Top 10 Best English Bands

The Top Ten
1 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in London in 1970. The original lineup was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, 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 ...read more.

Queen is number one on my list. They created amazing songs that people will remember for a long time, I don't think they will ever be missed. Freddie had a beautiful four octave voice, and was a one of the best front men that ever lived. Roger has great drumming skills, and a nice high voice. Brian's guitar skills will never match anybody else's. John was one of the quiet, and most relaxed bass players I've ever seen. Their concerts will never bore you, Freddie always kept the crowd going along with him, with his amazing, strong voice, and his strutting on stage. He would make jokes sometimes laugh out loud. Anyway Queen is truly an amazing band! They truly 'took my breath away'.

Queen are one of the best educated bands around. Dr. Brian May, an astrophysicist, puts that education into a few songs, notably '39.
Queen's abilities to work together through good times and bad put them above so many other groups. When they disagreed they compromised, and almost every album has at least 1 song by each band member.
Though often overlooked, John Deacon's contributions as a bassist are profound. By inserting funk into rock in the early 80s, Deacon paved the way for artists like Michael Jackson and Prince. He is responsible for 2 of the most well known bass lines of all time, and his presence is strongly felt in the band despite never singing on a single track.
What can be said about Freddie Mercury that hadn't been said already? In the 26 years since he died, Freddie has risen to become a true legend, a kind of Phoenix. No matter which era of Queen you listen to, Mercury's voice is unique and inspiring. Even in his last months he gave his all on songs like The ...more

Innovative, versatile, unique. Four highly proficient, gifted, skilled musicians and songwriters who worked wonders in the studio and dropped jaws as one of the best live acts ever. In other words, the guys COULD play. Their musical delivery on stage frequently outdid their already astonishing studio performance, and that's something that can't be said of many bands. Never limiting themselves to reproduce the studio versions on stage, they totally recreated them for the live audience, putting in evidence their acute sense of show and entertainment, and respect for the audience. Loyal to themselves and to their legions of equally loyal fans. A clash of four highly egocentric, stubborn, arrogant musicians who were however intelligent enough to understand that no matter how good they invidually felt (and were! ), they would always be better as Queen.

Since high school Queen has been my life long music. thanks to them, I travelled London in 2000, once again in 2015 and still miss it.
Who dares to dislike THE Bohemian and who has never heard We will rock you & We are the champions. I bet they have more hit singles you still remember than any other musicians and bands all over the world. You can take my word for it. Their music still airs and is used for commercials. How amazing it is! 40 year old band's music has never ever gone. Still in the air. We gotta thank to them and their music too. Thank you for coming to Korea and making fantasy a reality in 2014. Hope to see them again.

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 ...read more.

Yes, versatility and the fact that three of the greatest songwriters ever were in the same band. Couple this with George Martin's musical nous and Brian Epstein's leadership they were unique. John said after the break up that they were a band, just a band who made it big…very big. But I think that the Beatles were more than just a band. They didn't write and sing songs just to suit the times, they led and influenced the times they lived in, creating musical and social changes in a way that has not been heard or seen since. The six parts of the Beatles success �" the 4 group members, the manager and the musical director gelled into an unstoppable creative force. I think that the main reason for their phenomenal success was their collective creative genius.

Music is best for "How It Sounds" not for its "popularity".Beatles have only made a few good songs in eight years(1960-1968).Averagly there were 2 good songs in each album released as singles while their whole album sounds just okay.They are still most famous ever by music but not the best by music but As compared to other music artist of that time they are unbeatable

There is nobody have achieved what the Beatles have done. They were the first British band to break America, a lot of British bands are still not known in America. And there music still stands the test of time. Please, please never compare one direction. With the Beatles. X

Changed everything for the better. Pushed boundaries in songwriting, recording and playing live. Still inspiring music 50+ years later. This is fact, not an opinion. You may like different music, but this isn't a top 10 of your favourite band.. it's the BEST band.

3 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 better than queen and beatles. Their music always has a positive conclusion and they are certainly better than a broke up boyband. Frontman chris martin has a rich voice and the band makes music enjoyable by almost everyone.vote and take them to the number 1 slot that they certainly deserve

They have composed some of the most sentimental songs I have ever heard. they should be in top three.

They have the perfect combination. The greatest lyrics and melodies.

The awesomest band ever! They sing songs that have some meaning...

4 One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records ...read more.

The most amazing band and the one boy band of this age which really understands girls.
"You never love yourself half as much as I love you,
And you never treat yourself right darling, but I want you to."
"You don't know you're beautiful,
And that's what makes " this classic "beautiful"
I absolutely adore 1D.
"Diana, let me be the one to
Lift your heart up and save your life,
I don't think you even realized, baby you're been saving mine"
Just a few of their amazing lyrics

Its all about the numbers when you have JB 3 studio albums 1st week sales at 283k, 210k, 374k & One Direction 4 studio albums 1st at 176k, 540k, 546k, 387k especially has One Direction have been selling more albums when their release in the same year has you see with Take Me Home & Up All Night vs Under The Mistletoe in 2011 & Midnight Memories vs Believe in 2012.

