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List of Famous Bands from England

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List of England bands, listed by their level of fame. This England musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous England bands are included, as well as many England musicians of underground status. This list of England musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous England bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

Everything from David Bowie to Led Zeppelin is included on this list.

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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

Albums: Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick, Stand Up, Crest of a Knave, + more

Labels: Eagle Records, Island Records, Roadrunner Records, EMI, Chrysalis Records, + more

Career Began: Luton, United Kingdom

Jethro Tull are a British rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire, in 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band later developed their sound to incorporate elements of hard rock and folk ...more

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#137 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #178 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singersfeaturing The Best Jethro Tull Albums of All Time

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Asia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

Albums: Asia, Alpha, Astra, XXX, Heat of the Moment, + more

Labels: Snapper Music, EMI America Records, Sony Music Entertainment, King Records, Voiceprint Records, + more

Career Began: United Kingdom

Asia are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1981. The most commercially successful line-up was its original, which was a supergroup of four members of different progressive ...more
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Emerson, Lake & Palm... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

Albums: Emerson Lake & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus, Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends, Trilogy, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Island Records, Cotillion Records, Victor Entertainment, Rhino Entertainment, + more

Career Began: England

Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson; singer, bassist, guitarist and producer ...more

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#155 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #22 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #142 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Blur is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

Albums: 13, Parklife, Blur, Modern Life Is Rubbish, The Great Escape, + more

Labels: Food Records, Parlophone, SBK Records, EMI, Virgin Records

Career Began: Colchester, United Kingdom

Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Their ...more

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#186 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #158 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #44 of 410 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Florence and the Machine... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

Albums: Lungs, Ceremonials, Dog Days Are Over, A Lot of Love. A Lot of Blood, Live at the Wiltern, + more

Labels: Island Records, Universal Republic Records, Moshi Moshi Records, Iamsound Records, Republic Records

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

Florence and the Machine (stylised as Florence + the Machine) are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of vocalist Florence Welch, keyboardist Isabella Summers, ...more

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#169 of 986 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #75 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singersfeaturing The Best Florence and the Machine Albums, Ranked

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Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
New Wave, Ska, Rock music

Albums: Walker, Earthquake Weather, House of Blues, Island Hopping, Love Kills

Nationality: Turkey, United Kingdom

Labels: Sony Records, CBS Records, Hellcat Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Mercury, + more

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

John Graham Mellor (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002), known by his name from May of 1975, Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, composer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, ...more

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#232 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #1,364 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #449 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time

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Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Big Beat, Electronica, Acid House

Albums: You've Come a Long Way, Baby, Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, Better Living Through Chemistry, The Greatest Hits - Why Make Videos, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Labels: Thrive Records, Skint Records, Astralwerks, Southern Fried Records

Career Began: Bromley, United Kingdom

Norman Quentin Cook (born Quentin Leo Cook; 31 July 1963), known by his stage name Fatboy Slim, is an English DJ, musician, and record producer who helped to popularise the big beat genre in the ...more

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#479 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #123 of 410 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90sfeaturing The Best Fatboy Slim Songs

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

Albums: Tea for the Tillerman, The Very Best Of, Teaser and the Firecat, Izitso, An Other Cup, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom

Labels: Decca Records, Atlantic Records, Island Records, Deram Records, A&M Records, + more

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948), commonly known by his stage name Cat Stevens, and later Yusuf, is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His musical ...more

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#26 of 298 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #365 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #188 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time

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Electric Light Orchestra... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

Albums: Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record, Xanadu, Balance of Power, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Harvest Records, United Artists Records, Epic Records, Jet Records, + more

Career Began: Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is ...more

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#67 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #72 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Electric Light Orchestra Albums of All Time

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

Albums: Larks' Tongues in Aspic, In the Court of the Crimson King, In the Wake of Poseidon, Discipline, Red, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Island Records, E.G. Records, Polydor Records, Caroline Records, + more

Career Began: England

King Crimson are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968, that now is more international in membership. King Crimson have been influential both on the early 1970s progressive ...more

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#151 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #36 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famefeaturing The Best King Crimson Songs

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Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

Albums: Rising, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Long Live Rock ’n’ Roll, On Stage, Difficult to Cure, + more

Labels: Polydor Records, BMG Rights Management, Bertelsmann Music Group

Career Began: England

Rainbow were a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio's American rock band Elf, but after ...more

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#244 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #109 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #154 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Blues-rock, Hard rock

Albums: Bad Company, What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company, Burnin' Sky, Can't Get Enough, Fame and Fortune, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Island Records, ATCO Records, Swan Song Records

Career Began: England

Bad Company are an English hard rock supergroup formed in Westminster, London, in 1973 by singer Paul Rodgers and guitarist Mick Ralphs later adding drummer Simon Kirke and bassist Boz Burrell. ...more

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#301 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #8 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famefeaturing The Best Bad Company Albums of All Time

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Bush is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

