English Music Acts other than The Beatles who are also Global Icons

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English Music Acts other than The Beatles who are also Global Icons

 

Much of the music industry is centralized in the United States, but the competition between the US and the UK has ever been tough as many English artists have broken into the global charts throughout the history of contemporary music (e.g. the British Invasion in the 1960s), with some being more influential than their American contemporaries like The Beatles, who are probably the best example of the UK’s dominance in music.

Here are some English artists/bands apart from The Beatles whose fame catapulted them into global heights:

 

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1. Kate Bush

A very talented pop artist who debuted in 1978 with her album “The Kick Inside,” Kate Bush is regarded as one of the most influential English artists in pop music. Her single “Wuthering Heights,” which was inspired by the classic Emily Bronte novel of the same name, became a huge hit, making her the highest-placed British artist at the time. Bush was also the first woman with eight albums to be placed in the Top 40 chart at the same time.

 

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2. Arctic Monkeys

Hailing from Sheffield, England, the Arctic Monkeys didn’t look like they could go toe-to-toe with other popular bands who have influenced them, particularly the American rock band The Strokes. Their debut album “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” became the fastest-selling debut album in all of British music history thus far. Now with six albums under their belt, they are adored by millions of their fans from all around the world.

 

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3. Adele

Adele dominated almost every major awards night she has ever been nominated in, what with her best-selling album “21” being certified platinum16 times, and her winning Album of the Year in 2017 with “25” as well as Song of the Year with “Hello.” It doesn’t seem like she’s stopping, too, so fans can hope for more award-winning Adele material in the future.

 

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4. Sam Smith

It only took four years before Sam Smith became the industry darling that he is today, thanks to his track “Stay with Me,” which was awarded Song of the Year in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014. Smith has also won other awards in the following years.

 

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5. The Smiths

Another “Smith” on the list, except no one from the English post-punk band The Smiths have Smith as their surname. Since the release of “The Queen is Dead” in 1986, an album that defined The Smiths’ fame, the band has been certified gold in the US. Today, more people are listening to The Smiths as the younger generation finds their sound very appealing to the ears, and it’s not hard to see why.

 

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6. George Michael

Who doesn’t even know the saxophone riff of the song “Careless Whisper?” Or even the song “Last Christmas” which is being played every holiday season, whether that be the original version or a cover? George Michael, a former member of the musical duo Wham!, is the extraordinaire behind all of that. The title track to his album “Faith” landed No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US ever since he started his solo career in 1987.

 

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7. David Bowie

The personification of the word “multi-talented,” Bowie was a visionary. He’d made tremendous feats in his career as a musician with his adventurous approach to sound and crafting concept albums, each with a unique alter-ego of Bowie that emanates from his colorful makeup and fashion choices like Ziggy Stardust and The Thin White Duke. The world, not only the US and the UK, was devastated upon learning about his death on January 10, 2016, and his last album “Blackstar” posthumously received the Best Alternative Music Album during the 59th Grammy Awards in 2017.

 

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