Best British Classic Rock Bands
The Top Ten
You asked for my opinion so here it comes.
Queen is the best band ever to exist, and there are many reasons for me saying that.
Queen had loads and loads of talent and creativity.
Ever heard Bohemian Rhapsody?
Yeah, I bet you have.
That couldn't have been written in 10 minutes.
That took hard, long work to be able to write the music, lyrics, and figure out all the different parts of the song.
Not to mention that Queen is so underrated.
May people forget about them, even though they wrote hits like We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, and Another One Bites The Dust that you can hear likely everyday.
There's a reason why people still listen to music, and that's because it sounds good to them.
Well Queen sounds really good to me.
Freddie Mercury, where do I start?
Yes, he's another reason why Queen is the greatest band ever to exist.
Ever seen Queen, live in concert?
Yes? No? Maybe so?
Well the truth is he can work up a crowd.
And by ...more
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 - Rickygforce
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!
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.
Time after time - pro rockers, critics, producers and fans have voted The Beatles Best rock band of all time. Any other band is a distant second no matter who they might be. Look at their library and the timelessness of their songs as well as their variety of styles. Geez people!
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.
the best band in music history in 3rd?
Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin are really good bands, but THE BEATLES are the best! - rock2metal
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.
well duh! it was the first time you had a reason two watch the wizzard of oz (if you know about the one thing where Dark side of the moon syncs up with the movie) - Schwanie3
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.
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 ...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
their sound is amazing, I've always loved their great sound
with an infinite list of great songs, everybody should like their music - rock2metal
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.
So old yet so good - Ajkloth
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
The best frontman ever - gemcloben
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. - sweetbeef
Who, stones, Beatles in that order
John entwhistle. his skills are undeniable. - gemcloben
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. - russian
Sure, Hendrix is by far the greatest American rocker around, but after settling down in England he formed this fantastic group!
It's a American bad not British
What does this band do in this top? It's great group, but it's not British.
Ritchie and John were the greatest. Nobody could compare with them.
"Smoke on the water" has an amazing yet simple riff - Ajkloth
Thanks for given purple a high ranking. Blackmore.. Gillan.. Glover.. Lord.. Paice were as good as led zep.. They should be top 5.
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" - Ajkloth
Genesis created absolutely fantastic music, played with skill, they could teach most modern bands a lot!
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!
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.
Simply the greatest band ever formed... Led by the master Mark Knopfler. His guitar style and songwriting ability is unmatched in my opinion.
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...
Different in style not a copycat, most under-rated rock band!
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!
The only band that matters. The greatest band hands down, although T. Rex and the Smiths come close
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!
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
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 - Ajkloth
Definitely Leppard was a great 80s hair band.
Their most famous song is "pour some sugar on me" - Ajkloth
I find it weird the best 'British' ones was make by someone called 'Russian' - gemcloben
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.
Hm, never heard better guitar riffs besides Deep Purple and Ozzy, aah legendary Ozzy - getting wet eyes when reflecting on this...
Godfathers of metal, got to be at least top ten
Black Sabbath is not a classic rock band and shouldn't be on this list (same for Iron Maiden). - Metal_Treasure
The best three musicians in their trade in one band.
Eric Clapton is one of the best guitarists ever! - Ajkloth
They deserve a lot more attention - PositronWildhawk
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.
"Every breath you take" - Ajkloth
So underrated. They defined the 80s.
One of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands alongside Queen and Pink Floyd
One of the most influential band of all time.
Mick box can play period
One of the greats
From 2008's wake the sleeper thru 2015's outsider. Quality hard rock, aor, classic rock. Listen and you will know.
Brilliant band - Jiorl
Long live flute rock! truly deserves better than 25 but then again there were so many excellent examples of brits taking blues to its next logical progression. Really great music.
Truly original masters of all genres from prog to hard rock to folk to jazz to electro
Best band since the classic rock era of sixties and seventies
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. - Questhero101
Easily one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. Paul Rodgers is hands down one of the top 5 vocalists of all time. One of the very few singers that can make any genre of music sound great. Over 90 million albums sold worldwide. Should be much higher on this list.
Not rock at all. remove this now. - gemcloben
A very big influence in metal. - gemcloben
Yeah, but they aren't classic rock. Metal isn't classic rock. - Metal_Treasure
Metal can be classic rock and Iron Maiden is just that
Iron Maiden are amazing
Their music diversity is unlike all others except Pink Floyd, should be rated much higher in the list.
Simply the best
Best band of the last 20 years
Muse are my all time, all time favourite band. they are so unique, unlike any other band. Matt Bellamy is the living rock legend himself with AWESOME vocals unlike any other singer, AMAZING guitar skills again unlike any other guitarist and manages to play awesome piano as well! I mean how many other bands have someone who is good at guitar, singing and piano? Chris Wolstenholme plays the best bass ever with amazing tunes and riffs like in the handler (a recent song), hyper music (an older song) and most well known: hysteria where Chris really shows off his true talent of playing the bass. I haven't even spoken about Dom yet and I've already said so much! Dominic Howard masters the drums with amazing beats, symbol crashes and absolutely AWESOME rhythm to every song. There is not one song where I don't like his drum playing and on top of that, he also plays percussion instruments. Muse have great tunes to their songs and amazing deep meanings to them that really make you think about ...more
Greatest live act on earth. All the greats rate them the best today. So talented, so entertaining!
Muse will forever be one of the most talented bands ever to exist
Why is muse not on this list WHY
They could do little cute pop songs, country, hard rock, you name and they never got enough credit. Though mariah carey gives song-writing credit to nilsson for without you, actually badfinger wrote it and did their own great version.
The british band which featured Marc Bolan.The Most Underrated Band of all time.Listen to "Hot Love" which is one of the greatest songs of all time.
The Great band to be. They are. Listen to" escape from the shadow garden","on the 13th day","princess alice" or "moon king"albums.
Have never put out a bad album. And they are GREAT live.
Right up there
Different and good and catchy!
Carrying the "great hard rock " torch with "Wonder days"album.
Another great uk band