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The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. Their best-known lineup, consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, became considered by many as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era.
Active: 1962 to present
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in Dartford in 1962. The earliest settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.
Since Wyman's retirement in 1993, the band's full members have been Jagger, Richards, Watts and Ronnie Wood. Darryl Jones and Chuck Leavell are regular contributors but not full band members.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted The Rolling Stones in 1989, noting that "critical acclaim and popular consensus has accorded them the title of the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band."
Active: 1964 to present
The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964. Their best known line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon.
For much of their career they have been regarded as one of the three most important British rock acts along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Active: 1970 to present
Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor.
Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, incorporating further diverse styles into their music.
The band have released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles and 10 number one DVDs. Estimates of their album sales generally range from 150 million to 300 million albums, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. They received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.
Their sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock. The group's third album 'Wheels of Fire' was the world's first platinum-selling double album. Cream are widely regarded as being the world's first successful supergroup. In their career, they sold over 15 million albums.
Active: 1967 to present
Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in 1967 in London. The founding members were Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. McVie's wife Christine McVie joined the band in 1970.
They achieved success as an English blues band during the late 1960s British blues boom, when they had a UK number one with "Albatross".
From 1975 they became a more pop oriented act, when Americans Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the group following Peter Green's departure.
Fleetwood Mac's second album after the incorporation of Buckingham and Nicks, 1977's 'Rumours', produced four U.S. Top 10 singles (including Nicks' song "Dreams"), and remained at No.1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot in various countries around the world. To date the album has sold over 45 million copies worldwide, making it the 4th highest selling album of all time.
In 1998, selected members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band have sold over 120 million albums worldwide with a certified 48,500,000 units sold in the U.S. and a certified 9,760,000 units sold in the U.K.
Free was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. Consisting of lead singer Paul Rodgers, lead guitarist Paul Kossoff, bassist Andy Fraser and Simon Kirke on drums.
The band was famed for its sensational live shows and non-stop touring. At the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 they played to 600,000 people.
By the early 1970s, Free was one of the biggest-selling British blues-rock groups; by the time the band dissolved in 1973, they had sold more than 20 million albums around the world and had played more than 700 arena and festival concerts.
Rolling Stone has referred to the band as "British hard rock pioneers". They are best known for their 1970 signature song "All Right Now".
Active: 1967 to present
Genesis are an English rock band that formed in 1967. The band is currently comprised of the longest-tenured members Phil Collins (lead vocals and drums), Mike Rutherford (guitar and bass guitar) and Tony Banks (keyboards). Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett also played major roles in the band in its early days.
Genesis are among the top 30 highest-selling recording artists of all time with approximately 150 million albums sold worldwide, including 21.5 million albums sold in the United States.
Oasis were English rock band that formed in Manchester in 1991. Originally known as The Rain, the group was formed by Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass guitar) and Tony McCarroll (drums, percussion), who were soon joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar and vocals).
They have had eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums, and won fifteen NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards and six BRIT Awards, including one in 2007 for outstanding contribution to music and one for the best album of the last 30 years as voted by the BBC Radio 2 listeners; they have been nominated for three Grammy Awards.
As of 2009, the band have sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide. Also the band was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 for "Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run By A Group" after an unprecedented run of 22 successive Top 10 hits in the UK. The band also holds the Guinness World Record for being the "Most Successful Act of the Last Decade" in the UK between the years 1995 and 2005, spending 765 weeks in the Top 75 singles and albums charts.
Active: 1997 to present
Coldplay are an English alternative rock band. Formed in London in 1997, the group comprises Chris Martin (lead vocals, keyboards, guitar), Jonny Buckland (lead guitar), Guy Berryman (bass guitar) and Will Champion (drums, backing vocals, other instruments).
Coldplay's fourth studio album 'Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends' topped the UK album chart on 15 June 2008, despite having come on the market only three days previously. In that time, it sold 302,000 copies; the BBC called it "one of the fastest-selling records in UK history". By the end of June, it had set a new record for most-downloaded album ever.
The title track, "Viva la Vida", was released exclusively on iTunes. It became the band's first number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and their first UK number one, based on download sales alone.
In 1998 Coldplay won two Q Awards for Best Album for 'Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends' and Best Act in the World Today. Coldplay won three Grammy Awards in the categories for Song of Year for "Viva la Vida", Best Rock Album for Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, and Best Vocal Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for "Viva la Vida".
Active: 1990 to present
Travis are a Scottish post-Britpop alternative rock band formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1990, comprising Fran Healy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Dougie Payne (bass guitar, backing vocals), Andy Dunlop (lead guitar, banjo, backing vocals) and Neil Primrose (drums, percussion).
The band has released 7 studio albums: Good Feeling (1997), The Man Who (1999), The Invisible Band (2001), 12 Memories (2003), The Boy With No Name (2007), Ode To J. Smith (2008) and Where You Stand (2013).
Travis have twice been awarded best band at the BRIT Awards and are often credited for having paved the way for bands such as Coldplay and Keane.
Active: 1996 to present
The Coral are an English band formed in 1996 in Hoylake on the Wirral Peninsula in England consisting of James Skelly, Lee Southall, Paul Duffy, Nick Power, Ian Skelly and Bill Ryder-Jones.
The band first emerged during the early 2000s and found success with their debut album 'The Coral' (2002) and follow up 'Magic and Medicine' (2003).
Their self-titled debut album was nominated for the 2002 Mercury Music Prize and later voted the fourth best album of the year by NME Magazine.
In 2008 guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones left the band, however The Coral continued as a five-piece.
Their sixth album 'Butterfly House' was released in 2010.
A list of my favorite music bands from Great Britain: England, Scotland and Wales.
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