Best British Rock Bands

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The Top Ten

1 The Beatles 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 ...read more.

Listen. I don't understand how anyone can listen to Elanore Rigby, Paint it Black or Black Dog and not completely understand why Beatles, Stones and Zeppelin are now and always will be the top three Greatest British Bands Ever. PERIOD. End Topic.

That said, four through ten are seriously up for debate but number 4 is Queen. 'enough Said. The rest of you can fight over 5...

Why is Zeppelin #1? The Beatles had way more singles and all time better hits!

I want to hold your hand and Twist and Shout on the Ed sullivan show.

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2 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were 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 ...read more.

My brother hates led zeppelin, but I love Them! I'm a big led zeppelin fan, and wish my brother would be as well!

I put every band on this list in a playlist EXCEPT Judas Priest and Iron Maiden... My favorite playlist EVER!

Amazing where the hell would I be with out these beautifully brilliant people

Stairway to Heaven (of course), Rock n' Roll, Kashmir - all brilliant! Listen to Led Zeppelin! Any one who says they are terrible are 102% Justin Bieber fans... - HollyRolo

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3 Queen 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 ...read more.

Queen were always different, no question about that. The fact that they produced songs from so many different genres just shows that these guys were geniuses, both musically and in other aspects.

Also, most of their best songs have stood the test of time (and I don't just mean Bohemian Rhapsody), more than can be said for many other bands.

I do think that The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd deserve their fame; I love all these bands and their music (though in my humble opinion, I prefer Queen over Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd).

P.S. Freddie was probably (actually, most likely) the most impressive rock vocalist of all time. This is justified by other lists, other websites, and all viewpoints of people I know (and myself, of course). - Rickygforce

Powerhouse band of four ingenious writers with different styles, songs covering every topic from time difference when travelling at near light speed to heart breaking songs about their lead singer's death, Queen is one of the most influential and long-lasting rock bands in history.

The greatest live band of all time, no question about it!

They have awesome iconic music

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4 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were 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 ...read more.

Should be number 1 or 2 after the Beatles. Totally original, one of a kind, & avant garde. They paved the way for everything that's followed without ever blatantly stealing from others like Zeppelin, who in my opinion shouldn't even be in the top 10!

Not my favourite but still amazing! They are unique and their guitar solos are amazing! - HollyRolo

Dark side of the moon and wish you were here and animals and the wall are the best

Much better than Queen. They are more pop than rock - PinkF

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5 The Rolling Stones

PLEASE! All you Stones haters who say they're old and dried up, Please for your fathers' sake, read early Stephen King and listen to young Stones. Master King will teach you what it means to be a Stones fan.

I'm not a massive fan, but they are still great!

The greatest rock n roll band of all time should be higher than sixth. I would rate above the who to be honest.

6 The Who 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 ...read more.

The Who are way underrated and deserve much more respect. Anyone who hasn't listened to Quadrophenia cannot call themselves a music fan.

Best with led zeppelin and rolling stones and iron maiden - shatti

Home to some of the greatest guitar riffs!

Great! Best live band ever in my opinion

7 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.

The best heavy metal band ever

Supremely Instrumental, masters of their art

8 Oasis 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.

They went for there debut album in 94 to playing 2 nights to 150,000 people at Knebworth 2 years later, where about 2.6 million people applied for tickets. In terms of which british band is actually the best, it's obviously The Beatles. But Oasis are my favourite band

One of the most underrated bands in history, all their songs are meaningful for all kind of people

How on earth are Iron Maiden ahead of Oasis? Makes no sense to me. In my opinion Oasis are greatest band of all time. - Aman2201

My personal favorite of all time

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9 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal 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 guitarist Adrian ...read more.

I overrated the beatles and stones because I knew there would be a riot in England if I didn't have them in the top 5. I came later so in my opinion Motorhead, Judas Priest, Saxon, and especially Iron Maiden are all way better than the Beatles, Stones, Led Zep, and Queen. I couldn't cheat Iron Maiden outta the number one spot, they've earned it. - roflcash4

Nah not maiden at 5

Hallowed be thy name

Listen to it and youll understand why it deserves top spot

Really good

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10 Radiohead 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).

Listen to Paranoid Android, Creep, Karma Police, The Bends, Bones etc etc etc and you'll understand why Radiohead need to be higher in this list! - HollyRolo

I'd give my left ball to write something as good as Okay Computer!

Vote more please Radiohead deserve more higher rank

Musical geniuses

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The Contenders

11 Muse 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 five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...read more.

I think that Muse is the best band in the 21st Century. Matt is one of the best guitarists and especially one of the best singers in rock history, no doubt. Chris is one of the best bassists and what can I say about Dom, along with John Bonham they dominate the world of music... They are the Best!

