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Are British rock bands better?

When it comes to truly universal rock music, British bands are still in a league of their own

Are British rock bands better?The Beatles Led Zeppelin The Rolling

1960 - 1970 1968 - 1980 Stones
Since 1962

Pink Floyd

Radiohead The Smiths Black Sabbath
Since 1985 1982 - 1987 1968 - 2017David Bowie




The Kinks
1963 - 1996

The Clash
1976 — 1986

Sex Pistols
1975 - 1978



The Stone
Since 1983

Since 1996




Iron Maiden
Since 1978


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Since 2007

Deep Purple
Since 1968

In my humble opinion , the best bands ever come from the islands ( UK & Ireland )... Please don't take it seriously. It is only an opinion 😲. I also love a lot of american bands and music in spanish is trendy and it will become more important since spanish language is growing very fast.

American pop culture dominate the worldwide media, but when it comes to truly universal rock music, British bands are still in a league of their own, superior to their American counterparts in almost every respect.

Can anyone compete with this list ? 

The Smiths

The Cure

The Beatles

The Rolling Stones


Led Zeppelin

Pink Floyd


The Who



The Kinks


The Clash

Iron Maiden

Deep Purple

The Stone Roses

Sex Pistols


Dire Straits

Duran Duran

Depeche Mode



Pet Shop Boys

Status Quo

Manic Street Preachers

The Animals


The Police

The Cranberries


The history of rock can be viewed as a kind of cultural interplay between the US and the UK, with amazing bands from both sides of the pond influencing and interacting with one another. 

I love US Bands like the Byrds, the Doors, the Velvet Underground, the Ramones, Talking Heads, Faith No More and Nine Inch Nails.

I love and admire them all.... but if you measure great bands per capita ...OMG  british ones are the largest list and  the most influencers ( The Beatles , The Rolling Stones ,..) 

We are not talking about solo artists here, which I regard as a special case. In solo terms, the US may be ahead of the UK. The US can boast Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen as undisputable universal greats.

My top bands

It is very difficult to do a list, but if I have to name my top bands are:

Queen - UK

So , In my case: UK(4), US(3), Ireland(U2) and Spain(1)

And what about you, which are your top  bands ?

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Claire L Cardwell

hace 3 años #39

Bill Stankiewicz, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador - Don't Let Me Down is my current Beatles favourite, I've been 'singing along with John Lennon for days now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCtzkaL2t_Y

Claire L Cardwell

hace 3 años #38

Great American Musical Poet - has to be Sixto Rodriguez Bill Stankiewicz, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador (and Bob Dylan of course) and I wish I had the chance to see The Doors live...

Claire L Cardwell

hace 3 años #37

Got to be thin crust pizza (now I eat the banting one made out of smashed baby marrows - delicious). No Hawiian ever though - just pork and pineapple yuk ! I love the vegetarian pizzas the best - mushrooms, green peppers, garlic, sliced tomato (or sun dried tomato), feta cheese, olives (and if you cheating - bacon!). Bill Stankiewicz, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador
A blast from past, I remember them all when they played in Chicago, lots of women following the band to every event #66
Please no more posts here, my students are fighting about this in the university, i have to teach this morning, everyone is right here," lets all get along. " Better to talk about your favorite Pizza, Thick or Thin Crust? #1
Unos in Chicago or NYC Pizza, both great!!!!!!!!!!!#29
Cheap Trick !! #33
Now everyone here needs to also look up Cheap Trick too, played at Harlows Bar in Burbank, Illinois, USA. I was a doorman there and boy o boy the weekend crowds were unbelievable. They had dual drummers, my head is still pounding,,,.........................
Oh Boy City VP, buenos puntos. Este zumbido comenzó un disturbio en Georgia. El nuevo gobernador puede necesitar llamar a la Guardia Nacional. Oh Boy City VP, good points. This buzz started a riot in Georgia. New Governor may need to call out the National Guard. MAMA MIA, grandes y pequeñas abejas aquí, me motivaste con esto. Sí, vamos escarabajos. No te enojes con mis amigos de USA !!!
Mama Mia!! MAMA MIA, grandes y pequeñas abejas aquí, me motivaste con esto. Sí, vamos escarabajos. No te enojes con mis amigos de USA !!!
Yes, go Beetles. Dont get mad at me USA friends!!!

Claire L Cardwell

hace 3 años #28

and ELP !

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #27

There are plenty of amazing British bands to pick from, with names like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Oasis, Blur, and Queen, just to name some of the most famous ones.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #26

Phil Banks

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #25

No doubt. British bands are still in a league of their own. And if you include Ireland - U2, Cranberries, etc- , islands are unbeatable.

Claire L Cardwell

hace 4 años #24

How about Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Adele, Lulu, Sting, Eric Clapton, Kate Bush, I could go on and on, our singers are some of the best in the world. Considering how small the British Isles are, our impact on world culture is remarkable.....

