A very talented band, The Who have managed to sustain as much of a fan base as anyone to this day. You talk about a New Order a lot, yet somehow they haven’t come up on your list. Acts like David Bowie and Roxy Music led jet-setting lifestyles that the average English teen couldn’t dream of. Pistols- Uh, FUCK yeah! 14) The Doors 6) The Velvet Underground And let’s also not forget that Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno were once in the same band at the same time! Still, Muse was a great “filler band” in the late 90s British music scene, and the fact that the Brits are using “Survival” as the official song of the 2012 Olympics says a lot about what they mean to the UK. Unlike a lot of the comments, I won’t be abusive about it where I disagree. I found that surprising and disappointing myself. 48. Not many of these lists would include the Cocteau Twins over, say, Squeeze, but hey – it’s my list and I’ll do it as I please. Then I guess Bowie, P.Gabriel,The Clash,ELO, ELP, The Police, Roxy Music, The Smiths, Small Faces, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac-esp Peter Green Era, Cream, Elvis Costello, Duran Duran, and others in whatever order. Paranoid is a classic no matter where you’re coming from musically, and the fact that it’s 4x platinum kind of bears that out. Impact v Longevity now there’s a debate! Along with Alice Cooper, Sabbath pioneered the dramatic, occult-inspired image that so many later metal bands would use. Who writes this stuff!! They rocked different styles. Oh, and I have to give the band some love for hiring a pre-Police Andy Summers all the way back in 1968. Joe Jackson? You’re absolutely off you’re fucking rocker dude, c’mon. 24) The Byrds Led Zeppelin. The guy was huge. Elisabeth Fraser even recognized she had a tattoo with Siouxsie on her arm! Okay my daughter was a post grad there so I see where you are coming from! He’s the third largest-selling singles artist in British music history and is the only artist to have a #1 song in every decade from the 1950s to the 2010s. Essential track: “Pump it Up”, > Why: No one does space-rock androgyny quite like Bowie. 20. Which is a shame, because John Taylor is the most underrated bass player ever! My reasoning is that if I gave Gabriel his own entry, I’d have give Collins one, too. London Calling was a huge album, and a great one, but compared to zeppelin, queen, the beatles??? Having them responsible for having rock music banned at the Royal Albert Hall and getting a bill for damages and not being allowed to play the next evening is enough to be in the top 10 for isn’t that is what its about? For anyone who cares, here’s an EXTREMELY early list of my Top 50 Americans bands: 1) Buddy Holly and the Crickets Essential track: “Paper Planes”, Why: Always political but never insufferable, this group’ll get you thinking and dancing at the same time. a shame the are not mentioned in the top of this list. Essential track: “Go Your Own Way”, Why: These TwoTone titans were one of the first major multiracial acts in England, and they spearheaded the ska movement by melding together reggae and punk sounds. Finally ever hear of Jeff Beck or Stevie Winwood and their related acts? They feature prominently in a documentary Beautiful Noise, which is more than you can say about The Cult or Sisters. Here’s a quick top 50 based mostly on my enjoyment. You’re a complete nutter . They became mod icons in their early years for their blue-collar work ethic. The band has won seven Grammy Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, and seven Brit Awards (including three for “Best British Group”). 