Best Bands from the UK

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The Top Ten

1 The Beatles The Beatles The 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 ...read more.

You have GOT to be kidding me. The Beatles in 4th place? Queen in 5th? Led Zeppelin in 6th and Pink Floyd in 11th!? Has everyone gotten deaf? Mcfly isn't even that famous. And in no way is it even nearly as good as the Beatles yet its 2 spots above it?
Probably some 10 year old made that list.

Actually what to commit since when did mcfly, keane and coldplay become better than the Beatles. Without the Beatles they wouldn't even exist whoever voted for those three actually want to be shot. What is the world coming too. Correct Order 1. THE BEATLES 2. Rolling Stones 3. Pink Floyd 4. Led Zeppelin 5. Queen 6. The Who 7. Oasis 8. The Smiths 9. The Clash 10. The BeeGees

The Beatles are easily the best band in the world. My top 10 UK band list: 1. Beatles 2. Led Zeppelin 3. Rolling Stones 4. Who 5. Pink Floyd 6. Black Sabbath 7. Queen 8. Yardbirds 9. Cream 10. Sex Pistols

The Beatles is the greatest band in the world!

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2 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band 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 ...read more.

Best of the best in so many ways, as a song writers, composers, musicians and performes. They made incredible music that will last through out the ages. You do not have to love them but you have to respect them. They had such a impact on modern music that most people do not even know about. Everywhere I travel around the world, on every continent everybody knows Freddie and Queen and everybody feels this music and the emotion and power in that music. Even 10 year old kids in year 2017. That is the proof of greatness. It lasts with time. Never gets old. Why? Because it is art. Pure art. Queen changed music styles so often and in every style they made some legendary songs and quality music. Incredible. That is the characteristic that only first class musicians posses. Only band in history which all four members composed charts number 1 hit song. Freddie was larger than life. He had this incredible charisma that you find in one in a billion. As a live band they were incredible, giving ...more

Freddie Mercury the BEST vocalist of all time.

Brian May one of the best guitarists of all time and the only one who could probably gel so well with mercury's voice

Roger taylor insane drumming skills

John Deacon great bassist! (listen to the bassline from under pressure)

The band responsible for Bohemian rhapsody, we will rock you, another one bites the dust, and we are the champions. People from all over the world have heard them! Even those who are from non-English speaking countries (such as me). Queen is the greatest band ever!

The only bands (from the UK) which match queen are the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the Who.

None of them are in the top 3. Even other amazing bands like Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, radiohead, sex pistols, and the clash are nowhere on the list!

Trashy, overrated, boring and make me want to tear out my ear drums - daisyypx

Best band ever

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3 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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 ...read more.

HAHA JOKE SHOP! I'm sorry, and at the risk of music snobbery, any list regarding the best British bands who's top 10 doesn't include (in no particular order
The Beatles, Queen, Led Zep (and probably The Yardbirds), The Stones, The Kinks, Bowie (though a 1 man name) and Floyd... Is a bit of a load!

Oasis, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Roxy Music, Muse, Blur, Pulp, Manics etc are all brilliant but owe everything to the above... As for Keane and McFly... They barely even rate to clean the piss from the toilet seats of Page, Beck, Plant, Harrison etc al.

Anyway! My 5 pennies... Keane my arse!

After the Beatles, unequivocally the most influential British rock band

Muse ahead of Led Zeppelin? Really? Jimmy Page one of the greatest guitarists ever. John Bonham one of the greatest drummers ever. Robert Plant one of the greatest rock voices ever. John Paul Jones one of the most underrated musicians ever. Truly inspirational music that blended many genres, including rock, heavy metal, blues, Indian, Celtic, etc. Truly a brilliant band in every way.

This is ridiculous. how is Led Zeppelin not at least no. 2 on this list... greatest band to ever live... changed music in the most beautiful and inspiring way ever possible. stairway to heaven and whole lotta love has truly changed my life... take a listen and try and argue that they are not one of the greatest bands to ever walk the earth

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4 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.

Spice girls beat Pink Floyd? Lmao who visits this site? - jewunit69

I actually would put Pink Floyd ahead of Led Zeppelin but the Beatles under Queen, PF and LZ.

Pink Floyd have stood the test of time, and their music will still be loved long after people forget the names of some of these "musicians". - rachelcarr

Their music will be remembered forever especially when compared to that of the bands above. Sure Muse looks huge now, but in retrospect we will all think that they were ants when compared to the giants that The Beatles, Who, Queen, and Floyd (etc. ) were.

