metal English Hard Rock Bands List

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List of English hard rock bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as hard rock solo artists from England are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great English music that you've never heard before. The hard rock bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in England. If you think the best English hard rock band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

Artists on this list include Paul McCartney and David Bowie.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular hard rock bands from England?" and "Which hard rock bands started in England?" then this list will answer your questions.
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Judas Priest New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
PJ Harvey Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Whitesnake Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Yes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Billy Idol New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Jethro Tull Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Asia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Asia Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Roger Daltrey Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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The Cult is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
The Cult Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Bad Company Blues-rock, Hard rock

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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Keith Moon Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Pretenders New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
John Entwistle Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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UFO is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
UFO Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

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Free is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Free Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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Wings is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Wings Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Ray Davies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Ray Davies Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Tears for Fears Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Blind Faith Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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Mott the Hoople is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Mott the Hoople Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock

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Ten Years After is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
Ten Years After Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

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The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list English Hard Rock Bands List
The Sisters of Mercy Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock