.

33MuseMuse 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 are my all time, all time favourite band. they are so unique, unlike any other band. Matt Bellamy is the living rock legend himself with AWESOME vocals unlike any other singer, AMAZING guitar skills again unlike any other guitarist and manages to play awesome piano as well! I mean how many other bands have someone who is good at guitar, singing and piano? Chris Wolstenholme plays the best bass ever with amazing tunes and riffs like in the handler (a recent song), hyper music (an older song) and most well known: hysteria where Chris really shows off his true talent of playing the bass. I haven't even spoken about Dom yet and I've already said so much! Dominic Howard masters the drums with amazing beats, symbol crashes and absolutely AWESOME rhythm to every song. There is not one song where I don't like his drum playing and on top of that, he also plays percussion instruments. Muse have great tunes to their songs and amazing deep meanings to them that really make you think about ...more

Greatest live act on earth. All the greats rate them the best today. So talented, so entertaining!

Muse will forever be one of the most talented bands ever to exist

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34RadioheadRadiohead 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).

Their music diversity is unlike all others except Pink Floyd, should be rated much higher in the list.

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35The Stone Roses
36Wings
37The YardbirdsThe Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963 that had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Over Under Sideways Down".
38Joy DivisionJoy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.
39The Wombats
40Magnum

The Great band to be. They are. Listen to" escape from the shadow garden","on the 13th day","princess alice" or "moon king"albums.

Have never put out a bad album. And they are GREAT live.

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