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5 Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

Energentic, consistent, enduring, fantastic live and made some masterpieces!

Go! - esambuu

How is Coldplay higher than the Rolling stones - KillerQueen1774

Anybody who hasn't voted for this should go slap themselves. I think that this is the best band from anywhere on the globe. I'm sure that I don't need to list the numerous masterpieces that they have created because I am sure other people have done that for me. Vote Coldplay.

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6 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.

The Who were some of the leaders in a rebellious revolution against common culture. They created two concept albums to my knowledge (tommy and quadrophenia) that influences later concept albums, and pioneered the rock opera. So yeah, they were influential

Really, the who, rolling stones, led zep, queen and pink floyd are like the greatest rock bands of all time. The Beatles are the greatest artists of all time.

The who are the greatest band ever for me. They had a real angry edge about them that made them something different from Beatles and stones. The true sound of British working class and Sabbath zep Nazareth deep purple even motorhead the specials the jam oasis and and so many proper urban British bands across different genres would not have exacted without the who. They are the missing link. Just listen to live at Leeds and you will know they are the boss of British rock

I just watched a movie about the who and fell in love with the band, I have always been a fan of their music and knowing their story makes their songs even more special.

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7 Rolling Stones

When this get's above coldplay I shall be happy - Stalin

The RS...they‘re the real thing!

How is Rolling Stones below Coldplay. They are one of the greatest rock bands in history.

The who was the first band to ever wreck instruments on stage. The first band to ever right rock opera. The who is the bar there is nothing to stones did to change the face of music but played recycled blue songs. And having some great hits as well. The Beatles did nothing to change music but open a door for a lot of great bands to go to America. The stones and the Beatles both made good recording in studio but they who could definitely blow them both off the stage. We are talking about rock and roll right? It's more than just listening to music and albums. it's an energy a total loss of control definition of rock 'n roll is The Who.

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8 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

How is coldplay above iron maiden?

Eddie the head

This very good band yes

Iron Maiden, without a doubt, have proved to the entire World that they are the greatest British band of all time, as well as one of the greatest bands, full stop!

Up The Irons!

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9 Oasis Oasis Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

Amazing band!

Noel Gallagher is one of the greatest song-writers of all time and liam Gallagher has such a raw and unique voice. Their Best Album is 'What's The Story) Morning Glory! It is UK's 4th best selling album of all-time, 14 times platinum in the UK, best selling album of the 1990's which was a decade of amazing albums! :D

Best songs include -

Don't look back in anger, some might say, the Hindu times, lyla, the importance of being idle, the masterplan, little by little, wonderwall, morning glory, roll with it, songbird and champagne supernova... And more.

Love em

Oasis at #9? Easily on Top 3. - esambuu

What is the world coming to if oasis are behind mcfly! - FOSTER69a

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10 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

Think you will find 2 out of the 4 members in the Band are English, (bourn in England) so it's a British Isles band all day long. - collen01

They should be up but recently music is not as good as the first songs...

They're not from the UK.

One I greatest bands of all time, their style is unequal and progress thru generations they make hit by hit

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The Contenders

11 Muse Muse Muse 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 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 ...read more.

Muse is probably the most unique British band there is right now. Each of their albums having a different style and genre (s) makes them simply amazing for everyone. Matt Bellamy honestly has the most amazing voice I have ever heard, melodic, expresses emotions perfectly, and is one of the only rock singers that can actually use falsetto amazingly. Not to mention his incredle guitar playing skills, the Plug In Baby riff was voted the best riff of the decade, and with good reason! His guitarist is always complex, and uses a wide range of guitar techniques, not to mention his frequent use of improvisation in playing guitar live. Chris Wolstenholme has been voted one of the greatest bassists of all time, this being backed up by the incredible bass riff in Hysteria, the legendary bass riff of Time Is Running Out, and so many more! Their live performances never fail to entertain their crowd, whether it be an arena concert, or yet another sold-out stadium concert. The band has multiple ...more

BEST ROCK BANDS SINCE 2000, For almost 20 years Muse has carried the Rock torch like no band since the turn of the millennium, their style is a perfect fusion of what makes Rock so legendary...

Awesome

Only band that could (maybe) deserve to be above Muse are the Beatles - and that's only because they changed music so much. If Muse had been around at the same time, they'd have been even bigger than the Beatles were!

