Best Bands from the UK

The Top Ten
1 The Beatles The Beatles were an English pop 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 with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. more.

I don't know why I need further explanation why The Beatles is not only the best UK band, but the best band that existed 'so far'. I'm hoping for new bands that will revolutionize music like they did, but the only closest ones we have gotten are Led Zep, Coldplay, Oasis, Radiohead, Queen and Pink Floyd; and these bands are not enough and they still look up to The Beatles. We need bands that will be qualified as equal to The Beatles in the eyes of the public and other artists/professional musicians.

A Day in the Life, Yesterday, Strawberry Fields Forever, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, In My Life, Blackbird, and so on! God, do I need to give more?

Why does everybody say the Beatles number one. Yes they made great songs in the studio so what a lot of rock band did. But greatest rock band ever rock 'n roll is something to see and hear. Would you rather watch four men standstill do nothing wile playing and singing? Or watch four men being taken over by the music losing control rock 'n roll at it's most defining destroying instruments and writing rock operas, like Tommy and Quadrophinia. Just because they were the first band to land America doesn't mean they're the best at Rock and roll. The Who is the bar and definition of rock 'n roll

Honestly? I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the Beatles second. Just the way this band changedthe face of pop music, no, all music, despite being active from only 1962-70, deserves to put them at number one. Anyone who voted for Keane, just listen to In My Life, Eleanor Rigby, A Day in the Life, Strawberry Fields Forever, Hey Jude, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Something, Let it Be or even Ticket to Ride. If you still hold th the belief that Keane is better than the Beatles, then I can't say any more.

Who else deserve to be at the top? I really love Coldplay and MUSE as contemporary bands and I think they are better than many classic bands, but they are not better musically than The Beatles (I mean, Fab 4 did classic music, John, Paul and George are simply geniuses! No band is even close to them! ), nor than Queen, or The Who, The Stones, The Kinks, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Yes or Led Zeppelin and others! These are far the best rock bands of all time!

2 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 named Smile. Freddie Mercury was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. He then joined the band in 1970, suggested "Queen" as a new band name, and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was also recruited to complete the line-up. more.

Freddie Mercury the BEST vocalist of all time.

Brian May one of the best guitarists of all time and the only one who could probably gel so well with mercury's voice

Roger taylor insane drumming skills

John Deacon great bassist! (listen to the bassline from under pressure)

The band responsible for Bohemian rhapsody, we will rock you, another one bites the dust, and we are the champions. People from all over the world have heard them! Even those who are from non-English speaking countries (such as me). Queen is the greatest band ever!

The only bands (from the UK) which match queen are the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the Who.

None of them are in the top 3. Even other amazing bands like Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, radiohead, sex pistols, and the clash are nowhere on the list!

Best of the best in so many ways, as a song writers, composers, musicians and performes. They made incredible music that will last through out the ages. You do not have to love them but you have to respect them. They had such a impact on modern music that most people do not even know about. Everywhere I travel around the world, on every continent everybody knows Freddie and Queen and everybody feels this music and the emotion and power in that music. Even 10 year old kids in year 2017. That is the proof of greatness. It lasts with time. Never gets old. Why? Because it is art. Pure art. Queen changed music styles so often and in every style they made some legendary songs and quality music. Incredible. That is the characteristic that only first class musicians posses. Only band in history which all four members composed charts number 1 hit song. Freddie was larger than life. He had this incredible charisma that you find in one in a billion. As a live band they were incredible, giving ...more

1. Only band where every member wrote a number one hit.
2. Every member could and did sing both on vinyl and live.
3. The greatest live band. Check out Live Aid, live in Budapest, and many other live shows.
4. Freddie had a five octave vocal range. He shares that title with Axl Rose.
5.There is no band as unique as Queen. You can not find a band with a singer from Zanzibar, a guitarist who has an IQ of 180 and has worked with NASA and has built his own guitar out of a Tree, and a Dental surgeon
6. No guitarist has that unique sound that Brian May has.
7. Queen has some great underrated songs. The best ones are The march of the black Queen, Death on two legs, father to son, Liar, Keep yourself alive, and there are many more.
8. Most people who think of Queen think of Classic Rock. Queen is not just classic rock. They did a barbershop quartet with Bring back that Leeroy brown. They did heavy metal with some songs like The Hitman. They did a brutal hate song against ...more

Queen were *everything*:) they changed with the times and that's what kept them at the top. Most Queen fans like their early stuff the best and the way they looked and the early shows up to 1980 were much better than later on.
They put so much more into their shows than The Beatles, The Stones, The Who and others back then... Nowadays even the weak bands are coming across on stage as a sensation because technology has advanced so much.
I would say the Beatles are the greatest band of all time *but* Queen were the number one live act * as was * but their music and style was fantastic.

