Best British Bands of the 21st CenturyGlonnAtronnAdonnAdict
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.
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!67 Comments
Arctic Monkeys should be #1!
They are just superior
The Arctic Monkeys are The Strokes of the UK!
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 fit45 Comments
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.
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 ...more65 Comments
Best of all time.
Best Rock band out of England in the 90s. No competition.
Still the best, even though their heyday was in the 90s. Coldplay is a close second.
God like31 Comments
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.
No other band has shown the ability to innovate, and balance that experimentation with some of the strongest songwriting of the 2000s. No other band satisfies my search for quality art like Radiohead.24 Comments
Iron Maiden have varied their style and stayed fresh. If you don't like one album, buy one of the others. There's everything, they're a one-stop shop, complete with zombie salesperson.
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.
A noob here said they suck. Why don't you go back to your one direction crap.5 Comments
Best live act since the Who, nobody comes close in my opinion. They've made so many classic songs over the years that will and haven't aged one bit. An awesome group who put 100% into everything they do.
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.9 Comments
Led Zeppelin is NOT a 21st century band, whether YOU like it or not!
"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.
I grew up in the 70's partying to Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. We knew how to party back then. Not the 'get strung out on Meth and Crack and ruin the rest of your life' kind of partying. More like the 'get stoned on grass and drink til you puke' then sleep it off the next day and go back to your normal life on Monday kind of partying.
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.8 Comments
This band is really good.
This has to be at least top 10 come on people this is REAL music right here
About the only band of which I can say I love every one of their songs.
This is music you'll like your whole life. It's timeless.5 Comments
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
Voted because they have to be better than 1d
Well, technicaly their scottish, but take me out is a modern classic - RecklessGreed1 Comment
From deathcore, to metalcore, to alternative metal, to hard rock, Bring Me The Horizon never fails to bring something new to the table. Despite wanting to escape their old deathcore days, BMTH still puts out some of the best rock today. Striving towards a modern sound while not the punch they packed ever since their first album in 2006. From screaming to singing, this band is a group of talented individuals who always release something good.
They are are a really good band - very underrated - faith1727
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 combine hardcore aspects into more mainstream works and the live vocals and playing of instruments are exceptional.8 Comments
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
They are amazing... Not The American Average...yes...
Love this band. They really deserve to be ranked higher than
Bullet For My Valentine. And Black Sabbith should be number 1
The reasons why they deserve this honor, is because : They have changed my life for the better, by stopping me from being anxious, being bored when I haven't been out and made me stronger person and to enjoy life, no matter what. They have also made me forget about the negative side of my life and cured my nightmares for good, even though I occasionally still have them. So thank you ever so much for making me a better person with positive attitude instead of feeling negative about my life. My feelings about these LEGENDARY MUSICIANS called One Direction! They also have made other people lives better too, because they raise money for loads of charities. The charities they have done so far, are: Red Nose Day (when they did their charity single called 'One Way Or Another' by 'Teenage Kicks', they went to Ghana to see how important it is to help the vulnerable people that are a lot more vulnerable than we are, they did some visits for the 'Rays Of Sunshine' charity to help the poorly ...more
Jesus christ internet people have such a narrow definition of band...
Bands aren't just rock bands and One Direction gets way more hate than they deserve.
The reason why One Direction deserves to be on this list is because they are one of the greatest boy bnads there is. They are so inspirational and have inspired the lives of many. They have even inspired me in many ways as well. They taught me that it's ok to be different, to not forget who you are, always stay true to yourself and to face my fears. Thanks to them I can say that my life has changed for the better and I'm sure many other fans feel the same as well. Thank you One Direction for being my inspiration and my for being my everything. Words cannot describe how thankful I am to you for making my life better. I love each one of you with all my heart and I pray that you may all get the success that you deserve in your lives individually and as a band. Although you guys are now currently on a hiatus, I am waiting with my finger crossed for your comeback as a band all five of you and continue to rock my world as you have these past eight years.
Bands are not just rock bands, don't be so selfish. There is nothing wrong with boy bands just because you are so jealous of a girl you fancy having a crush on them doesn't mean you should hate them, you just don't understand.115 Comments
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
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.4 Comments
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.
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
One of the greatest rock bands in our decade! But from a small little town in the valleys ( Cwmaman) they raised to fame. They have amazing tracks like Just Looking, Maybe Tomorrow, Mr. Writer and so much more. Worth a listen. Anyway I'm just looking
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.
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 Gorillaz6 Comments
Best Band Ever
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
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!
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.16 Comments
I'm honestly shocked that their not n1
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
Their songs is absolutely art..5 Comments
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!
The band is amazing, the music is amazing, their concerts are amazing. I love them so much.
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.1 Comment
The Best Vocals and lyrics for sure...
THE BEST THE BEST! JUST SIMPLY THE BEST. Should be number 1. Why are they so underrated. Come on just listen to bend and break or somewhere only we know and it will make you want to vote
They really are the best and should be number 1 with the stereophonics in 2nd
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.30 Comments
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.
My mum loves Snow Patrol...she has their album Eyes Open on CD
Half British half Irish band, however Snow Patrpol are elegible here due to the half British origins.
SNOW PATROL ARE LITERALLY GODS
The founders of metal, they deserve to be ranked way higher! Most big metal acts like Metallica or Slayer are due to Black Sabbath.
Torn between Sabbath and Zeppelin. Two of the most influential bands of all time! 1&2
Black Sabbath below one direction? This site is hilarious.
Only lil' Wayne is better than black sabbath!
Heavenly voice and overal alchemy is here around floating in blue space - this is Florence and 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.
