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!
YEE THEY ARE BEST REKT SKURBBSV 66 Comments
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 fit
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.
One of the most influencing bands I've came across. I like their album Favorite worst nightmare especially because it sounds like a live performance, the guitars just thrashed about, missing notes, yet mixed in with poetic lyrics, sounds just like a live performance by an amateurish band. Very different from most other bands.
This should be the number 1 band! The Beatles of our generation! We are witnessing it.V 42 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.
Lights will guide you home and ignite your bones and I will try to fix youV 65 Comments
Still the best, even though their heyday was in the 90s. Coldplay is a close second.
My ex introduced their music to me and I fell in love with this English band. Plus they were his neighbors as they grew up. They are the best.
oasis is the best band ever. Its a shame that its third on the list.
God likeV 29 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.
Always pushing boundaries, superb!V 24 Comments
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.
Who are these people and they are the worstV 4 Comments
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.
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.V 9 Comments
"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.
The Legend.V 7 Comments
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.
This band is really good.V 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 - RecklessGreedV 1 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.
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 are are a really good band - very underrated - faith1727V 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
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.
I think we're overlooking the fact that first of all, they are a boy band, not a rock band. They don't play instruments on stage like every other band here does. The perform coordinated dance routines and sing for an audience. Second, they are not rock. They are most certainly a pop band that something verges on alternative. Definitely should not be this high on the list.
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.V 114 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
The band is so much underrated man.V 5 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 Gorillaz
hi momV 6 Comments
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.
You have gotta love them. All of their albums have a bit of everybody's taste of music in I guessV 15 Comments
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..
Are you serious? They are amazing in the 21st century, too...and always...and forever.V 4 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 have been my favourite band for AGES! I love them so much! :DV 1 Comment
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.
Keane are simply the BEST british band... Fact! Their music is incredible, their lyrics are amazing thanks to the very talented Mr Rice-Oxley and Tom's voice, well what can I say. He has the purest and the most beautiful voice ever. They so deserve to be the best British band
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.
Keane are just superb, their songs are brilliantly written and Tom Chaplin voice is so superior to many other bands frontmen. The more you listen to their songs the more you realise how amazing they are.V 26 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.
Half British half Irish band, however Snow Patrpol are elegible here due to the half British origins.V 2 Comments
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!
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 meaning
Heavenly voice and overal alchemy is here around floating in blue space - this is Florence and the Machine.V 6 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
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 going
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.V 2 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
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 since I was 12. They are better than Muse, why did they got the 25th place?. Their songs are better than Muse too. Besides, they also have a cute face like a baby even though they are 20-25 years old now. If you think I'M right, vote The Wanted. Sorry for my English *. *V 1 Comment
Love the boys unique sound and down to earth attitude.V 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.
I found Bastille after Pompeii played on the radio. I listened to all of their other songs and fell in love. Their music is remarkable and the lyrics are very meaningful. They are an amazing band and I think that everyone needs to listen to at least one of their songs other than Pompeii.
Oh my gosh. I love Bastille. I listened to Pompeii and thought it was incredible. So I listened to their whole album, Bad Blood, and thought it was amazing. All the songs are so meaningful. My favorites are Bad Blood, Laughter Lines, and Laura Palmer.
Bastille is just amazing. Literally all their songs are awesome and they also sound great live, which cannot be said about many singers/bands. I started to listen to them probably 4 months ago and instantly fell in love with them. Dan's voice is just incredible.
Bastille is truly my favorite band, all of their songs are so deep and really help you clear your mind, plus they sound as good live as they do on recordingV 3 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
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
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 recognition
Absolutely one helluva band that inexplicably flys under the media radar. They've crafted their own unique sound that definitely deserves higher praise.V 2 Comments
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?
Id rather shave my head clean off (I have a lot of hair) than listen to this 'band'. They aren't even artists that's like calling a public bathroom a Da Vinci piece. In the words of Hank Hill 'This is just a bunch of bathroom noises.'V 9 Comments
The best upcoming band of 2016. If you haven't listened to them please check out The Balcony, its class and you won't be disappointed. These 4 lads are going to be massive!
Should definitely be closer to the top... how is 1d or AM before these guys
Cocoon is one of the best song of this decade so far
Their new album the ride is awesome
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.
A truly great band, clever lyrics, euphoric sound, amazing voice, perfect style.
Amazing unique sound, different voices, great talent.
I absolutely love this band!
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.V 1 Comment
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
I can't believe this band wasn't on the list. They're amazing!
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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