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British Musical Talent
29 March 2014
12.47am
Mr. Kite
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Is it just me or are all the best bands British? All my favorites, The Beatles, The Police, Queen, The Stones: all British! 

A significant amount of musical talent has emerged from the UK, is there some dormant English gene that causes those who poses it to have insane musical talent? Is there any legitimate reason that would cause the British to be superior musicians? Do you think there's another group of people that come close or are better than the British? Is it just the classic rock genre that this is true, or overall? 

Please discuss!

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29 March 2014
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I say not all of the best bands are British for one of my favorite bands Poets of the Fall who are Finnish are quite nice and there are some good American band like Aerosmith and Nirvana . But a lot of the best bands also come out of Britain.

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29 March 2014
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Let's compare.

My top 10 bands ever:

  1. The Beatles (British)
  2. Nirvana (American)
  3. Radiohead (British)
  4. Led Zeppelin (British)
  5. The Clash (British)
  6. Queen (British)
  7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1/3 American, 2/3 British)
  8. Wilco (American)
  9. Rush (Canadian)
  10. Green Day (American) Let's go to thirteen because I put these 13 on the top tier, everyone else lower:
  11. Red Hot Chili Peppers (American)
  12. The Pogues (British)
  13. U2 (Irish)

So, (Giving 13 points for 1, 12 for 2, etc.) the scores are (in my opinion)

Britain: 57.66
America: 27.33
Canada: 5
Ireland: 1

So, judging by my favorite bands, yes. Britain rules at musicing.

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29 March 2014
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As much as I love my country and the talented people from here, I think to say that all of the best bands are British is pushing it a bit far. I have always been surprised by the amount of talent one small island can produce, though.

And if there is a musical gene or something more predominant in British people, which makes them more likely to be talented in this respect, then I wonder what went wrong with me ahdn_paul_01

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29 March 2014
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Oh, a 10 best question.  They are so hard about music because I always have a lot tied for #1.  Perhaps the UK has produced such good bands because of the overpopulation issue in the southern part of the country.  Not being British, I may not know what I'm talking about.  But great talent often emerges from meager beginnings.

Anyway, here's my try:

1) Beatles

2) The Rolling Stones

3) Aerosmith

4) The Who

5) Jimi Hendrix (preferably with The Experience, but generally)

6) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

7) Paul Simon (preferably with Art Garfunkel, but generally)

8) Derek and the Dominoes

9) Leadbelly

10) Benny Goodman and his various ensembles

So by your method @IveJustSeenAFaceo, Britain gets 32 (and 2/3 a-hard-days-night-george-10, and USA 24 (23 1/3 lol).  Somewhat more Americentric than yours, but you know we are that way.  USA is the only country that counts (so why do I want to become an expat? a-hard-days-night-george-10

Since I realized I forgot #8 and re-edited it, may I remind some of the cockier brits who were posting about the musical gene and such that Americans pioneered blues, country, jazz, swing, and rock and roll among others!  Yes you had the best bands in the classic rock era, but we had a whole lot more good ones!  Would you call those genres "less".  We also dominate in most genres (not counting rap as a genre), even in rock, though many of the best are british bands, there are so many american bands that contributed significantly that I don't think you can say British bands "dominate" rock, it's just that more of the best bands are british than other countries combines, say the top 20.

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29 March 2014
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Well, actually, the talent ratio is different depending on what genre of music you're fan of. Everyone here seems to be mostly rock fans. But if you're a rap or country fan, America dominates everyone else. Britain has a very strong rock presence, but America has its own genres.

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29 March 2014
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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
Well, actually, the talent ratio is different depending on what genre of music you're fan of. Everyone here seems to be mostly rock fans. But if you're a rap or country fan, America dominates everyone else. Britain has a very strong rock presence, but America has its own genres.

That's what I was wondering. Because it does seem that the British dominate rock, but the other (lesser in my opinion) genres do have a lot of people from other places.

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As much as I love my country and the talented people from here, I think to say that all of the best bands are British is pushing it a bit far. I have always been surprised by the amount of talent one small island can produce, though.

And if there is a musical gene or something more predominant in British people, which makes them more likely to be talented in this respect, then I wonder what went wrong with me ahdn_paul_01

That's true, but most of them are!

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30 March 2014
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Mr. Kite said

IveJustSeenAFaceo said
Well, actually, the talent ratio is different depending on what genre of music you're fan of. Everyone here seems to be mostly rock fans. But if you're a rap or country fan, America dominates everyone else. Britain has a very strong rock presence, but America has its own genres.

That's what I was wondering. Because it does seem that the British dominate rock, but the other (lesser in my opinion) genres do have a lot of people from other places.

fabfouremily said
As much as I love my country and the talented people from here, I think to say that all of the best bands are British is pushing it a bit far. I have always been surprised by the amount of talent one small island can produce, though.

And if there is a musical gene or something more predominant in British people, which makes them more likely to be talented in this respect, then I wonder what went wrong with me ahdn_paul_01

That's true, but most of them are!

See my edited post above.  UK owns the best (top 10 in this topic, but I'd give you the better of the top 20) rock bands, but USA has a tremendous majority in top 100 bands.  Not to mention other major genres like country, blues, jazz, oh and where was rock and roll invented again? a-hard-days-night-george-10

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30 March 2014
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I found someone's list of the 100 greatest classic rock bands here.  While I would change some rankings here and there, I think their top 100 is pretty close to my top 100, and my top 20 is close to their top 20.  British bands dominate the top 20 (11-8) [not counting csn&y, since 2 are american, one is canadian, and one is british...at least i'm pretty sure) and especially the top 10 (7-3).  But in the top 100, I counted 63 american, 39 british, and i tried to be pretty strict - like buffalo springfield had one canadian member (Neil Young), at least for most of their existence, so I didn't count them.  Canada was a distant 3rd with like 4.  3 of the Beatles got a vote for their solo work as well as the group beatles standard #1 ranking.  I guessed at probably 10, some I gave to the UK, some to USA, based on hunches, and some I just didn't count (Pat Benatar - USA right?  Yes. UK?).

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