3 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English hard rock band formed in London in 1968 as the New Yardbirds. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums) and was very much the child of Jimmy Page who even financed their first tour. He had tasted some previous success with The [original] Yardbirds and was friendly with some big names in rock. Page states it was Keith Moon of The Who that claimed the band could only go down, like a lead balloon -- thus prompting the iconic name of Led Zeppelin. The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors more.

HAHA JOKE SHOP! I'm sorry, and at the risk of music snobbery, any list regarding the best British bands who's top 10 doesn't include (in no particular order
The Beatles, Queen, Led Zep (and probably The Yardbirds), The Stones, The Kinks, Bowie (though a 1 man name) and Floyd... Is a bit of a load!

Oasis, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Roxy Music, Muse, Blur, Pulp, Manics etc are all brilliant but owe everything to the above... As for Keane and McFly... They barely even rate to clean the piss from the toilet seats of Page, Beck, Plant, Harrison etc al.

Anyway! My 5 pennies... Keane my arse!

Muse ahead of Led Zeppelin? Really? Jimmy Page one of the greatest guitarists ever. John Bonham one of the greatest drummers ever. Robert Plant one of the greatest rock voices ever. John Paul Jones one of the most underrated musicians ever. Truly inspirational music that blended many genres, including rock, heavy metal, blues, Indian, Celtic, etc. Truly a brilliant band in every way.

I have never heard of Keane but I don't understand how anyone could beat zeppelin. They are not only the greatest band in the history of England but in rock history. Page's guitar ability along with Plant's singing skill makes them the most amazing band in rock history.

How on Earth is Led Zeppelin not in the top 3? I can understand if they're not number one (after all, the Beatles are also from the UK), but fourth place! And someone please tell me who Keane is, because I've never heard of them/him/her.

4 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd are 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 (Vocals and Bass), and Richard Wright (Vocals and Keyboard). Barrett was replaced by Gilmour in 1968. more.

I love the Beatles, Led and Queen but I always revere Pink Floyd for most intuitive - in perfection and anti-establishment, no need to ask I was born in the early 50's - live through them all and through the Vietnam War as a Marine even went to Woodstock.. 62 now so my opinion counts a lot!

Their music will be remembered forever especially when compared to that of the bands above. Sure Muse looks huge now, but in retrospect we will all think that they were ants when compared to the giants that The Beatles, Who, Queen, and Floyd (etc. ) were.

I love Pink Floyd. Like seriously, they have been through so much (The 'loss' of Syd for example) and they always keps making beautiful, meaningful music. Also Roger Waters has an incredible voice and David Gilmour has played some of the best guitar solos I've ever heard.

Pink Floyd have stood the test of time, and their music will still be loved long after people forget the names of some of these "musicians".

5 Coldplay Coldplay are a British pop 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 themselves "Coldplay" in 1998. Before making their debut album, they recorded and released three EPs: Safety in 1998, Brothers & Sisters as a single in 1999, and The Blue Room in the same year. The Blue Room was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone. more.

I understand that without the beetles, bands such as coldplay, mcfly etc wouldn't exist. But that isn't an excuse to put coldplay lower on the list. Everyone has their opinions. In this day in age people don't want to listen to the beetles anymore. They're out dated. I'm 16 years old and would much prefer a bit of coldplay or mcfly. Therefore I believe this list needs updating. Yeah I'm happy that the beetles is number one however not many people in the 21st century want to listen to Bowie and such like. Coldplay is my favourite band and has helped me through a lot of hard and upsetting periods of time in my life. Coldplay is number one in my eyes no matter how long other bands have been going for or whatever. I don't want to listen to the beetles. If it came on my radio I would switch it off. Take my opinion into account. The older people that still live in the 60s, wake up please.

