Who are the most influential British artists of all time? Today we answer this question in detail. It’s a fact that music is something that has adapted and evolved over time, and in order to evolve, it needed a star to come along and change the game.
There have been many amazing artists that have graced the airwaves over the previous 20 years, and it’s fair to say that couldn’t have been the case if it wasn’t for these immortal musicians that paved the way for them.
Here are the 4 Of The Most Influential British Artists Of All Time
1. The Beatles
The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the most influential bands of all-time and opened the path for bands to come after them. John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney were the members of the rock band that were formed in Liverpool, and they played an essential role in the popularity of music in the 1960s. Their success reached unprecedented heights in 1962, in what was to become known as ‘Beatlemania’.
They also became the first British band to make their mark in the United States in 1964 and the success of albums such as ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘Abbey Road’ cementing their legacy. The Beatles remain the best selling music act of all-time, with over 600 million records sold around the world.
2. Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath was instrumental in forming a completely new genre of music in the 1970s as mental was born. Ozzy Osbourne was the lead singer of the group, and their actions off the stage are as renowned as the music that they created. The band released eight albums in eight years between 1970 and 1978 before Ozzy left the group. You can learn more about the early history of the band at WeLoveBrum.co.uk.
Their popularity took a hit when the Prince of Darkness left, but they reformed for a final time in 2010 before playing their final show of their farewell tour in Birmingham in February 2017. They sold over 70 million records worldwide, and their influence in the music scene was highlighted as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
3. David Bowie
What The Beatles did for the 60s, Bowie did in the 70s. He knocked down every remaining barrier that there was within the music industry, with Bowie being influential in the glam and post-punk eras. His music touched the hearts of people around the world, and many of the most talented artists in the world today label Bowie as an influence of theirs.
Experts heralded David Bowie as an innovator and labelled his music as a work of art. His ability to constantly re-invent himself was like nothing fans had seen before, or will ever likely see again. Bowie sold over 100 million albums worldwide, which included eleven number-one albums in the United Kingdom.
Most recently, there aren’t many bands that have been the soundtrack to an entire generation more so than Oasis. The captivating band made game-changing albums such as ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ and ‘Definitely Maybe’.
Their influence is profound, with their impact still having an impact on the British music scene today, with bands such as the Arctic Monkey, Kasabian and Coldplay all citing them as an influence. The band was an essential part of pop culture in the 90s, and it could be argued that they have become more popular since parting ways in 2009.
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