I love Muse, but I do like a lot of the other bands on this list. Muse are my number 1 band - HollyRolo

I couldn't believe that. Muse is oone of the best bands, their style are amazing and spectacular, they have very good songs, Time is Running Out, Starlight, Hysteria, Black Star, United States of Eurasia etc...

Absoluely adore this band. Some incredible songs and unrivalled at live performance.

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12 Def Leppard 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.
13 The Kinks 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.

The Kinks influenced more bands and their music will be listened to and studied for generations,!...No one could pen lyrics like Ray Davies.

Such a great band!

So underrated!

14 Deep Purple 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, ...read more.

The best ever I LOVE IT

15 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called โ€œThe Metal Godsโ€, after one of the songs on their 1980 album โ€œBritish Steelโ€. ...read more.

Innovation between each records, good double guitar, excellent vocalist, big influence other for metal bands.

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

best ever

Cream were innovators of hard rock. The greatest blues rock band ever.should be top 5.

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

How is muse, coldplay and Radiohead above them!?!

19 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.

Dude psychedelic is all I should have to say to get this band about Coldplay. Way better.

They're only partially British. - naFrovivuS

20 Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

They are truly amazing.They are so creative with Jonny's guitar solos, Chris plays piano so well, Guy is amazingly awesome at bass, and I like how Will sings a lot. Their album Mylo Xyloto is just WAY OVER THE TOP AWESOME!

They are very creative artists. They put a nice touch towards their songs. Both Clocks and Speed of Sound are one of my many favorite singles.

After Oasis, they are probably the best band of the last 15 years

I love them they make good music and always make me smile everyday I'm thankful to have them and hear them all the time ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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

Is there any thing more complimentary than stummer's vocals and jones's riffs? They are more than just a punk band and tried things that no other band had ever done before. I grew up with this band and I they wont get old

With The Clash at 17 I'm not sure whether I should stay or should I go

Best punk band ever, and where are the Pistols?

Best british band ever

22 Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, ...read more.

They are the most successful British indie rock band in the world!

The best band since the turn of the century and one of the best ever, no doubts about it. WPSITWIN and FWN are two of the best albums ever and the band has was able to evolve from their early sound, having successes with all of their follow-up albums, Humbug and AM being the stand-outs. Alex Turner is hands down one of the greatest songwriters of all-time.

Should at least at top 20!

23 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. V 1 Comment
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25 The Moody Blues The 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 ...read more.

Come people get with it!

26 Sex Pistols 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 ...read more.

I just think it has to be higher on the list

Has to be higher - t-man

They had 1 album in their 3 years of existance. They got banned in the UK, had a bestselling album, shaped hardcore punk to what it is, and had such a raw sound. Should definitely be higher

27 Genesis 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.
28 Joy Division 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.

Probably the best...

29 Supertramp Supertramp

Great group- jammin' music.

Oh yes! Breakfast in America, Goodbye Stranger, School, Another mans woman -- Just trust me. Supertramp is damn good.๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

30 The Cure The Cure The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

I like other bands in here like The Beatles, Queen and The Kink more, but I feel like these guys are just too low on this list.

Should be higher.

31 Blur Blur Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist/guitarist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree.
32 Motorhead Motorhead Motรถrhead were an English heavy metal/Hard Rock 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 ...read more.

Alright!

33 Kasabian 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 Stereophonics
35 T. Rex 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.

Marc Bolan and T.REX should be in the top 20 British bands, without question.

36 The Smiths 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.

They were the greatest band of the 80s. - BruceStark

Smiths surely should be in the TOP 10

37 The Stone Roses

It takes a bit of time to like this band, but once you get there... Its in your top 5

38 Electric Light Orchestra 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.
39 Yes Yes Yes are an English 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.

Todays people don't know what real music is.

Arctic Monkeys, The Cure, and Young Guns are higher than Yes. Welp, I've seen everything. - Brobusky

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40 Manic Street Preachers

There great love em music is exactly wow amazing

Should be much higher...

Top 20 at least.

41 Saxon Saxon Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976, in South Yorkshire. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums.
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43 Skunk Anansie

I discovered these guys recently, and I am amazed. Very underrated too. - N4XUS

44 Keane Keane Keane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1995. The group currently comprises Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tom Chaplin. V 1 Comment
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46 Wishbone Ash

Seriously underrated. All their albums are worth listening too.

47 Bush Bush Bush are a British rock band formed in London, England in 1992. The band found their immediate success with the release of their debut album Sixteen Stone in 1994, which is certified 6ร— multi-platinum by the RIAA.
48 Uriah Heep 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 ...read more.
49 King Crimson 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). ...read more.
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