Coldplay is the modern Beatles in my opinion, who are ofc not as great as them, but take part in revolutionizing music and still capable of being part of the Pop Culture. They came from Alt Rock to Electronic to the out-of-the-world masterpiece of Everyday Life; and I know they've been getting so much hate for their drastic change in music, but how can music change fast without getting out of the comfort zone? I did not like Coldplay for sounding like Coldplay. I liked them for not sticking to the 'idea' of Coldplay and able to transcend their previous sounds to give way to new ones.

People also hate Coldplay for sounding too ordinary, but I'm pretty sure these people who call Coldplay ordinary often listens to their simply yet unique melodies, but often ignores the instrumentation playing behind their songs, such as the strings in Viva La Vida. Besides that, I think most of these people who call Coldplay ordinary pretty much have not listened to all their songs and only ...more

Anybody who hasn't voted for this should go slap themselves. I think that this is the best band from anywhere on the globe. I'm sure that I don't need to list the numerous masterpieces that they have created because I am sure other people have done that for me. Vote Coldplay.

In My Place
Speed of Sound
Fix You
Viva La Vida

All beautiful, soulful songs with unmatched lyrics - and anyone can be a fan of it.

It's a shame they've gone downhill since about 2008, nonetheless, still 100% better than any of the rubbish that we now get in 2018.

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). Their best works include songs like Paint it Black, Sympathy for the Devil, Satisfication (Which ranked no. 2 in The Rolling Stones Magazine’s best songs of all time list). The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary.

This list is ridiculous. The Beatles had the most influence musically. The Stones had the most influence stylistically. Everyone wanted to write songs like Paul McCartney, and to a lesser extent, John Lennon. Everyone wanted to BE Mick Jagger. Everyone wanted to BE Keith Richard.
The Who were the 3rd most influential British band. They were a little pretentious for my taste. They seemed to spend a lot of time talking about how important they were.
Led Zeppelin would definitely be in 4th place. Critics hated them. Their albums always got lukewarm reviews.
The same goes for Queen. I thought they were brilliant. Critics typically panned them.
My unsung, but influential British band list would definitely include the Kinks- absolutely brilliant, and ELO- a guilty pleasure.
Don't forget solo artists: Elton John, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton...

The who was the first band to ever wreck instruments on stage. The first band to ever right rock opera. The who is the bar there is nothing to stones did to change the face of music but played recycled blue songs. And having some great hits as well. The Beatles did nothing to change music but open a door for a lot of great bands to go to America. The stones and the Beatles both made good recording in studio but they who could definitely blow them both off the stage. We are talking about rock and roll right? It's more than just listening to music and albums. it's an energy a total loss of control definition of rock 'n roll is The Who.

I was gonna vote for oasis, and then I found out Rolling Stones was lower than Coldplay.
I mean, seriously. Sympathy for the Devil, Gimme Shelter, Start me Up, Paint it Black, I Can't Get No Satisfaction, etc. etc. you get it... are all great, great songs from a band that established itself as one of the best of all time, along side the beatles, led zeppelin, queen, pink floyd and others.
And what do you do? You vote for the guys from hymn for the weekend.
Really, if you say Mick Jagger, everybody will be like "Oh yeah, the lead singer from Rolling Stones". Same thing about Keith Richards. What you don't find people knowing is who Chris Martin is. He's the lead singer from Coldplay, I just googled it right now.
You'll see. The Stones are going to stay recognized for his work in the music industry. Nobody will now what was Coldplay in thirty years. Rolling Stones is "au contraire" immortal.

I cannot believe how musically uneducated people can be.

The ONLY band that are ahead of The Rolling Stones are The Beatles. That's historical fact, like it or not.

7 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 Won't Get Fooled Again. Some noted achievements were their rock operas, Tommy (album), Quadrophenia (album), and A Quick One, While He's Away (song). more.

First band to ever wreck there insterments on stage. First band to ever wright a rock opera, They are the bar. No band will ever be able to top that. All we can do now is recycle and copy. Greatest live band ever. Defenetly better than Zeppelin. Zep was good at remaking old blues songs, and some originals. but The Who are still here. 50 years. Beetles made good albums, and who really thinks the stones are that great, they didn't chang anything. The Who would blow them all off stage. There is nothing different we can do today, The Who didn't do 50 years ogo. Let's look at facts, not your opinions.

