Top 10 Best British Classic Rock Bands
Queen are just one of those bands that you can't really fault. They aren't overrated; every inch of their fame and glory was thoroughly deserved. Their live performances have some people of the current generation wishing they were born earlier. Freddie's vocals are probably the best you will hear on the face of the Earth (and he was one of the greatest pianists). Brian and his Red Special are probably the most emotional guitar leads you will hear. John is POSSIBLY the most underrated musician of all time, and was Queen's secret weapon. Roger was no slouch on the drums. His back-up voice was also quite impressive.
Also, all the members of the band were talented writers (they all wrote hits; Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions and Don't Stop Me Now belonged to Freddie. Brian had We Will Rock You, Hammer to Fall and I Want It All. John had Spread Your Wings, Another One Bites The Dust and I Want To Break Free. Roger had Radio Ga Ga, A Kind Of Magic and These Are The Days Of Our Lives).
They were it, like nothing else! If you were alive when they were at their peak, you already know that nothing - and I mean nothing - before or since has captured the imagination and adoration of the world or influenced it as they did. You already KNOW that nothing gets close to this! The variety and originality of sound they produced (while occupying the top of the charts) simply left the rest of the world in their dust, and their appearance and style established men's fashion that we still know today. So, the only credible battle about best bands (or, indeed, best popular musical act) can only be about who might occupy a very distant second place.
Not only because they have the most recognizable and and iconic names in music history, a wide variety of musical repertory, most of their songs are great hits, but also because they have the biggest plot twist in group maturity in history becoming good boys from Liverpool to a globally long-haired experimental rock band that opened up the minds of generations.
Best band of all time. Their music is beyond awesome. They have the best album ever, which is Dark Side Of The Moon. I had to vote for this band. They weren't afraid to be different in music. Plus, they have the deepest of lyrics.
Their songs are accessible but unique and experimental. Not only are they one of the best selling acts if all time but one of the best full stop.
Lyrics that make you think, music that takes you to another dimension. Very easy to just sit in a dark room and listen to any of their albums all the way through
I consider myself Hendrix's number 1 fan...yet, I believe when we use the word band, and this being about best British bands, Led Zeppelin is the definite answer. All the members were excellent musicians. These were multi-talented stars with an incredible thirst for creating music. Their music was so easy to understand and had so many levels. Take Immigrant Song, an iconic two-note masterpiece with incredible drive. You also have songs like Achilles's Last Stand, The Rain Song and others that have so many layers. A singer who was a master at the harmonica like the classic blues stars he admired, a guitarist that could play just about anything with strings, a bass player who also played strings and produced incredible music and last but not least...the one and only, John "Bonzo" Henry Bonham who did not have to play any other instrument because he was the hungriest percussionist always on the lookout for a groove. Bonzo would spice every song up differently to the point where I must have at least 4 different paced and organized versions of Moby Dick. You ask bands...this was it. I do not want to put anybody else down. How can you take away from the Stones or Queen or Black Sabbath or Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac...but Led Zepp had it all. It was bluesy, it was hard, it was sweet, it was simple, it could be complex, it was spicy and creative and it was always right for any occasion. Their music will never grow old, and how long has it been since they decided to call quits after Bonzo's death?
Their best works include songs like Paint it Black, Sympathy for the Devil, Satisfication (Which ranked no. 2 in The Rolling... read more
They're still rocking since 60s to nowadays. Definitely one of the very best bands from UK. Sympathy for the devil is one of the greatest songs. 99, 99% percent of their songs rock.
Led Zeppelin aren't British by the way, so yeah they don't really count on this list... I still love them, but they aren't British.
What the hell is led zeppelin. They are so overrated I think beatles is even better than led zep boo come on vote this for number 1
They are simply amazing. They have one of the most energetic lives I've ever seen, yet it's not too much over the top. Exactly what you expect of Rock. People always tell me you either have to be a rolling stones, Beatles or the who fan. I'd pick the Who anyday.
Sure, Hendrix is by far the greatest American rocker around, but after settling down in England he formed this fantastic group!
despite the fact hendrix is american the experience was formed in england and the other members are british I believe so its really a british band.
Thanks for given purple a high ranking. Blackmore.. Gillan.. Glover.. Lord.. Paice were as good as led zep.. They should be top 5.
Ritchie and John were the greatest. Nobody could compare with them.
As good of musicians as you'll ever see or hear. Amazing that so few have taken to time to listen and understand how great this band was and still is. Close to the Edge is a groundbreaking album. Yes set the stage for many of today's acts yet no one to date can duplicate their intricate musical scores and soaring keyboard, guitar and bass leads. Hats off to Yes!
These guys were one of the godfathers of progressive rock, I'm sure we wouldn't have Opeth without them.
Genesis created absolutely fantastic music, played with skill, they could teach most modern bands a lot!
The Moody Blues deserve to be in the Top 10. They still tour and their music is timeless. I am in awe of their passion for what they do!
Different in style not a copycat, most under-rated rock band!
The only band that matters. The greatest band hands down, although T. Rex and the Smiths come close
When the Kinks songs first played on radio in the U.S. 64/65 The sound was like nothing I have ever heard before. The songs made you feel alive with the heavy guitar riff. This sound was completely different than the Beatles. I was hooked. Their music has not aged with time. It's easy to use the style of a band already established. But to be the first to create a new sound. That's different. My opinion they should be #,3
Should be way higher up in this list! Way Highre! Could be as high as three or four! People! Listen to their albums from 1966 to 71 and then tell me they didn't influence well, everyone!
Ray Davies is a better song writer than anyone on the list, Dave is underrated as to his contributions to guitar. Top ten easy
Splendid songwriting by Mark Knopfler.
Intelligent music and lyrics.
Incredible fame and fastest/biggest selling band at their time.
There has always been something universal about their music (as for the Beatles), but the music and the lyrics are more profound, according to me.
Mark Knopfler was the king of his generation. All of Dire Strait's songs are just art. They are all Mona Lisas really. Mark Knopfler just makes it cool, and he knows chords no one else knows. He's amazing. Dire Straits is not only the best band in UK but the best in the world...
Knopfler is a story-teller and a consummate lyricist. "You're a light in the dark, a beacon of hopeand strong as a sea boat, strong as a rope. " There are thousand more like that. He is a poet.
I still remember when I heard Pyromania album for the first time, awesome. F-f-f-foolin, Photograph, Die hard the hunter, need I say more.
Definitely Leppard was a great 80s hair band.
Their most famous song is "pour some sugar on me"
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... read more
Hm, never heard better guitar riffs besides Deep Purple and Ozzy, aah legendary Ozzy - getting wet eyes when reflecting on this...
The best three musicians in their trade in one band.
Eric Clapton is one of the best guitarists ever!
From 2008's wake the sleeper thru 2015's outsider. Quality hard rock, aor, classic rock. Listen and you will know.
Mick box can play period
One of the greats
Great British rock band, from its early rock-blues to its hard metal sound, always great melodies, lyrics, and David Coverdales fantastic voice. Who can forget, In the Still of the night, Is this love, Fool for your lovin', Here I go again, Don't break my heart again, all superb.
One of the most influential band of all time.
Their sound is much like the Beatles during the Sergeant Pepper stage. They started with orchestral, then into rock, then into pop. They changed a lot.
So underrated. They defined the 80s.
"Every breath you take"
One of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands alongside Queen and Pink Floyd