Best British Classic Rock Bands
The Top Ten
Queen are just one of those bands that you can't really fault. They aren't overrated; every inch of their fame and glory was thoroughly deserved. Their live performances have some people of the current generation wishing they were born earlier. Freddie's vocals are probably the best you will hear on the face of the Earth (and he was one of the greatest pianists). Brian and his Red Special are probably the most emotional guitar leads you will hear. John is POSSIBLY the most underrated musician of all time, and was Queen's secret weapon. Roger was no slouch on the drums. His back-up voice was also quite impressive.
Also, all the members of the band were talented writers (they all wrote hits; Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions and Don't Stop Me Now belonged to Freddie. Brian had We Will Rock You, Hammer to Fall and I Want It All. John had Spread Your Wings, Another One Bites The Dust and I Want To Break Free. Roger had Radio Ga Ga, A Kind Of Magic and These Are The Days Of ...more
Queen rules. Musically more sophicated than any other band. Vocally more talented than any other band. Not one song sounds like another, they had no genre, no one dimension. Take away the incredible vocals and you have classic instrumentals. The rise and fall of the guitar riffs and drum beat are instantly recognizable and incredible. It is well establish about the vocal ability of Freddie Mercury, his range, his rapid voice clearly singing every word like no one before or since. His voice was an instrument he used however he wanted. Likewise could be said of Brian May's guitar. His guitar was his voice and he used it like no one other before or since. And the drum beats got to you too.
But the real test of their greatness, was their lyrics that touched the hearts of their fans, the common man and woman. Who has sometimes wished they have never been born at all, who has felt that they have had their share of sand kicked in their face, who's has felt that they have worked til they ...more
Variety, depth, emotion, skill, power, grace, entertainment, personality and warmth went into every queen song. They are unlike any other group on the planet, in that they attempted all kinds of music styles and never played it safe on any album I can think of. The result is a series of successful and memorable songs which will survive the test of time for years to come. Long live queen!
I agree 110% Queen is the most influential, amazing, creative and just out right best band to ever record a song. They are credited with having the most successful live performance of all time with live aid 1985 and for 20 years had multiple hits for each decade of their existence
They were it, like nothing else! If you were alive when they were at their peak, you already know that nothing - and I mean nothing - before or since has captured the imagination and adoration of the world or influenced it as they did. You already KNOW that nothing gets close to this! The variety and originality of sound they produced (while occupying the top of the charts) simply left the rest of the world in their dust, and their appearance and style established men's fashion that we still know today. So, the only credible battle about best bands (or, indeed, best popular musical act) can only be about who might occupy a very distant second place.
Not only because they have the most recognizable and and iconic names in music history, a wide variety of musical repertory, most of their songs are great hits, but also because they have the biggest plot twist in group maturity in history becoming good boys from Liverpool to a globally long-haired experimental rock band that opened up the minds of generations.
We wouldn't even know how to SPELL BRITISH without The Beatles!
Seriously... Even the bands above them in this poll vote THE Beatles! Check out McCartney's "Making Of Rockestra" video... John Paul Jones, Gonzo, David Gilmore, Pete Townsend, Kenny Jones and the list goes on... All came running when Paul came knocking! You can SEE the RESPECT for Paul written all over their faces! Rolling Stones "Rock n Roll Circus" w JOHN LENNON..."Concert For George" w Clapton, Petty, Billy Preston etc... THESE guys ADORE THE Beatles! Why do you think McCartney CLOSED Live Aid? Who follows "a" Beatles... Not to mention "THE" Beatles! Biggest, most important artists in HISTORY!
You have to be musically uneducated not to vote for The Beatles.
If you don't vote for them, you don't know the History of Rock music and you lack research, therefore you shouldn't even be voting, to begin with. People are only entitled to have an opinion about things if they have some basic clue of what the subject they are talking about.
Best band of all time. Their music is beyond awesome. They have the best album ever, which is Dark Side Of The Moon. I had to vote for this band. They weren't afraid to be different in music. Plus, they have the deepest of lyrics.
