British or American Rock Music?

Rock Music was born in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s. It is a combination of Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Country music.

Historically, the first rock success came basically from American singers such as Muddy Watters, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly. According to the Library of Congress,

“American rock and roll music was imitated by British groups, who then refined it and, in the view of some, improved it.”

Even if Rock Music was born in United States, musicians like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker introduced the Blues in England. Since the birth of rock music, American and British bands reciprocally influenced and grew up together.

The 60’s were the period named the British Invasion with groups like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who. It cannot be denied that The Beatles led to rock music development around the world. Who doesn’t know one Beatles song at least?!

American bands and singers also brought a lot to rock music. For example, Jimi Hendrix, the great guitar hero invented his own rock style: a kind of  Rock and Blues mixed. In another case, Eric Clapton, the famous English guitarist developed Blues Music especially in Chicago.

However, we can say rock music success always balances  between England and the USA because each country has their own famous bands and singers. Here is the historical global list of famous British and American Rock music bands:

Classic British rock music:  The Shadows, the Animals, Herman Hermit’s, the Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Motörhead, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, the Police, Dire Straits, Joy Division…

Modern British rock music: Oasis, Blur, the Verve, Radiohead, Muse, Coldplay, Travis, Stereophonics, Placebo, Razorlight, Franz Ferdinand, the Libertines and Babyshambles (Peter Doherty), the Kooks, Kasabian & Arctic Monkeys…

Classic American rock music: Muddy Watters, John Lee Hooker, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, the Stooges (Iggy Pop),The Doors, Eagles, Talking Heads, Kiss, Blondie, Jeff Buckley, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Metallica & Gun’s and Roses…

Modern American rock music: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, REM, Rage Against The Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the Stone Age, Blink 182, Weezer, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, the White Stripes, Kings of Leon, the Killers & the Strokes…

So what do you prefer? British or American Rock music? Please give your comments.