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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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    the people's #1 & added by Klekihpetra
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

    added by Klekihpetra
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

    added by Klekihpetra
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

    added by Klekihpetra
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

  10. 10
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    added by Klekihpetra
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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    The Police is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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    The Clash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Genesis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    added by Klekihpetra
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Cream is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

    added by Klekihpetra
    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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    added by mrblond
    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

    added by Klekihpetra
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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    British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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    The Cure is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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    added by Klekihpetra
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Blur is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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    Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

    added by Klekihpetra
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

    added by muzziac
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

    added by mrblond
    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    Yes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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    Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

    ranked low on reranks & added by photography_JF
    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Sting is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists


    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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    added by Coolza
    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

    added by mrblond
    Blues-rock, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    added by mrblond
    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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    added by george-kb
    Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

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