The who are the greatest band ever for me. They had a real angry edge about them that made them something different from Beatles and stones. The true sound of British working class and Sabbath zep Nazareth deep purple even motorhead the specials the jam oasis and and so many proper urban British bands across different genres would not have exacted without the who. They are the missing link. Just listen to live at Leeds and you will know they are the boss of British rock

The Who were some of the leaders in a rebellious revolution against common culture. They created two concept albums to my knowledge (tommy and quadrophenia) that influences later concept albums, and pioneered the rock opera. So yeah, they were influential

Great guitar riffs, crazy ass baselines, great drumming, and an amazing voice. All of those together make up "The Who" they are definitely the people that made rock music sound good!

8 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.

Wow, #1! I must say, Keane totally and completely deserve to be #1! Tim Rice-Oxley is a genius when it comes to writing beautiful lyrics and melodies and Tom Chaplin has the best voice I've ever head and needs no autotune to aid him! Not only do they contribute beautiful songs but they are so dedicated to their fans. The members of Keane have been cooped up in a studio since the end of September putting together their fourth album. Instead of shutting their fans out, they have been posting pictures and short teaser clips of the music they've been working on. So far this album sounds like it is going to be their best one yet, so watch out for the second coming of Keane.

Their music is the best in my opinion.
Very pleasant to hear, and if you really listen to it, it has this ability to reach your heart somehow. And it's very melodious, so you never get tired of it (I noticed that even after listening a thousand times to the same song I could hear a new melody in the background I wouldn't have noticed before! ). Besides, some lyrics are priceless, Tom has the best voice you can expect from a singer (and sometimes even goes higher than your expectations).
Also they are AMAZING live! They are not afraid of trying new things (each album has his own sound/theme). And they're really lovely people (from what I've seen) and are close to their fans.

Keane definitely deserve their place at number one! Tim Rice-Oxley writes the most amazing lyrics that resound with your soul and the most gorgeous, spell-binding melodies to carry his lyrics through. Tom Chaplin has an absolutely brilliant, honest voice and has such range and power. It's gorgeous without needing any autotuning, unlike most vocals today. Richard Hughes is fantastic on the drums, coming up with gorgeous beats behind the music and

Keane are beyond doubt the best band EVER. Toms voice is so beautiful, and he can sing anything! Tims writes such amaizing lyrics, every album is an absolute gem, when you listen to them over and over they become part of your soul. Their critics are VERY wrong about them. Their fans know how truly great they are. I listen to them everyday and love to watch old concerts on you tube, their performances were alway outstanding vocally.

9 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 Smith, and drummer Nicko McBrain. Smith left the band in 1989 and was replaced by Janick Gers. But returned in 1999, and now the band has three guitar players. The band is known for hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and have released 16 studio albums. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal Pioneers would gain success in the early 80s, releasing many platinum albums during the time, causing them to become one of the most successful metal bands in history. As of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.

How is Maiden not in AT LEAST in the top 4. With over 2000 concerts played over their 35 year run and a more global fanbase than any band in this list they SHOULD be number 1. With that awesome voice of Bruce, the amazing bass of Steve, the best drumming by Nikko, and the incredible guitarists trio of Dave murray, Adrian Smith and Jers, iron maiden has made a everlasting impact on music and always will be the best band from the UK. Long live maiden.

Iron maiden should at least be in the top 5. You probably won't hear anything quite like iron maiden in your life. The overall creativity and how the whole band comes together as a whole is just brilliant. I know I know, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and queen are also amazing bands but I'm just shocked to see iron maiden this low on the list.

This list is absolutely ridiculous. Surely bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Cream, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rolling stones, The Who, definitely Leppard, Motorhead, Deep Purple, Eric Clapton etc. Ought to be above the current top three, which should not even be anywhere near the top 10.

What the hell are Maiden doing below Radiohead, McFly, and Oasis, and why are Keane at the top? No, no. Iron Maiden have paved the way for every metal band since them, and are legends in every respect. Neither of the aforementioned bands have done that. Up The Irons!

