The Best British Rock Bands/Artists Bands/Musicians

The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

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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 considered by many to be the most important and most influential. Though they weren't first, the best British rock bands planted their mark 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, famous British bands were mostly ahead of their contemporaries across the globe, bringing all variations of rock music to the masses. The most successful English bands remain staples on rock radio, and though some are old and over the hill, they manage to tour to arenas and stadiums all over the world. 

Though it's certainly a difficult question to ask, this list tries to decide who are the best British rock bands. There are plenty of amazing British bands to pick from, with names like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Oasis, Blur, and Queen, just to name some of the most famous ones. 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 top British rock bands is that best.

Ultimately, the choice for best British bands is not an easy one - but you can vote for multiple stars on the list. 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.


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    most listed & added by Klekihpetra
    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II

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    Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

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    Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers

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    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

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    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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    The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur (or The ...

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    Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

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    Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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    Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

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    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock

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    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain ...

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    The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

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    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

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    Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

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    Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

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    (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, Definitely Maybe, Don’t Believe the ...

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    Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown

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    Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll ...

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    Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends

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    Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

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    Over Under Sideways Down, Gold, The Very Best Of

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    All Things Must Pass, Cloud Nine, Living in the Material World

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    Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry

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    The Queen Is Dead, Meat Is Murder, The Smiths

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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    The Greatest Hits of Eric Burdon and The Animals, House of the Rising Sun, ...

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    Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare ...

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    A Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, ...

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    Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

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    Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

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    Origin of Symmetry, Absolution, The 2nd Law

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    Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses

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    13, Parklife, Blur

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    Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125

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    Ace of Spades, 1916, No Remorse

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    Electric Warrior, The Slider, 20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection ...

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    The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

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    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    Every Picture Tells a Story, Gasoline Alley, Downtown Train – Selections ...

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    ...Nothing Like the Sun, Ten Summoner's Tales, Mercury Falling

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    British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

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    Last of our kind, Permission to Land, One Way Ticket to Hell ...and Back ...

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    Days of Future Passed, Long Distance Voyager, In Search of the Lost Chord ...

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    Bad Company, What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company, ...

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    Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview

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    Band on the Run, Venus and Mars, Wings Greatest

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