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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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1,769 1,550
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
1,491 1,256
The Who is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

3
2,426 1,355
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

4
1,659 1,135
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

5
1,634 1,335
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

6
2,161 1,527
Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
930 811
Cream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

8
1,676 901
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

9
1,336 977
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
746 1,068
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
663 620
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
669 597
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

13
863 1,197
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

14
1,146 896
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

15
723 981
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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16
640 569
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Jethro Tull Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

17
618 207
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

18
815 1,250
The Police is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

19
1,064 908
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

20
709 998
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

21
906 750
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
861 675
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

23
282 272
Roxy Music is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Roxy Music New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

24
592 1,039
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

25
1,116 1,219
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Oasis Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

26
364 285
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blind Faith Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

27
576 747
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Coolza added Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

28
633 902
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
733 432
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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30
203 585
Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Coolza added Simple Minds New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

31
658 459
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Jam Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

32
399 236
Wings is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Wings Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

33
643 974
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
mrblond added Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

34
480 469
Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Coolza added Elvis Costello New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

35
248 600
New Order is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

36
720 581
Blur is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blur Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

37
794 1,031
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

38
468 452
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
mrblond added Bad Company Blues-rock, Hard rock

39
212 566
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

40
406 220
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bren911 added The Hollies Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

41
426 713
Yes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

42
386 671
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
muzziac added Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

43
587 802
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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44
302 750
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
mrblond added Judas Priest New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

45
780 738
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

46
387 180
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

47
439 335
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

48
372 147
Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
julian-matthias added Madness New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

49
596 955
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

50
585 769
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music