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The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists 

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Updated June 14, 2019 5.5k votes 538 voters 21.5k views 118 items

List Rules Upvote your favorite pub rock bands and artists.

Pub rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good pub rock bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top pub rock bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Pub rock groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all pub rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest pub rock bands of all time, since the most famous pub rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best pub rock music.

You can click on the pub rock band names to see more information about that particular notable pub rock group. If they're near the top of the best pub rock artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top pub rock bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the pub rock band names themselves.

Artists here include everything from Elvis Costello to Dire Straits. Rank the best artists by voting for them. Thumbs down the artists you don't think should be on this list. Not a fan of Eddie & The Hot Rods or John Doyle? Them thumbs them down.

All important, significant and iconic names in pub rock music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new pub rock bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of pub rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into pub rock music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good pub rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent pub rock bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best pub rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest pub rock 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 pub rock bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

You can get a lot more out of this list by sharing it with your friends and comparing how the votes affect the list. (118 items)
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Dr. Feelgood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Brinsley Schwarz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Nick Lowe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Wilko Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Eddie & The Hot Rods... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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The Pirates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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The Pirates proved a natural fit with the pub rock and the punk generation and enjoyed success with their own Out of Their Skulls album in November 1977 and the Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival, a double set documenting a three-week event at the London pub venue which also featured The Wilko Johnson Band, The Stranglers, XTC, X-Ray Spex, The Saints, 999 and Dire Straits, which was released in March 1978.
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Rockpile is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Bees Make Honey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Dave Edmunds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Nine Below Zero is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Ducks Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Mickey Jupp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Graham Parker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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The Stranglers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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The 101ers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Ian Robins Dury was an English rock and roll singer-songwriter, bandleader, artist, and actor who initially rose to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk and new wave era of rock music. He is best known as the lead singer of the British band Ian Dury and the Blockheads.
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The Count Bishops is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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The Count Bishops were a British  pub rock band, formed in 1975 in London and which broke up in 1980. The Count Bishops had limited commercial success, but forged an important stylistic and chronological link between the root rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood and the proto punk sound of Eddie and the Hot Rods; together forming the foundation of the pub-rock scene, which influenced the emergence of punk rock. The group made history in England by releasing the first record from independent label Chiswick Records.[1][2][3]

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Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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The Angels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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The Motors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Kilburn and The High Roa... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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Chilli Willi & The R... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
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The Godfathers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists