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6 British Hard Rock Bands That Rocked the World

Updated on July 10, 2016

It’s almost impossible to count all the Hard Rock bands that were founded all over the world since the beginning of the Hard Rock music in the mid 60’s, and as we all know, without Blues and Classic Rock n’ roll, there would be no Hard Rock music.

After the pioneers of the classic Rock n’ roll made their ways to greatness in the 50’s, they drew the way for the Blues and Rock bands to get their parts of fame and creation, and a big number of bands showed up in the early 60’s that the most of them worked on searching new sounds, new riffs and new drums patterns which led to hear the early forms of Hard Rock even in the works of the pure Bluesmen such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. The rock n’ roll knew a huge development and gave a new music genre called the Hard Rock, taking its style from Rock and Blues, and playing just few instruments which the guitar is considered the main and essential instrument, and of course, adding hard sounds and effects to it.

England is considered as a home for Hard Rock music where it was developed, and also where a lot of the world’s greatest bands was formed. So here we’re gonna take a look at 6 great British Hard Rock bands that are well known.

#6. Judas Priest

The famous Hard Rock band was founded in 1969, and it is also considered as a Heavy Metal Band. They picked up the band’s name from the Bob Dylan song, “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest”. After 11 years since the band was founded, they released their legendary album “British Steel” that includes their two hits “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight”, the album quickly made 500,000 copies sells in the United States. This famous album didn’t contain cover songs like their previous albums, Rob Halford, Glen Tipton and K.K. Downing composed all the tracks that were unique and went famous.

#5. Ten Years After

The famous guitarist Alvin Lee founded the band in 1966, and as the lead singer and lead guitarist, he made original songs with a noticeable style in guitar playing. Their amazing performance at Woodstock festival remains historical and unforgettable, and helped on the band’s gain of fame. Also their songs represent the Hard Rock music as their hit song "Love Like a Man" shows, the song was written by Alvin Lee in which he plays guitar and sings, it is well known for its awesome and simple riff, but also Alvin Lee performs a killing solo that is Jazz-inspired.

#4. Queen

We cannot mention Queen without having Freddie Mercury on mind, the lead singer and frontman of the band that was founded in 1970. The band gathered four talented members with creative ideas that gave so many hits. And with bright performances on stage, Queen became one of the most popular band that their songs gained a large popularity, and almost the whole world has heard their great hit “We Will Rock You”.

#3. Rolling Stones

The stones are often called "the world's greatest rock and roll band”. Since their debut in 1962, The Stones are always active on stage, they were seen by 1,500,000 fans when they gave a splendid concert at the Copacabana Beach Show in 2006. They broke the U.S. Top 10 so many times with many of their songs that are often written by Jagger and Richards. Their famous song “Satisfaction” was a worldwide Number 1 hit in 1965, an amazing riff and tone plus a meaningful lyrics led to a big success and a large popularity to the band, and all there next songs were breathtaking for their fans and the world of music.

#2. Deep Purple

When we talk about the most famous riff in the world we talk about the killing song “Smoke on the Water”, and when we mention this song we all know that we are talking about Deep Purple. Everybody know the song’s riff even if they don’t know who Deep Purple are, and for those who don’t know them, Deep Purple are a mind blowing heart stopping band founded in 1968, who wrote many of the most memorable songs of the Hard Rock music, “Black Night”, “Speed King”, “Perfect Strangers”, “Highway Star”… All the members were talented enough to provide awesome riffs, great solos and powerful singing to mark with their songs the world of Hard Rock music, without forgetting their role in the development of the Metal music.

#1. Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin are one of the influential bands in the Hard Rock history. The British band was formed in 1968 by Jimmy Page that is considered one of the greatest guitar players due to his creative riffs and amazing solos which are improvised and extended on stage. Zeppelin made commercial successes with every album they produced, From “Led Zeppelin I” to “In through the Out Door”. They extended the library of the Hard Rock music with different great songs. They are well-known for “Stairway to Heaven” all over the world, plus their other great songs such as “Heartbreaker”, “Black Dog”, and “Whole Lotta Love”. The band would have given more amazing live performances and powerful riffs if they hadn’t broken up in 1980 after the death of John Bonham, the band’s drummer. Led Zeppelin are considered one of the world greatest bands, uh-hum even their plagiarisms.

The Hard Rock was largely developed in England before it reached the world, and the greatest Hard Rock bands were British, and that’s a sure admitted thing. Also, the U.S.A took a part in the Hard Rock development and gave other great bands such as ZZ Top, Van Halen, and Kiss.


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      almostshakespeare 20 months ago

      Hey, I can't participate in the vote, because I want to choose 6 bands from 6! :)