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There are numerous best British bands and international music groups of all time. At least subjectively – because everyone has their own taste in music. While some consider The Rolling Stones to be one of the best British Bands ever, others rave over Supertramp. Although these two “best British Bands” are worlds apart they are now connected in this ADDucation list.

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Band (formed)Last Crew &Ex-membersBest Albums & Hits (first release date)
Radiohead
(GB, 1986)
V/G/T: Thom Yorke G/K: Jonny Greenwood G: Ed O‘Brien B: Colin Greenwood D: Phil Selway

Albums: Pablo Honey (1993), The Bends (1995), OK Computer (1997), Kid A (2000), Amnesiac (2001), Hail to the Thief (2003), In Rainbows (2007), The King of Limbs (2011), A Moon Shaped Pool (2016)


Greatest Hits: Creep (1992), Street Spirit (1996), Karma Police (1997), No Surprises (1998), Pyramid Song (2001), There There (2003), Nude (2008). One of the best British bands across several decades.

Ramones (USA, 1974-1996)V/PER: Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman) † 2001 G: Johnny Ramone   (John Cummings) † 2004 B: Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glen Colvin) † 2002 D: Marky Ramone (Marc Bell)D: Tommy Ramone (Tamás Erdélyi) † 2014

Albums: Ramones (1976), Leave Home (1977), Rocket to Russia (1977), Road to Ruin (1978), End of the Century (1980), Pleasant Dreams (1981), Subterranean Jungle (1983), Too Tough to Die (1984), Animal Boy (1986), Halfway to Sanity (1987), Brain Drain (1989); Mondo Bizarro (1992); Acid Eaters (1993); Adios Amigos (1995)


Greatest Hits: Blitzkrieg Bop (1976),  Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (1977), Baby, I Love You (1980), I Wanna Be Sedated (1980)

Red Hot Chili Peppers (USA, 1983)V: Anthony Kiedis G/V: Josh Klinghoffer B/V: Michael “Flea” Balzary D: Chad SmithG: Hillel Slovak († 1988) D: Jack Irons G: John Frusciante

Albums: The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984), Freaky Styley (1985), The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987), Mother’s Milk (1989), Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), One Hot Minute (1995), Californication (1999), By the Way (2002), Stadium Arcadium (2006), I’m with You (2011), The Getaway (2016)


Greatest Hits: Give it Away (1991), Under the Bridge (1992), Scar Tissue (1999), Californication (2000), Otherside (2000), By the Way (2002), Can’t Stop (2003), Dani California (2006), Tell me Baby (2006), Snow – Hey Oh (2006)

R.E.M.
(USA, 1980-2011)
V: Michael Stipe G: Peter Buck B: Mike Mills Ex: D: Bill Berry

Albums: Murmur (1983), Reckoning (1984), Fables of the Reconstruction (1985); Lifes Rich Pageant (1986), Document (1987), Green (1988), Out of Time (1991), Automatic for the People (1992), Monster (1995), New Adventures in HiFi (1996), Up (1998), Reveal (2001), Around the sun (2004), Accelerate (2008), Collapse into Now (2011)


Greatest Hits: Losing my Religion (1991), Shiny Happy People (1991), Man on the Moon (1992), Drive (1992), Everybody Hurts (1993), E-Bow the Letter (1996), Daysleeper (1998), Imitation of Life (2001), Bad Day (2003), Leaving New York (2004), Supernatural Superserious (2008)

Rolling Stones, The
(GB, 1962)
V: Mick Jagger G: Keith Richards, Ron Wood D: Charlie WattsB: Bill Wyman, Dick Taylor P: Ian Stewart † 1984 G: Brian Jones † 1969, Mick Taylor D: Tony Chapman

