Best of British Music: Who tops YOUR list?

   

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Hey folks, in a new series for a new month, we’re exploring the BEST OF BRITISH in an ultimate face-off regarding the Best in British Music.

Whether it be the crafty workings of stage presence or the sheer scale of anthems and hits they’ve written, what makes the music better than all the others? We’ll be scaling up each comment, and thoughts and see if they’ll top the list. So, join the discussion and get involved.

Would we see the Bohemian-dwellers of the mighty Queen grace our list? They had the lot in terms of bravado, iconic soundtracks and sheer fame and fortune with the one, Freddy Mercury.

Or would we see the Mancunian duo of Oasis? Rampant, chaotic and not giving a damn, they stood for everything British, and took the world by storm with their iconic Britpop. Will they litter the queue, too?

This week, we start with number ten – give me your artist picks below, and we’ll methodically think, question, argue and hopefully … agree on our Best of British!

41 responses to “Best of British Music: Who tops YOUR list?”

  1. Jewish Young Professional "JYP" avatar
    Jewish Young Professional “JYP”

    Great topic! In no particular order, here are some of my British* artist picks:
    Elton John
    Ed Sheeran
    Amy Winehouse
    Jess Glynne
    KT Tunstall
    Emeli Sande
    John Newman
    Bishop Briggs
    Rudimental
    Ellie Goulding
    The Beatles
    Adele

    *Stereotypical world geography-challenged American here. If anyone on my list doesn’t count as British, I will not be insulted if you edit!

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    1. manvmusic avatar
      manvmusic

      Oh nice! Highly commendable list here, my friend! Winehouse certainly for her status and voice. The Beatles for how they did everything FIRST. I would perhaps fit Elton John in there, too? It is a highly hard list to dial down that’s for sure! They’ve got their reasons to be included! Some may argue that the music they’ve created may just not scrape them in – but definitely within the top twenty.

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    2. manvmusic avatar
      manvmusic

      Thanks for getting involved! What would you say is your FAVOURITE British music artist?

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  2. Art of the Beat avatar
    Art of the Beat

    Sex Pistols, Kate Nash and Elton John…

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    1. manvmusic avatar
      manvmusic

      That’s TWICE Elton John has appeared now .. hmm interesting .. it’s looking like he’s a worthy contender! He’s a national icon not just for music but for sexual identity too! Pistols are also a worthy spot, for their efforts in the punk scene. Where would punk be without them, eh? Thanks for sharing your thoughts, my friend. Hopefully, one of those will be in the list! Kate Nash is certainly a new artist to the roster, another one WORTHY!

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  3. Crandew avatar
    Crandew

    Agreed that it’s a great topic!
    These are my picks.

    The Beatles
    Led Zeppelin
    Black Sabbath
    Iron Maiden
    The Smiths

    FAVOURITE British music artist:
    Duran Duran

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    1. manvmusic avatar
      manvmusic

      Oh yes yes, now this is a list! I agree with you there,certainly in terms of making the metal/classic rock scene what it is today, simply ICONIC. Sabbath, Zeppelin, Beatles for sure. They very well may be in the top five, come to think of it. Their names that have cropped up a lot. Hmm, Smiths may be outed by their Mancunian counterparts, Oasis or Blur, but we’ll see. The Smiths are influential in their right – irrespective of their geographical status in Manchester.

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  4. Yernasia Quorelios avatar
    Yernasia Quorelios

    💜 Here We Go EveryOne; in no particular order:

    ● Dire Traits
    ● Human League
    ● Electric Light Orchestra
    ● M People
    ● Fine Young Cannibals
    ● Robert Miles
    ● Prodigy
    ● Mike Oldfield
    ● Fat Boy Slim
    ● Enya
    ● Gorrilaz
    ● Pet Shop Boys

    …so many more; especially contemporary…

    …💛💚💙…

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    1. manvmusic avatar
      manvmusic

      Oof some
      More artists to fill the list! Commendable additions, my friend, thank you. ELO and Gorillaz are certainly able to join with some other votes for them. Some proper old classics interlaced with some electronic contemporaries here. It really shows your appetite in your taste of music haha! Top stuff, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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      1. Yernasia Quorelios avatar
        Yernasia Quorelios

