Best Britpop Bands

The Top Ten
1 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... read more

Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Suede, Supergrass, Ocean Colour Scene, the Bluetones, the Boo Radleys, Elastica, Ash, the Verve and Kula Shaker are awesome and made British music cool again after the demise of Madchester and fended off the grunge movement from topping the UK charts as well. It's a shame that Oasis, Blur and the Verve are the only known Britpop bands in the US though. I love Britpop.

Oasis are legendary. They have so many wonderful songs and 2 of the most important albums of the 90s. They completely changed my perspective of music. Noel Gallagher is such an amazing songwriter and definitely one of the best ofor the 90s. Liam has such a cool voice too. Noel has a great voice too, he sings some of my favourite tunes. Just a wonderful band.

2 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.

Much better than Oasis. I hope Oasis will never reunite and hope that all of the band members would stop making music. Also, I hope that Blur gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and not Oasis because Blur always wrote amazing and catchy songs, while Oasis kept pumping out lame songs that always sounded the same, making Oasis the Britpop Nickelback. So long story short, Blur is better than Oasis and will always be that way.

This list is terrible. Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian, and the Smiths are not Britpop. For starters, the first four bands mentioned came too late, while the last one is an influence on the scene. Manic Street Preachers and Radiohead did at one point in their careers became Britpop acts, but for basically one album only. Bands such as the Bluetones, Elastica, and Supergrass are Britpop, not Arctic Monkeys or Coldplay. Got it?

3 Pulp Pulp were an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 1978. Their best-known line-up from their heyday consisted of Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Russell Senior, Mark Webber, Steve Mackey and Nick Banks.

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.

Well, for starters, they're actually Britpop, unlike Coldplay. Such a fun band, however, can do serious stuff amazingly as well. Jarvis Cocker is a fantastic frontman, and he brings his own amazing style of charisma to the band.

4 Suede

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.

5 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).

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

Radiohead hates britpop, why are they on this list?

Ok I love radiohead, but they aren't Britpop in fact I'm sure they would hate you forever if you call them a Britpop band

6 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 Verve are in a league of their own. Simple song construction, haunting arrangements, deeply personal lyrics are at the front of what Richard Ashcroft does. Like Oasis, I don't feel the "Britishness" of their music as strongly as I do bands like Blur, but that's not an insult. It means they write timeless, amazing music. This is the band that breaks my heart. Ashcroft is amazing, but I think he never got back to his Northern Soul and Urban Hymns form. The Verve were a band that was more than the sum of its parts. I wish Ashcroft and McCabe had made more records together, though some of their output was inconsistent at times.

7 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... read more

How are Coldplay at number 3? Coldplay are awful (and not even britpop)! They don't deserve to be on this list AT ALL, especially not at number 3!

Any music by coldplay have a different meaning, and this make me think... How did they change the stile of music music by music?
Some is more eletronical
Or Alternative
Or Melodical
Or with solos than fix in your head... Anyway Coldplay is the best Britanic Band ever =D

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

8 Supergrass

I love this band! They deserved to be popular as they should have been.
Drummer Danny Goffey is very fit and Gaz Coombes is so cute! I got their autographs a long time ago.

Easily top three on this list. Songs sounding better with time. Best Album - In It For the Money.

Agree, in the top five, for Sun Hits The Sky if nothing else.

9 Manic Street Preachers
10 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.

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

The Contenders
11 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.

I LOVE Kaiser Chiefs. However, they are not Britpop. They are British, yes, but they came too late to be considered Britpop.

12 Stone Roses

The stone roses are a million times better than franz Ferdinand

13 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

14 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.

15 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)

16 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
17 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.

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.

While late to the Britpop game, Keane is just a maddeningly brilliant band. Perfect Symmetry, Everybody's Changing, Bend and Break are some of the most magnificent songs to my ears.

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

18 Stereophonics Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band that formed in 1992 in the village of Cwmaman in the Cynon Valley.
19 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.
20 Travis

I think Travis is absolutely amazing. Driftwood (and the whole The Man Who album) is beautiful, sad and haunting. A little late to Britpop, but definitely strongly influenced by it.

21 Elastica
22 Ash
23 Artic Monkeys
24 Ocean Colour Scene

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

25 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.
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