Led Zeppelin is a Legend! LOL! And as for the American band list, CSN&Y can’t be included because Nash is British and Young is Canadian. It’s not exactly my thing, but it’s decent enough. Although I’d consider XTC to be a “better” band than Bananarama, the girls easily outsold XTC and had a significant (and obvious) influence on female acts. List of biggest selling British acts of all time Jump to ... music artists alphabetically as well as by record sales. I’m putting them on this list because I feel obligated to, not because I want to. Jay: I agree with you in theory. The Beatles Number 1, The Rolling Stones Number Two, Led Zeppelin Number Three, Queen Number Four, the rest you can put in any position you want. 26. 45: Joy Division Write this list on toilet paper ! Really? Fans, hurt and angry that the band had broken up, took to wearing t-shirts that said “Paul Weller 1958-1982”, indicating that he was dead to them. no The Commodores or Jacko are the furthest thing from rock.. and I feel for as I have to agree alot of these acts aren’t my favs either.. J Phillip Hodge: Where you been hidin’, brother? But let’s not forget that before the blockbuster pop of Invisible Touch, Genesis was a band who greatly influenced prog acts like Yes and King Crimson. Otherwise decent list, This all bands are domb, to say ILove 1D (one direction). Who the fuck cares about bands like Tears for Fears right? 30) Parliament Just kidding. The mainstream might not have listened to The Jesus and Mary Chain then, but the bands who make music now sure did. Maybe they’re just both annoying perfectionists. Some may even shock you. So by this criteria, they should be in the top 50 by far. So Gabriel is listed under Genesis. You talk about a New Order a lot, yet somehow they haven’t come up on your list. Although The Clash are one of my favourite bands, they probably deserve 4th place, behind Zep, Floyd, Beatles, Stones. One wonders, however, if they’d be ranked as high as they are on this list if Richey Edwards hadn’t mysteriously disappeared. Pistols- Uh, FUCK yeah! Surely an oversight. Mate, I think I might agree on some aspects of your list, but, really, WHERE IS KEANE?!!!. 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. . Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton Clash? (previous page) () ALL deserve recognition ! Their flavor of dancey pop hasn’t changed much over the years, except as technology has improved. Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention). The lowest any Madness album has ever charted in the UK was #17 (1999’s Wonderful). (-; Let me start with your US acts. 40) Oasis: Me? I think everyone loved the Shadows. Sure, there are a lot of bands that might have copied Floyd’s sound, but I’m thinking their influence wasn’t as obvious as most. 3. English pop music of the early 1970s was a dreary world of disco and progressive rock, the latter of which was described by Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes as “men with beards singing songs about gnomes in obscure time signatures”. I don’t think so. 2. BTW- sweety, we need to work on that American rock list. Are known for one or two albums. The debate has been raging for months and years and will go on literally until the end of time, but I’ve finally cracked it – I’ve compiled a list of the Top 20 Great British Bands of all time… according to me. As I was reading the list out to my brother, he asked who the author is – which I hadn’t checked before embarking upon your post – and was pleasantly surprsed that you’re not from the UK, given the breadth of knowledge demonstrated. I wouldn’t move the Ramones, but maybe the others deserve higher. There’s nothing “wrong” with their music, it’s really just not my thing. An unashamedly personnel take. It’s much more serious. Someone knows why don’t appear The Electric Light Orchestra?, I think than this list it’s not complete. Yes, but being “the best bands of prog and symphonic rock” is like being the smartest person at a bus station. I mean, obviusly you can, but they are not as huge as other bands you have on the list. More important, I think, is that Elton John was perhaps the last “universal” pop star. I think one has to be a guitarist to truly appreciate them. Essential track: “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”, Why: The band won a Mercury Prize for its debut album, Bring It On, in 1998 and has continued mixing experimental sounds with accessible melodies since then. Particularly someone as commercially successful and critically lauded as Eric Clapton (however you might have wanted to include him: Yardbirds, Cream, solo) might have been able to bump — oh, I don’t know — MUSE or Status Quo at least to #51. And of course, I feel compelled to mention the solo work of Gabriel and Collins. They cannot be #5 influential. 32: Iron Maiden Acts like David Bowie and Roxy Music led jet-setting lifestyles that the average English teen couldn’t dream of. And where’s Ultravox? SWEET?THIN LIZZY?MOTORHEAD?CREAM?GENESIS????? I did… but I (in my humble opinion) think that Peter Gabriel merited a special exception to that rule. They were incredibly popular and had a huge influence on a lot of early punk bands, especially The Jam. He IS the father of Glam Rock, after all. 5: Queen It should be noted that none of the entries from NME’s Top Ten Greatest British Albums of All-Time, the list that opened this article, made the top 60 in all-time album sales. I liked the list. I remember once being ‘shouted’ down in YouTube comments for suggesting that The Clash were better than Led Zeppelin . Rock stations played his edgier tunes while AOR stations played his ballads. The one group I most expected to see in a Top 50 Greatest british Bands list that didn’t make your cut is Yes. In fact, other than the fact that they make loud-ass noise, I can’t think of a reason to NOT like Maiden. – Totally agree with the comments around you missing Cream out but including much lesser bands And, as mentioned, I think Knopfler is one of the most underrated guitarists ever. As you said, they were musically adventurous and always different. 