The Best British Rock Bands/Artists Bands/Musicians
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The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

List Criteria: Only rock musicians who are originally from/formed their band/started their careers in the UK.

Of all the important rock bands to grace the stage, British bands are by far and away the most important and most influential. Though they weren't first, the best British rock bands planted their in the 1960s with catchy melodies, delicious hooks and music that influenced multiple generations of bands and music fans. Not to be outdone, every decade thereafter, British bands were mostly ahead of their contemporaries across the globe, bringing all variations of rock music to the masses. The most successful British bands remain staples on rock radio, and though some are old and way over the hill, they manage to tour to arenas and stadiums all over the world. 

Though it's certainly a difficult question to ask, but only you can determine what is the best British rock band. There are plenty of amazing British bands to pick from like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Oasis, Blur, Queen and we could go on forever. The thing that the best British rock bands have in common is that they're known all over the world for widely influencing a musical genre, and in some cases, creating their own musical genre. However, it's up to you to determine which of these British rock bands is that best.

Ultimately, the choice for best British bands is not an easy one. But if for some reason a British band isn't on this list, please add them. Vote or re-rank this list of British bands to how you deem fit. This list answers the questions "who are the best British rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest British rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular British rock bands that you might've heard of. (109 items)

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    Liverpool, United Kingdom

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    London, United Kingdom

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    London, United Kingdom

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    London, United Kingdom

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    London, United Kingdom

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