Best British Classic Rock Bands

The Top Ten Best British Classic Rock Bands

1 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

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!

2 The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

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.

in 3rd?
the best band in music history in 3rd?
Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin are really good bands, but THE BEATLES are the best! - rock2metal

3 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

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.

4 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

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

5 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

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

6 The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.

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

7 Jimi Hendrix Experience

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.

8 Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

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.

9 Yes Yes is an English progressive rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music. Their best known song is their 1971 hit "Roundabout" off of their album Fragile.

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

10 Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

Genesis created absolutely fantastic music, played with skill, they could teach most modern bands a lot!

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11 Dire Straits Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers.

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...

12 Moody Blues The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive more.

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!

13 The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

The only band that matters. The greatest band hands down, although T. Rex and the Smiths come close

14 The Kinks The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s.

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

15 Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

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.

16 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. 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

17 Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.

The best three musicians in their trade in one band.

Eric Clapton is one of the best guitarists ever! - Ajkloth

18 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson, singer, bassist, and producer Greg Lake, and drummer and percussionist Carl Palmer.
19 Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.

They deserve a lot more attention - PositronWildhawk

20 Whitesnake Whitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by singer David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

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.

21 The Police The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. They are most known for their songs "Message In A Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close To Me", "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Roxanne", more.

"Every breath you take" - Ajkloth

So underrated. They defined the 80s.

One of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands alongside Queen and Pink Floyd

22 Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history more.

One of the most influential band of all time.

23 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal more.

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.

24 The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

Brilliant band - Jiorl

25 Jethro Tull Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge a progressive rock signature.

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

26 Oasis Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

Best band since the classic rock era of sixties and seventies

27 Electric Light Orchestra The Electric Light Orchestra are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.

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

28 Bad Company

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.

29 Slade Slade are an English rock band from Wolverhampton. They rose to prominence during the glam rock era in the early 1970s, achieving 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones on the UK Singles Chart.
30 Foghat Foghat are an English rock band formed in London in 1971. The band is known for its prominent use of electric slide guitar in its music.
31 Duran Duran Duran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US.

Not rock at all. remove this now. - gemcloben

32 Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and more.

A very big influence in metal. - gemcloben

33 Kasabian Kasabian are an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. The band's original members consisted of vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, guitarist Chris Karloff, and bassist Chris Edwards.
34 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.

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

35 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

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

36 Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 more.

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

37 King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band has had numerous lineup changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (guitar). However, the most notable lineup is between 1972-75, consisting of Fripp, John Wetton (bass/vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), more.
38 Badfinger Badfinger was a British rock band that, in their most prolific lineup, consisted of Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans, Joey Molland and Bob Jackson.

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.

39 Joy Division Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.
40 T.Rex T. Rex were an English glam rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band initially called Tyrannosaurus Rex, released four folk albums under this banner.

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.

41 The Stone Roses The Stone Roses are an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983. One of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the band's lineup consists of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani and drummer Reni.
42 The Animals The Animals were an English band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the early part of the decade.
43 Wings
44 The Yardbirds The Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963 that had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Over Under Sideways Down".
45 The Wombats
46 Magnum

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.

47 Dr Feelgood

Right up there

48 The Specials

Different and good and catchy!

49 The Jesus and Mary Chain The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid.
50 Thunder

Carrying the "great hard rock " torch with "Wonder days"album.

Another great uk band

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