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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. (121 items)
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Dr. Feelgood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, New Wave, Pub rock

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139 25
Brinsley Schwarz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Pub rock

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109 16
The Pirates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
monicawalery added Classic Rock'n'Roll Pub Rock - 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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138 27
Nick Lowe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists

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130 25
Wilko Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Pub rock

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99 15
Nine Below Zero is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rhythm and blues, Pub rock

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105 17
Eddie & The Hot Rods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Power pop, Pub rock

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91 13
Dave Edmunds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, New Wave, Pop music

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94 14
Rockpile is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
kokobil38 added New Wave, Rockabilly, Power pop

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107 19
Bees Make Honey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Pub rock

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97 16
Ducks Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pub rock

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83 13
Graham Parker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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92 16
The 101ers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Protopunk, Pub rock, Punk rock

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99 19
Mickey Jupp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Pub rock

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67 9
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

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89 16
Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

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61 8
Kilburn and The High Roads is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
monicawalery added Rock and roll

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56 7
The Count Bishops is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
monicawalery added

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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66 11
The Angels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

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56 8
Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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77 16
The Stranglers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

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62 10
The Motors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Power pop, Pub rock, Punk rock

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70 14
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monicawalery added rock and roll new wave pub rock punk rock - 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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50 7
Lew Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
monicawalery added

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46 6
The Inmates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
monicawalery added

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45 6
Little Bob Story is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
monicawalery added

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62 12
Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Pep... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists

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59 11
The Godfathers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
monicawalery added New Wave, Punk Rock, Pub Rock

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56 10
Téléphone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
rebabodine added Rock music, Pub Rock, Rock and Roll

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56 10
Eggs Over Easy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Country rock, Pub rock, Blues

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52 9
Hurriganes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
kokobil38 added Rock music, Rock and roll, Pub Rock

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46 8
Sean Tyla is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pub rock, Rock and roll

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28 3
Ace is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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42 7
Geraint Watkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pub rock, Blues

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41 7
Kursaal Flyers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
monicawalery added

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16 1
The Rumour is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Berry Cox added Pub Rock

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41 10
The Johnnys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Pub rock, Punk rock, Country

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35 6
Blast Furnace and the Heatwave... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists

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15 1
Solid Senders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Berry Cox added Pub rock / Rhythm and blues

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36 8
Max Merrit and the Meteors is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
monicawalery added Rhythm and Blues Pub Rock Soul

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33 7
The Strypes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
kokobil38 added

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32 7
Roogalator is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pub rock, Funk

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14 1
Ranker Video
Berry Cox added Pub rock/ New wave/Punk rock

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31 7
Help Yourself is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Pub rock

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31 8
Plummet Airlines is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Pub rock

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22 3
Riff Raff (Billy Bragg) is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
kokobil38 added Pub Rock Punk Rock

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33 10
Jolly B Good is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
rebabodine added Rhythm and Blues Pub Rock Garage Rock'n'Roll

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30 8
The Winkies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Pub rock

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30 8
Taxiride is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
Pub rock, Garage rock, Acoustic music

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25 5
Mojo Zombies is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pub Rock Bands/Artists
kokobil38 added Rhythm and Blues Pub Rock Garage Blues