Best British Bands of the 21st Century
The Top Ten
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!
I like many of the bands in the top 10 - Coldplay, Arctic Monkey, Oasis or even Franz Ferdinand. Nothing can however compare to the range and variety of music Muse has composed or play with as much enthusiasm and emotion live. Their songs range from classic to heavy metal and are filled with memorable guitar riffs such as Plug in Baby (Voted best riff), Hysteria and Knights of Cydonia. They can be ambitious and experimental but the result is always interesting and original. When it comes to performing live, nothing compares to their gigs which are filled with colourful LEDs and dynamic Light displays, massive props, stunning pyrotechnics and of course their epic music.
They music is very varied from an orchestral symphony to a rock hurricane. Maths voice is magical and his guitar skills are very unique, some drumming is clever and interesting without being over complicated and finally Chris' bass riffs have earned him prize placed in bass riff such is that in "hysteria" overall they are doing what every kid wants to do when they want to become rock stars and they are living and jamming their lives to fulfilment. If you don't believe what I and other are saying then watch their Glastonbury gig from 2010 and I'll let you form your own opinion
Never saw a band that was or is as versatile as Muse. Successfully goes into many different genres while always staying faithful to rock. You cannot be objective when it comes to things such as music, but subjective, this is my favourite band. Sixteen years of music and still going strong. I can see why they do not deserve to be first, or even in the top ten, but they at least should be a few higher. They're just magnificent.
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.
They played at the London Olympics' Opening Ceremony, headlined Glastonbury, all five of their albums went #1 in the UK charts, and one of the first bands to be discovered on the internet. The Arctic Monkeys are a band that gets stronger and stronger which each dare and risk they take on each album they released. They are a band that will take Oasis (Another great band, but their heyday was in the 90's) place as the greatest British rock Band of their time
Arctic Monkeys are talented, interesting, and consistent. They've yet to put out a bad record. Alex Turner's lyrics and vocals are unparalleled, and the musicianship from Cook, Helders, and O'Malley is always innovative and strong. They're great live - Brilliant performers, as well as technically perfect. Have you ever heard them miss a note? Not to mention, they've been going strong for about 10 years and have only gotten better. Nobody can compete with their talent and consistency.
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!
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
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!
Amazing songs both slow and "dance-worthy". Some make you think about life and some make you want to go out and party. Some make you sad and some make you overjoyed and not care what else is going on. It is the sheer essence of what good music should do to a person. Muse is great, Oasis is great, Arctic Monkeys aren't quite on the same level yet but are close. I am sad to think about their next album being their last. I can't wait till theydo their tour of their last and new album in the US! On another note I think that there are real jems for all of these bands that most people never hear of but some happen to be my favorite songs. I could listen to any one of Coldplay's full albums straight through and love every song they sing.
Oasis is best, arctic monkeys maybe, and of course muse always ahead. But until now with all of their 6 albums which is always had a big song, I think Coldplay should being 1st. Come on, yellow? The scientist? In my place? Fix you? Viva la vida? Paradise? Clocks? Charlie brown? Every teardrop is waterfall? And now they've magic and sky full of stars. It such a story from their first album in 2000. And don't forget their wonderful glow in the dark and colorful concert in Paris 2012. Best show ever!
They were the last rock band to embody sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll and rule the world simultaneously and play concerts without a single phone in the audience. They had the best songs of the '90s and they're basically about nothing. But they're so catchy! No band has had as many brilliant B-sides as them also. And they looked awesome. From '94-'96 they were unstoppable.
Oasis is one the best band here besides Gorillaz, plus they had the best frontman ever and one of the best songwriters from our century. I personally can relate to lots of their songs, and they have that attitude that make them look kinda cocky, but that's why I love them.
Liam is a great rock vocalist and it was best rock band in first decade of 21st century. Unfortunately it was broken in 2009 and now Liam Gallagher form a new band 'Beady Eye'.
Its not about who is currently top, its about who is consistently top, and Oasis have this, Coldplay = no where near, Muse possibly but they would neve beat Oasis.
Most unique band all of time radiohead one of my all time favorite. Band most iconic frontman thom yorke worlds gifted producer nigel godrich best guitarist jonny and ed o brien bassist collin they experiment with rock music and their beats are insane I have all their albums kid a
, ok computer one of greatest album of the new era of rock... Muse is also ma favorite. Band but they are new comers in front of radioeads legacy... )
All the bands above radiohead right now like coldplay muse etc wouldn't exist without radiohead, radiohead has invented more music genres than the beatles did, though of course beatles had a much larger influence, radiohead is still jist as good and innovative as the beatles if not moreand beatles should be no. 1 best british band followed by radiohead and oasis and so on
You may not hear them on the radio too often or even listen to them with regularity, but in the back of your mind, everybody knows that they are clearly the top. Ask any of the bands on this list, and they'll tell you "yes, Radiohead, #1".