Lyrics that make you think, music that takes you to another dimension. Very easy to just sit in a dark room and listen to any of their albums all the way through
Their songs are accessible but unique and experimental. Not only are they one of the best selling acts if all time but one of the best full stop.
Because duh! Writing songs about women, sex, romance is easy than what Pink Floyd did.
I consider myself Hendrix's number 1 fan...yet, I believe when we use the word band, and this being about best British bands, Led Zeppelin is the definite answer. All the members were excellent musicians. These were multi-talented stars with an incredible thirst for creating music. Their music was so easy to understand and had so many levels. Take Immigrant Song, an iconic two-note masterpiece with incredible drive. You also have songs like Achilles's Last Stand, The Rain Song and others that have so many layers. A singer who was a master at the harmonica like the classic blues stars he admired, a guitarist that could play just about anything with strings, a bass player who also played strings and produced incredible music and last but not least...the one and only, John "Bonzo" Henry Bonham who did not have to play any other instrument because he was the hungriest percussionist always on the lookout for a groove. Bonzo would spice every song up differently to the point where I must ...more
The Beatles were talented yes, but I have to say Zeppelin's members were considerably more so. This is most prominent in Jimmy Page, who was worlds better than Harrison on the guitar. He could make playing a guitar solo with a violin bow extremely entertaining whereas Harrison wasn't even playing guitar in the Beatles' best guitar song (Clapton on While My Guitar Gently Weeps; the Clapton vs Page argument is a whole other argument). Anyway, I could sit through a 20 minute John Bonham drum solo (see live version of Moby Dick) and I've got to say Ringo seems like a nice guy but his talents were nowhere near Bonzo's. John Paul Jones' bass-playing is perhaps more subtle than McCartney's but is intricate in itself; JPJ beats out Paul in terms of bass-playing ability. Finally, there's no denying that both Lennon & McCartney had amazing voices, but Plant's is OTHERWORDLY. Sure, McCartney had a clearer and more "beautiful" tone to his voice but man, Plant ranged from a spine-shivering screech ...more
Led Zeppelin is ranked number 1 on top 10 classic rock bands and rock bands. What makes you think they shouldn't be number one here. They are by far the best band ever and no band even come close. Name a band that has a song as beautiful as the Rain song, and a song as epic as Kashmir or stairway to heaven. There are no bands with the amount of talent or creativity that Zeppelin had
Should be number one. Bohemian Rhapsody is great, but stairway to heaven is 10 times better. Also, the members of Zepellin are more talented than the ones of Queen. That includes John Bonham and Jimmy page probably the most talented musicians of the time.
They're still rocking since 60s to nowadays. Definitely one of the very best bands from UK. Sympathy for the devil is one of the greatest songs. 99, 99% percent of their songs rock.
What the hell is led zeppelin. They are so overrated I think beatles is even better than led zep boo come on vote this for number 1
So old yet so good
The best frontman ever
They are simply amazing. They have one of the most energetic lives I've ever seen, yet it's not too much over the top. Exactly what you expect of Rock. People always tell me you either have to be a rolling stones, Beatles or the who fan. I'd pick the Who anyday.
Tell those people who tell you that to shut up. I'm a beatles, rolling stones and who fan. But I like the who the most. Seen em 3 times.
Who, stones, Beatles in that order
John entwhistle. his skills are undeniable.
Sure, Hendrix is by far the greatest American rocker around, but after settling down in England he formed this fantastic group!
What does this band do in this top? It's great group, but it's not British.
It's a American bad not British
despite the fact hendrix is american the experience was formed in england and the other members are british I believe so its really a british band.
Thanks for given purple a high ranking. Blackmore.. Gillan.. Glover.. Lord.. Paice were as good as led zep.. They should be top 5.
Ritchie and John were the greatest. Nobody could compare with them.
"Smoke on the water" has an amazing yet simple riff
The Beatles, ELO and Queen then Deep Purple.