20) The Jam: One of my all-time favorite bands, and yet another British band that was huge in their homeland, but mostly unknown in the US outside college radio and New Wave circles. It was bad enough that England’s teenagers faced alienation from the workplace and society at large… but it was flat-out tragic that they couldn’t even relate to their own music. The Who should be no.1 though – the greatest live band ever (studio probably as well). Would pentagrams and allusions to black masses have become so ubiquitous in the metal world without Black Sabbath? And Zepplin hated singles, so refused to release them, ushering in the era of album rock. Genesis has a shit rank, your list is invalidated. BTW..did I miss it or is Deep Purple not on this list??? It is artistically criminal to omit from the list Deep Purple (the best live rock album of all time, “Made in Japan”), Cream, Slade, Elo, Judas Priest, Motorhead and throw in garbage like Coldplay, Bananarama, Cocteau Twins, The Specials and Pet Shop Boys. The Who. One group inconspicuous by their absence is Led Zeppelin. Those with trashy comments are just showing that they don’t have enough patience or talent to research and publish their own list. These guys were huge. 13) Pink Floyd – This legendary band wasn’t as big as Lepplin, and their influence on future musicians was perhaps the most subtle of any of this list. score: 31 of 100 (31%) required scores: 1, 15, 24, 34, 47 list stats leaders vote Vote print comments. 6) Queen: You can’t think of 1970s music without thinking of Queen. 1. Of those bands, the only one I could ever really stand was Iron Maiden. Style Council. You have some very good comments, but (1) putting the Clash above the Beatles kills any credibility of your list; and (2) the absence of SLADE on your list exposes that you have never lived in England. They’re also the only band in which each member wrote a #1 single (sorry, Ringo). Yes, they inspired at least six million bands. Influential, maybe, but not that high. Gabriel created some of my favorite songs ever, like “Red Rain”, “Solsbury Hill” and “Games Without Frontiers”. 89,951 views made by chris_d. They’re my favorite of the big 60’s Brit bands, fo’ sho! “Too Much Too Young” and “Ghost Town” are still great tunes all these years later. 7. Jay: I agree with you in theory. …and after 30 years their new material always continues to be as consistently genius as their early stuff, Well, but it´s your opinion, and We should respect, however, it´s not necesary to be agree. How many rock folks try that one? 29) Kate Bush: Does Kate Bush really need an introduction? Essential track: “The Killing Moon”, Why: A legendary singer-songwriter who, before ultimately succumbing to his own demons, managed to craft some truly striking songs in his all-too-short career. 28: Mike Oldfield It’s much more serious. They wouldn’t make my list, but weren’t they HUGE for a while? They released eight studio albums, and the lowest any of them charted in the UK was #10 (Roxy Music). They were huge in the UK from almost the moment they started. And let’s not forget that Queen’s performance at Live Aid in 1985 was probably the greatest televised rock performance ever. Top Ten Surely is 1-Beatles 2- Led Zeppelin 3-Pink Floyd 4-The Rolling Stones, 5-The Who 6-Queen 7-Genesis-esp Gabriel Era 8-Deep Purple 9-Yes 10-Black Sabbath….with Elo,Elp,The Moody Blues,The Clash,The Police,The Smiths,The Cure,David Bowie,Peter Gabriel,Iron Maiden,Judas Priest,Bad Company,Depeche Mode,Joy Division-New Order,Traffic,Cream,Small Faces,Marillion-esp Fish era,King Crimson,and others I didn’t list in whatever order. As much as i dislike admitting it, One Direction should definitely be mentioned, not everyone likes them, but they are quite a huge success, the greatest boy band for teenagers in the world. Cream, Faces, Tull, King Crimson, Deep Purple; either 50 is not enough or the bar needs to step up a notch. 1 Queen, 2Beatles, 3 Rolling Stones 4 Pink Floyd 5 The Who. Just my opinion, I like The Clash but in comparison to The Stranglers, Buzzcocks and especially Wire, I find them quite overrated. But the band certainly has a unique style and have had a huge impact on alternative music. 9: The Clash To state that the band was influential is stating the obvious: The Smiths begat the entire Britpop movement, and bands like Blur, The Stone Roses, Oasis, and The Libertines owe much of their ethos to The Smiths. 