Bands/Musicians English Alternative Rock Bands List

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List of English alternative rock bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as alternative rock solo artists from England are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great English music that you've never heard before. The alternative rock bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in England. If you think the best English alternative rock band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

Adele and Coldplay are included in this list.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular alternative rock bands from England?" and "Which alternative rock bands started in England?" then this list will answer your questions.
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

2
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

3
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

4
PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

5
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

6
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

7
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

8
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

9
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

10
Blur is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

11
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

12
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

13
Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
New Wave, Ska, Rock music

14
Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

15
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

16
Bush is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

17
Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

18
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

19
Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

20
Lily Allen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Synthpop, 2 Tone

21
Chris Martin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

22
Portishead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Krautrock, Breakbeat, Folktronica

23
Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

24
Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Synthpop, Neo soul

25
Paul Weller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

26
Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

27
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

28
Noel Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

29
A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Placebo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

31
Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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Spiritualized is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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Echo & the Bunnymen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

34
The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Blues-rock

35
Pulp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Britpop, Alternative rock

36
The Kooks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

37
David Gray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

38
Siouxsie Sioux is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

39
Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

40
Kasabian is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Neo-progressive rock, Space rock, Rock music

41
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

42
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

43
Damon Albarn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

44
Pete Doherty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Garage rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

45
Erasure is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

46
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

47
Bat for Lashes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Synthpop, Emo

48
Enter Shikari is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Electronic music, Electro, Electronic dance music

49
Liam Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

50
Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list English Alternative Rock Bands List
New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music