Drag Me Down 350k sold more than What Do You Mean 337k in its 1st week & all so you say almost of much does not mean it will sell more. 1D has sold around 800k copies & JB have sold around 600k copies

Please guys don't insult One Direction. If you don't like them then why are you even watching this. There is nothing that One Direction has got to do with the insecurities of teenage girls or whatever crap you people are talking about them. They deserve to be on the top. They have their fans from all around the world so at least pretend to show some respect.

This is the best band I have ever heard to. Those who thinks this is not real music should not insult them. There are millions of fans reading this and they love one direction. And don't even insult niall, he is an amazing person and the other boys are also brilliant. You haters are just jealous of their success at such a young age.

5 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 ...read more.

The Gods of Rock music. Excellent Guitar and music. Robert Plant is incredible. Stairway to Heaven is the ultimate rock song ever. But then who can forget Kashmir?

My favourite band is Queen, but they're already in first. Voting for Led Zep because they deserve better than to finish behind One Direction and Coldplay.

Better than Beatles! Why? Guitar solos are excellent, Drum beats too... Bass is very good in most songs, and Plant's voice is actually 10/10

Why is One Direction and Take That (who ever take that is), a head of one of (if not the best) bands of all time?

6 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). ...read more.

Simply the best! What a magic band! Best combination ever: powerful guitars, magic bass and drums, and... Mick Jagger!

The Rolling Stones ARE Rock n' Roll. Their raw energy and pure emotion are matched by no other band.

One Direction and Coldplay above The Stones, your having a laugh aren't you.

It's a good band. I like to listen the songs of this band.

7 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.

The reason they are one of the greatest british bands ever is because they dominated the 90s with 2 of the greatest albums ever made. Morning Glory and definitely maybe defined the decade and even if they didn't really break america that wasnt due to them not being a great band, it was mostly because whenever they went on tour there they more or less broke up. Even their worse albums are still good, just can't live up to their first two, they also have incredible b sides

This makes me sick how can those tw@ts from one d be ahead of these legends. One of the greatest bands ever and bye far should be third on the list succeeded by Beatles and queen.

The best band of the 90s by a country mile, and still the best british act since the Beatles.

Oasis or Queen are definitely 1 and 2 for the best. The others are good but these two have changed music itself

8 Take That Take That are an English pop group from Manchester, formed in 1989. The group currently consists of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen.

Take That are the most amazing group, they are all down to earth & care so much about their fans. They interact with their audience and at album signings or any other time they meet fans they take time to chat to you as if they had known you for ages. Each song written by them has a meaning. I was in my late 30's when they began and am now 62 but still sang and danced the night away at two of their concerts this year. They really care about others and do so much for charity, not only in public but behind the scenes too. Their music brings out every emotion in me. What they have achieved over 25 years is incredible. They absolutely deserve to win #TakeThatForever I'm so proud of them xx

Their concerts have always been amazing! Never once fail to wow the audiences, if you've never been to their show, try to come, I'll guarantee, even if you don't fancy them, they'll entertain you fully and you'll go back home with a huge smile on your face! And yes, I agree how much they respect their fans, no matter how tired they are, they always put a big effort to make us all happy, they always try to take as many pic together as possible. Do you know how much that means for the fans? Fans will remember that 2-3 mins moment for a lifetime!

Every time the boys tour I think that was the best, then they something else that tops that, loved their music and them for 25 years, and will continue to love them for the next 25, there is a take that song for every moment of my life, meeting Mark Owen was the best day, the boys are so lovely to every one of their fans, and they are so grateful for every opportunity. Great music, great concerts great British band, need I say any more,?

Take that's Concerts are the best. You have to call it a show. There are always fantastic sets, dancers,great costumes, special effects and props not to mention over 2 hours of fantastic music performed by 3 of the most tallented guys in the music industry. At the end of every Tour you always think they will never better that, but each time they do. They are an amazing dedicated band. Long may they reign.

9 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.

Rock gods like none other, Keith is the best drummer, John is the best bassist, Roger is a fantastic singer and Pete is the greatest songwriter, plus a fantastic guitarist.

I used to not care about these guys. Then I heard Live at Leeds... needless to say, my mind was blown to bits. THE best rhythm section of any band ever!

Their sound endures more than anyone else and some of the songs are the most exciting pieces of music ever written.

10 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.

What is actually wrong with this list?! Take That 2nd? Oasis 8th? The Smiths 11th? Who puts One Direction and Take That above The Smiths and Oasis?! The Smiths is my favourite English band and you cannot beat Morrissey's lyrical genius and Marr's extraordinary musical talent, listen to How Soon Is Now or There Is A Light That Never Goes Out or I Know It's Over before you dare press one direction.

Greatest band of all time... let alone in England. The Smiths created some of the most unique, inspiring, influential, emotional and interesting music of all time. There will never ever again be anything like Morrissey's quintessentially English, yearning voice or Johnny Marr's symphony of glittery, jangly guitars. The Smiths are/will always be number 1 in my book.