25) Alice Cooper The band won 15 NME Awards, 6 Brit Awards and 9 Q Awards. And Zepplin hated singles, so refused to release them, ushering in the era of album rock. If anyone on the list deserved their own entry, it’s Gabriel. Please excuse the infraction. I LIKE it. It’s obvious the author is a fan of 80’s alternative / new wave / punk. To say that Zepplin “influenced a lot of bands” would be the understatement of the century. The Pet Shop Boys and Nine Inch Nails have called Floyd an inspiration, two bands for whom the Floyd influence is not immediately obvious. Some people don’t. Makes me sad. Oh, and if I never hear “Every Breath…” ever again, I will die very happy. Did you read the intro? Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, formed in London in 1967. I’m so glad Unlike a lot of the comments, I won’t be abusive about it where I disagree. Where is Echo & the BunnyMen, The Cult, Def Leppard, or Bush?? The first supergroup. It’s ok to hate those Yanks bands too, we have been living with scorn since time immemorial. The Who. John has been coasting since at least 1985, popping up now and then on Disney soundtracks, at some charity event or a “Feed the Sun City Ferry Disaster AIDS Victims” single. Pixies were a hardcore / heavy rock band, neither would have known of eachother’s existence at the time. Zeppelin are u pissed !!!!! Japan’s catalog is inconsistent, pretentious, and slightly dated. And the list of other musicians who are fans – Peter Gabriel, Rufus Wainwright and John Lydon – is impressive, too. And as previously mentioned, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, and Deep Purple also belong on this list. They were the darlings of 80s college radio, often called the “thinking man’s punk band”. Their sound is drenched in Americana, but it never feels inauthentic. She was the girlfriend of Japan’s bassist, Mick Karn. Which wasn’t what I was aiming for. Their label, CBS, flat-out refused, and told them they’d either sell the disc at the double album price or cut the existing album down to a single disc. Soon the list of “50 Best British Bands” becomes “15 Best British Bands and the 35 Spin-Offs From Them”. You´re rigth! But the band certainly has a unique style and have had a huge impact on alternative music. Also, I don’t really understand how some many comments disparage this list because it doesn’t have the Beatles at the top. Roxy Music- I think they were highly influential as well. 6) Queen: You can’t think of 1970s music without thinking of Queen. So the Clash are one but you don’t name a song or act they inspired. I recently got into British bands from the 80s and I stumbled upon this list while looking for some cool bands to listen to. At the end of the day, though, I actually prefer spin-off band Fun Boy Three. It was the first time I felt I heard something come across the radio that mirrored my home life, my childhood.”) I don’t know if I’d go quite as far as to call them the “British Doors”, but there are certainly a lot of similarities in sound between the two bands. The Cult wouldn’t make a Top 200 list; Sisters of Mercy would barely crack a Top 500. As voted by you. 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. Still, the highest a Simply Red album has charted in the US since 1990 was #75, and the highest one of their albums *ever* charted in the US was #16. 44: The Specials The fact that Bush almost never tours hurts her ranking here (her 1979 “Tour of Life”, in which she played 24 shows, is the only tour she ever embarked on, and she’s only played a handful of shows since). Stone Roses- Oh, hell yeah! Siouxsie Sioux has also inspired more singers than just about any other woman on the planet. We may not fully understand it here in the States, but singing that the Queen “ain’t no human being” are fightin’ words. 6: Yes During the set, Strummer jumped off the stage and tried to pull the fence down. This list is a joke. What was their appeal? That was a cover of an already craptacular song, though. Deep Purple and Uriah Heep both missing?? 32. I’d probably bump the Police up to the top 20, maybe switch places with Radiohead. How can this not include the Stranglers, Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull, Gerry Rafferty pfffff. 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. White Room I think they’re as important in British rock history as the Kinks. Not a bad list overall. Highly regarded as The Beatles’ closest rivals. 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? Keep in mind that the list implicitly includes spin-off acts. But they kicked SO much ass! 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),. If it was my list? Lavished with synth beats the album is an amalgamation of seemingly divergent musical genres, from R&B to psychedelic pop. But no parent anywhere wanted his daughter to bring home Mick Jagger, Keith Richards or Brian Jones. You have the awesome, if slightly over the top, art-rock band fronted by Peter Gabriel. Bananarama makes the list, but not XTC? The criteria given (record sales, chart performance) are essentially financial, not artistic or cultural. Ya couldn’t narrow it down to, maybe, 20? 11: Soft Machine The band were gigantic in their day. 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