Top 10 British Rock Bands of the 21st Century

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After Radiohead released their new album via BitTorrent, we make a list of top 10 British rock bands of the 21st century. This list may change in the upcoming months or years, because everyday there is new music and new talent being discovered. Top 10 is always open to others’ input.

10. David Bowie


One of rock's pivotal style icons and innovators, Bowie's major achievements have involved remodelling fringe ideas for the mainstream. Fans have speculated whether the twin-colour-eyed genius is an alien life-form.



A full decade after they drew Britpop's battle lines, Blur are immersed in playful junk-shop funk and plaintive ballads. 

8. The Who


This is an English rock band that has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Their songs have endured the test of time, with their hits being adopted as the theme songs of the three "CSI" shows on television.

7. Muse


Muse is an English rock band who is best known for its very energetic and intense live performances. 

6. Queen


Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, and they are also one of the world's best-selling music artists. The group is still active, having made a recent appearance at the London Olympics of 2012.

5. Elton John


In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He had more than fifty Top 40 hits and received 6 Grammy Awards.

4. Radiohead 


Radiohead is an English rock band, originally from Abingdon, Oxfordshire. They released their debut single “Creep” in 1992, and it became a worldwide hit. They gained international success because of their introspective, neurotic music.

3. Coldplay


Coldplay is an alternative rock band, formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London.

2. Black Sabbath


Black Sabbath is an English heavy metal band, which was formed in Birmingham in 1969, and consisted of vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward.

1. The Rolling Stones 


The Rolling Stones is an English band formed in 1962 in London. It has been called the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” during its induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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