Bands/Musicians The Best Madchester Bands/Artists  

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Though the 1970s were an edgy time to be in Manchester, UK, it has nothing when compared to the roarings. That period, known to the world as Madchester, wasn't just a genre of music, it was a lifestyle. Combining elements of post-punk with electronic music, alternative rock, psychedelic rock and the beginnings of electronic dance music, the Madchester bands were some of the biggest bands in the world at their peak. The Madchester scene helped spawn bands from across the board and remain highly influential today. When you turn on your radio, it's likely that you'll stumble across a song from a Madchester band since most of their music was highly commercial. Some Madchester bands are considered some of the greatest rock bands of all time.

That said, what are the best Madchester bands? Any list of Madchester bands must begin with New Order, The Smiths, the Stones Roses and the Happy Mondays. Their songs remain huge in England and New Order continues to tour behind their intelligent dance music and are widely considered pioneers in alternative dance music. The top Madchester bands had a huge influence on Britpop bands as well.

So, it's up to you to determine what is the best Madchester band. If you're familiar with that prosperous period in British music history, then you'll know how important Madchester was for dance music and alternative rock. This list answers the questions "who are the best Madchester bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Madchester musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular madchester bands that you might've heard of. (16 items)
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162 11
The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Blues-rock

2
104 12
Happy Mondays is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Acid house, Madchester, Electronic music

3
101 19
The Charlatans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Madchester, Folk rock, Britpop

4
79 20
New Order is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

5
63 14
Inspiral Carpets is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Rock music, Madchester, Garage punk

6
62 18
James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Indie pop, New Wave, Madchester

7
41 12
Northside is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Indie, Madchester, Alternative rock

8
34 15
The Soup Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Pop music, Madchester

9
27 14
808 State is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
New Wave, Neurofunk, Rave music

10
16 10
New Fast Automatic Daffodils is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Rock music, Madchester, Alternative rock

11
25 19
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Avant-garde

12
16 12
Paris Angels is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Madchester, Alternative dance, Alternative rock

13
16 13
A Guy Called Gerald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Acid house, House music, Electronic dance music

14
14 11
The High is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Madchester, Baggy, Alternative rock

15
12 12
World of Twist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Indie pop

16
8 14
Intastella is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
Alternative rock