Albums: The Rolling Stones (1964), 12×5 (1964),  The Rolling Stones, Now! (1965), Out of Our Heads (1965), December’s Children – And Everybody’s (1965), Aftermath (1966), Between the Buttons (1967), Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967), Beggar’s Banquet (1968), Let it Bleed (1969), Get yer Ya-Ya’s out (Live 1970), Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile on Main St. (1972), Goats Head Soup (1973), It’s Only Rock ’n Roll (1974), Black and Blue (1976), Some Girls (1978), Emotional Rescue (1980), Tattoo You (1981), Undercover (1983), Dirty Work (1986), Steel Wheels (1989), Voodoo Lounge (1994), Bridges to Babylon (1997), A Bigger Bang (2005), Shine a Light O.S.T. (Live 2008), Blue & Lonesome (2016). One of the most popular, widely known, and best British bands of all time.


Greatest Hits: It’s All Over Now (1964), The Last Time (1965), Satisfaction (1965), Get Off of My Cloud (1965), Paint it Black (1966), Ruby Tuesday (1967), Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1968), Sympathy for the Devil (1968), Honky Tonk Women (1969), You Can’t Always Get What You Want (1969), Brown Sugar (1971), Angie (1973), Miss You (1978), Beats of Burden (1978), Emotional Rescue (1980), Start me Up (1981), Harlem Shuffle (1986), Mixed Emotions (1989), Streets of Love (2005)

Roxette
(SWE, 1986)
V: Per Gessle, Marie Fredriksson

Albums: Pearls of Passion (1986), Look Sharp! (1989), Joyride (1991), Tourism (1992), Crash! Boom! Bang! (1994), Have a Nice Day (1999), Room Service (2001), Charm School (2011), Travelling (2012), Good Karma (2016)


Greatest Hits: The Look (1989), Listen to Your Heart (1989), It Must Have Been Love (1990), Joyride (1991), How Do You Do! (1992), Sleeping in My Car (1994), Wish I Could Fly (1999), Stars (1999), The Centre of the Heart (1999), She’s got Nothing On But the Radio (2011)

Roxy Music
(GB, 1971)
V/K: Brian Ferry SX: Andy Mackay G: Phil Manzanera D: Paul Thomson K: Colin GoodSYN: Brian Eno, Eddie Jobson

Albums: Roxy Music (1972), For your Pleasure (1973), Stranded (1973), Country Life (1974), Siren (1975), Manifesto (1979), Flesh + Blood (1980), Avalon (1982), The High Road (1983), Live (2003)


Greatest Hits: Virginia Plain (1972), Love is the Drug (1975), Dance Away (1979), Over You (1980), Oh Yeah (1980), Jealous Guy (1981), More than This (1982). One of the best British bands of the 1970s.

Saga
(CAN, 1977)
V: Rob Moratti G: Ian Crichton B/K: Jim Crichton K/V: Jim Gilmour D: B. DoernerV/K/B: Michael Sadler D: Steve Negus K: Peter Rochon K/V: Gregg Chadd

Albums: Saga (1978), Images at Twilight (1979),  Silent Knight (1980), Worlds Apart (1981), In Transit (Live 1982), Heads or Tales (1983), Behaviour (1985), Wildest Dreams (1987), The Beginner’s Guide To Throwing Shapes (1989), The Security of Illusion (1993), Steel Umbrellas (1994); Genration 13 (1995), Pleasure and the Pain (1997), Phase 1 (1998), Full Circle (1999), House of Cards (2001), Marathon (2003), Network (2004), Trust (2006), 10.000 Days (2007), The Human Conditions (2009), 20/20 (2012), Sagacity (2014)


Greatest Hits: On the Loose (1981), Wind him Up (1981), Don’t be Late (1981), Humble Stance (1981), The Flyer (1983)

Santana
(USA, 1966)
V/G: Carlos Santana K: Chester Thompson B: Benny Rietveld D: Cindy Blackman V: Andy Vargas, Tony LindsayV: Alex Ligertwood, Tony Lindsay K: Tom Coster B: David Brown D: Graham Lear et al, Dennis Chambers

