Best Britpop Bands


The Top Ten

1 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.

90's Music Isn't Music Without Oasis And Nirvana

If you think Definitely Maybe & What's The Story sounds like the Beatles get your ears checked. Oasis were the best band of the 90s and one of the best bands in British history. Noel Gallagher is one of the best songwriters of all time as he's written timeless anthems.

The bollocks

Is this even a question? Everything you desire from a band lies in Oasis...

2 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.

I love both Oasis and Blur but Oasis had 2 AMAZING albums and the others weren't as good. Blur had made amazing music all the time.

I think Blur are the definitive Britpop band even though Oasis was more globally famous. Oasis are a solid rock band who were downhill from their debut in my opinion, but Blur covered all the bases and all the genres, from pop to rock, new wave to experimental, serious to lighthearted and kept changing their sound in compelling ways.

Blur is severely underrated (especially in the United States), and are definitely superior to Oasis.

I'm sorry but you just can't beat blur I mean they were before oasis and oasis are well known for like 4 songs which were all just good anthems, blur on the other hand are still back togethor and are playing better than ever while oasis spilt up
parklife beats morning glory
coffe and T.V. beats wonderwall

3 Pulp

Oasis and Blur are great, but derivative. Oasis is basically a Beatles imitation band, albeit a very good one, and Blur are trying to imitate the Kinks. Pulp were the only one of the three who did something genuinely original. It didn't always work but they deserve credit for it.

Pulp should clearly be up on the list. One of what I call the Fab four of Britpop, along with Oasis, Blur, and suede, with The Verve next on the waiting room.

Um I hope the only reason this is not in the top 5 is because everyone hates orange pulp juice

Why isn't Pulp higher up? They so embraced indie, how to be cool outside of the people who weren't cool, of the cool.

4 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 more.

Coldplay aren't Britpop, they're post-Britpop, along with Travis, Kasabian, and Arctic Monkeys

Not a britpop band. Very good though - Jiorl

Just because you're a British Pop band doesn't make you Britpop. - Gruunge

Coldplay Song Have Good Meaning, Good Song, Good Music, Good Voice.

If Someone Can Evaluate.

5 Suede

Just Unique

Suede's first three albums are the most perfect expression of a band that any group has ever achieved, they are relentless, neo-glam masterpieces, each distinct from the other, and Suede is the band from this list that I find myself revisiting most often...

I've heard all of Britpop bands on top 10 and I have to say that no Britpop band can be better than Suede. Suede is way so underrated.

Most of the bands in the top 10 aren't even Britpop. Suede are better than basically all of this list.

6 Snow Patrol Snow Patrol Snow Patrol are a Northern Irish rock band formed in 1993, consisting of Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn, and Johnny McDaid.

I love all music of them, listen to: eyes open, final straw

Snow Patrol light up as if they have the choice which make them light up by being a successful band!

7 The Verve The Verve The Verve were an English rock band formed in Wigan in 1990 by lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bass guitarist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. Guitarist and keyboard player Simon Tong became a member at a later date.

The Best of the Lot

In my humble opinion, these guys take the cake when it comes to Britpop. They have released some beautiful ballads throughout their discography. Try giving these songs a listen: On Your Own, History, Sonnet, Space and Time, Lucky Man, One Day, Sit and Wonder, Valium Skies and Appalachian Springs. It's too bad they quit after their last album Forth. That is my favorite work they've done to date and I'm sure they would've gone so much farther if they continued.

Great band. Bittersweet Symphony is one of my most favorite songs of all time, and Urban Hymns is one of the best albums of all time. They would have been as popular as Oasis and Coldplay had they continued.

This band are really good. The video for bitter sweet makes me laugh!

1 Comment
8 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, more.

Why am are written here twice?

NOT Britpop - ziggylfe

9 Kaiser Chiefs Kaiser Chiefs Kaiser Chiefs are an English indie rock band from Leeds who formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming and establishing themselves in their current name that same year.
10 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Best band of our today, it’s a fact. Who built the moon? Is a masterpiece, a work of art, it’s brilliant, Noel can’t do anything wrong, he’s the greatest songwriter from the last 20 years and he just keeps getting better, he truly is a godlike genius

The Newcomers

? Embrace

The Contenders

11 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).

The Bends is very much Britpop. - Adrian_4

I love Radiohead, but they shouldn't be on this list. They are NOT britpop. They are Art Rock.

