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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

    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    AlbumsThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, "Heroes"

    David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (,... more

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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Eric Clapton

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    Albums461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman, Tears in Heaven

    Eric Patrick Clapton, (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer,... morespotify buy button

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    Adele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Adele

    Pop, R&B

    Albums21, 19, Make You Feel My Love, Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Cold Shoulder

    Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating... more

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    Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Amy Winehouse

    Doo-wop, Pop music

    AlbumsBack to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Rehab, Remixes Promo 2

    Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter.... morespotify buy button

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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsGoodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Madman Across the Water, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

    Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and... more

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    Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Freddie Mercury

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy, Time, Guide Me Home

    Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British... more

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    Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Coldplay

    Alternative Rock, Pop

    AlbumsA Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Parachutes, X&Y, Clocks

    Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members – which include... more

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    Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Depeche Mode

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsViolator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses, The Singles 86-98, Black Celebration

    Depeche Mode () are an English electronic band formed in Basildon, Essex, in 1980. The group... more

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    Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave

    AlbumsDiva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction, Live in Central Park, Dance Vault Mixes - Pavement Cracks

    Ann Lennox OBE (born 25 December 1954) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist and... more
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    David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    David Gilmour

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsOn an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night, About Face, Live in Gdańsk

    David Jon Gilmour ( GHIL-mor; born 6 March 1946) is an English multi-instrumentalist, singer... more

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    Cream is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Cream

    Blues-rock, Classic rock

    AlbumsDisraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream, Wheels of Fire, Those Were the Days

    Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce,... morespotify buy button
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    Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Deep Purple

    Blues-rock, Classic rock

    AlbumsMachine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock, Perfect Strangers, Fireball

    Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. The band is considered to be... more

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    Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Fleetwood Mac

    Blues-rock, Pop music

    AlbumsRumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night, The Dance, The Original Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have... more

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    Genesis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Genesis

    Rock music, Pop rock

    AlbumsThe Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot, A Trick of the Tail, Trespass

    Genesis were an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, in 1967.... more
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    Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Billy Idol

    New Wave, Rock music

    AlbumsRebel Yell, Happy Holidays, Idol Songs: 11 of the Best, Billy Idol, Whiplash Smile

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    Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Arctic Monkeys

    Trip hop, Dance-punk

    AlbumsWhatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug, Suck It and See

    Arctic Monkeys is an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2002. The group consists of Alex... more

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    Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Pet Shop Boys

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsActually, Very, Behaviour, West End Girls, Please

    Pet Shop Boys are an English synth-pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil... more

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    Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Duran Duran

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsRio, Come Undone, Greatest, Notorious, Save a Prayer

    Duran Duran () are an English new wave band formed in Birmingham in 1978. The band were one of... more

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    Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Dire Straits

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock

    AlbumsBrothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies, Love Over Gold, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits

    Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals... more

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    Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Dusty Springfield

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

    AlbumsDusty In Memphis Plus, Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty, I Only Want to Be With You, The Look of Love, See All Her Faces

    Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien (16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999), professionally known... more

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    George Michael is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    George Michael

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsFaith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1, Careless Whisper, Older

    George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016) was an... more
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    Asia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Asia

    Rock music, Arena rock

    AlbumsAsia, Alpha, Astra, XXX, Heat of the Moment

    Asia are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1981. The most commercially... more
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    Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Bon Scott

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Early Years 1967-1972, With the Spektors and the Valentines, Round and Round: The Forgotten Years, Round and Round and Round, Seasons of Change Raven/RCA 1971-72 (disc 2)

    Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott (9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980) was an Australian singer,... more
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    Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer

    Rock music, Progressive rock

    AlbumsEmerson Lake & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus, Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends, Trilogy

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in... more

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    Blur is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

    Blur

    Indie pop, Shoegazing

    Albums13, Parklife, Blur, Modern Life Is Rubbish, The Great Escape

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