11) Roxy Music: If you’re a fan of New Wave, you probably know that most New Wave bands were influenced by two music acts. Thanks to the catchy, Nile Rodgers-produced tunes and the heavy rotation of his videos on MTV, Bowie finally became a household name. Dave Bayley, the band’s lead vocalist, originally trained to become a doctor at … I swear, every single band coming out of Brooklyn and LA these days sounds like “a mixture of The Jesus and Mary Chain and [some other band]”, or “The Jesus and Mary Chain, only with [something different, like a female singer, or heavy keyboard effects]”. Purveyors of boot stomping, scarf waving, terrace anthems with Noddy’s irresistible concrete mixer vocals bellowing girder crunching melodies which steamrollered everything else aside from ’71-’74. BTW- sweety, we need to work on that American rock list. I would probably consider Judas Priest, Jethro Tull, Eurythmics and Uriah Heep somewhere in the lower half of the rankings. Britain gave us great musicians and songs and bands but even Britain did not realize brilliance in its midst at times. Until the Spice Girls came along, Bananarama had sold more records than any girl band in history. 35: E.L.O Just kidding. Their “Ghosts” single hit the Top 5 in 1982, and is one of the most… unique records to ever chart that high. The band refused this, and the two sides negotiated for several days. And I wouldn’t have included The Clash in the top 10. Florence Welch, Tori Amos, Alison Goldfrapp, PJ Harvey, KT Tunstall and (especially) Björk all show clear signs of Bush’s influence. Chemical Brothers? Enter Let’s Dance, Bowie’s most popular album to date. But its genesis is obviously in Sabbath. As voted by you. But he wasn’t, and while The Clash started off as your standard rock band, they quickly branched out into ska, reggae, funk, dub and rockabilly… all backed up with Strummer’s incredible (if annoyingly leftist at times) message. Surely an oversight. They weren’t even the best punk band. Did you give any thought to including the Zombies/Argent? 44: The Specials Top of head, just a 5 minute list, see how it turns out.. 1: The Beatles Who the fuck cares about bands like Tears for Fears right? Not better than, just different. The actual list only took an hour or so to make, but it’s taken me a couple of weeks to write the necessary paragraph or two about each artist. Heck, “dream pop” as a genre exists today mainly due to the Cocteau Twins! Are you being serious ? 43) The Animals: This is one of those bands that other musicians just love. They were the darlings of 80s college radio, often called the “thinking man’s punk band”. Sunshine of your love 49) Bad Religion In fact, at the 2010 Brit Awards (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? I guess you are just including influential bands. 3. 47) Nick Lowe: To most Americans, Lowe is “the ‘Cruel to Be Kind’ guy.” And it’s true that Lowe hasn’t sold a billion records. The floyd are the best band that i have ever heard, but have no qualms with the beatles being top as their hit making was undeniable. If Prince and Parliament count as rock then so do Commodores and Michael Jackson. Surprised not to see New Order there. Where The Specials might have been the first big ska band in the UK, Madness made the genre a household name. “Girls on Film”? 21: Coldplay Admittedly, I have not done the research you have, but I bet their number of hits and popularity are neck and neck, and the Monkeys are much cooler. Period. – Found myself agreeing with 65% and disagreeing with the rest – that’s great and makes for an interesting world Love it! And thus, the Radiohead phenomenon was born. The only band, apart from Oasis, who had a LARGE FANATICAL following was The Jam. One suggestion, Cream? 17) The Jesus and Mary Chain: Sure, these guys had a bit of popularity with the 80s alternative crowd. I think your rule works for Collins, (in re: “No Jacket Required”) but come on… it’s Peter Gabriel. Stone Roses first recorded in 1987, pioneering the manchester ‘baggy’ psychedelic sound. Joy Division and New Order left huge marks on the history of British music. Are known for one or two albums. Try harder! ok Jim, here it is in 5 words. 