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

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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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

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

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    Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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    Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

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    Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

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    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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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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    Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

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    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

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    The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

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

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    Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

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    The Queen Is Dead, Meat Is Murder, The Smiths

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

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

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    Over Under Sideways Down, Gold, The Very Best Of

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    Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

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    Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends

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

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

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    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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

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    Origin of Symmetry, Absolution, The 2nd Law

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

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    13, Parklife, Blur

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

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

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    Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125

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    Ace of Spades, 1916, No Remorse

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

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

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

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    British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

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

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    The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

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

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    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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

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    Hounds of Love, The Dreaming, The Kick Inside

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    Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Substance

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