Albums: Santana (1969), Abraxas (1970), Santana III (1971), Caravanserai (1972), Welcome (1973), Borboletta (1974), Amigos (1976), Festival (1977), Moonflower (1977), Inner Secrets (1978), Marathon (1979), Zebop! (1981), Shango (1982), Beyond Appearances (1985), Freedom (1987), Spirits Dancing in the Flesh (1990), Milagro (1992), Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), All That I Am (2005), Guitar Heaven (2010), Shape Shifter (2012), Corazón (2014), Santana IV (2016)


Greatest Hits: Jingo (1970), Evil Ways (1970), Black Magic Woman (1970), Oye Como Va (1971), Samba Pa Ti (1974), She’s not There (1977), Well All Right (1978), Smooth (1999), Maria Maria (1999); Into the Night (2007)

Sex Pistols, The
(GB, 1975-1978)
V: Johnny Rotten G: Steve Jones B: Glen Matlock D: Paul CookB: Sid Vicious † 1979

Albums: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977), The Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle (1979), Some Product Carri On Sex Pistols (1979), Flogging a Dead Horse (1980)


Greatest Hits: Anarchy in the UK (1976), God Save the Queen (1977), Pretty Vacant (1977), Holidays in the Sun (1977), Something Else/Friggin’ in the Riggin’ (1979), C’mon Everybody (1979)

Simon & Garfunkel
(USA, 1957-1970)
V/G: Paul Simon V: Art Garfunkel

Albums: Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (1964), Sounds of Silence (1966), Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966), Bookends (1968), The Graduate (Soundtrack 1968), Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970), Concert in Central Park (Live 1982), Old Friends: Live on Stage (2004)


Greatest Hits: The Sound of Silence (1965),  Homeward Bound (1966), Scarborough Fair (1968), Mrs. Robinson (1968), The Boxer (1969), Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970), El Cóndor Pasa (1970), Cecilia (1970)

Simple Minds
(GB, 1978)
V: Jim Kerr G: Charlie Burchill B: Eddy Duffy D: Mel GaynorK: Michael MacNeil B: Derek Forbes John Giblin, Malcom Foster D: Brian McGee K: Mark Taylor

Albums: Life in a Day (1979), Real to Real Cacophony (1979), Empires and Dance (1980), Sons and Fascination (1981), New Gold Dream (1982), Sparkle in the Rain (1984), Once Upon a Time (1985), In the City of Light (Live 1987), Street Fighting Years (1989), Real Life (1991), Good News from the Next World (1994), Néapolis (1998), Neon Lights (2001), Cry (2002), Black & White 050505 (2005), Graffiti Soul (2009), Big Music (2014), Acoustic (2016)


Greatest Hits: Waterfront (1983), Don’t You (1985), Alive and Kicking (1985), Belfast Child (1989), This is Your Land (1989), Let There Be Love (1991)

Simply Red
(GB, 1984)
V: Mick Hucknall G: Kenji Suzuki B: Steve Lewinson K: Dave Clayton D: Pete Lewinson K/SX: Ian Kirkham T: John Johnson, Kevin RobinsonB: Tony Bowers G: Sylv. Richardson

Albums: Picture Book (1985), Men and Women (1987), A New Flame (1989), Stars (1991), Life (1995), Blue (1998), Love and the Russian Winter (1999), Home (2003), Simplified (2005), Stay (2007), Big Love (2015)


Greatest Hits: Money’s too Tight to Mention (1985), Holding Back the Years (1985), The Right Thing (1987), If You Don’t Know me by Now (1989), Stars (1991), Something got me Started (1991), Fairground (1995), Sunrise (2003)

Sisters of Mercy, The
(GB, 1980)
V: Andrew Eldritch G: Chris Catalyst, Ben Christo B/D: Doktor AvalancheG/V: Gary Marx G: Ben Gunn, Andreas Bruhn, Chris Sheehan, Adam Pearson B: Tony James, Craig Adams, Patricia Morrison 

