5 Greatest British Bands in History

British bands are some of the most entertaining and amazing in the world. British rock music draws inspiration from American rock and roll and has birthed many British bands, and that’s what we are going to examine more closely in this post. Below are five of the greatest British bands in history. 

The Beatles 

With members consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, the Beatles were formed in Liverpool in 1960. Popular for their pop ballads and hard rock, they were the brains behind great songs such as “Let It Be,” “Yesterday,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude,” and more. They are the bestselling band in history with an astronomical 800 million album copies sold worldwide. 


Oasis is a British band formed in 1991 in Manchester by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher and three other band members. The band was largely influenced by The Beatles. Some of the best songs in their amazing repertoire include include “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” “Wonderwall,” “Supersonic” and “Cigarettes and Alcohol.” Their 1995 album is one of the bestselling albums in history, selling 28 million copies worldwide and has become the 5th bestselling album in the UK chart history. 

The Who

The Who was a British band formed in 1964 by members Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend, John Entwhistle, and Keith Moon. Through the use of Union Jack for their unique clothing, the band influenced fashion. The group is one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, having sold 100 million records worldwide.

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath was formed in Birmingham in 1968 by members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and Ozzy Osbourne as the frontman. Their origins were rooted in heavy metal music, which was new for the time, and helped them to garner popularity. Having sold over 70 million copies worldwide, they are ranked as the “Greatest Metal Band” of all time by MTV.


Queen formed in London in 1970. With members like Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, and the legendary vocalist Freddie Mercury, they were able to put out great songs like “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions,” which are perhaps their most memorable. Their 1981 Greatest Hits Album is the best-selling album of all time in the UK, with 6 million copies sold nationwide. 

There you have it! Above are some of the greatest British bands in history. British bands are renowned for their significant contribution to music and entertainment in general. If you are yet to listen to their record, you should consider doing so to appreciate their greatness.