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The Best Madchester Bands/Artists 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.2k votes 347 voters 27.2k views 16 items

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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The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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Happy Mondays is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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The Charlatans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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New Order is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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Inspiral Carpets is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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Northside is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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The Soup Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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808 State is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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New Fast Automatic Daffo... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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The High is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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Paris Angels is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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A Guy Called Gerald is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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World of Twist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists
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Intastella is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Madchester Bands/Artists