10 Oasis Oasis were an English britpop 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. Noel Gallagher (Liam's Brother) served as the primary songwriter and guitarist for the band. They released a total of 7 albums. Definitely Maybe (1994), (What's The Story) Morning Glory? (1995), Be Here Now (1997), Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000), Heathen Chemistry (2002), Don't Believe The Truth (2005), and Dig Out Your Soul (2008). They disbanded in 2009 after Noel refused to attend their final gig. Causing Liam and Noel to have a falling out where neither spoke to each other for years to come. After Oasis' disbandment Noel went on to form Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and Liam temporarily formed a group called Beady Eye from 2009 to 2014. Before starting a solo career of his own around 2015, releasing two solo albums, and more.

Even if Oasis lack originality or if the Gallagher brothers are arrogant and rude, their first two albums remain one of the greatest British albums of all time. Even if the albums starting with Be Here Now and beyond are inferior to their first two albums, they still had their moments of greatness. Overall, Oasis had achieved the status of being one of the biggest and greatest British bands of all time, and I am proud to be an Oasis fan. Also, have you heard any of the B-sides the band has produced? They will blow your mind on how amazing they are.

Amazing band!

Noel Gallagher is one of the greatest song-writers of all time and liam Gallagher has such a raw and unique voice. Their Best Album is 'What's The Story) Morning Glory! It is UK's 4th best selling album of all-time, 14 times platinum in the UK, best selling album of the 1990's which was a decade of amazing albums! :D

Best songs include -

Don't look back in anger, some might say, the Hindu times, lyla, the importance of being idle, the masterplan, little by little, wonderwall, morning glory, roll with it, songbird and champagne supernova... And more.

Biggest British band of the last 30 years, only radiohead comes close. Liam really is the last true rockstar and Noel sings some of the greatest ballads of all time. And it might just be me, but their egos make me love them even more. Reunion needed ASAP

Absolutely, maybe there are many bands which became famous in 90s but somehow I just can't hear their name anymore, in other way oasis's songs is still famous until now wonderwall,stand by me, and don't look back in anger is sung by a lot of people nowadays live forever oasis!

The Contenders
11 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 Brit Awards, and 2 Grammy Awards.

Muse is probably the most unique British band there is right now. Each of their albums having a different style and genre (s) makes them simply amazing for everyone. Matt Bellamy honestly has the most amazing voice I have ever heard, melodic, expresses emotions perfectly, and is one of the only rock singers that can actually use falsetto amazingly. Not to mention his incredle guitar playing skills, the Plug In Baby riff was voted the best riff of the decade, and with good reason! His guitarist is always complex, and uses a wide range of guitar techniques, not to mention his frequent use of improvisation in playing guitar live. Chris Wolstenholme has been voted one of the greatest bassists of all time, this being backed up by the incredible bass riff in Hysteria, the legendary bass riff of Time Is Running Out, and so many more! Their live performances never fail to entertain their crowd, whether it be an arena concert, or yet another sold-out stadium concert. The band has multiple ...more

This is the youngest bands amongst most of many mentioned below, they deserve to be on top, keane deserves to be somewhere 15, muse has the most dedicated fans and is most under estimated band, they will be regarded as best bands of modern times, most of american bands suck, they are famous just because they show explicit materials rather than concentrating on music, if muse were american, they would have got attention just like lp but would have fans 4 times than lp, I have heard so many rock bands none of them are a match to MUSE in terms of great music, style, vocals, MATT I SALUTE YOU!

Muse deserves to be way higher on this list! Somewhere in the top five - not eleventh! Maybe below The Beatles and Queen because lets be honest those two bands are very famous and each helped to shape and change the music industry in their own ways. Top three should be The Beatles, and then probably Queen and then Muse very close behind. Come on internet! - Get your act together...

I like a lot of british bands, including coldplay and keane, but really they don't deserve to be above Muse. Matt is just so talented, this is shown by how good they are live. Much better than the likes of Coldplay.

This being said, The Beatles deserve to be at the top, just giving Muse some love because they are my favourite band.

12 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

Think you will find 2 out of the 4 members in the Band are English, (bourn in England) so it's a British Isles band all day long.

They should be up but recently music is not as good as the first songs...

They're not from the UK.

