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List Rules 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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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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2
1,974 1,260
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

3
1,354 1,002
The Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
1,407 1,168
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

5
1,397 1,060
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

6
1,819 1,380
Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
1,416 846
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

8
763 721
Cream is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

9
1,160 923
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

10
663 926
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

11
788 1,052
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

12
578 445
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Jethro Tull Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

13
567 529
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

14
675 838
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

15
946 860
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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16
547 560
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

17
726 1,117
The Police is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

18
940 797
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

19
439 177
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

20
641 870
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

21
738 703
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

22
224 174
Roxy Music is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Roxy Music New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

23
914 1,060
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Oasis Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

24
718 621
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

25
525 901
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

26
493 620
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Coolza added Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

27
262 222
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blind Faith Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

28
543 760
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

29
558 824
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
mrblond added Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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532 385
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Jam Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

31
397 378
Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Coolza added Elvis Costello New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

32
174 416
Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Coolza added Simple Minds New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

33
192 411
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

34
212 443
New Order is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

35
589 497
Blur is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blur Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

36
688 864
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

37
376 556
Yes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

38
574 377
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

39
416 322
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
mrblond added Bad Company Blues-rock, Hard rock

40
292 156
Wings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Wings Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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271 575
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
mrblond added Judas Priest New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

42
691 627
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

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339 254
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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525 766
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

45
304 146
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bren911 added The Hollies Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

46
533 656
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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264 97
Madness is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
julian-matthias added Madness New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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532 658
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

49
332 514
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
muzziac added Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

50
287 103
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music