Absolutely splendid band. I love them so much. it should be above one direction though because that is teenage rubbish

Mozzer! Moz! Morrissey! This is why this band needs to be number one! The pope of mopes lyrics along with marrs guitar riffs are just perfection.

The Contenders
11 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 ...read more.

Yo what the hell is going on here? One Direction is better than Pink Floyd? Go back to junior high or listen to Floyd ASAP! Incredibly powerful lyrics and concepts, some of the most impressive instrumentalists in music history, and the never-ending influence on music they have. #9 is disgraceful for them. They are considered by some to be even better than the Beatles. Idiots. All of you.

The fact that Led Zeppelin, The Stones, The Beatles and even Queen are above Pink Floyd on this list is just an insult to the 70's music. Pink Floyd will never be beaten.

I don't think any other band can create thing like Pink Floyd. Salute piper Syd Barret to establish such an outstanding music band.

I'm with the Floyd. One Direction may one day be classed as a great band, but to be truly great you have to stand the test of time

12 Mumford & Sons Mumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane.

I love Mumford and Sons. What I don't understand is why they are 32! They are way better than a 32!

13 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).

I do love Radiohead, but please do your homework before posting, the Beatles revolutionized the recording methods, just listen to Sgt. Pepper's and compare it to the music of the 60's. They changed music.

Radiohead deserves to be in the top 5 though.

Radiohead bellow One Direction (not the worst band ever, but is still kind of trash pop crap) and Linkin Park (A band that isn't Brittish, they're God damn American). This list is crap Radiohead should be at least two spots higher, at least.

Truly the band with the most variations in sound. Don't believe me? Listen to Kid A and The Bends. Note the difference.

I am gonna puke. Radiohead below One Direction? Who are at three?!? Radiohead should be on top 10 AT LEAST!

14 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.

Come On! How could these guys no be on the list?! Some of the greatest rockers of the 80's!

15 Portishead
16 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 ...read more.

Ridiculous!
Muse should be on top 5 along with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Queen, and Pink Floyd.
Muse is the best band I've ever known. They created great music, very intelligent. And lyrically I love them, they talk about something important.
The band members are simply genius.
come on top 5 at least!

The best band in 21st century in my opinion. Fully talented member, meaningful deep lyric, able to put all musical element: rock, classical, electronic, etc.

Best band to attack the illuminati, you should be agree!

Literally best band of this time. None other like them!

17 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.

Their singer Bruce Dickinson is a polymath. A pilot, fenceman, Radio DJ and various other things he is amazing at. Steve Harris plays the bass with his fingers, and not may people can do that. Their drummer Nicko Mcbrain is one of the best drummers on this planet. Their guitarists Adrian, Dave and Janick are amazing. Every song the band has put out on all of their 15 albums are amazing. And best of all, they're British!

Bruce Dickinson is the most talented vocalist of all time in my opinion and the guitar is incredible, they have 6 DVD's made about them 5 of which were chart topping, and to top it off they even have their own beer, they cannot be beat by 5 boys with voice correction and 1d

The best heavy metal band of all time
No one on metal world can ever surpass them.

18 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.

Keane has some of the best lyrics and catchy tunes. While some bands provide me with just a few songs to listen to, there are easily ten or more that I can think of for Keane.

They are much better than one direction, who shouldn't even be on this list. keane are the best why aren't they number 1!

By far the best. If you just compare it to, let's say Coldplay,. They are so much better...

Keane is incredible. Deep lyrics and magical voices.

19 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.

Duran Duran changed the face of music in the 80s and took the UK, America, the whole world by storm. Every song is a classic. Not just Duran Duran, but Spandau, Coldplay, etc are all better than One Direction. Fact! DD beats 1D!

They are so cool and their music is amazing. I'm a teenager and would rather listen to them any day compared to the crappiness of 1D.

So creative, so clever in their music,what an inspiration to others in the music industry..just awesome never get tired of listening to their songs!

20 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 greatest Rock Band of all time. Those who have not heard their songs do not really know what is hard rock. Smoke on the Water, Black Night, Hush, Soldier of Fortune...the list goes on.

The best band ever

21 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.

Tony Wilson always thought Joy Divsion and New Order as the same band.

If you listen to that catalogue of work then it's obvious this lot should be much higher in the list.

22 Westlife Westlife were an Irish boy band, formed in July 1998 and disbanded in June 2012. Originally signed by Simon Cowell and managed by Louis Walsh, the group's final line-up consisted of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, and Shane Filan.

Westlife are Irish, they are not British!

In Asia, westlife is still number one.

Good band, from Ireland not Britain!

They are Irish not British?

23 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. ...read more.

There is no group like Black Sabbath. Paranoid - ha, ha. What great times we had in college listening to Sabbath. Unforgettable.

Xdd top 20? the band who created metal Godfathers on top 20? it should be first for me though

24 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.
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