Today we look at three of Britain's all-time best bands...

1/7/1971 (48 years ago today) - Still pretty intense for a record that's getting close to being 50 years old: Black Sabbath released their second studio album here in the U.S., the totally classic "Paranoid". Critically recognized as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time, and featuring their best known signature songs like the title track, "Iron Man", "War Pigs" and "Fairies Wear Boots". The album was originally intended to be titled "War Pigs", but the record company feared Vietnam War era backlash, so they changed it to "Paranoid", the LP's only single release, which, by the way, went all the way up to No. 12 on the charts with virtually no radio airplay whatsoever! Black Sabbath got the fan base...

1/7/1980 (39 years ago today) - It became their first and only No. 1 single: Pink Floyd release "Another Brick In The Wall (Part Two)"; it peaks at the top of the charts not only here in America and England, but also Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden: a worldwide phenom, the song was nonetheless banned in South Africa in 1980 after it was adopted by supporters of a nationwide school boycott protesting racial inequality in education under the apartheid regime.

1/7/1994 (25 years ago today) - Oasis began recording their now-classic debut album "Definitely Maybe" at a small studio in South Wales. After its release in August, it goes on to become the fastest selling debut album of all time in the U.K., ultimately notching up sales close to 15 million worldwide. Containing the anthems "Live Forever", "Supersonic", "Cigarettes And Alcohol", "Shakermaker", "Rock And Roll Star" and "Slide Away", it's positively one of the most exciting records in the history of British rock, and it turns the Gallagher brothers into icons -- Noel and Liam find it's hard to make the buzz last though...

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