There are many things that the most popular bands in the UK have in common, like rock music and winning Grammy Awards. The great rock bands triumph started in the 60s-70s with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Queen. Most of the members of these bands are men with high-pitched voices.
The Beatles influenced rock music for generations because they experimented with mixing different genres and creating new sounds. They were the first band to use recording techniques and electric beat but also did not give up the familiar classic sound. Due to the overall accomplishment in the recording room, the group won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
The Rolling Stones
With almost 60 years in the music business, The Rolling Stones are still performing. The band started their journey with cover songs but quickly gained popularity with their personal, commercial songs. They were inducted in the Rock and Roll and the UK Music Hall of Fame. In 1986 the band won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016 they won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for their album ‘’ Blue & Lonesome’’.
Led Zeppelin's band was famous for their guitar sound of music and with cover songs. They were called to be the pioneers of heavy metal music. The group ranks as one of the bestselling music audio artists in history awarded with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Besides, five of their albums list in ”The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
Pink Floyd’s music was mind-bending and influenced the new generation by disclaiming the standards but encouraging instrumental music. In 1981 the band won a Grammy award for “Best Engineered Non-Classical Album.” Their music created the path for musicians like David Bowie, U2, Queen, Radiohead, Steven Wilson, Marillion, the Orb, and the Smashing Pumpkins.
Queen is famous for their stadium rock performances on tours and in the big arenas, mostly because of the focus on rock spectacle. Their live appearances rank as some of the best in history. The band’s most famous and unforgettable songs are: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which is part of the Grammy Hall of Fame, ”We Are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You”; “The Show Must Go On” and “Who Wants to Live Forever.” In 2018 Queen won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
In general, plenty of UK bands have put their signature in the music industry. All of those five bands were pioneers in the new way music was recorded, and they had their own sound of music, which made them unique. These bands influenced generations for decades, and they still do. All of these bands performed all around the world, playing and singing live with passion and energy. They gave their fans emotions and experience they will never forget – a real show and entertainment.
Without a doubt, we can list way more than 5 legendary UK bands but these are definitely the cream of the crop. Now, do US rock bands really have the upper hand against these English artists?