When I meet Florence Welch or Isabella Summers or Chris Hayden or anyone else my life will have meaning6 Comments
Not many bands like the manics. Quite possibly the best remaining British band and don't get enough credit for consistently making amazing songs and albums. Also a fantastic live band
One of the best of the bests! Their Music inspired millions of people...They should be in the Top 10s, unfortunately isn't. With one of the best vocals, Danny O' Donoghue along with guitarist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power, is best known for their fascinating world tours, and festivals.
The only band that I've listened to from which I rate every single song. Every single song that this band produces is gold. Other bands, of the like of Coldplay, are class but aren't consistent like the Script. Lyrics really meaningful and brilliant music.
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!
What a band the best sound for a long time the words and music go together like sausage and mash tasty as hell easy to digest and leaves you wanting more awesome keep going2 Comments
You are the worst listeners of all! The band is very deserving in the top 5.
What the heck is blur doing at #29? Arguably among the best songwriting and live performers in the 90s. They basically defined British identity! Easily top 10 for me. alongside muse, radiohead arctic monkeys and kasabian
Love the boys unique sound and down to earth attitude.
Amazing indie rock band especilly I predict a riot
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.
I love The Wanted, there music is absoloutly fantastic. Each song has a message and there's one song called I'll be your strength and its a song for the fans. All the songs have an amazing beat to them. Imean come on who hasnt secretly started to sing to one of their songs?1 Comment
I'd say these guys are the most under appreciated band of the 21st century. They're fantastic. This band should be much higher.
Absolute wonderful band. All of their songs generally have an underline theme that is portrayed beautifully through their instrumental and lyrical talents. Would definitely recommend you listen to their albums (Wild World, Bad Blood, and recent album Doom Days) rather than just the popular song Pompeii.
There lyrics are the best.
I love Bastille Pompeii is my jam I listened to it at school today
People should really vote for bastille they are so good great songs great voice great drums piano guitar etc9 Comments
This band is great on stage. They might not have as much energy as like, Muse, but Roger Waters loves engaging with the audience and you can tell they love what they do. Plus they're great stage show, like the wall, they buildt an actual wall on stage and had a big pig floating around in the audience.
Love this band, I must have made a wrong turn to be on a website that has some of these sorry groups way ahead of groups with actual talent
First band ever using stereo and developed music to new extends in a time there was as little as Rolling Stones and Abba
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.
I thank there great
Okay when it's all 5 of them
A very good band
The best on this list
So underrated, yet so good
THE BEST EVER!
Number 1 singer-songwriters and number 1 three part harmony of all time (Sir. George Martin, Beatles producer). The brothers Gibb are simply UNIVERSALLY UNIQUE and reign SUPREME in all music categories.It is said that if Mozart was alive today he would listen to Bee Gees on his phone! Loved them since 1967 and always will!
One of our best singer/song writer's in the world, never, ever to be beaten by anyone, EVER!
The best Hard Rock Band ever
JUST A CUT ABOVE THE REST!
Beyond amazing. If you want to go to a spectacular concert and feel, see them. They are worth every penny. Vocals are unique and to the point. The sound of the band is incredible. #badass #the1975 #thebest
Absolutely amazing band, great music and clever lyrics. One of my favorite bands of all time.
A truly great band, clever lyrics, euphoric sound, amazing voice, perfect style.3 Comments
What it truly means to be alternative rock
The true modern decade rock band
Class band. Every tune a banger
Such an underrated band. Beautiful harmonys and deep sounds, as well as thrasing. Better than arctic monkeys in my opinion.4 Comments
Biffy Clyro is one of the best bands of 21st century. I am from Portugal and sadly they are not very known here, and it's too bad, because they have really great songs and the lyrics are amazing and deep. In last years, Biffy has earned recognition in several countries and I hope they also earn it in the US because they are really one of the best bands around. If you like rock exciting songs or calm songs, if you are happy or sad, if you are in love or out of it, this is the kind of band that will the perfect company for you. Hope they come soon to Portugal, it will be a hell of a time! Mon the Biff!
I love Muse, Coldplay, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys... but I also love Biffy and they deserve to be alongside those bands. They cut to the crap, producing proper heartfelt rock music. I saw them last year at Isle of Wight, headlining alongside two more of my favourite bands, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings of Leon, and they stole the show. They're even better live than recorded. Emotion and talent. Biffy are genius and it's sad they're this low down. Mon the Biff!
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 recognition3 Comments
They have best singers in this group little mix.
What?! 1D ranked #18 and Little Mix #36?! Little Mix should be on top ten! Come on guys they are awesome! - xXImMyOwnHeroXx
I am surprised this wasn't already on the list!
Love these girls! Why aren't they at the top?10 Comments
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.
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? - Britgirl
Why aren't close to the top? They're AMAZING! If you haven't heard of them GO LISTEN TO THEM!
Charlie Simpson, Matt Willis, and James Bourne... People come on these guys were so original and so damn amazing!
Because matt willis is just amazing
Definitely in my top 3 favourite bands ever.1 Comment
I can't believe this band wasn't on the list. They're amazing!
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
Shame they broke up
The Saturdays below Little Mix? No! Just no!
Honestly the best girl group to emerge from the UK since the Spice Girls.
BEST BAND EVER OTHER THAN THE WANTED AND 1D LISTEN TOM NOTORIOUS
4 amazingly talented boys <3 xx
In my opinion this band is the best band to set foot on the x factor stage. I don't like them for there looks, I like them because there each different yet they fit so perfectly. I also love the way there voices varies and when they sing together. I love the meaning in their (especilly Jaymi's ) voice/s.
A proud J-Cat
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