Albums: First and Last and Always (1985), Floodland (1987), Vision Thing (1990), Some Girls Wander by Mistakes (1992)


Greatest Hits: Temple of Love (1983), This Corrosion (1987), More (1990), Temple of Love (Remix 1992)

Smashing Pumpkins, The
(USA, 1988)
V/G: Billy Corgan G: Jeff Schröder B: Nicole Fiorentino B: Mike Byrne K: Lisa Rae HarritonG: James Iha B: D‘arcy Wretzky D: Jimmy Chamberlin

Albums: Gish (1991), Siamese Dream (1993), Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995), Adore (1998), Machina – The Machines of God (2000), Rotten Apples (Live, 2001), Zeitgeist (2007), Oceania (2012),  Monuments to an Elegy (2014)


Greatest Hits: Disarm (1994), Bullet with Butterfly Wings (1995); 1979 (1996), Tonight, Tonight (1996), The End is the Beginning is the End (1997), Ava Adore (1998)

Smiths, The
(GB, 1982-1987)
V: Steven Morrissey G: Johnny Marr B: Andy Rourke D: Mike Joyce

Albums: The Smiths (1984), Meat is Murder (1985), The Queen is Dead (1986), Strangeways, Here we Come (1987), The World Won’t Listen (Live, 1987), Rank (Live, 1988)


Greatest Hits: The Charming Man (1983), What Difference Does It Make? (1984), Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (1984), How Soon is Now (1985), Panic (1986), Sheila Take a Bow (1987), Girlfriend in a Coma (1987)

Smokie
(GB, 1972)
V/B: Terry Uttley V: Mike Craft G: Mick McConnell D: Steve Pinnell K: Martin BullardV/G/T: Chris Norman, Alan Barton † 1995 G/V: Alan Silson D: Ron Kelly

Albums: Pass it Around (1975), Changing all the Time (1975), Midnight Café (1976), Bright Lights and Back Alleys (1977), The Montreux Album (1978), The Other Side of the Road (1979), Solid Ground (1981), Strangers in Paradise (1982),  Midnight Delight (1982), All Fired Up (1987),  Boulevard of Broken Dreams (1989), Whose Are These Boots? (1990), Chasing Shadows (1992), Burnin’ Ambition (1993), Celebration (1994), From Smokie with Love (1995), The World and Elsewhere (1995), On the Wire (2004), From the Heart (2006), Eclipse (2008), It’s Country Time (2009), Take a Minute (2010)


Greatest Hits: If You Think You Know How to Love Me (1975), Don’t Play Your Rock ’n’ Roll to Me (1975),  I’ll Meet You at Midnight (1976); Living Next Door to Alice (1976), Lay Back in the Arm of Someone (1977), It’s Your Life (1977), Needles and Pins (1977), Oh Carol (1978), Mexican Girl (1978), Living Next Door to Alice – Who the Fuck Is Alice? (1995)

Slade
(GB, 1966-1992)
V/G: Noddy Holder G: Dave Hill B: Jim Lea D: Don Powell

Albums: Beginnings (1969), Play it Loud (1970), Slayed? (1972), Slade Alive (1972), Old New Borrowed and Blue (1974), Slade in Flame (1974), Nobody’s Fools (1976), Whatever Happened to Slade (1977), Return to Base (1979); We’ll Bring the House Down (1981), Till Deaf Do Us Part (1981), The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome (1983), Rogues Gallery (1985), Crackers – The Christmas Party Album (1985), You Boyz Make Big Noize (1987)


Greatest Hits: Coz I Luv You (1971), Tak Me Bak ’Ome (1972), Mama Weer All Crazee Now (1972), Godbuy T’ Jane (1972), My friend Stan (1973), Cum On Feel the Noize (1973), Merry Xmas Everybody (1973), Everyday (1974), Far Far Away (1974); Thanks for the Memory (1975), My oh My (1983)