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12 Bee Gees Bee Gees The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

Weren't they Australian? - galaxyfox

Fantastic all round group whose music spanned many different genres and made a massive contribution to British music and worldwide.

'Barry Gibb' sure has one of the most 'Recognisable Voices' out there.

The Bee Gees are the 5th best selling act of all time, wrote great songs and were not a disco group, there had hits before Saturday night fever and after. It frustrates me when people say they only did disco and people forget their work after Saturday night fever, I love songs like Too much heaven and How deep is you love, listen to many of their songs from the 90's and 2000's, The only love, For whom the bell tolls, Secret love, I could not love you more, Alone, Sacred trust, Wedding day, just to name a few, great songs, with great lyrics and melodies, written and performed fantastically, take a listen, find them on You tube

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13 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead 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).

Only bands that should be any higher are maybe Pink Floyd and Queen

How the hell are Coldplay, the f-ing bees gees, iron maiden, and MUSE ahead of Radiohead. Jesus Christ. The only ones that can be arguably better than Radiohead are the Beatles and Led Zeppelin only because they are icons.

When You discover Radiohead, they become your favorite band... - iTunesJunky

Sit down, slap on a bit of OK Computer and you've got the perfect day sorted out. Radiohead are seriously amazing, they change their style so frequently and it still sounds amazing and has depth. After Pablo Honey (when I started listening to them) they haven't let me down since and I own all their albums on vinyl.

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14 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.

This should be higher than every single band on this list! - InsanityJoe

You currently have Black Sabbath listed below Oasis and Coldplay. I am embarrassed for you, and may our Dark Lord Satan take great glee in your eternal punishment, which will hopefully involve a pineapple, some rock salt, and a jack hammer.

If not the best, one of the best heavy metal bands of all time.
Surely the best English band.
OZZY ROCKS! - i-love-rock-n-roll

Ok most people would say number 1 is beatles or zeppelin but why some band I've never heard of ps one direction sucks paranoid best album ever

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15 Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.

'Alan Wilder' is one of the Best when he was in them. What a Player he is...

Deserve to be in the Top 10 due to the fact they are still blasting out 'Wicked Electronic Beats' these days.

'Synth Pioneers' they are, who deserve Respect.

Should be higher up. They are 'Gods Of Electronica' so they are. Idolized by Millions...

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16 Bullet For My Valentine Bullet For My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason ...read more.

This is not one my favorite bands rather only the most favorite band I ever liked. All the songs are just like a bullet to me that pinches into my heart. Specially- all this things I hate, tear's don't fall and say goodnight

This young Welsh band is unbelievably good at their genre - kind of like a nu Metallica. Not lacking talent either!
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND (Wales) and HUNDRED REASONS (England) should be on this best UK band list!

The best band ever! Who the hell is not voting for them? Just listen to "Tears Don't Fall", "Waking The Demon" and "Your Betrayal". You won't want to hear anything else after that!

Bullet for my valentine are amazing! They have changed my life, There's so many amazing songs by them, and 'Tears don't Fall' is my ultimate favourite song out of all the songs I listen to (even matalica). I will forever be a proud Bullet fan! And if you're not a bullet fan then shame on you!

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17 The Smiths The Smiths The 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.

Jill brill wowww

I'd feel like I was cheating on common sense and good music taste if I'd written a list like this, The Smiths, 15th?! There is no combo better than Morrissey and Marr in the whole of British music! If you have ever been truly miserable then you will find yourself listening to the Smiths and really understanding the deepness and humour of Morrissey and the musical genius of Marr. First came across There Is A Light That Never Goes Out Listening to 7 Worlds Collide and I've never turned back. Anyone who does not appreciate The Smiths is missing 99% of their emotions, this list is truly a disgrace.

Easily the greatest band of all time, the chemistry of the band (especially between Morrissey and Marr) led to 4 excellent studio albums, commending all different styles of indie which were all original in their own right, truly fabulous. Relatable, meaningful lyrics which are so cleverly written, and written on such matters such as education, murderers and true emotion.

They're timeless, melancholy but uplifting, can have them playing all day - seasoned

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18 Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra The 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.

Some of the best music their is. There are obvious songs like Mr. Blue Sky and Don't Bring Me Down, but there is also some really underrated song like:
Wild West Hero
On The Run
Sweet Is The Night
Wishing. - BradStickings

On the eighth day, god said "Let there be Jeff Lynne! "

Legendary band in every respect! From the 70s to now they have just got better and better and have some of the greatest songs ever written to their name.