        💜 …’aving Being Away from Old Blighty for a while ‘aven’t heard “top stuff” for a mo’ or two EveryOne; or ‘top dog’ et al either, maybe I NEED!!! a ‘Kip’ to Dream about Blighty…ergo, YOU!!! ARE Most Welcome SupaSoulBro; it’s a Pleasure to Share and Serve, Stay Strong and Serene…

        nisi mortuus nec neque nolite vicit 🤭🤫🤐

        …💛💚💙…

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      2. Yernasia Quorelios avatar
        Yernasia Quorelios

        💜 Particularly ‘Brothers [Sisters and Others] In Arms’ ~ Dire Straits EveryOne; music is The Great Joiner, The Glue that Binds Us Together while Some Seek To Tear Us Apart, Putting yet “Another Brick” in ‘The Wall’ ~ Pink Floyd

        …💛💚💙…

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      3. manvmusic avatar
        manvmusic

        Dire Straits and Pink Floyd are fantastic, and definitely worthy to attain on the list. Some say Floyd are overrated with their music making, but you can’t dismiss how iconic it’s been.

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      4. Content Catnip avatar
        Content Catnip

        I rate Dire Straits too…I don’t know why I thought they were from the US

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      5. manvmusic avatar
        manvmusic

        For a second, I did too! Their music is drawn more from southern rock I reckon, so that’s why I suppose we link them to the US.

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      6. Content Catnip avatar
        Content Catnip

        Yes I think they have ab American sound and weren’t they in some Hollywood movies like Top Gun soundtrack, I don’t know why but I always associate Dire Straits with America

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      7. manvmusic avatar
        manvmusic

        Hmm, back to some research for me, me thinks! Have nooo idea

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  5. 2loud2oldmusic avatar
    2loud2oldmusic

    There are so many…
    Queen
    Judas Priest
    Led Zeppelin
    Black Sabbath
    Iron Maiden
    Elton John
    Robbie Williams
    George Michaels
    The Beatles
    Def Leppard
    The Who
    Rolling Stones
    I could go on and on.

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    1. manvmusic avatar
      manvmusic

      Ahh yes, that’s a couple more votes for Queen, Zeppelin and Sabbath now. The Who is a likely contender that has been fairly missed out on a lot of other lists, which is interesting! Elton John is a prolific artist name that keeps – and has cropped – up in pretty much everyone else’s top ten. Ah YEA – I initially forgot about Priest amongst the night of Sabbath and Maiden, but they’re certainly there – more so for the iconic vocals and dark musical undertones. For myself, I actually think Rolling Stones are fairly overrated. Now, this may be the fact that I was born in the wrong generation, but there’s certainly more influential and iconic artists within the British isles, then the Stones. But hey, that may be just me! I wasn’t brought up with their music, I suppose! Let me
      Know your cravings on this one, and what makes them so special.

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      1. Yernasia Quorelios avatar
        Yernasia Quorelios

        💜 Wrinkly and Rocking “Rolling Stones” is ALL; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that “Age Ain’t Nuthin’ But a Number” ~ Artist Name Escapes Me EveryOne

        …💛💚💙…

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      2. Content Catnip avatar
        Content Catnip

        Black Sabbath is iconic, my bf loves them I don’t mind them but never really found them that exciting tho

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      3. manvmusic avatar
        manvmusic

        Yeah, such beast and beautiful music all at the same time – your bf has stellar music taste haha! You cannae ignore the sheer power within the likes of Warpigs ..

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    2. Content Catnip avatar
      Content Catnip

      Love this list of classics 👌🤗

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  6. Content Catnip avatar
    Content Catnip

    Aphex Twin, New Order, Joy Division, Kate Bush, Massive Attack, The Prodigy, Goldfrapp, PJ Harvey, Led Zeppelin, Portishead, Brian Eno, Lush, Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Everything But the Girl….
    Geez I could go on for ages this is just the beginning of my list

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    1. manvmusic avatar
      manvmusic

      Haha it’s getting to be a pretty long list ain’t it? This is such a fantastic collective of artists, and certainly reveals your particular genre favourites in the world of music. Aphex Twin and Kate Bush are avid favourites of mine, too. They have appeared a few times on other people’s lists, so may very well get at least top15! That certainly goes the same for Zeppelin and ENO – FANTASTIC PICKS!!!

