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List of Famous Bands from London

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List of London bands, listed by their level of fame. This London musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous London bands are included, as well as many London musicians of underground status. This list of London 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 London 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.

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from London
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: England

Albums: Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Press to Play, + more

Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as bass player for the Beatles. His ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from London
Genre: Rock music, Psychedelic pop & Electronic music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, "Heroes", + more

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry ...more

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II, Physical Graffiti, Houses of the Holy, + more

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. ...more

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from London
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Reggae; Nationality: England

Albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman, Tears in Heaven, + more

Eric Patrick Clapton, (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo ...more

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All the Drugs, Murder, Adultery, and Disaster Around Eric Clapton's Layla #9 of 269 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #35 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from London
Genre: Pop, R&B & Soul; Nationality: England

Albums: 21, 19, Make You Feel My Love, Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Cold Shoulder, + more

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2007, she ...more

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers, Beggar's Banquet, Some Girls, + more

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts. ...more

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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from London
Genre: Doo-wop, Pop music & Neo soul; Nationality: England

Albums: Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Rehab, Remixes Promo 2, + more

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, ...more

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia, Live at Leeds, The Who Sell Out, + more

The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle and ...more

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo, Queen II, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, + more

Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals and piano), Brian May (lead guitar and vocals), Roger Taylor (drums and vocals) and ...more

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from London
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Piano rock; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Madman Across the Water, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, + more

Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 ...more

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from London
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Rockabilly; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy, Time, Guide Me Home, + more

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the ...more

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from London
Genre: New Wave, Rock music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: England

Albums: Every Picture Tells a Story, Gasoline Alley, Downtown Train – Selections from the Storyteller Anthology, It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook, Stardust: The Great American Songbook, + more

Sir Roderick David Stewart, (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling ...more

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The Best Rod Stewart Albums of All Time #42 of 269 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #44 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave, Brave New World, Piece of Mind, + more

Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-nine albums, ...more

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from London
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required, Hello, I Must Be Going!, + more

Philip David Charles Collins (born 30 January 1951) is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the drummer and later became singer of ...more

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The Best Phil Collins Songs of All Time #46 of 269 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #33 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: A Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Parachutes, X&Y, Clocks, + more

Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members – which include lead vocalist/pianist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer ...more

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash, Give ’Em Enough Rope, Combat Rock, + more

The Clash were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 as a key player in the original wave of British punk rock. They have also contributed to the post-punk and new wave movements that ...more

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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle, Kiss This, The Sex Pistols, + more

The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975. They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and ...more

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta, Every Breath You Take: The Singles, Outlandos d'Amour, + more

The Police were a British rock band formed in London in 1977. For most of their history the line-up consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar, primary songwriter), Andy Summers (guitar) and ...more

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream, Wheels of Fire, Those Were the Days, + more

Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their unique sound was characterised by a ...more

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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: Ace of Spades, 1916, No Remorse, Motorhead: Extended Versions, Bastards, + more

Motörhead () were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member, guitarist Larry Wallis and ...more

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night, The Dance, The Original Fleetwood Mac, + more

Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. ...more

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Fascinating Stories From Stevie Nicks’s Love Life #233 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #13 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: 1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In, Saints & Sinners, Forevermore, + more

Whitesnake are a hard rock band formed in England in 1978 by David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple. Their early material has been compared by critics to the ...more

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#222 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #355 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #176 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from London
Genre: Synthpop, Pop rock & Alternative rock; Nationality: England

Albums: Hounds of Love, The Dreaming, The Kick Inside, Hounds of Love, Never for Ever, + more

Catherine Bush (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter and record producer. In 1978, aged 19, she topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single "Wuthering ...more

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Yes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125, The Yes Album, Relayer, + more

Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford. The band ...more

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The Jimi Hendrix Experie... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from London

Albums: Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, Live at Monterey, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, + more

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and ...more

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