It’s a British Invasion! Top Bands from Across the Pond

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The music landscape in the U.S. irreversibly changed in 1964 when The Beatles played on The Ed Sullivan Show. From that day forward, rock bands from the across the Atlantic have been washing ashore and rocking out to the fullest.

The Brits brought the best they had to offer… luckily that didn’t include the food or weather. But who was the best of those bloody invaders? Take a look at a few who made the trip across the pond and let us know!

The Beatles

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February 9, 1964. Approximately 73 million people tuned in. The rest is history.

The Rolling Stones

They say the only things that will survive a nuclear holocaust are cock roaches and Cher’s nose. We’re pretty sure the Stones will still be touring and selling out arenas too.

Led Zeppelin

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Hey, heavy metal… meet Led Zeppelin. You can thank them now.

The Who

“The one thing that disgusts me about The Who is the way they smashed through every door in the uncharted hallway of rock ‘n’ roll without leaving much more than some debris for the rest of us to lay claim to.”

Black Sabbath

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Rolling Stone Magazine has written that Sabbath “changed music forever” and referred to them as “The Beatles of heavy metal.”

Pink Floyd

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Pink Floyd’s progressive and psychedelic rock sound made them one of the most innovative bands, not just of their era, but of all time. And you can’t argue with over 200 million in album sales.

David Bowie

Bowie’s music wasn’t only innovative, but so was his stage presence. When people didn’t want change, he made them… and they liked it.

The Clash

The Clash’s influence reached two shores, from The Edge and Billy Bragg in the UK to Rancid, Anti-Flag, Bad Religion and NOFX in the States.

Few people would argue that The Clash were “The Only Band That Matters.”

Sex Pistols

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The Sex Pistols sparked the rise of punk rock. We actually got a quote from John Lydon:

“Who the &$%# are you, ya stinkin’ @*#& &@#%*$… get the @*$& out of heh!”

He must have been in a rotten mood.

Elvis Costello

The U.S. gave us Presley. The U.K. gave us Costello. How is Elvis not the most popular baby name on the planet?

Oasis

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If your a fan of today’s rock music, like The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, and Colplay, then you owe Oasis a debt of gratitude. It might take two trips, since the Gallagher brothers can’t stay in the same room for more than a few minutes.

Blur

Listen to “Song 2″ and try not to jump through the ceiling. Won’t happen. Get a helmet.

Radiohead

Radiohead does whatever they want and everyone loves it. Need proof?

They can sell you their music at a price you decide and still make millions. Record executives proceed to make the “Macaulay Culkin Home Alone” face.

Coldplay

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Seven GRAMMY awards. There isn’t much left to say.

Muse

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Their progressive rock sound sells out the largest venues in minutes, sells millions of albums, and has everyone in the office forming an air rock band.

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