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List of English rock bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as rock music 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 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 rock music band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

This list includes Paul McCartney, David Bowie and more bands.

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

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list English Rock Bands List
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list English Rock Bands List
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list English Rock Bands List
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list English Rock Bands List
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list English Rock Bands List
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list English Rock Bands List
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list English Rock Bands List
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list English Rock Bands List
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list English Rock Bands List
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list English Rock Bands List
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list English Rock Bands List
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list English Rock Bands List
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list English Rock Bands List
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list English Rock Bands List
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list English Rock Bands List
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list English Rock Bands List
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list English Rock Bands List
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list English Rock Bands List
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list English Rock Bands List
Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list English Rock Bands List
The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list English Rock Bands List
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list English Rock Bands List
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Oasis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list English Rock Bands List
Oasis Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list English Rock Bands List
Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list English Rock Bands List
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list English Rock Bands List
Whitesnake Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list English Rock Bands List
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Yes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list English Rock Bands List
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list English Rock Bands List
Ringo Starr Pop music, Rock music, World music

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list English Rock Bands List
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list English Rock Bands List
Billy Idol New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list English Rock Bands List
Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list English Rock Bands List
Duran Duran Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list English Rock Bands List
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list English Rock Bands List
Jethro Tull Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Asia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list English Rock Bands List
Asia Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list English Rock Bands List
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list English Rock Bands List
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list English Rock Bands List
Roger Daltrey Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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Blur is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list English Rock Bands List
Blur Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list English Rock Bands List
Joe Strummer New Wave, Ska, Rock music

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The Cult is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list English Rock Bands List
The Cult Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list English Rock Bands List
Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list English Rock Bands List
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list English Rock Bands List
Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list English Rock Bands List
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list English Rock Bands List
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list English Rock Bands List
T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list English Rock Bands List
Dave Gahan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music