43) Roy Orbison The Clash: They were called “the only band that matters. Big Audio Dynamite. And from 1980 to 1986 (a period of 312 total weeks), there was a Madness single in the UK charts for 214 weeks. Not that I’m a Clapton fan. I’m amazed. Why!!?!?!??!??? Hey, how dare you say that about Coldplay, man? No Peter Gabriel is a crime,although you did mention Genesis. #49- Japan this low? Talk Talk as well (Hollis father of post-rock) – love ’em. Firstly, a ‘band’ is not a solo artist. But when they tried to emulate The Shangri-Las, they ended up just sounding like a Scottish version of The Ramones. But to put the clash or even led zeppellin(which most people do) is crazy. Essential track: “Orgasm Addict”, Why: The troubled neo-soul songstress’ hard-living ways echo throughout her music. Hey, good enough for Princess Diana, good enough for us, right? Which is fitting in a way. Pages in category "English indie rock groups" The following 200 pages are in this category, out of approximately 500 total. This list shows your age. They really weren’t distinctive enough to where you can listen to a new band and say “oh yes, that’s definitely an XTC influence”. Take Tusk, for example. Iron Maiden- I’m with ya. Pet Shop Boys are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most successful duo in UK music history”. One band I think should have been listed is the SHADOWS. “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” and “What Do I Get?” can stand proudly with “Stairway to Heaven”, “Hotel California” and “Dream On” as some of the best rock songs of all time. The Cult wouldn’t make a Top 200 list; Sisters of Mercy would barely crack a Top 500. Aside from, I dunno… EYEBALLING YOUR THEN-GIRLFRIEND FOR AN ENTIRE CONCERT, Costello seems like a great guy all around. 12) Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention 35) Pet Shop Boys: I liked the Pet Shop Boys back in the early 80s, but if you’d asked me back then, I would have said they’d be around as long as Ebn-Ozn or Men Without Hats. Essential track: “Don’t Look Back Into the Sun”, Why: Sure, Dig Out Your Soul was a disaster. Actually I thought “The Cure” would be much higher up. Doors as far down as #14? 40: Marillion …..Thanks for sharing. Essential track: “A Message to You Rudy”, Why: Her unique voice made this delightful weirdo the most successful British female artist of all time. Talk about influence, talk about hits, talk about musicianship, packaging even. I say 1-The Beatles 2-Led Zeppelin 3-The Rolling Stones 4-Pink Floyd 5-The Who 6-Genesis 7-Queen 8-Yes 9-Deep Purple 10-Black Sabbath. 37: Moody Blues Like the clash but number 1! For instance King Crimson and Yes were not influenced by Genesis – much more like the other way round. (among which many of my favourite bands) That comforts me even more in the idea that british are the best for music, period. But if I can get personal for a moment, The Clash? 10) The Who: I’ve always felt a bit sorry for The Who. The band is also not afraid to take on the music industry (their infamous “pay what you want” strategy for In Rainbows). 18: ELP Im glad you put Madness in there, above the Specials aswell. Essential track: “Wonderwall”, Why: Sometimes all you need for magic to happen is a man and a piano. You wanker. T.Rex released 8 albums not 4 plus pre T.Rex Bolan released 4 albums with Steve Took. 2) Elvis Presley I know you also gotta hate the Eagles. 4: Led Zeppelin For the past five decades or so, our former oppressors (hey, that whole Revolutionary War thing’s water under the bridge, right?) 4) The Ramones Doors and Dylan below Pearl Jam? I Am Kloot should be at number 1. Genesis was hugely influenced BY Yes and King Crimson not the other way around. The band made some of the most solid pop hits of the 80s. The Pet Shop Boys and Nine Inch Nails have called Floyd an inspiration, two bands for whom the Floyd influence is not immediately obvious. 7: Jethro Tull The band won 15 NME Awards, 6 Brit Awards and 9 Q Awards. We Will Rock You, a musical based on Queen, opened in London in 2002, and is the longest-running musical in West End history, eclipsing even Mamma Mia and Grease. 13) Pearl Jam I apologize I don’t have more time to ruthlessly tear apart your faulty list. I’m so glad As of today, it is the eighth best-selling album of all-time. The band agreed, and one of the most important albums in music history came to be. