Top 10 British Rock Bands of the 21st Century

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6. Queen


In 2002, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was selected as “UK’s favourite hit of all time”] in a poll conducted by the Guinness World Records British Hit Singles Book, and in 2004 the song was added to  the Grammy Hall of Fame.] Acclaimed for their stadium rock, in 2005 an industry poll ranked Queen’s performance at Live

As of 2005, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Queen albums have spent a total of 1,322 weeks (twenty-six years) on the UK Album Charts, more time than any other musical act.[85][87] Also in 2005, with the release of their live album with Paul Rodgers, Queen moved into third place on the list of acts with the most aggregate time spent on the British record charts.[267]

In 2006, the Greatest Hits album was the all-time best-selling album in UK Chart history, with sales of 5,407,587 copies, over 604,295 more copies than its nearest competitor, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.[86] Their Greatest Hits II album is the eighth best seller, with sales of 3,746,404 copies.

The group is still active, having made a recent appearance at the London Olympics of 2012.


7.  Muse


Muse is an English rock band who is best known for its very energetic and intense live performances. Their music is often compared to Radiohead, but are way louder and heavier rock tone. Muse actually did not become well-known until they released their third album Absolution in 2003, which contained their hit singles “Time Is Running Out” and “Hysteria.” They also released their fourth album “Black Holes” and “Revelations” in 2006 which reached #9 on the Billboard music chart.


8.  Kasabian


The fashionable guitarist, the presumptuous front man; Kasabian is too often criticized as an Oasis tribute favoured by hooligans. Though that demographic forms part of the Kasabian fan club, the Leicester rockers have more strings to their bow than they are credited with. Their albums offer countless musical experiences, some of which are far detached from the bass-heavy, thundering singles.

Kasabian is not afraid to try something new and something totally different. Their albums do not just contain the big tracks, but also more subtle and stripped back beauties that remain undiscovered by many. Factor in their tightness on the live circuit, and you have a archetypal British rock band that knows how to put on a show.

9. Smokie


 Smokie is an English rock band, originally from Bradford, Yorkshire. They found success at home as well as around the rest of the world after teaming up with Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. Along the way they have had quite a number of changes and are still actively touring in 2012.

2010 has seen Smokie gain new chart success with a CD of brand new material, Take a Minute. Originally releasec in Denmark, it peaked at number three on the Danish albums chart. Releases in the remainder of Scandinavia and Germany took place later, with the single “Sally’s Song” — a continuation of the story of the other character in “Living Next Door to Alice” — also released. UK release dates have not yet been determined.

10. The Proclaimers

The Proclaimers

The Proclaimers is a Scottish duo –  identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid. They are best known for the songs “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”  and “Letter from America”. The band tours extensively throughout the world. They have released nine studio albums from 1987 until the present, as well as two compilation albums and a DVD.

In 2011, the band had a notable achievement in Scotland when two of their tracks, “Sunshine on Leith” and “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”, were featured on Scotland’s Greatest Album (2011).

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