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bands/musicians The Best Madchester Bands/Artists

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Though the 1970s were an edgy time to be in Manchester, UK, it has nothing when compared to the roarings. That period, known to the world as Madchester, wasn't just a genre of music, it was a lifestyle. Combining elements of post-punk with electronic music, alternative rock, psychedelic rock and the beginnings of electronic dance music, the Madchester bands were some of the biggest bands in the world at their peak. The Madchester scene helped spawn bands from across the board and remain highly influential today. When you turn on your radio, it's likely that you'll stumble across a song from a Madchester band since most of their music was highly commercial. Some Madchester bands are considered some of the greatest rock bands of all time.

That said, what are the best Madchester bands? Any list of Madchester bands must begin with New Order, The Smiths, the Stones Roses and the Happy Mondays. Their songs remain huge in England and New Order continues to tour behind their intelligent dance music and are widely considered pioneers in alternative dance music. The top Madchester bands had a huge influence on Britpop bands as well.

So, it's up to you to determine what is the best Madchester band. If you're familiar with that prosperous period in British music history, then you'll know how important Madchester was for dance music and alternative rock. This list answers the questions "who are the best Madchester bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Madchester 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 madchester bands that you might've heard of. (16 items)

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The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
The Stone Roses Jangle pop, Indie pop Blues-rock

The Sexiest Artists of All Time The Best Drummers of All Time

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Happy Mondays is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Happy Mondays Acid house, Madchester Electronic music

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The Charlatans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
The Charlatans Madchester, Folk rock Britpop

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New Order is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave Electronic music

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Inspiral Carpets is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Inspiral Carpets Rock music, Madchester Garage punk

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James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
James Indie pop, New Wave Madchester

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Northside is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Northside Indie, Madchester Alternative rock

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The Soup Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
The Soup Dragons Indie pop, Pop music Madchester

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808 State is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
808 State New Wave, Neurofunk Rave music

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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
The Fall Alternative rock, Punk rock Avant-garde

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New Fast Automatic Daffodils is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
New Fast Automatic Daffodils Rock music, Madchester Alternative rock

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A Guy Called Gerald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
A Guy Called Gerald Acid house, House music Electronic dance music

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Paris Angels is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Paris Angels Madchester, Alternative dance Alternative rock

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The High is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
The High Madchester, Baggy Alternative rock

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World of Twist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
World of Twist Indie pop

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Intastella is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Intastella Alternative rock