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

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    added by Klekihpetra
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  3. 3
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    added by Klekihpetra
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    most listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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

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

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    Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

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

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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    added by Klekihpetra
    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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    British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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

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    added by Klekihpetra
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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    Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    added by muzziac
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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

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    added by Coolza
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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    added by Coolza
    New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    added by mrblond
    Blues-rock, Hard rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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

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    Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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

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