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The Best English Boy Bands

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Updated June 28, 2019 2.2k votes 438 voters 26.9k views 25 items

The UK has birthed some of the most popular boy bands, from One Direction to Take That. And not just famous British boy bands, but some of these iconic groups are listed among the most loved boy bands of all time.

Whether you’re looking for recent boy bands from the UK or an 80s favorite like Take That, you’ll find them below on this list of the best English boy bands.These beloved UK boy bands feature heartthrobs like Harry Styles, James McVey, and Robbie Williams.

This list isn’t just reserved for hot British boy bands, either. Below you’ll find famed solo performers who originated in England, as well. This ranking of British boy bands features artists who have performed all over the world. And if  you think we’re missing one of the greatest British male bands, feel free to add them to the list. If you've been wondering, "Which boy bands started in England?" then this list will answer your question.

Who are your favorite boy bands from England? Don’t forget to vote up your favorite boy bands from the UK below. 

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One Direction is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best English Boy Bands
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Albums: Up All Night, Something About the Way You Look Tonight, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Your Song, You Are So Beautiful, + more

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Boy Bands
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Albums: Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, Rubber Soul, + more

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The Worst Beatles Songs #1 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #2 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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The Vamps is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best English Boy Bands
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Albums: Meet the Vamps, Can We Dance, Wild Heart, Wild Heart, Last Night, + more

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Oasis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best English Boy Bands
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Albums: (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, Definitely Maybe, Don’t Believe the Truth, Dig Out Your Soul, Be Here Now, + more

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Take That is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Beautiful World, Everything Changes, Nobody Else, Progressed, Take That & Party, + more

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#820 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #362 of 383 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s #152 of 1,020 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time

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Road Trip is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best English Boy Bands
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Albums: Please Disturb

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Five is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: 5ive, Kingsize, Until the Time Is Through, Invincible Special Edition, Greatest Hits, + more

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#277 of 464 The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time #21 of 56 The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time #50 of 143 The Best Europop Bands/Artists

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The Wanted is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Word of Mouth, The Wanted, Battleground, Third Strike, Chasing the Sun (The Remixes), + more

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Blue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Guilty, The Platinum Collection, One Love, 4ever Blue, Best of Blue, + more

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#456 of 1,020 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #28 of 56 The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time #15 of 31 The Best Bands with Blue in the Name

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The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best English Boy Bands
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Albums: The Stone Roses, Second Coming, Fools Gold, I Wanna Be Adored, Garage Flower, + more

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#1,132 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #266 of 383 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s #96 of 221 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album

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East 17 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Resurrection, Walthamstow, Up All Night, Steam, Dark Light, + more

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McFly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Sibelius: Violin Concerto / Saint-Saëns: Rondo Capriccioso, Room on the 3rd Floor, Wonderland, Motion in the Ocean, Just My Luck, + more

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#223 of 1,020 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #126 of 130 The Best Pop Punk Bands

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Busted is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Sleeping With the Light On, You Said No, Crashed the Wedding, Year 3000, Busted, + more

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A1 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: The A List, Make It Good, Here We Come, Waiting for Daylight, Be the First to Believe, + more

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#357 of 461 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #32 of 56 The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

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Catfish & the Bottle... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best English Boy Bands
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Albums: the ride, the balcony

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911 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Wonderland, All I Want Is You, The Greatest Hits & A Little Bit More..., Moving On, There It Is, + more

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Bros is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Push, The Best of Bros, The Time, Changing Faces, Too Much

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#1,540 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #438 of 461 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #294 of 294 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

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Blazin' Squad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: In the Beginning, Flip Reverse, Now or Never, Greatest Hits, Love on the Line, + more

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BBMak is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Sooner or Later, Into Your Head, Back Here

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Right Said Fred is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Stand Up, Fredhead, Sex and Travel, For Sale, Up, + more

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Worlds Apart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Don't Change, I Will (part 1), Here and Now, Together, Je te donne, + more

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#44 of 56 The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time #108 of 226 The Best Eurodance Bands/Artists #24 of 143 The Best Europop Bands/Artists

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Ultra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Ultra, The Sun Shines Brighter, Say It Once, Rescue Me, Say You do

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Bad Boys Inc. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: Bad Boys Inc., Don’t Talk About Love, Megamix

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Ultimate Kaos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Boy Bands

Albums: The Kaos Theory, Casanova

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Upper Street is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Boy Bands