One I greatest bands of all time, their style is unequal and progress thru generations they make hit by hit

13 Bee Gees The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

The Bee Gees my first love! One of the most succesful band from UK and the whole world. The capacity of reinventing their selves is just amazing! Decades of incredible songs, incredible success and incredible talent! They connect in a way that only brothers could connect! They are amazing! Their songs are so varied and so rich in different influences that there is a song for every day of your life!

The Bee Gees are the 5th best selling act of all time, wrote great songs and were not a disco group, there had hits before Saturday night fever and after. It frustrates me when people say they only did disco and people forget their work after Saturday night fever, I love songs like Too much heaven and How deep is you love, listen to many of their songs from the 90's and 2000's, The only love, For whom the bell tolls, Secret love, I could not love you more, Alone, Sacred trust, Wedding day, just to name a few, great songs, with great lyrics and melodies, written and performed fantastically, take a listen, find them on You tube

Fantastic all round group whose music spanned many different genres and made a massive contribution to British music and worldwide.

'Barry Gibb' sure has one of the most 'Recognisable Voices' out there.

14 McFly McFly are an English pop band formed in London in 2003. The band took their name from the Back to the Future character Marty McFly.

McFly? McFly's the best band. I think they just created a new style than anyone can like. If you listen to some old McFly's songs you'll realize they sound like The Beatles (like a new Beatles' style). Their last albums totally changed it's style, but I think they're still unique. It's easy to identify yourself with their lyrics... Those inspirational and fabulous lyrics. Don't forget about the melody. The melody of their songs are just amazing. The way they play their instruments, the way Tom and Danny sing while they play the guitar, Dougie's style to rock with his bass, and Harry's form to play the drums is just HANDSOME. McFLY's my life and no one's gonna change that! MCFLY ROCKS.

McFLY second!? Wow! Wasn't expecting that!

McFLY Are great band who focus on keeping up to date with new styles, yet stick with meaningful and emotional lyrics. Their new songs (to be officially released in the winter) are almost electric rock, yet the lyrics recall dougies (bassist player) hard time in rehab.

Seen these guys 9 times and just seem to get better each time, and I'm a 19 year old guy.. Not a 12 year old little brat. I love bands such as coldplay, bullet for my valentine, keane, oasis, muse and queen and I'm not going to attack them.. But nothing will compare to the 6 years I've had following McFLY.

Mcfly are underrated and judged.
They are brilliant musicians, vocalists, they write their own music, and most defonitley the band I have ever seen live! The energy they have on stage whilst sounding even better than recorded!?
People don't even listen to their actual music without criticizing it, why? Seriously? Sit down and actually listen to the emotion, the actual meaning of their songs, their vocals.
On top of all that they are amazing people. Watch something on them, funny, genuine, nice people and that really shows in their music.

To those who says that McFly sounds like the Beatles probably never actually tries to fully listen to their songs... Sure Beatles have the originality but when it comes to style, McFly always have some new surprises under their skin and Beatles are utterly out-skilled by the McFly boys when it comes to instrument and vocalizing. The only two bands to top their skill, talent, and creativity in my opinion would only be Queen and Genesis! Overall, McFly is the best!

15 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. The band became mainstream after improving after their debut album got panned. In 1978, Osbourne was fired and replaced with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Who went to release 2 albums before leaving in 1983, only for Osbourne to return in 1992. Black Sabbath are cited as the godfathers of Heavy Metal. Their final album, 13. Was released in 2013. They were ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time, and placed second in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

You currently have Black Sabbath listed below Oasis and Coldplay. I am embarrassed for you, and may our Dark Lord Satan take great glee in your eternal punishment, which will hopefully involve a pineapple, some rock salt, and a jack hammer.

If not the best, one of the best heavy metal bands of all time.
Surely the best English band.

This should be higher than every single band on this list!

This is a joke? Artic monkeys and keane in front of the
Legendary Black Sabbath?

16 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).

Radiohead is like Coldplay - the Beatles of the modern era in terms of revolutionizing music; but Coldplay is more capable of balancing the uniqueness of John and the musicality of Paul than Radiohead. However, Radiohead is still good to me, but is like a band entirely stuck at John Lennon's chaotic side in songwriting and do a bunch of music collage like the Revolution #9, merging it with the progressiveness of Pink Floyd's albums. Despite that, I see Radiohead as a great band, but definitely not a band for everyone. This is not the kind of band you listen to casually, on a date, in the office, or in a party. You have to appreciate artistry and willing to have some patience to give time to their albums in order to understand Radiohead wholeheartedly. Their songs are not meant to entertain. They are meant to be felt.