These guys should be much higher than mcfly!

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19 Dire Straits Dire Straits Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers.

Should be way higher up, at least top 10

Amazing Knopfler!

A band like no other thanks to Mark Knopfler's amazing song writing and guitar playing style.

The Best

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20 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively ...read more.

Best band in the world

This. Band. Is. Amazing. They have made it further than most of the bands here, and Oli Sykes have one of the best voices in the world. Not only are their songs written perfectly, but they save lives. These should definitely be number one, as they are one of the best known bands in the world.

Probably one of the best group ever, if a superhero had band this would be its name, as they save countless teens from suicidal depression, the way Oliver writes lyrics almost like he can tell what you've been through. The instrumental are never seen before

This band is juat brilliant they are totally my fave band as they have helped me through a lot in my life and their lyrics have personally helped me and I was able to relate to their dark stories behind the lyrics

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21 Yes Yes Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music. Their best known song is their 1971 hit "Roundabout" off of their album Fragile.

Some of these Bands listed are a joke, and that is an under statement.
. I think YES is a great band, they are extremely talented musicians, don't like their music, fine. That does not make them a poor choice only poor listeners.

Their music takes you to another world. It wasn't made for radio airplay, and it's not always easy to digest. It's just one of those things you either get or you don't. And for those who do get it, nothing is better.

Not the most accessible compared to Coldplay, The Beatles, etc., but Yes has the most euphoric music I've ever heard. Listening to Yes feels like flying.

Most bands don't give a damn about playing something of beauty; they're too concerned with being "cool." Yes has always understood the importance of beauty.

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22 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.

They deserve to be Higher. I mean, come on' the likes of 'Electric Eye' and 'Breaking The Law' are Iconic...

Is that a joke. They are the BEST

How is Priest this low?

23 Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, ...read more.

rigged

How is Artic Monkeys number 16?! They deserve to be above Bullet For My Valentine and Spice Girls! They are great! Much better than Iron Maiden!

#1 in europe as it stands

As a whole they're one of the best names in the industry currently. All their albums have gone to number one, lyrically exceptional and they've recently finished a world tour (need I go on? ) Like it or not, the Monkeys' are one of the best bands to come out of the UK, and totally deserve to be higher on this list.

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24 Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist ...read more.

This is disgusting. How is Fleetwood Mac below this band. I love metalcore/post-hardcore music and have enjoyed bands like this for over 5 years but this just leaves a bitter taste. Like, Sex Pistols? The Clash? Judas Priest? Deep Purple? And if we are talking just bands in the same genre of Asking Alexandria. Bring Me The Horizon? Architects? Enter Shikari? Oceans Ate Alaska?

Come on, seriously, no. 30, the deserve better than this. Its asking Alexandria of course the best scream band of all time

The only reason I like the UK is because of Asking Alexandria!

25 Sex Pistols Sex Pistols The 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.

The Sex Pistols, put PUNK on the front pages. The Sex Pistols influenced a vast number of bands to this day. Not only in music but fashion as we'll, that you can see today.

What the heck is mcfly and keane doing there!? They're not even the best band in their genre! R you kidding me? And where's the clash!? Where's the punk movement!? Pistols and Clash should be at least top 15! They made punk so popular (along with Ramones of course) and influence so many people!

Sex Pistols Rock The Cashbash just like the clash - silver1bolbiseur2

Revolutionary punk rockers... My favorite band too - shawnwalker

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26 Kaiser Chiefs Kaiser Chiefs Kaiser Chiefs are an English indie rock band from Leeds who formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming and establishing themselves in their current name that same year.

I think this is one of the best bands ever! How come is it the 39 position?

I still get crazy when I listen to "Ruby".

I consider this bands as one of my favorites bands in addition with Van Halen.

Why is this band so low?

27 Snow Patrol Snow Patrol Snow Patrol are a Northern Irish rock band formed in 1993, consisting of Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn, and Johnny McDaid.

Come on, snow patrol are awesome, at least top 15 -

Snow patrol should be at least 10th. They have like best songs of all - Chasing cars, called out in dark, run, open your eyes... Vote!

Your KIDDING! They are MUCH better than this rating!

Keane at number 2 and Snow Patrol at 33rd, what the hell is going on? So many well known and incredible songs are Snow Patrol but for some reason no-one knows they wrote them, INJUSTICE.

