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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
Genre: Rock music, Psychedelic pop & Electronic music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, "Heroes", + more

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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The Best David Bowie Songs of All Time #132 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #56 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Reggae; Nationality: England

Albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman, Tears in Heaven, + more

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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The Best Eric Clapton Albums of All Time #7 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #84 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Genre: Pop, R&B & Soul; Nationality: England

Albums: 21, 19, Make You Feel My Love, Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Cold Shoulder, + more

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
Genre: Doo-wop, Pop music & Neo soul; Nationality: England

Albums: Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Rehab, Remixes Promo 2, + more

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
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Piano rock; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Goodbye 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, + more

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
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Rockabilly; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy, Time, Guide Me Home, + more

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

Albums: A Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Parachutes, X&Y, Clocks, + more

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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The Best Coldplay Songs of All Time #343 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #287 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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

Albums: Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses, The Singles 86-98, Black Celebration, + more

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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The Best Depeche Mode Songs of All Time #333 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #231 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, New Wave & Pop music; Nationality: Scotland

Albums: Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction, Live in Central Park, Dance Vault Mixes - Pavement Cracks, + more

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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The Best Annie Lennox Albums of All Time #138 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #116 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: England

Albums: On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night, About Face, Live in Gdańsk, + more

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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#28 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #171 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #74 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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

Albums: Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream, Wheels of Fire, Those Were the Days, + more

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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The Best Cream Albums of All-Time #32 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #21 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

Albums: Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock, Perfect Strangers, Fireball, + more

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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The Best Deep Purple Albums of All Time #89 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #22 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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

Albums: Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night, The Dance, The Original Fleetwood Mac, + more

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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Fascinating Stories From Stevie Nicks’s Love Life #231 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #14 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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

Albums: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot, A Trick of the Tail, Trespass, + more

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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The Best Genesis Albums of All Time #447 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #50 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Genre: New Wave, Rock music & Dance-rock; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Rebel Yell, Happy Holidays, Idol Songs: 11 of the Best, Billy Idol, Whiplash Smile, + more

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

Albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug, Suck It and See, + more

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

Albums: Actually, Very, Behaviour, West End Girls, Please, + more

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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The Best Pet Shop Boys Albums of All Time #251 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #342 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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

Albums: Rio, Come Undone, Greatest, Notorious, Save a Prayer, + more

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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The Best Duran Duran Albums of All Time #36 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #254 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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

Albums: Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies, Love Over Gold, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, + more

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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The Best Dire Straits Albums of All Time #503 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #27 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Pop music & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United Kingdom

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

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
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave & Dance-pop; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1, Careless Whisper, Older, + more

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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#24 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #46 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #134 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Asia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

Albums: Asia, Alpha, Astra, XXX, Heat of the Moment, + more

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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#304 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #387 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #216 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Heavy metal; Nationality: Scotland

Albums: The 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, songwriter and instrumentalist, best known for being the lead vocalist and lyricist of the ...more

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Emerson, Lake & Palm... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from United Kingdom

Albums: Emerson Lake & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus, Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends, Trilogy, + more

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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#47 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #261 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #110 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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

Albums: 13, Parklife, Blur, Modern Life Is Rubbish, The Great Escape, + more

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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