Bands/Musicians The Best Mod Bands/Artists  

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in the 1950s and 1960s, mod culture dominated most of what was going on in the UK in terms of culture. Mods were hip and cool, and it was reflected in the trend setting fashion and music to come from that time period. Though originally named after those who listened to modern jazz, mod bands took elements of that, R&B and soul to form a subculture of rock music that became wildly popular during their heyday. The best mod bands are some of the most well known rock bands in music history. The movement was such a big deal in London that it spawned the Mod revival, a period where 

So, what are the best mod bands? The Who were one of the bands at the forefront of the mod movement. Their original slogan of maximum R&B and their original logo were hallmarks of the mod culture. Their music fused garage rock, classic R&B and modern rock music of the time and set a template for mod bands in the future. During the mod revival, The Jam, fronted by Paul Weller, became known as one of the best mod bands. Their songs and fashion sense replicated what made the mod movement so popular in England in the first place. Though close to punk rock, The Jam's sound consisted - like early Who - R&B, beat music, psychedelic rock and soul. 

This is the list of the best mod bands. If you think a band or artist should be on here and isn't, feel free to add them this list. This poll answers the questions "who are the best mod bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest mod musician ever?" If you're a fan of mod music, this is your chance to have your voice heard. 

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291 47
The Who is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

2
202 64
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

3
263 109
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

4
209 88
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

5
11 0
Georgie Fame is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Rhythm and blues, Jazz

6
118 78
Paul Weller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

7
103 73
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

8
45 27
The Lambrettas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Rod Robeson added Mod revival

9
40 24
The Chords is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Rod Robeson added Pop music, Power pop, Mod revival

10
48 37
The Spencer Davis Group is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

11
63 55
The Creation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock

12
12 1
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

13
58 52
Secret Affair is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
jason-darrell-_zebedeerox_ added Rhythm and blues, Power pop, Mod revival

14
30 19
The Purple Hearts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Rod Robeson added Mod revival, Punk rock

15
61 58
The Action is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Folk rock

16
125 141
Cachorro Grande is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

17
53 55
Simon Townshend is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Rock music, Acoustic music, Hard rock

18
8 2
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

19
8 3
The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock

20
5 1
The Specials is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

21
27 34
The Birds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

22
13 15
Long Tall Shorty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Rod Robeson added

23
4 2
Los Flechazos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Pop music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

24
2 1
The Strypes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists

25
2 1
The Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mod Bands/Artists
Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia, Britpop