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28 Pet Shop Boys Pet Shop Boys Pet Shop Boys are an English synth-pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.

They are by far one of the 'Greatest Synthesizer Duos' out there.

Seriously? No 41? Over 100 million worldwide sales and 30 continuous years in the industry. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are a genius of music writing with the ability to span many genres. Long may them continue.

The pet shop boys are so underrated. Not really a band.. but definitely Best british duo. If not The worlds best duo! Timeless and catchy songs.

29 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep 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, ...read more.

Why is this not higher?

Wow, how come they are not top 10? They are great, sold millions of albums and many famous songs! How about smoke on the water? Anyone? THEY ROCK!

Simply the best UK band of all time!

They Rock, THEY SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 5!

THE ARE SPACE TRUCKIN' COME ON, COME ON, COME ON AFTER THE WAR ALL BANDS WERE GREAT! OH MAN

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30 Busted Busted Busted are an English pop rock band from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, consisting of James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson.

They only had two albums and I still think that those songs are better than a lot out there today sung by bands who didn't even write those songs, and can't play instruments. Their style of Pop-Punk was like nothing else and they are the 'secret' inspiration of a lot of bands who are famous today. Some of their songs trigger emotions and all of them have the most amazing lyrics and the most catchy melodies.

31 Enter Shikari

Quirky and a little bit on the insane side with very politicised lyrics, these guys are surely a worthy addition.

32 Pulp

Best band ever. Love you guys!

Jarvis is my hero.

33 The Script The Script The Script is an Irish pop rock band formed in 2001. The band comprises keyboardist and lead vocalist Danny O'Donoghue, guitarist and vocalist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power.

What? This band is not in number 1? What happened to you guys? I mean, danny has a really great and unique voice. Their songs are really catchy and wonderfully made.. I mean. Wow! This should be at the number 1 spot. The man who can't be moved is really great. Straight from the heart. Breakeven? The best! For the first time? Wow! The best =D

Amazing band. Songs are so well written, very emotionally charged. Listen to their first 2 albums in particular to realise how great they are.

Sir's you're still the number one and the best for me.. Keep it up idols.. I'm a script fan forever and ever..

Why 25th they should be the BEST!

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34 Motörhead Motörhead Motörhead 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.

Better than most

Possibly the greatest live band ever and a huge benefactor to the rock scene entirely

35 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s.

WHAT! The Kinks, one of the greatest and most quintessentially British bands of all time 64. This is ridiculous they are in the same league as The Who and The Beatles no doubt. With songs like "Waterloo Sunset" and "Sunny Afternoon" also early classics like "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of The Night".

Britain has produced more great bands than all other countries combined, so it is HARD to choose which ones are the greatest. For me, The Kinks rank with Beatles/Stones/Who et al as one of the absolute best. Time and distance have shown me the incredible quality of their output and the prolonged length of that quality. I think Ray is my favorite songwriter of all time and there's a lot of competition for that crown.

Top four easily. Ray Davies' quality writing, combined with perhaps the first hard-rock guitar sound of brother Dave (and his little green amp) and you have memorable sounds and songs that spanned the '60's through the '80's. Listen to "Tired of Waiting" and then "Destroyer". Amazing repertoire.

Gotta agree with above. The kinks have more quality tracks than anybody. They're a bit off centre/quirky/unique and definitely the inspiration for so many bands even today.

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36 UB40

Record sales should count
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37 New Order New Order New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980, currently comprising Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman.

As if this super, ground breaking band was left out. Give your head a shake.

They are best of the best!

38 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.

COMN! HE'S CALLED ERIC CLAPTON!
AND GINGER BAKER!
BEST DRUMMER EVER

Cream should be way higher than this! They had way more influence on other artists than some of the other artists in higher positions. (And better material too! ).

47? Bunch of wankers voting.

You have Cream currently below "Gorillaz" and "Mumford and Sons."

I really don't know what to say to people like you. Unngg, ummpph, urrg, maybe, as I drop deuce on your foreheads, you ignorant millennial cretins.

39 The Alarm
40 Lawson Lawson

This band is amazing!

41 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.

They originated in England and 2 of the 3 musicians were English.

42 You Me at Six

You me at six has change my life for ever

Josh Voice always amazing altrough it in a bad song.. Almost they song amazing.. Just listen their songs and look the lyric and video.. Amazing..

