Bands/Musicians The Best British Rock Bands/Artists  

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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 English rock 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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4,091 1,990
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
2
3,096 2,213
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
3
4,121 1,923
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal
4
2,943 1,910
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
5
2,877 1,540
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk
6
2,361 1,837
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
7
2,686 1,256
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
8
1,453 1,348
Cream is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
9
1,317 1,534
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal
10
1,956 1,320
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Music hall, Pop music, Rock music
11
1,583 1,603
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal
12
1,370 1,640
The Police is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk
13
1,753 1,155
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave
14
978 974
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music
15
957 970
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues
16
1,262 399
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
17
1,628 1,192
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
18
1,153 1,322
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
19
1,189 1,270
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae
20
978 914
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music
21
1,420 910
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
22
1,918 1,646
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock
23
1,092 1,332
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
24
1,032 1,028
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Coolza added Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
25
1,316 1,024
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock