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List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

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List of United Kingdom bands, listed by their level of fame. This United Kingdom musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous United Kingdom bands are included, as well as many United Kingdom musicians of underground status. This list of United Kingdom musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous United Kingdom bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

This list below has everything from David Bowie to Eric Clapton.

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry ...more

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae
Eric Patrick Clapton, (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo ...more

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Pop, R&B, Soul
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2007, she ...more

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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul
Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, ...more

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 ...more

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the ...more

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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Alternative Rock, Pop
Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members – which include lead vocalist/pianist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer ...more

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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
Depeche Mode () are an English electronic band formed in Basildon, Essex, in 1980. The group as of 2019 consists of a trio of Dave Gahan (lead vocals and co-songwriting), Martin Gore (keyboards, ...more

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Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music
Ann Lennox OBE (born 25 December 1954) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving moderate success in the late 1970s as part of the new wave band The ...more

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
David Jon Gilmour ( GHIL-mor; born 6 March 1946) is an English multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who was a member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. He joined the group as ...more

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their unique sound was characterised by a ...more

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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal
Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. The band is considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over ...more

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#68 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #15 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Deep Purple Songs of All Time

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. ...more

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
Genesis were an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, in 1967. The most successful and longest-lasting line-up consisted of keyboardist Tony Banks, ...more

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock
William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He first achieved fame in the 1970s emerging from ...more

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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock
Arctic Monkeys is an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2002. The group consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Matt Helders (drums, vocals), Jamie Cook (guitar, keyboards) ...more

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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
Pet Shop Boys are an English synth-pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and are ...more

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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
Duran Duran () are an English new wave band formed in Birmingham in 1978. The band were one of the most successful acts of the 1980s, but by the end of the decade, membership and music style ...more

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and ...more

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#31 of 505 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s #22 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Mark Knopfler Albums of All Time

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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music
Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien (16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999), professionally known as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the ...more

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop
George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the ...more

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Asia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock
Asia are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1981. The most commercially successful line-up was its original, which was a supergroup of four members of different progressive ...more
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Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott (9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980) was an Australian singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, best known for being the lead vocalist and lyricist of the ...more

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#25 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #119 of 926 People We Wish Were Still Alivelisted on List of Deaths Through Alcohol

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Emerson, Lake & Palm... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson; singer, bassist, guitarist and producer ...more

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Blur is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music
Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Their ...more

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