Sit down, slap on a bit of OK Computer and you've got the perfect day sorted out. Radiohead are seriously amazing, they change their style so frequently and it still sounds amazing and has depth. After Pablo Honey (when I started listening to them) they haven't let me down since and I own all their albums on vinyl.

*Sigh* Keane 2nd and Coldplay 5th... Really?! And god damn those people who have been led to believe that Queen are the greatest band of all time. Try finding your own music taste... People will vote this down but it only shows the significance of how many people are sheep, especially when considering musical ability.

Radiohead has such amazing lyrical power that I can't help but vote for them. Thom's angsty vocals, Jonny's insane guitar, and the band's overall creative spirit rockets them past the competition. They lent their skills to such amazing successors as Muse and Coldplay, who carry on their legacy, which lives on forever.

17 Depeche Mode Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.

Depeche Mode has always brought excitement, energy, and wonder through their music. Martin Gore belongs in the songwriter's hall of fame NOW! David Gahan is a great singer and performer. Andrew Fletcher has done a brilliant job in helping keep the band together through the years and helping the band stay focused. One of the greatest bands of all time. I hope that they are inducted in The Rock N Roll HOF soon, they definitely belong there. True synth pop kings!

Most underrated band in music history. Their music is so far ahead of its time that most people cannot comprehend it. If after you listen to them and then disagree, you seriously need to re-evaluate your life. Better than the Beatles by lightyears. Best band in the universe PERIOD.

The absolute best. When will they ever get their long, long overdue recognition? On a completely different level to anyone else. Decades before their time. Always have been. Always will be. Enough said!

Depeche Mode is #1. Acknowledge this fact Britain. The rest of the world has. So sick of them being underrated. #41.. Just look who's above them... Enough said!

18 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, backing vocalist) and Nick O'Malley (bassist, backing vocalist). A former member, Andy Nicholson (also a bassist and backing vocalist) left the band shortly after the release of the band's debut album and before Nick took his position to patch the line-up. more.

Started listening to them when I was around 5-6 because my stepgrandad introduced mt to them, I instantly fell in the love with their music. And here I am aged 16 and still loving their music and listening to it 24/7.

As a whole they're one of the best names in the industry currently. All their albums have gone to number one, lyrically exceptional and they've recently finished a world tour (need I go on? ) Like it or not, the Monkeys' are one of the best bands to come out of the UK, and totally deserve to be higher on this list.

Why are AM below muse and Coldplay two of the most dull and bland bands ever. AM have some of the most real and clever lyrics that make you feel things, great variation between albums and are one of the best live bands ever. They have been a giant inspiration already and the best band of this century.

Their first 6 albums have been #1 in the UK, they have headlined Glastonbury - the largest music festival in the UK - twice, their debut album is the fastest selling debut album in UK history & the fact that they are one of few artists in UK history to win Mastercard Album Of The Year and Group Of The Year 3 times at the Brit awards.
Need I continue? I'm genuinely shocked to find this band, who both are a household name in the UK and also played at THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE OLYMPICS in London are listed beneath other acts such as Bullet For My Valentine and Coldplay.

19 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.

I'm currently 16 but I remeber when I first heard one of their songs "Mr Blue Sky" because my grandparents always put it on in the car whenever we went on holiday when I was younger. And it also brings back really good memories as well.

Some of the best music their is. There are obvious songs like Mr. Blue Sky and Don't Bring Me Down, but there is also some really underrated song like:
Wild West Hero
On The Run
Sweet Is The Night

Legendary band in every respect! From the 70s to now they have just got better and better and have some of the greatest songs ever written to their name.

One of the best bands ever! Just as good as Pink Floyd or Queen. Even the Beatles are fans of ELO themselves.

20 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.

I love their music as the lyrics their songs have a deep meaning to them, well that's what I think anyway. The first time I listened to them was back in 2018/2019 when I was around 1213 and I instantly fell in love with their music.

