Best Bands / Singers Not From U.K. or U.S.

The Top Ten

1 AC/DC (Australia)

They rock the world since 70', even young people know about'em. Thre's nothing more to say

they still put their heart n soul on every cd

Australia had some great hits we got to listen to in the US AC/DC and inxs were rock gods on the 80s

Hard rock baby!

2 Flogging Molly (Ireland)

They hail from the Republic of Ireland so they are eligible here.

Stuff that hasbeen from India stick with this Irish Celtic act.

3 Gotye (Belgium-Australia) Gotye (Belgium-Australia) Wouter Andre "Wally" De Backer, better known as Gotye, is an Australian-Belgian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation respelling of "Gauthier", the French cognate of Gotye's given Dutch name "Wouter".
4 ABBA (Sweden) ABBA (Sweden) ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

No group on this list comes close to selling as many records worldwide as ABBA has. They are the greatest Pop group ever to come out of a country other than the US or UK.

No contest, ABBA is by far the best. Just look at the number of records they sold. I have to agree with the previous comment. Who in the world is K.S. Chithra from India?

"The winner takes it all" Too bad the winner seems to be some woman from India that I've never even heard of. Come on, ABBA is the best!

Actually the winner seems to be an Australian band sending everyone on a "Highway to Hell".

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5 K.S. Chithra (India) K.S. Chithra (India) Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music.

Chithra is The First Lady of Soul. Give this lady a song and she will sing it the way it is meant to be done. She has so much colors and emotions in her voice. She can do it all. She is clearly one of the greatest singers of all time. I would say No. 1

Her voice was so powerful and full of emotion and also had and unbelievable range

Chithra is Beautiful, talented, brilliant...and She makes excellent career choices

She is not UK or US, but famous in both.

Who the Hell is she?

6 Joni Mitchell (Canada) Joni Mitchell (Canada) Roberta Joan Mitchell, professionally known as Joni Mitchell, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy.
7 The Pogues (Ireland)

This Irish folk act is always popping up every Christmas. More famous than that Indian retard

One of the best bands ever - ZeCalamidades

8 Lordi (Finland) Lordi (Finland) Lordi are a Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band, formed in 1992 by the band's lead singer, songwriter and costume maker, Mr Lordi.
9 The Dubliners (Ireland)
10 Kimbra (New Zealand) Kimbra (New Zealand) Kimbra Lee Johnson, known mononymously as Kimbra, is a New Zealand recording artist based in Los Angeles.

The Contenders

11 U2 (Ireland) U2 (Ireland) U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have more.

U2 is the best band ever... better than every U.S. or UK band... better that AC/DC. Ireland and U2 rocks!

Who is this Indian person? All acdc does is scream, abba has nothing to hold over u2 and the scorpions? Really?

12 Aria Tesolin (Canada)
13 Bee Gees (Australia) Bee Gees (Australia) The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

Bee Gees suck

14 Bjork (Iceland) Bjork (Iceland) Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.
15 X Japan (Japan) X Japan (Japan) X Japan is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi.

Definitely one of the bests!

16 Olivia Newton John (Australia)
17 Kreator (Germany) Kreator (Germany) Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer more.

Love your music

18 Avril Lavigne (Canada)

I love Avril Lavinge. She has an amazing voice and super catchey songs. Plus she's so HOT. - TheStupidHobo

19 Shakira (Colombia)
20 Rush (Canada)

Why are they not in at least the top #3? Also, where's Budgie, Nazareth and Thin Lizzy?

One of the greatest rock band ever.

21 Sodom (Germany) Sodom (Germany) Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.
22 Bob Marley (Jamaica) Bob Marley (Jamaica) Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

The guy brought the world together -

23 Gamma Ray (Germany) Gamma Ray (Germany) Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween.

One of the best band ever.

24 Ruben Blades (Panama)

Rubén from my dear homeland Panama, master of Poetry worldwide. Long live the king of salsa

25 Sabaton (Sweden) Sabaton (Sweden) Sabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.
26 Julio Ingelsias (Spain)
27 Celine Dion (Canada) Celine Dion (Canada) Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.
28 Europe (Sweden) Europe (Sweden) Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno.
29 Os Mutantes (Brazil)
30 Stratovarius (Finland) Stratovarius (Finland) Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their formation, they have released 16 studio albums, 4 DVD and 3 live albums.
31 Arcade Fire (Canada) Arcade Fire (Canada) Arcade Fire are a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.
32 A-ha (Norway) A-ha (Norway) A-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy.

How can you forget a-ha?!

33 Lorde (New Zealand) Lorde (New Zealand) Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.

Just amazing

34 Neil Young (Canada) Neil Young (Canada) Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.
35 Accept (Germany) Accept (Germany) Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes.
36 Destruction (Germany) Destruction (Germany) Destruction is a German thrash metal band. They are considered one of the "The Big Four" of the German thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard.
37 Bathory (Sweden) Bathory (Sweden) Bathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed more.
38 Exciter (Canada) Exciter (Canada) Exciter is a Canadian speed metal band from Ottawa, Ontario, formed in 1978 as Hell Razor. In 1980 they changed the name Exciter. They are widely considered to be one of the first speed metal bands and a seminal influence of the thrash metal genre.
39 Shocking Blue (Netherlands)
40 Enya (Ireland) Enya (Ireland) Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin, known professionally as Enya, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, and producer.

She is the best in her genre

41 Shania Twain (Canada)
42 The Tea Party (Canada)
43 The Jeff Healey Band (Canada)
44 Nightwish (Finland) Nightwish (Finland) Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, more.

How can you forget Nightwish?

45 Volbeat (Denmark)
46 Kylie (Australia)
47 Air Supply (Australia)
48 Marion Raven (Norway)
49 Peter Tosh (Jamaica)
50 Dimmu Borgir (Norway) Dimmu Borgir (Norway) Dimmu Borgir is a Norwegian symphonic black metal band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1993. The name is derived from Dimmuborgir, a volcanic formation in Iceland, the name of which means "dark cities" or "dark castles/fortresses" in Icelandic, Faroese and Old Norse.
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