Bands/Musicians 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 Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...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, CBE, is an English musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as ...more

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, MBE is a British singer and songwriter. Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace in 2006. In 2007, she received ...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 was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, jazz and reggae. Winehouse's 2003 ...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 CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...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 was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London. After they formed under the name Pectoralz, Guy ...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 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke. Depeche Mode ...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 Annie Lennox, OBE, born Ann Lennox, 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, CBE, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known for his work as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the progressive rock band ...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. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over ...more

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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 are an English rock band formed in Godalming, Surrey in 1967, with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips as founding members. The band has had numerous line-ups ...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, known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English rock musician, songwriter and actor. Born in Stanmore, Middlesex, Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as ...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 are an English rock band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consists of Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O'Malley, and Matt Helders. Former band member ...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 electronic pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 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 rock band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the United ...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 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers. Dire Straits' sound drew from a variety of musical ...more

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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 OBE, known professionally as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. ...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 Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, widely known by his stage name George Michael, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Michael rose to superstardom during 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 is a British progressive rock band. The band was formed in 1981 as a supergroup of four members from different progressive rock bands, namely John Wetton, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes and ...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 was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until 1980. He ...more

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also known as ELP, were a sporadically active English progressive rock supergroup power trio. They found success in the 1970s, have sold over forty million albums and ...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. ...more

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Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica Florence and the Machine are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, Isabella Summers, and a collaboration of other artists. The ...more

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Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music Norman Quentin Cook, also known by his stage name Fatboy Slim, is an English DJ, musician, rapper, and record producer. As a solo electronic act, he has won ten MTV Video Music Awards and two ...more

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Cher Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Hip hop music, Dubstep, Synthpop Cher Lloyd is an English singer, songwriter, rapper, and model. Lloyd rose to fame in 2010, when she finished fourth in the seventh series of The X Factor. Shortly afterwards, Lloyd was signed ...more

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed Yusuf Islam, commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. His 1967 debut album reached ...more

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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music Electric Light Orchestra are a British rock group from Birmingham, England, who released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 1986 and another album in 2001. ELO was formed to accommodate Roy ...more

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Bullet for My Valentine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Thrash metal, Emo, Metalcore Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck, Michael Paget, and Michael Thomas. Former members include Nick Crandle ...more

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Calvin Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His debut studio album I Created Disco was released ...more

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Blues-rock, Hard rock Bad Company are a British rock supergroup formed in Westminster, London in 1973 by two former Free band members – singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke – as well as Mott the Hoople ...more

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Bush is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock Bush are a British rock band formed in London in 1992. The band found their immediate success with the release of their debut album Sixteen Stone in 1994, which is certified 6× ...more

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Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music David "Dave" Gahan is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the baritone lead singer for the British electronic music band Depeche Mode since their debut in 1980. He is also an ...more

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Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues The Animals were a British band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne during the early part of the decade. The band moved to London upon finding fame in 1964. The Animals were known for ...more

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America is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock America is an American rock band, formed in 1970 by multi-instrumentalists Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio first met in London, where they began performing live. America ...more

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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
New Wave, Worldbeat, Experimental music David Byrne is a Scottish musician and a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his ...more

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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. These members are ...more

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Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient Richard David James, best known by his alias Aphex Twin, is a British electronic musician and composer. He has been described by The Guardian as "the most inventive and influential figure ...more

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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music Eurythmics are a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Stewart and Lennox were both previously in the band The Tourists, who split up in 1980; Eurythmics ...more

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Bring Me The Horizon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Deathcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal Bring Me the Horizon are a British metalcore band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2003, the group currently consists of lead vocalist Oliver Sykes, lead guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt ...more

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Chris Martin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music Christopher Anthony John "Chris" Martin is an English singer-songwriter, the lead vocalist, and co-founder of the band Coldplay.

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Emeli Sandé is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music Adele Emily Sandé, better known as Emeli Sandé, is a Scottish recording artist and songwriter. She first became prominent after she featured on the track "Diamond Rings" ...more

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Free is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music Free were an English rock band formed in London in 1968, best known for their 1970 signature song "All Right Now". They disbanded in 1973 and lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become ...more

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DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal DragonForce is a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group is known for its long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-based lyrics, and electronic sounds in their ...more

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Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Indie pop, Synthpop, Neo soul Hot Chip are a British electronic music band formed in London, in 2000. They have released five studio albums—Coming on Strong, The Warning, Made in the Dark, One Life Stand and In Our Heads. ...more

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Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band, formed in Bolton in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. They are regarded as an important influence on ...more

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Rock music The Eagles were a British music quartet active from 1958 until the mid-1960s. They formed in 1958, at the Eagle House youth club in Knowle West, Bristol. Led by lead guitarist Terry Clarke, who ...more

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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music Tears for Fears are an English new wave band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially ...more