I am writing this journal in order to hear other peoples opinions on who does music better the Poms or the Yanks. I'm a New Zealander so I am not bias toward one country.
To me Real Music
didn't begin till the 1950's when Rock n Roll became ever so popular. In my opinion this decade was dominated by American music. Some of the '50s greatest artists such as Bo Diddley
, Chuck Berry
and Little Richard
really revolutionized music and who could forget the King Elvis Presley
. Rock N Roll had arrived! The 1950s must go to American Music.
The 1960s began with the American Rock n Roll scene continuing to dominate, then came 1964, The British Invasion. Beatlemania hit the world hard and everyone went crazy for The Beatles[/artist.] Arguably the most popular band of all time along with other amazing British bands The Rolling Stones
, The Hollies
, The Who
and The Kinks
really dominated the final years of the '60s. Some of the British Invasion bands and American musicians such as Jimi Hendrix
indulged in a modified version of Rock N Roll by doing heavier guitar riffs, bombastic drumming and louder vocals, this set the stage for the 1970's. With the revolution of British music, the 1960s must go to the Poms.
The music had been turned up a few notches, its time for Heavy Metal. British Bands like Led Zeppelin
, Black Sabbath
and Deep Purple
pioneered Heavy Metal in the 1970s, these bands still have major influences on bands today. That wasn't the only revolution of Rock Music this decade, towards the middle and end of the 70s Punk Rock was developed. This fast paced, hard-edged music was lead by British bands The Clash
and Sex Pistols
and by American band The Ramones
. Despite how awesome The Ramones were :D this decade must go to The Poms. So far Britain 2 decades to Americas 1.
The 1980s, oh no!!
The 80s was dominated by poppy disco crap, but never fear there were some good bands developed in the 80s mainly within the Heavy Metal genre. The 80s brought the Birth of Glam Metal such bands as Mötley Crüe
and Alice Cooper
and also Thrash Metal, bands such as Metallica
. The Thrash and Glam metal scene was dominated by Americans so therefore America take the '80s in my opinion. 2 decades each.
The early 90s gave us Grunge! Seattle bands Nirvana
, Pearl Jam
and Alice in Chains
gave us an aggressive new sound, which I personally cant get enough of. Although the Grunge genre was predominantly an American sound, the poms had a sound of their own, that being the sound of Alternative British Rock and Britpop. British bands such as Radiohead
became very popular. I cant split American and British Music this decade so I'll call it a tie.
I feel it would be unfair of me to score the 2000s as we still have a couple of years left, but at the moment the Poms would have there noses in front. But who knows what the last of the decade will bring for music.
So there you have it, I cant split British and American music, both have had many great, influential bands. Hope this journal did'nt bore you too much.
What are your opinions? American Music or British Music??