I'd feel like I was cheating on common sense and good music taste if I'd written a list like this, The Smiths, 15th?! There is no combo better than Morrissey and Marr in the whole of British music! If you have ever been truly miserable then you will find yourself listening to the Smiths and really understanding the deepness and humour of Morrissey and the musical genius of Marr. First came across There Is A Light That Never Goes Out Listening to 7 Worlds Collide and I've never turned back. Anyone who does not appreciate The Smiths is missing 99% of their emotions, this list is truly a disgrace.

Easily the greatest band of all time, the chemistry of the band (especially between Morrissey and Marr) led to 4 excellent studio albums, commending all different styles of indie which were all original in their own right, truly fabulous. Relatable, meaningful lyrics which are so cleverly written, and written on such matters such as education, murderers and true emotion.

The Smiths' music still sounds awesome and still means something. The most important British band of the 1980s, in my opinion.

21 Bullet For My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason James; both were on bass. They were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their music career by covering songs by Metallica and Nirvana. Jeff Killed John recorded six songs which were not released; two of these tracks were reworked later in their career as Bullet for My Valentine. Financial difficulties dictated the name change, which was followed by a change in music direction. In 2002, the band secured a five-album deal with Sony BMG. They have now started writing for other bands too, they wrote 'Find My Way' for their friends band FROM INSIDE which is due out Summer 2016. Details of other projects they are working on is set to be released on their Facebook page.

Bullet for my valentine are amazing! They have changed my life, There's so many amazing songs by them, and 'Tears don't Fall' is my ultimate favourite song out of all the songs I listen to (even matalica). I will forever be a proud Bullet fan! And if you're not a bullet fan then shame on you!

This is not one my favorite bands rather only the most favorite band I ever liked. All the songs are just like a bullet to me that pinches into my heart. Specially- all this things I hate, tear's don't fall and say goodnight

The best band ever! Who the hell is not voting for them? Just listen to "Tears Don't Fall", "Waking The Demon" and "Your Betrayal". You won't want to hear anything else after that!

Bullet For My Valentine in 24th... the best British band since The Beatles in 24th... hell, they might actually be better than The Beatles with all due respect!

22 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.

I was ready to vote for The Beatles when I thought I'd scroll a bit, and I found my favorite british band.
Their song Money For Nothing is great, that Guitar intro is perfection<3
Barclay James Harvest is also a great band.

A band like no other thanks to Mark Knopfler's amazing song writing and guitar playing style.

Best of the best

One of the best guitarists of all time, one of the best albums Brothers In Arms

23 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively in the US. The style of their early work, including their debut album Count Your Blessings, has primarily been described as deathcore, but they started to adopt a more eclectic style of metalcore on subsequent albums. Furthermore, their latest album That's the Spirit marked a shift in their sound to less aggressive rock music styles.

They have now started writing for other bands too, they wrote 'Find My Way' for their friends band FROM INSIDE which is due out Summer 2016. more.

This. Band. Is. Amazing. They have made it further than most of the bands here, and Oli Sykes have one of the best voices in the world. Not only are their songs written perfectly, but they save lives. These should definitely be number one, as they are one of the best known bands in the world.

Probably one of the best group ever, if a superhero had band this would be its name, as they save countless teens from suicidal depression, the way Oliver writes lyrics almost like he can tell what you've been through. The instrumental are never seen before

One of my favorites bands is a lovechild between two of the others. Linkin Park and twenty-one pilots. Now that you've read it, you can't deny it.

I love this band & I wish it could be the best Beitish Band of all time!

24 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 “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.

They deserve to be Higher. I mean, come on' the likes of 'Electric Eye' and 'Breaking The Law' are Iconic...

How is Priest this low?

25 Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist more.

This is disgusting. How is Fleetwood Mac below this band. I love metalcore/post-hardcore music and have enjoyed bands like this for over 5 years but this just leaves a bitter taste. Like, Sex Pistols? The Clash? Judas Priest? Deep Purple? And if we are talking just bands in the same genre of Asking Alexandria. Bring Me The Horizon? Architects? Enter Shikari? Oceans Ate Alaska?

Come on, seriously, no. 30, the deserve better than this. Its asking Alexandria of course the best scream band of all time

The only reason I like the UK is because of Asking Alexandria!

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