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.
It's a British band I was not knowing... It's 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 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.
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.
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.
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"?
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.
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.
"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.
Young rockers need to follow the career path of this legendary band. By far the best of all English bands listed.
Love their Folk Rock sound. It is really interesting. I didn't even know the genre existed until I found these guys. Truely amazing.
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.
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
Well, technicaly their scottish, but take me out is a modern classic
Voted because they have to be better than 1d
They even don't have a picture WOW
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.
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.
They reached awesome achievement loke metal album of the year with Suicide Season.. They are one of the most representitive british band
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
Love this band. They really deserve to be ranked higher than
Bullet For My Valentine. And Black Sabbith should be number 1
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...
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
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.
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.
While considering and listening to one direction music, you can tell these band members can make quality and real music for music lovers. Many girls go insane for them and their songs too. But is that inconvenient? Their mentor Simon Cowell has repeatedly said that one direction have best fans in the world and the number appears to be rising. It is only the matter of fans' taste in music genre.
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.
How the hell are wrong direction higher than these? Bullet For My Valentine are awesome! Loving their new stuff, but nothing beats fever
Wrong Direction above Bullet?! I'm done! Bullet For My Valentine all the way! If I ever get a girlfriend who likes Wrong D, then it'll be a Bullet 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.
Top quality music. We have indeed the chance of having Noel's pure talent on its own.
Firsts 2 albums were very good, Noel's still got the ability to make great songs
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.
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
Stereophonics rule listen 2 superman well good song. Killers not even English they are american
One of the best rock bands around, and one awesome thing about them is they're WELSH!
The originality of Damon Albarn combining synth and other instruments make him a great artist. Some underrated songs of Gorillaz should be better known.
Bullet For My Valentine is one of my favorite bands ever, I don't understand why would Colplay would be in front, Bullet For My Valentine is real music.
Gorrilaz gained most of their fame with their Demon Days album... Which was produced by an American, DJ Dangermouse. So, they should be removed from this list.
Gorillaz brought us the future. They inspired hastune miku to be made and they have one countless awards including a guinnes (spelled wrong) world recored
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!
Like Led Zeppelin, NOT a 21st century band. Freddie Mercury is no longer alive so the real Queen band doesn't exist anymore.
Queen is one of my favorit rock bands so I just want to vote for them
Absolutely amazing, so many hits
I love Mcfly. They are the most amazing band and people. They are so underrated and deserve the world. They are also very talented. Harry won strictly, Dougie won I’m a celeb, Tom is an author and Danny made a solo career when the band were on a break. There new album the lost songs is amazing.
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!
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!
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!
The band is amazing, the music is amazing, their concerts are amazing. I love them so much.
They are amazing. High power performence that will draw you in.
Keane are undoubtfully one of the best Bands at present, and in my opinion very unfairly underrated. They are such great musicians, they make an unique sound, their songs are timeless, universal and so emotional, we listen to them and immediately feel identifyed and connected in a very deep way. Many of them are true masterpieces, outstanding pieces of music + lyrics. Their music comes from their heart & soul, no artifacts, no tricks - it's pure and honest. That's one of the reasons why they sound as awesome Live as on records, perhaps even more amazing Live - no special effects are needed, just the four of them with their own amazing skills and talents, their own unique chemistry. And magic happens. When we attend a Keane Live performance, we can never forget it. Very few Bands can achieve this perfection and magic. And facts are there to prove all this:Their music is loved and cherished worldwide, all their albums went directly to nº 1 on sales charts. Very few equaled this ...more
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.
Just on another super talented level! What can I say? Oh yeah they are the benchmark for all popular musicians that could potentially if they wanted to, destroy all crap manufactured xfactory garbage and so forth just by turning up at one of their camps and jamming their strutt down cowells and co's cheap aspartame. These guys are the real manuka and pj hammer wrote a hit about them before they were even around. You all know that one...
Keane is amazing! I'm surprised how low they are in this ranking, they are an overrated and overlooked band, but us, the fans, know and appreciate everything they do and what they are... Very talented and humble type of people, but they really deserve more recognition! Their songs are superior to most of the other bands here!
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.
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!
This band developes beautiful harmonies through the song, florence sings so open hearted and strong.
Heavenly voice and overal alchemy is here around floating in blue space - this is Florence and the Machine.
Florence Welch is from another world!. Without doubt my favorite band of this list.
Best band of all time, they deserve to be much higher
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