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      1. Content Catnip avatar
        Content Catnip

        Favourite Kate Bush album is probably The Sensual World for me

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      2. manvmusic avatar
        manvmusic

        Oooh, that’s a shout tbf. My gf is a huge fan of Kate Bush, her favourite has always been Hounds of Love for the childhood connections she makes with it, ever since her mum whacked it on for a listen! She’s a desirable artist who makes fantastic and lush music

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  7. Content Catnip avatar
    Content Catnip

    The Cure, The Cranberries, Blur, The Smiths, Pink Floyd, Simply Red, M People, U2, Fine Young Cannibals, Pet Shop Boys

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    1. manvmusic avatar
      manvmusic

      THE LIST GOES ON! Haha thank you so much for your artist additions. I will be sure to get the list drawn soon with all the marvellous comments and artist picks people have gone with! It’s another for Cure, Blur, Smiths and Floyd!

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      1. Content Catnip avatar
        Content Catnip

        I am excited to see that list 😍 we have finally got Spotify in our house yay! So much better than listening to the ads on YouTube. So here is a list of my artists if you are interested in hearing them, it will be good to hear your playlist 🙂 https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2GEwyYYvlRzMWU8dGIxCnd?si=In7Ygab6QVGF8zTSKFDFBQ&utm_source=copy-link&dl_branch=1

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      2. manvmusic avatar
        manvmusic

        yes yes YES! Hahar thank you so much for this! It’s hugely aspirational to see so many British artists in this playlist … I’ll bear in mind your picks for sure when I somehow complete this list of THE BEST AND AWESOME OF ALL TIME muhahaha. Thanks for your support as ALWAYS, Catnip!

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  8. Content Catnip avatar
    Content Catnip

    I don’t know if Ireland is considered British hehe 🤭 but I did include Cranberries and U2 in my list hmm not sure if that is right I love these bands though.

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    1. manvmusic avatar
      manvmusic

      Yeah – in a way! Haha either all, they’re all based within the British Isles so I’ll take it and add ‘em to the contender list! Thank u

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  9. EclecticMusicLover avatar
    EclecticMusicLover

    I’m a bit late to this party, but off the top of my pointy old head, here are my entries for Best British Music Acts:
    1. Beatles (of course)
    2. Rolling Stones (they’re most definitely not overrated)
    3. Elton John
    4. Led Zeppelin
    5. Pink Floyd
    6. Tears For Fears
    7. The Who
    8. The Kinks
    9. Queen
    10. Pet Shop Boys

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    1. manvmusic avatar
      manvmusic

      Ah marvellous top ten listing here, Jeff! I’ll add them to the potentials, and I’ll be drawing up the definite list soon, I’m sure! Zeppelin, Floyd and Elton have appeared more than a few times, mind. I’m loving the love British acts are getting – and rightly so! The sheer strength in numbers we have – and have had – over the years is phenomenal. Our industry and their associated acts are blossoming once more!

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      1. EclecticMusicLover avatar
        EclecticMusicLover

        As you may have guessed from my posts, I review quite a few British artist & bands, many of whom are incredibly good. There is an astonishing amount of musical talent in the UK for sure.

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      2. manvmusic avatar
        manvmusic

        hahaha brilliant! Love to hear that, my friend. Love to hear.

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  10. Art of the Beat avatar
    Art of the Beat

    The Kinks and Pet Shop Boys! I may have worn out a cassette tape or two from these bands backin the day.

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    1. manvmusic avatar
      manvmusic

      Ah haha that’s beautiful to hear. Both fabulous bands, in a time of struggle. Pet Shop Boys are the perfect summer backdrop for all things musical. Simply fantastic music. I’ll add them to the list! Appreciate the words, support and the need for me to listen to both these legendary acts again!

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  11. Andrew avatar
    Andrew

    I’ll provide a top ten, in no particular order.

    Def Leppard
    Pink Floyd
    Led Zeppelin
    The Cure
    The Cult
    Iron Maiden
    Muse
    Bloc Party
    Ozzy
    The Police

    I’d put U2 in there, but you didn’t say UK. Crap, Stereophonics are Welsh. I have to take them out now. Damn, I love that band!

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    1. manvmusic avatar
      manvmusic

      Smashing stuff. I love Stereophonics and the Welsh of Jones. Kelly’s voice is such a good one, really tops the band in the alternative rock scene.

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  12. Andrew avatar
    Andrew

    Kelly Jones has a unique voice. I can’t think of anyone who sounds like him. I absolutely love Bloc Party too. I know he’s been replaced in the band, but Matt Tong has to be the fastest drummer to come along since Stephen Morris of New Order. Matt and Gordon made up one of the best rhythm sections in all of current music, in my opinion.

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