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! They’re behind two of the most well-executed concept albums of all time, and while they’re known for blowing out drumkits and eardrums alike, they can also do quiet and introspective with the best of them. His 1958 single “Move It” is considered by many of be the very first British rock song, and in Richard’s 53 year career he’s had 130 Top 20 singles and albums. They are probably the best rock band from 70’s and 80’s that mixed classical music with rock. I agree with you , the author apparently lacks objectivity and justice ; perhaps the author in his heart harbors some kind of suspicion or selfishness , just so you can explain that on that list has been marginalized iconic rock bands . My opinion is that they deserve at least to be 20-25 in this list. The album was #1 on the US charts for 31 weeks and produced four US Top 10 singles. Yes, Cream and/or Clapton are missing. The audience was drunk and rowdy, and a chain-link fence had been put up to protect the musicians from the hundreds of beer bottles that had been thrown at the stage. Fans of the band have long split into three camps: those who only like Gabriel-era Genesis; those who only like Collins-era Genesis; and those weirdos who like both. I teach courses in the history of British Rock and to me this list is strange and very misleading but perhaps reflects the age of the compiler. Pshew! 39) Dead Kennedys It’s ok to hate those Yanks bands too, we have been living with scorn since time immemorial. 11) Big Star Makes no sense. Wow. I only regret you didn’t mention any 90s-00s electronic acts at all (for I considere british are also the best (if not the only ones good) at it: Chemical Brothers, Aphex Twin, Matthew Herbert, Roni Size…), but maybe it’s a generational issue:); and of course, The Clash #1, what an heresy! He’s sold over 250 million records, has had 56 Top 40 singles, had seven consecutive #1 albums in the US charts, and has won almost every music award you can think of. But they certainly changed alternative music forever. For success, UB40 would be a contender, though I am not a fan, but so pleased to see the Kinks and Led Zep in a deservedly strong position. Pink Floyd. The Rolling Stones. His sound changed again with Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), which included the smash hit “Ashes to Ashes”, a callback to “Space Oddity”. Then the Beatles. 27) Nirvana It’s not easy to sit down and try to remember EVERY important band of the last 50 years, even if you narrow it down to a tiny little country. Duran Duran- They were hugely influential for the MTV action, if nothing else. 40. It appears you made an effort to be inclusive, but I notice a gap where the Brit-Blues should be represented. It’s obvious the author is a fan of 80’s alternative / new wave / punk. Oasis at 40 and Banarama anove the Verve – I stopped reading at Oasis as you are clearly demented. I made it! 41) The Human League – Sure, they might be “Three Hit Wonders” in the United States, and many in the UK would probably prefer to forget they ever existed. Well, i supose Velvet Undergroud and Bob Dylan are both from the USA, so number 9 will be Queen and nº 10 The Clash. 24: Black Sabbath What was their appeal? With so much talent out there, it was difficult to narrow them down, but here are my top ten British bands of all time: 1. Some bands were extremely popular and longevus, but not so influential and innovative. They came when everything was done and didn’t invent anything… poorly done list. 37) Muse: OK, so Muse is kind of the poor man’s Radiohead, and despite having huge cultural awareness, the band has “only” sold 15 million records. IT CAN’T!!! Surprised to see Pickettywitch didn’t get a mention…. It temps me to write my own. Wonderful time in music, great never to repeated bands. The band were Ground Zero of the “Madchester” scene, and although they didn’t have the chart success of other bands, their tunes rocked enough Ecstasy-fueled raves for the band to become legendary. And I was a huge fan of The Clash but there’s not a chance on earth they were a greater band than the Rolling Stones (and several others). I remember once being ‘shouted’ down in YouTube comments for suggesting that The Clash were better than Led Zeppelin . Zeppelin are u pissed !!!!! Although they long to be remembered for their music, many will remember the band for their packaging. 15. 41: Echo and the Bunnymen Yeah they are up tempo folk(heavy) rock,but are they really the fathers of metal. 3) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Gabriel and Collins are included under Genesis. More importantly, T. Rex (along with Gary Glitter) personified the entire glam-rock movement. Otherwise decent list, This all bands are domb, to say ILove 1D (one direction). Thirdly, whilst your choices are your own, and I love The Clash, you stated that your ranking was based on many things including record sales (and I presume the band’s legacy), seriously there is no way in this earth that the clash rank top. Put your torches and pitchforks down, people. I have to travel a bit longer than usual today, so it will give me something to do. The interesting thing sbout this snd mwny others on the topic is that the majority of the bands listed were formed between 1963 and 1980. But my friend Richard sure is. Deep Purple & ELO should be there to make this serious.- They were and still are a huge influence of many other bands. Real bands real music, some have said take me back to the seventies and leave me there. But every album since (including 1995’s The Great Escape, the album that broke them worldwide) has gone to #1. Banamarama would probably not make my top 5000 list. It looks pretty accurate, in line with most of the British music mags’ lists (with the exception of Cocteau Twins and Bananarama- hehe!) But he’s a great songwriter, and has done some excellent production work, too (including The Damned’s “New Rose”, which most consider the first British punk rock single). Pretty influential bands if you ask me. But I do love how the band is not afraid to play with their sound – could any other modern band have gotten away with Kid A? We want a new world for everyone…. – Yep putting The Beatles in 2nd is controversial – but it all depends by what criteria you judge things – for me the Stones are better, more important, and more influential They published their major label debut EP, Spring, on April 6 of 2018. I might move some things around. Did end too soon and influenced MANY. Um… Where the hell is XTC?! have been living in a musical goldmine. You obviously let a bit of bias get in the way there. This is a very bad list. 10) Van Halen The Clash had to rely on the Pistols (and jeans adverts) for sucess. 34) Sonic Youth 46) Cliff Richard – Oh sure, Cliff Richard is a bit of a joke in the music world. Ya couldn’t narrow it down to, maybe, 20? 39) The Cure: What can I say about The Cure that hasn’t been written a hundred times already? The 2009 singles “Love etc.” and Did You See Me Coming?” were as good as anything they’ve ever put out… but they also could have been recorded in 1987, too. 32) Kiss Great list and thoughtful words but you missed the greatest hard rock band of them all UFO. 4. Obviously Genesis should be in the top 3 or 4 but facts are wrong too – example, Genesis were heavily influenced by King Crimson and a bit by Yes, not vice versa… What about ELP (and the NIce),. “Abacab” was arty and modern postpunk. Omitting Cream, The Moody Blues, The Yardbirds, Manfredd Mann’s Earth band … you are not a child of the 60s, but of the 80s. I assume it’s a personal choice. – I really enjoyed your list – entertaining and well thought through I also liked that they could “rock”, but had a mellow, non-ballady, side (“I Wanna Be Adored”). They were incredibly popular and had a huge influence on a lot of early punk bands, especially The Jam. Listen to Live at Leeds (especially Amazing Journey/Sparks). Bananarama makes the list, but not XTC? Thank you! Roxy Music- I think they were highly influential as well. 16) Radiohead: Radiohead’s first single, “Creep”, was first released in the UK in 1992 and only made it to #78 in the charts, selling a paltry 6,000 copies. 23) Lynard Skynard Believe it or not, they’ve continued to make music since 1972, ya dinosaur. Even with the anthology set I found myself deleting ALOT of tunes that just didn’t hold up..The Sex Pistols one album is far better as a whole then any Clash record..Coldplay and Radiohead always struck me as well pretentious rock for folks who want to appear to way too ” hip ” when it comes to music..but they have had a pop appeal that eludes me to this day… Queen was GIANT.. maybe should have been a little higher on the list as well.. 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