From The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Amy Winehouse and Adele, British acts have paved the way for their country’s musical and cultural heritage to be celebrated around the world. The Beatles laid the foundations, creating a sound that the British could love and claim. The Liverpool band came at the exact right time for young people in 1960s America. Rock and roll’s popularity had begun to wane, so the US music industry and consumers were desperately looking for something to take its place.
With the success of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the early to mid 1970s, Americans had had enough of the psychedelic rock era and were looking for a new sound yet again. Bands like Boy George were famous in the 80s, but more for their antics. There was something of a gap without any really famous British acts.
The New Wave
Most memorably, this came to an end with Amy Winehouse two decades later. To be fair, few people knew she was British. Nobody had ever heard her talk, only sing. Her soulful and unapologetic style captivated US audiences once again.
British Acts Today
After Amy (RIP), acts like Adele and One Direction came to the fore. The boy band took up where the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC left off over 15 years ago. Adele and Ed Sheeran went down the soulful music route, connects with audiences across the globe.
Rap, hip-hop, and R&B artists have been experimenting with British sound in the last few years. Rihanna entered the EDM scene with British artist Calvin Harris. Their colab ‘We Found Love’ was an international hit.
We haven’t heard the last of British artists or British-influenced music. These acts will continue making a mark on the global music industry.