So, I finally managed to get around to tallying up the votes from my blog post about finding the best British artist (according to my amazing readers world-abound) – and you can have a look at the numbers below. Out of 50 comments received, these were the results!

<Also have a gander at my favourite bloggers’ playlist, which denotes all her favourite British artists in one handy collection. Thanks Catnip!>


DISCLOSURE: the results of this voting may bear down to listener preference, taste, demographic and influences.

Elton John, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits and Pet Shop Boys all gathered in FOUR votes apiece, resulting in 18 votes overall for this as the TOP FIVE BEST BRITISH ACTS/ARTISTS. There’s some artists that are simply expected to top the lost, but it was surprising for me to see Elton John top the list too, but I’ve never been one to dabble into his music, so there you are.

These pioneers are shortly followed up with Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Queen and The Rolling Stones with THREE votes apiece, resulting in a total of 12 votes for the second list of artists who made the cut. With me being a massive Queen fan, it was disappointing not to see them earn more votes in the long run, but I’m pleased all the same that they were mentioned ample times.

Entering the territory of those artist underdogs or under-appreciated artists, we have: The Who, The Cranberries, The Smiths, U2, Kate Bush, The Kinks, Massive Attack and Duran Duran and rather surprisingly, Fine Young Cannibals. These artists clocked up TWO votes apiece, with resulting in 16 votes in total. While The Smiths somehow outmanoeuvre their Manchester counterparts of Blur and Oasis to earn more votes, the overwhelming appearance of Fine Young Cannibals solidifies my need to have a listen to their music catalogue as I am not aware of them as an artists, as much as I’d like to be.

The final recommendations come with earning ONE vote apiece, resulting in 17 votes in total. Bearing in no particular order: The Cure, Blur, Simply Red, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Jess Glynne, Adele, John Newman, Rudimental, Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, Tears For Fears, PJ Harvey, Joy Division, New Order, Duran Duran, Electric Light Orchestra, Judas Priest and Def Leppard.

What’s missing?

While this is a highly commendable line-up with some fantastic music artists involved, many aren’t mentioned at all. Britpop giants, Oasis, Leicester local-lads Kasabian and fanatic funks of The Police were all missed out. But this is the use of saying such a thing like the Best of something, which usually refers to us thinking about the classic artists from back in the day, rather than the present ones we see and hear today in “popular”music.







4 responses to “Best British Artists: Voted by YOU”

  1. the press music reviews avatar
    the press music reviews

    Talking Heads are American. Where’s Bowie?

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    1. manvmusic avatar

      That’s true! That’s true, too! No one seemed to utter Bowie or his alter egos. It’s a shame but there’ll always be some artists missed out…

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  2. Andrew avatar

    I think the default answer, if we consider all of history, would be the Beatles, much like someone like Elvis would be the States’ answer.

    Would Muse be the most popular band in England right now?

    I don’t know if I can pick just one. If I have to, I’d vote for the Cure. They’ve been a big part of my life. Besides, I haven’t see anyone else defeat Barbara Streisand.

    On a side note, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a show like the Cure’s. The first time I saw them, they played a solid three hours plus, with four encores to end the show. I remember during the last one, poor Robert came back on stage and said “I guess we have time for one more”. I had to laugh.

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    1. manvmusic avatar

      Hahah brilliant. The Cure are one of those bands that are magnificently underrated that are kind of tucked away somewhere in music’s history. That’s just the way I like it. Cause us folks can enjoy them a little bit more on our own 😉


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