Soundgarden
(USA, 1984)
G: Kim Thayil B: Ben Shepherd D: Matt CameronV/D: Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

Albums: Ultramega OK (1988); Louder Than Love (1989); Badmotorfinger (1991); Superunknown (1994); Down on the Upside (1996); King Animal (2012)


Greatest Hits: Rusty Cage (1992); Spoonman (1994); Black Hole Sun (1994); Fell on Black Days (1994); Pretty Noose (1996)

Spencer Davis Group, The (GB, 1963)V/G: Spencer Davis V/G: Miller Anderson B: Colin Hodgkinson D: Steff PorzelV/Piano: Steve Winwood B: Muff Winwood D: Pete York

Albums: Their 1st LP (1966), The 2nd LP (1966), Automn ’66 (1966), Gimme Some Lovin’ (1967), I’m a Man (1967), With Their New Face On (1968), Heavies (1969), Gluggo (1973), Living in a Back Street (1974), Vibrate (1986), Keep on Keeping on (1996), Funky (2001)


Greatest Hits: Keep on Running (1965), Somebody Help Me (1966), Gimme Some Lovin’ (1966), I’m a Man (1967)

Spice Girls
(GB, 1994-2016)
V: Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice); Mel B (Scary Spice); Emma Lee Bunton (Baby Spice); Mel C (Sporty Spice); “Geri” Halliwell (Ginger Spice)

Albums: Spice (1996), Spiceworld (1997), Forever (2000)


Greatest Hits: Wannabe (1996), Say You’ll Be There (1996), 2 become 1 (1996), Spice Up Your Life (1997), Mama (1997), Too Much (1997), Viva Forever (1998), Goodbye (1998), Holler (2000)

Status Quo
(GB, 1965)
V/G: Francis Rossi V/K: Andy Bown V/B: “Rhino” Edwards D: Mat LetleyV/B: Alan Lancaster, Rick Parfitt † 2016  D: John Coghlan

Albums: Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo (1968), Spare Parts (1969), Ma Kelly’s Greasy Spoon (1970), Dog of Two Head (1971); Piledriver (1972), Hello (1973), Que (1974); On the Level (1975), Blue for You (1976), Rockin’ All Over the World (1977), If You Can’t Stand the Heat (1978), Whatever You Want (1979), Just Supposin’ (1980), Never to Late (1981), 1+9+8+2=XX (1982), Back to Back (1983), In the Armee Now (1986), Ain’t Complaining (1988), Perfect Remedy (1989),  Rock ’Til You Drop (1991), Thirsty Work (1994), Under the Influence (1998), Heavy Traffic (2002), Riffs (2003), The Party Ain’t Over Yet (2005), In Search of the Fourth Chord (2007),  Quid pro Quo (2011), Bula Quo (2013), Aquostic Stripped Bare (2014), Aquostic II – That’s a fact (2016)


Greatest Hits: Pictures of Matchstick Men  (1968), Down, Down (1974), Rockin’ All Over the World (1977), Whatever You Want (1979), What You’re Proposing (1980), In the Army Now (1986), The Anniversary Waltz Part 1 (1990)

Steppenwolf
(USA/CAN, 1968)
V: John Kay G: Danny Johnson B: Gary Link K: M. Wilk D: Ron HurstD: Jerry Edmonton K: Goldy Mc John

Albums: Steppenwolf (1968); The Second (1968), At Your Birthday Party (1969); Monster (1969), Steppenwolf 7 (1970), For Ladies Only (1971), Slow Flux (1974), Hour of the Wolf (1975), Skullduggery (1976)


Greatest Hits: Born to be Wild (1968); The Pusher (1969); Magic Carpet Ride (1970)