As good of musicians as you'll ever see or hear. Amazing that so few have taken to time to listen and understand how great this band was and still is. Close to the Edge is a groundbreaking album. Yes set the stage for many of today's acts yet no one to date can duplicate their intricate musical scores and soaring keyboard, guitar and bass leads. Hats off to Yes!
These guys were one of the godfathers of progressive rock, I'm sure we wouldn't have Opeth without them.
"Owner of a lonely heart"
Genesis created absolutely fantastic music, played with skill, they could teach most modern bands a lot!
Splendid songwriting by Mark Knopfler.
Intelligent music and lyrics.
Incredible fame and fastest/biggest selling band at their time.
There has always been something universal about their music (as for the Beatles), but the music and the lyrics are more profound, according to me.
Mark Knopfler was the king of his generation. All of Dire Strait's songs are just art. They are all Mona Lisas really. Mark Knopfler just makes it cool, and he knows chords no one else knows. He's amazing. Dire Straits is not only the best band in UK but the best in the world...
Sultans Of Swing, Romeo And Juliet, Telegraph Road, Money For Nothing, Down To the Waterline, Where Do You Think You're Going, Tunnel Of Love, Private Investigations, Brothers In Arms, Calling Elvis, Twisting By The Pool, Private Investigations, Once Upon A Time In the West, On Every Street, Love Over Gold, Solid Rock, Walk Of Life, Wild West End, Portobello Belle, Your Latest Trick, Two Young Lovers, So Far Away, You And Your Friend, Lady Writer, etc. Such timeless songs!
Knopfler is a story-teller and a consummate lyricist. "You're a light in the dark, a beacon of hopeand strong as a sea boat, strong as a rope. " There are thousand more like that. He is a poet.
The Moody Blues deserve to be in the Top 10. They still tour and their music is timeless. I am in awe of their passion for what they do!
Different in style not a copycat, most under-rated rock band!
The only band that matters. The greatest band hands down, although T. Rex and the Smiths come close
When the Kinks songs first played on radio in the U.S. 64/65 The sound was like nothing I have ever heard before. The songs made you feel alive with the heavy guitar riff. This sound was completely different than the Beatles. I was hooked. Their music has not aged with time. It's easy to use the style of a band already established. But to be the first to create a new sound. That's different. My opinion they should be #,3
Should be way higher up in this list! Way Highre! Could be as high as three or four! People! Listen to their albums from 1966 to 71 and then tell me they didn't influence well, everyone!
Ray Davies is a better song writer than anyone on the list, Dave is underrated as to his contributions to guitar. Top ten easy
"You really got me" has an awesome guitar riff
I still remember when I heard Pyromania album for the first time, awesome. F-f-f-foolin, Photograph, Die hard the hunter, need I say more.
Definitely Leppard was a great 80s hair band.
Their most famous song is "pour some sugar on me"
I find it weird the best 'British' ones was make by someone called 'Russian'
Hm, never heard better guitar riffs besides Deep Purple and Ozzy, aah legendary Ozzy - getting wet eyes when reflecting on this...
Black Sabbath is not a classic rock band and shouldn't be on this list (same for Iron Maiden).
Godfathers of metal, got to be at least top ten
The best three musicians in their trade in one band.
Eric Clapton is one of the best guitarists ever!
They deserve a lot more attention
Great British rock band, from its early rock-blues to its hard metal sound, always great melodies, lyrics, and David Coverdales fantastic voice. Who can forget, In the Still of the night, Is this love, Fool for your lovin', Here I go again, Don't break my heart again, all superb.
From 2008's wake the sleeper thru 2015's outsider. Quality hard rock, aor, classic rock. Listen and you will know.
Mick box can play period
One of the greats
One of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands alongside Queen and Pink Floyd
So underrated. They defined the 80s.
"Every breath you take"
One of the most influential band of all time.
Their sound is much like the Beatles during the Sergeant Pepper stage. They started with orchestral, then into rock, then into pop. They changed a lot.