How is Radiohead britpop? Kid A is like the polar opposite of Britpop.

Check out The Bends. That's how they're Britpop.
Kid A is not Britpop, but that's because it's from 2000, not because it's another genre. - Adrian_4

Radiohead hates britpop, why are they on this list?

12 Beady Eye

It's not fair that Oasis is at the top and Noel is at the bottom when clearly Liam should be at the very bottom.

13 Supergrass


An actual britpop band for starters

Should of been more popular

Better then more then half those bands..

14 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.


Nothing short of perfect! Somewhere only we know, nothing in my way, everybody's changing... One better that other :P

I love this band to bits as well as many others like oasis, blur and supergrass! Tom has an amazing voice and a total greater of god!
This is the last time I have written about this review.

15 Stone Roses

The greatest

The stone roses are a million times better than franz Ferdinand

(One of) only bands that mattered

Best of the best in my mind.

16 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 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 more.

Not britpop really…amazing band but more like alt rock/prog rock

The only band that I know of that has no bad songs. All of Muse's songs are beautiful and epic, and Matt's voice is utter perfection.

Coldplay don't eve know which end of the guitar to fret on while muse is just good all round band

17 Stereophonics Stereophonics Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band that formed in 1992 in the village of Cwmaman in the Cynon Valley.

Deserves a better position for sure

18 Artic Monkeys

I love there song Knee Socks

19 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.
20 Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band, formed in 2002 and based in Glasgow. The band's original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy, and Paul Thomson.
21 Travis
22 Placebo Placebo Placebo are an English alternative rock band, formed in London in 1994 by singer-guitarist Brian Molko and guitarist-bassist Stefan Olsdal.

Lots of great bands but I'll jump on board with Placebo. Just think they've got that bit of extra class. In order the rest I'd go Keane, Radiohead, Cold Play, Blur, Monkeys, Manic Street, Snow Patrol, Pulp, Kasbian, Verve, Suede. Also bands like Doves, Editors, Kloot, Kooks, Death Cab (not sure if they're all British though)

23 Manic Street Preachers


24 Ocean Colour Scene

Second best britpop band behind Oasis, The Verve in third.

Excellent band.

Second best britpop band, Moseley Shoals is just amazing

25 The Bluetones

Brilliant band very underrated. Brilliant albums

Why has no one mentioned this band yet? So sad...

26 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.

Great Band - Jiorl

27 Gene
28 Ash
29 Kula Shaker
30 Marion
31 The Charlatans
32 Shed Seven
33 Menswear
34 Gay Dad

I like gays and milfs

35 Elastica
36 Happy Mondays
37 DMA's
38 The Kooks The Kooks The Kooks are an English rock band formed in 2004 in Brighton. The band currently consists of Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Alexis Nunez, and Peter Denton. The original bassist was Max Rafferty, and the founding drummer was Paul Garred.
39 The Fratellis

Great band top 5 at least

40 Inspiral Carpets
41 Starsailor Starsailor

Are Starsailor Britpop? If so they deserve a decent spot on this list

42 The Boo Radleys The Boo Radleys

Giant Steps is a masterpiece

43 Cast
44 Dubstar
45 Longpigs
46 Catatonia
47 The Jam The Jam The Jam were an English mod revival/punk rock band during the 1970s and early 1980s, which formed in 1972 at Sheerwater Secondary School in Woking, in the county of Surrey.
48 Gorillaz Gorillaz Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.

Not it's called triphop! Not britpop! - Slipperyjack40

I don't know why this isn't on the list but it is amazing! - jameelSAUCE

49 Sleeper

Their songs are catchy, with lyrics like light-hearted little vignettes of curtain-twitching suburbia, and front-woman Louise Wener had such beguiling stage presence, it's impossible not to remember them fondly.

50 Echobelly Echobelly
8Load More
PSearch List

Related Lists

Best Britpop Artists Greatest Britpop Albums Best Britpop Songs Top 10 Britpop Singers Best Rock Bands of All Time

List Stats

900 votes
53 listings
7 years, 153 days old

Top Remixes (6)

1. Oasis
2. Coldplay
3. The Verve
1. Oasis
2. Stone Roses
3. Radiohead
1. Oasis
2. Kasabian
3. Coldplay

View All 6


Why Radiohead is, in fact, Britpop

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.