Styx
(USA, 1972)
V/G: Tommy Shaw, James Young K/V: Lawrence Gowan B: Ricky Philips D: Todd Sucherman K: Lawrence GowanV/K: Dennis deYoung, Chuck & John Panozzo

Albums: Styx (1972); The Serpent is Rising (1973); Man of Miracles (1974); Styx II (1975); Equinox (1975); Crystal Ball (1976), Grand Illusion (1977); Pieces of Eight (1978); Cornerstone (1979); Paradise Theatre (1981); Kilroy Was Here (1983); Caught in the Act (1984); Edge of the Century (1990); Big Bang Theory (2005), The Mission (2017)


Greatest Hits: Lady (1974), Come Sail Away (1977); Boat on the River (1979); Babe (1979), The Best of Times (1981), Mr. Roboto (1983), Don’t Let It End (1983)

Supertramp (GB, 1969)V/K/P: Rick Davies D: Bob Siebenberg SX: John HelliwellV/G/B: Roger Hodgson G/V: Richard Palmer, Mark Hart B: Dougie Thomson D: Bob Millar, Keith Baker

Albums: Supertramp (1970); Indelibly Stamped (1971); Crime of the Century (1974); Crisis? What Crisis? (1975); Even in the Quietest Moments (77); Breakfast in America (79); Famos Last Words (1982); Brother Where You Bound (1985); Free as a Bird (1987); Some Things Never Change (1997), Slow Motion (2002)


Greatest Hits: Dreamer (1974); School (1974); Rudy (1974); Bloody Well Right (1975); Give a Little Bit (1977); The Logical song (1979); Take the Long Way Home (1979); It’s Raining again (1982)

Supremes, The
(USA, 1959-1977)
V: Mary Wilson, Scherry Payne, Susaye Greene, Karen JacksonV: Diana Ross, Florence Ballard † 1976, Cindy Birdsong, Betty McGlown-Travis

Albums: Meet the Supremes (1964); Where Did Our Love Go? (1964), A Bit of Liverpool (1964), Sing Country Western & Pop (1965), We Remember Sam Cooke (1965), More Hits by the Supremes (1965), I Hear a Symphony (1966), The Supremes A’ Go-Go (1966), Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland (1967), Sing Rodgers & Hart (1967), Reflections (1968), Sing and Perform “Funny Girl” (1968), Love Child (1968), TCB (1968), Join the Temptations (1968), Let the Sunshine in (1969), Together (1969), Cream of the Crop (1969), On Broadway (1969), Right On (1970),  The Magnificent 7 (1970), Touch (1971),  Dynamite (1971), Floy Joy (1972), The Supremes (1975), High Energy (1976)


Greatest Hits: Where Did Our Love Go (1964), Baby Love (1964), Stop in the Name of Love (1965), Back in My Arms Again (1965), You Can’t Hurry Love (1966), You Keep me Hangin’ on (1966), The Happening (1967), Love Child (1968), Someday We’ll Be Together (1969), Stoned Love (1970), River Deep, Mountain High (1970), Floy Joy (1972)

Sweet, The
(GB, 1968)
V/B: Peter Lincoln G: Andy Scott G/K: Steve Grant D: Bruce BislandV: Brian Connolly † 1997 D: Mick Tucker † 2002 B: Steve Priest, Jeff Brown

Albums: Funny Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be (1971), Sweet Fanny Adams (1974), Desolation Boulevard (1974), Give Us a Wink (1976), Off the Record (1977), Sweet’s Golden Greats (1977), Level Headed (1978), Cut Above the Rest (1979), Water’s Edge (1980), Identity Crisis (1982), A (1992), Sweetlive (2002)


Greatest Hits: Co-Co (1971), Poppa Joe (1972), Little Willy (1972), Wig-Wam Bam (1972), Hell Raiser (1973), Block Buster! (1973), Ballroom Blitz (1973), Teenage Rampage (1974), Turn it Down (1974), Fox on the Run (1975), Action (1975); Love is like Oxygen (1978)

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