One of the greatest bands of 2012
You Me At Six has produced an amazing album 'Sinners Never Sleep' and re-introduced uk rock music into the charts

43 The Cure The Cure The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

They finally got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Now we just need other legendary British bands such as the Smiths, Oasis and Blur and that would do it!

Easily should have made the top ten.

One of the best bands in the world! Just listen to songs like 'Lullaby' or 'Pictures of you' and you see what I mean. Why is this band on place 25?! Jesus Christ...

Epic song writing which ranges from great poetry to bright pop. Bi-polar as art and brilliant to enjoy.

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44 The Stranglers

Beyond brilliant.. We in the US are jealous we do not get to see them anymore.. A heartbreaker

Unique sounds in my top 3 bands of all time.

Pure class! Awesome band! So underrated...

Unbelievable band, very difficult to pigeon hole, class act

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45 Westlife Westlife Westlife were an Irish boy band, formed in July 1998 and disbanded in June 2012. Originally signed by Simon Cowell and managed by Louis Walsh, the group's final line-up consisted of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, and Shane Filan.

Dear Westlife - Shane, Mark, Nicky, Kian...
"Tonight", I could not sleep. I'm miss you, Westlife, very very much. And I think many of your fans will "No One's Gonna Sleep Tonight" like me. But I want to close my eyes and sleep to "I Have A Dream", so that us can become "Closer" or simply "Miss You Night".
The first time I heard your voice-I can not remember that when it did-but I really moved by every melodies of you. I feel the happiness, love and sadness-everything in this world are in your songs. Thanks to you, I can find joy and hope in my life, "You Raise Me Up". You became "My Love", was the fun, was the "Queen Of My Heart", was "Mandy" by me, was all for me. Thanks to you that I find myself, so I can live true to myself and be myself, so I can "Flying Without Wings", You are the "Lighthouse" point me in the dark. I wonder that is "Have You Ever Been In ...more

Westlife is simply amazing.. They'll always be my favourite.. Love you Mark, Shane, Kian and Nicky

Nothing can ever beat you guys :)))

Westlife've made me feel better each time I was sad. Their music just... Heal my soul...!

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46 Mumford & Sons Mumford & Sons Mumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane.

They are a seriously have to be behind little mix who are only famous because they were on the X factor which isn't talent these 4 piece band payed out of there own money to have there first album released and that itself ain't easy they have a ton of fans who are well and truely devoted like me and seeing this at 45 just ain't right please vote for them and there songs are just amazing my fave has to be not with haste or whispers in the dark

I really like the way they use guitar in their songs. And I love the song "I Will Wait" it is going to be a classic

47 Stereophonics Stereophonics Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band that formed in 1992 in the village of Cwmaman in the Cynon Valley.

Incredible band with 5 consecutive number 1 albums and over 20 top 20 songs and 11 top 5 singles definitely should be much higher than it is.

They deserve at least top 20 spot in ALL time UK ranking and top 3 ranking in current time. They're amazing! Cheers from Slovenia!

Kelly and his Band rocks!

See them once you need to keep seeing them

48 The Police The Police The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. They are most known for their songs "Message In A Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close To Me", "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Roxanne", ...read more.

It deserves to be in top ten

The police deserves 2nd as it makes real music and is not like some donkey eg
Justin bieber

49 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

I actually prefer the Phil era. "Duke" is particularly excellent! Phil was simply a better, stronger singer. Gabriel actually "went pop" before Genesis did. (They were doing "Wind & Wuthering" while he had switched to a pop sound.) So stop yer fussin', all you Phil-haters!

It's so sad that genesis never get any reward for their talent. Gabriel was a mad genius. don't bother listening to phil's era though.

Please do us real Genesis fans a favour and jump into a freezing cold lake and drown. Phil's era was top-notch stuff, especially A Trick of the Tail and Wind and Wuthering. - PlanetDeadwing

50 Stone Roses

Smashing band, never cracked the US, so they're less recognizable, but their debut album is one of the most impressive debuts ever created. Second Coming is pretty good too, if you don't compare it to their first album. Listen to Fool's Gold and you'll see why they're so acclaimed.

this is a joke listen to
stone roses debut its one of the most importaint albums ever made without this there would be no oasis. simples

Please tell me how the stone roses are 76? This is real music should be at least in the top ten! If not number one! "International Continental"

Can't believe the roses are 75. Ian brown is genius. The best debut album of all time. Inspirational to so many then and now...

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