A History of British Rock Music

There are many bands that have reached fame all around the world, but British bands are said to be the most significant and most influential.

Though they weren’t first, the best British rock bands planted their mark in the 1960s with catchy tunes, delicious hooks and the music that influenced multiple generations of bands and music buffs. Not to be outdone, every decade thereafter, famous British bands were generally a head of all other bands around the world, making all sorts of music and providing it to the masses. British rock describes a wide diversity of kinds of music created in the United Kingdom. Since around 1964, with the “British Invasion” of the United States spearheaded by the Beatles, British rock music has experienced a considerable impact on the evolution of American music and rock music across the globe.

Early British Rock and Roll

During the 1950’s, Britain was well positioned to take in American rock and roll music culture since they both shared the same terminology. During the stated period, American rock and roll acts such as Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Buddy Holly became major forces in the British charts. The British bands were heavy worked by American groups of the epoch, such as Buddy Holly and the Crickets, as easily as earlier British groups such as The Shadows. After the national success of the Beatles in Britain from 1962, a number of Liverpool performers were able to adopt them into the charts, including Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers, and Cilla Black. In parallel with beat music, in the late 1950s and early 1960s a British blues scene was developing recreating the sounds of American R&B and later particularly the sounds of bluesmen Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Muddy Waters. By the early 1970s, rock music had become more mainstream, and internationalized, with many British acts becoming massively successful in the United States and globally.

New Genres in the 1980’s

During the mid to late 1960’s, developed a new sub-genre, called the British folk rock. It used traditional English music as its basis. The British folk rock became influential in those parts of the world with close cultural connections to Britain, such as the USA and Canada and gave rise to the sub-genre of Medieval folk rock and the fusion genres of folk punk and folk metal. Glam rock developed in the UK during the early 1970’s. It was characterized by “outrageous” clothes, makeup, hairstyles, and platform-soled boots. The Punk Rock developed between 1974 and 1976, originally in the United States where it was rooted in garage rock. Folk Punk, pioneered by the London-based Irish band the Pogues achieved mainstream success in the 1980’s.

The British rock music is the best in the universe. Although much too diverse to be a musical style in itself, British rock has developed many of the most significant groups and performers in rock music internationally, and has initiated or significantly developed many of the most influential sub genres.


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