CityVP Manjit

hace 4 años #23

Great is an opinion genius is divine. In that class David Bowie had the complete career and took his curtain call from life by being artistic about his own death. The funniest story is where David Bowie said no to collaboration to Coldplay https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jan/20/how-david-bowie-turned-down-coldplay-its-not-a-very-good-song-is-it When it comes to great I am biased anyway for the simple reason that I was born in Britain so that means I can take a different view of great - and the great I love is "great music" no matter where it is in the world. What is truly great is supporting the revival of local music and fostering associated artist colonies. I do marvel how so many heavy metal bands originated from the Birmingham area of England, and then there are individual stories like Graham Gouldman of 10CC who wrote hits for other artists http://www.grahamgouldman.info/biography.html. The saddest thing about great is when greatness is taken away, and in this case an example is an American called Sam Cooke, who was shot to death at relatively young age, he had produced some great music through the Motown scene, but all that was lost in his killing cannot be contemplated https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-death-of-souls-king-remembering-sam-cooke-50-years-after-his-death-1418168242 and even his death could be interpreted as one thing but the actual account takes a great twist and the writer of this piece ends it with probably something more closer to the truth.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #22

WOW ! thanks Antonio L Rodr\u00edguez del Pozo a great long list !
I agree British bands have truly made their mark on rock. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were a major influence on rock music. Back in the day and I mean waaaay back, there were some great groups and solo acts, as well but I don't believe they had the appeal because the audience was more confined to the US. With that said they were stepping stones and their music lives on through other artists. For example - Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Ray Charles. Little Richard paved the way for many rock artists. I believe one of the biggest stars for the US was Michael Jackson. I agree I don't think anyone can compete with this list.

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

hace 4 años #20

In question of Rock Who do you love more than dad or mom?

Dean Owen

hace 4 años #19

Music was the UK's top export back during these bands prime. But hey, how old are we to be talking about these oldies. Let's give a mention to some great more recent British bands! Franz Ferdinand, Coldplay, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Snow Patrol, and yes, even Atomic Kitten!

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #18

Oh my i feel like a criminal now JUDAS PRIEST :)

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #17

This looks more like my list, i could have said that if i was older.#18 got almost all the rest. If i were to add Thin Lizzy and T Rex. Universal in the subcontinent with the rest :)

Brook Massey

hace 4 años #16

For classic rock, I believe the Brits are better. My favorite bands are Pink Floyd, U2, and Led Zeppelin. For the past 25 years, though, I vote for American rock: Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Imagine Dragons, Avenged 7 Fold, , Panic at the Disco, Pop Evil, Cage the Elephant... Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee being a Smashing Pumpkins fan, you might want to give Silver Sun Pick Ups a try ("Panic Switch", Lazy Eye"). They have a sound heavily influenced by S.P., but with a vocalist who does not cause my ears to bleed.

David B. Grinberg

hace 4 años #15

Yes, historically, British bands are better and paved the way for many American rock revolution.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #14

Michael O'Neil thanks ! It would be great to see a picture in your profile ! Many thanks

Don Hornsby

hace 4 años #13

Another great list. I have to say that the Brits were the better band overall - especially when I scan my vinyl collection. How could you not love the classic bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and The Kinks? I would also place the following on my list: The Moody Blues; Yes; Emerson, Lake, and Palmer; King Crimson; Jethro Tull; Genesis; Peter Gabriel; The Police; and Sting......could go on and on I guess....

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #12

thanks Praveen Raj Gullepalli ! American rock bands - US https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/american-rock-bands-us

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #11

truly universal rock music 🎸🎸🎸🎹🎤🎤🎼🎼

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #10

yes Irene \ud83d\udc1d Rodriguez Escolar

Irene 🐝 Rodriesco

hace 4 años #9

https://youtu.be/GOJk0HW_hJw. https://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ I had poster in my room, but we were talking about rock, not pop music, right?

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #8

Josean Arranz Linares

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #7

Antonio L Rodr\u00edguez del Pozo

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #6

cathal Morrow

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #5

thanks Alvaro INFANTE SANCHEZ. All of them are british. It is amazing.🐤🎸🎸🎸🎸🎸🎹🎹🎹🎤🎤🎤

Irene 🐝 Rodriesco

hace 4 años #4

If I have to choose, Queen, of course from Uk, AC / DC from Australia or Five Finger Death Punch from USA. https://youtu.be/o_l4Ab5FRwM

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #3

Neil Hughes

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #2

Ken Boddie great list. I don't know why british rock music is ahead. We still say "groups" - grupo instead of bands. We use "band" for say " una banda de pájaros" ..a bunch of birds

Ken Boddie

hace 4 años #1

Blasts from the past, Javier. My all time favourite bands are, in no particular order, the Beatles, Stones, Who, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Queen, only one of which is American and another an Anglo-American composite. Incidentally, can someone tell me when we stopped referring to musical entertainers in the plural as groups and started calling them bands? Perhaps this came about in the 70s? As they say, "if you remember the seventies, then you probably weren't there".

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