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Where are your top ten artists/bands from?

post #1 of 53
Thread Starter 
Germania's thread (http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f9/i-s...-frown-409031/) got me looking through my iTunes library, trying to figure out if my favourite artists were British or American. As it happens, my list has a British bias. I'm not saying that British music is better, or even that I prefer British music. It might just be that I'm under-exposed to American music (or Tibetan music, for that matter). So, let's be clear. This isn't about whose music is better, or how many great bands the UK and the US have produced. It's about you and your favourites and where they're from. I realize that this thread/poll excludes people who mostly listen to non-UK/US music. I never claimed it was comprehensive.

Here are the rules:
1. List your ten favourite recording artists/bands (you don't have to post this). Check your music library if you have to.
2. Find out where each band is from. This isn't as straightforward as it seems, really. I mean, is Darren Hayes (remember him? Savage Garden.) Australian or American? But I'll leave the decisions up to you.
3. Vote. Tell us if your top ten list is "More British than American", "More American than British" or "Evenly Split."
4. Post. Tell us how large the bias is.

PS: By "UK", I'm referring to the political entity composed of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. I'm using "British" to mean "UKer", without excluding Ireland even though Ireland is not technically in "Great Britain." Apologies for the terminological confusion. My excuse is that I'm not British myself.
post #2 of 53
Thread Starter 
I don't really have an "all time top ten" list of favourite bands. The following are my current favourites, by which I mean that they've been getting the most play time recently. In alphabetical order:

1. Bat for Lashes (England)
2. The Beatles (England)
3. Belle & Sebastian (Scotland)
4. Damien Rice (Ireland)
5. Death Cab for Cutie (USA)
6. Muse (England)
7. Rilo Kiley (USA)
8. Stars (Canada)
9. TV on the Radio (USA)
10. U2 (Ireland)

So, it's UK > USA, 6 to 3. 6 to 4, if Canada joins the US. Tied at 3, if it's just England and the US.
post #3 of 53
UK, without hesitation : Black Sabbath, Yes, ELP, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Judas Priest, Maiden, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Dire Straits need i say more ? "...I seriously should have grown up British" However these are not my favourite..i hate "favourites", just some great British bands i listen to....
post #4 of 53
7 from the US, 1 from Canada, 1 from England, 1 from France. In the US, 3 are from the Midwest, 0 from the Northeast, 1 from the West, 3 from the South.

Andrew Bird - Illinois
Blackalicious - California
Bon Iver - Wisconsin
Camille - Paris, France
Cat Power - Georgia
Flaming Lips - Oklahoma
Iron & Wine - South Carolina
Mountain Goats - Indiana
Pink Floyd - Cambridge, England
Stars - Toronto, Canada

What's sort of cool is that the ratio of people in the US/people in my other 3 countries represented is ~2:1 based on Wikipedia's latest estimates, and the ratio of bands from the US/others is 7:3, or ~2.3:1. So it's pretty close.
post #5 of 53
Thread Starter 
Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Flaming Lips, Iron & Wine, and Pink Floyd would have made my Top 20 list, I think. Would be interesting to see if the US would beat the UK if I did a Top 20 rather than a Top 10.
post #6 of 53
italy, germany, south africa, uk, netherlands, japan... some genres have artist from specific countries.
post #7 of 53
Animal Collective - Baltimore
Beatles - UK
Bob Dylan - USA
Radiohead- UK
Sufjan Stevens - USA
Pavement/Built to Spill (they tied and share a similar niche) -USA
Neutral Milk Hotel - USA
Spoon - USA
Sigur Ros - Iceland
Liars - USA

The UK has just been rocked. Literally.
post #8 of 53
The East Coast mos def. KRS-ONE, Rakim, Wu Tang, Monk, Satriani, Nas, Whodini, J-Live, Anthrax, Al Di Meola, Pat Martino, Coltrane and the list goes on.
post #9 of 53
My current fave 10 (in constant rotation):

The Stills (Canada)
Dido (UK)
Dan Auerbach (US)
Greg Laswell (US)
Adele (UK)
Lilly Allen (UK)
David Usher (Canada)
Tegan & Sara (Canada)
Fleet Foxes (US)
TV on the Radio (US)
post #10 of 53
About even split I would say.
Plus artists/bands from several other countries. Like Norway, Netherlands, France, ...
post #11 of 53
My top 10 from the US or UK:

Del Amitri - UK
Husker Du - US
Led Zeppelin - UK
Manic Street Preachers - UK
Queen - UK
Mark Lanegan - US
Paw - US
Swervedriver - UK
Therapy? - UK
Pink Floyd - UK

It's pretty tight though, especially if we went further than top 10. Does anyone want to try and put Fleetwood Mac into either the UK or US for fun?
post #12 of 53
Hmm... Nightwish and Children of Bodom are Finnish, After Forever is Dutch, Lacuna Coil is Italian, Opeth's Swedish... this goes on. Wow, I really have to search my playlists to find American or English bands. Will do once I get home. All I'm sure of is Pink Floyd (UK).

I voted "Evenly Split", BTW.
post #13 of 53
My current top 10:

Miles Davis (US)
Bill Evans (US)
Duke Ellington (US)
Ella Fitzgerald (US)
Frank Sinatra (US)
Anita O'Day (US)
John Coltrane (US)
Dizzy Gillespie (US)
Billie Holiday (US)
Sarah Vaughan (US)

I love rock as well, but I could go through two or three dozen more jazz artists before getting to a single rock artist.

--Jerome
post #14 of 53
none of my top 10 are from either... It's really an even split for me, I love bands from England, and I love american music (particularly jazz).
post #15 of 53
sgt. (Japan)
Kate Havnevik (UK)
Au4 (Canada)
Spangle call Lilli line (Japan)
Lou Rhodes (UK)
Stars (Canada)
Sigur Rós (Iceland [more well known in UK than US])
Gabriela Robin (Japan)
Kokia (Japan)
Monkey Majik (Canada/Japan)

UK, Japan, Canada here.
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