Albums: Sixteen Stone, Razorblade Suitcase, The Science of Things, Golden State, Letting the Cables Sleep, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, SPV, Trauma Records, Interscope Records, Kirtland Records, + more

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

Bush are an English rock band formed in London, England in 1992. Their current lineup consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Gavin Rossdale, drummer Robin Goodridge, lead guitarist Chris ...more

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#507 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #264 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #37 of 410 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

Albums: Hourglass, Hourglass Remixes, Paper Monsters, Bottle Living/Hold On, Dirty Sticky Floors, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: Mute Records

Career Began: Epping, United Kingdom

Dave Gahan (; born David Callcott; 9 May 1962) is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the electronic band Depeche Mode since their debut in 1980. Q magazine ranked ...more

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#181 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #567 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time #190 of 715 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Eric Burdon & the An... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

Albums: The Greatest Hits of Eric Burdon and The Animals, House of the Rising Sun, The Best of The Animals, The Best of the Animals, The Singles Plus, + more

Labels: Decca Records, Atlantic Records, ATCO Records, Jet Records, MGM Records, + more

Career Began: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

The Animals are an English rhythm and blues and rock band, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne in the early 1960s. The band moved to London upon finding fame in 1964. The Animals were known for their ...more

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#906 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #133 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famefeaturing The Best Animals Albums of All Time

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Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

Albums: Two Sides of the Moon

Nationality: United Kingdom

Career Began: Harlesden, London, United Kingdom

Keith John Moon (23 August 1946 – 7 September 1978) was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His ...more

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America is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

Albums: Homecoming, The Complete Greatest Hits, A Horse With No Name, Perspective, America, + more

Labels: Burgundy Records, Rhino Entertainment, American Gramaphone, Warner Bros. Records, Capitol Records

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

America is an American rock band that was formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio met as sons of US Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they ...more

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#214 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #23 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #157 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

Albums: Demon Days, Gorillaz, Plastic Beach, Clint Eastwood, The Fall, + more

Labels: Parlophone, Def Jam Recordings, EMI, Universal Music Group, Virgin Records

Career Began: Essex, United Kingdom

Gorillaz are a British virtual band created in 1998 by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett. The band primarily consists of four animated members: Stuart "2-D" Pot, Murdoc ...more

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#265 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #90 of 127 The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Timefeaturing The Best Gorillaz Songs of All Time

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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

Albums: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight, Savage, Peace, + more

Labels: Arista Records, RCA Records

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

Eurythmics were a British pop duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Stewart and Lennox were both previously in the band the Tourists (originally known as the Catch), who ...more

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#113 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #66 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #150 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Lily Allen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Indie pop, Synthpop, 2 Tone

Albums: Alright, Still, F.U.E.P., Sheezus, Paris Live Session, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: London Records, Regal Recordings, Capitol Records

Career Began: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper (née Allen; 2 May 1985) is an English singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Allen left school when she ...more

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#965 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #415 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Timefeaturing The Best Lily Allen Albums, Ranked

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John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

Albums: Rigor Mortis Sets In, Mad Dog, Whistle Rymes, Too Late the Hero, Smash Your Head Against the Wall, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: MCA Records, Polydor Records

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

John Alec Entwistle (9 October 1944 – 27 June 2002) was an English bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film and music producer. In a music career that spanned more than 40 years, Entwistle ...more

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#76 of 222 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album #744 of 931 People We Wish Were Still Alive #1 of 193 The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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Bring Me The Horizon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Deathcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal

Albums: Count Your Blessings, Suicide Season, There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret, + more

Labels: Shock Records, Visible Noise, Thirty Days of Night Records, Epitaph Records, Earache Records, + more

Career Began: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Bring Me the Horizon are a British metalcore band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2003, the group currently consists of lead vocalist Oliver Sykes, lead guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt ...more

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#1,655 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #158 of 1,069 The Worst Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Bring Me the Horizon Albums, Ranked

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Chris Martin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

Nationality: United Kingdom

Labels: Parlophone, Capitol Records

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

Christopher Anthony John Martin (born 2 March 1977) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and philanthropist. He is the lead singer and co-founder of the rock band ...more

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#249 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #304 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time #246 of 715 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

Albums: Demons and Wizards, Look at Yourself, The Magician's Birthday, Salisbury, ...Very 'eavy ...Very 'umble, + more

Labels: Sequel Records, Vertigo Records, Island Records, Castle Communications, Mercury, + more

Career Began: England

Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 and are regarded as one of the seminal hard rock acts of the early 1970s, and they heralded the progressive rock movement of the ...more
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Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from England
Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

Albums: Mezzanine, 100th Window, Blue Lines, Teardrop, No Protection, + more

Labels: EMI, Virgin Records

Career Began: Bristol, United Kingdom

Massive Attack are a British musical group formed in 1988 in Bristol, United Kingdom, consisting of Robert "3D" Del Naja, Grant "Daddy G" Marshall and formerly Andy ...more

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#465 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #164 of 410 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90sfeaturing The Best Massive Attack Albums of All Time