Top 10 Countries With the Best Music
No countries music come near the United Kingdom. There music has truly changed the world from bands like the Beatles and Queen too traditional Scottish dance music. It's also home to the greatest girl band and boy band of all time the Beatles and the Spice girls. The Beatles have had more number one hits than anyone. It also is home to many different modern musicians such as Ed Sheeran and One Direction.
The United Kingdom without a doubt leads the way in Classic Rock. Ask most people to name a Rock band that are still around today after fifty years, or will still be listened to in fifty years' time, and they will almost certainly name an English or UK band in a nanosecond.
In the past, there were Elton John, the Beatles, and you name the rest. In recent times, there are One Direction, Anne-Marie, Ed Sheeran, and plenty more.
They've conquered all the continents of the world, and all the genres of art. The best music is British, no matter the genre. Anything from Elo to Queen, Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, Enter Shikari, Amy Winehouse, The Prodigy, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Arctic Monkeys, Blur/Gorillaz, Oasis, The Clash, Muse, Robbie Williams, Bullet for my Valentine, Fatboy Slim, Judas Priest The Streets, Dizzee Rascal, Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead to name the least.
A proud nation of artists.
UK might have the best music if we disregard the last 2-3 decades. It's hard to argue with Queen, The Clash, Maiden, etc. Practically all the bands from the 70s-80s that still hold up today in my eyes and that I love are from the UK. If you're talking purely modern music though, US takes it. UK has for too long been nothing but pretentious indie rock nonsense and a bunch of cheap copies of The Strokes, of which Arctic Monkeys is the only one that's actually any good. You can keep your Franz Ferdnands and your Libertines, we have the original, superior product. US has great rock, blues, prog, post-hardcore, grunge. We absolutely own at modern rock and all its subgenres with bands like Alabama Shakes, White Stripes, Black Keys, Strokes, At the Drive-In, Mars Volta, Nirvana. And don't even get me started on rap. Nobody even comes within a million miles of touching our rap game.
The USA has the best music out of all the countries. Now I'm not saying that other countries don't make fantastic music, but how can you compete with the King of Pop Michael Jackson, the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley. Not to mention Frank Sinatra, and the best trumpet player of all time Louis Armstrong. And rock and roll was born in this country. Just like jazz and the Blues and pop and many other kinds of music. Aerosmith, and Metallica also come from the USA. plus other artists like the Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, Garth Brooks, Whitney Houston, etc. And many other bands and singers may have been born in other countries, but when they came to the United States, they made their best music. For example: U2, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, etc. this is the best country for music. Without a doubt.
I'm always torn between the UK and the US, but the amount of time the UK is presented as far superior is reason enough for me to vote for the US. Yes, the UK had some incredible musicians, they had the better Progressive music by a landslide; Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Van der Graaf Generator, Jethro Tull, Genesis...
The US on the other hand had The Beach Boys, who, in my opinion, aren't just the greatest band of all time, they are the most innovative and most versatile, released the greatest album of all time, had one of the best and longest strings of great albums (Pet Sounds 'til Holland, 9 albums), and are among the most influential. Besides them though, the US also had the greatest lyricists, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, one of the most experimental, Frank Zappa, as well as the most technically skilled and one of the most versatile bands, Toto.
Yes, underneath the mainstream garbage is real, true music.
You have to look for it, but it's there.
And you can't say you've never had a favorite singer, any time period, from the USA.
And I'm sorry but Canada? Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Nickelback, what?
How about Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, etc, etc? Are we going to completely wipe out the USA's history of music just because of the last few years?
I am Canadian
Canada has good musicians: Bryan Adams, Neil Young, The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, etc.
But, it also has bad musicians: Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Drake etc.
Too many good bands to name despite a population that is dwarfed by its bigger friends. Trooper, rush, three days grace, three doors down, april wine, sum 41, not to mention Justin beiber is a talented artist or he wouldn't be where he was (any non biased musician will tell you that) as well as drake (who owns the rap game right now) as well as the Weeknd. Alexisonfire, dead and divine, protest the hero. The list goes on for a while. that's why I think this country makes the best music.
Canada should be above Sweden on this list. Sweden doesn't have an many internationally acclaimed music giants as Canada has (with the except of the immortal ABBA, of course). Think of this. Bryan Adams. Arcade Fire. Rush. The Band. Barenaked Ladies. Oscar Peterson. Tragically Hip. Blue Rodeo. Nickelback. You can 1000% understand that the UK and the US are #1 and #2 respectively, but Canada should be third, with Sweden in fourth.
Just. Yes. April Wine, Sum 41, Trooper, and not to mention one of the best rock bands of all time, RUSH, and perhaps the most lyrically-talented man on this planet, Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, it's pretty obvious that Canada dominates in the name of music.
If you're into metal, the Nordic countries, and Sweden no less, is really ground zero. Whether we're talking black metal (Marduk, Arckanum, Armagedda, Dark Funeral and the PIONEERS of the genre Bathory), doom/gothic doom metal (Candlemass, Count Raven, Draconian) or the Swedish specialty, death metal (Amon Amarth, Dismember, Entombed, Bloodbath, Arch Enemy, At the Gates), Sweden is, at least per capita, unmatched. But oh it doesn't end at metal music, oh no
Sweden has successful bands and artists in every genre, from the above-mentioned metal to the oh so famous Swedish pop. As if this was not enough, a VERY significant portion of America's biggest pop hits were written by Swedes (as well as Azerbaijan's winning Eurovision song from 2011 ). This, combined with a population of 10 million, makes for, in my opinion, the greatest music industry in the world. It's not about sheer numbers, it's about quality, and no other country has artists that are as consistently excellent in SO ...more
Abba, Robyn, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Roxette, The Cardigans, Europe, Hammerfall, In Flames, Johnossi, Kent, The Hives, Melody Club, Rednex, Sabaton, Sahara Hotnights, The Sounds, Amanda Jenssen, Lykke Li, Agnes, Ana Johnson to name a few Swedish artists.
And don't forget that Sweden have a lot of songwriters and producers that writes music for musicians, bands and artists all over the world, Max Martin is an perfect example of that.
Sweden produced so many amazing Metal bands over the years, especially in Melodic Death Metal and Folk Metal. Opeth, Amon Amarth Dark Tranquility, Arch Enemy, Entombed, At The Gates, In Flames, Bathory, Hypocrisy, Sabaton, etc are just a few of the bands that originated from Sweden.
Feels like every other song on the radio lately is from a Swedish artists, and I live in Dubai! Not to mention all the great writers and music producers. Always at least one swede involved in great music! - and that from a country with only 9,7 million people!
Classical: Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, Schubert. I doubt there is any other country coming even close to this.
Electronic: Kraftwerk. Electronic music originated in Germany and Britain, but there are few bands whose contribution is comparable.
Metal: Rammstein, Scorpions. Both are among the best metal bands. Only problem is Rammstein sings mostly in German.
All (or at least) most of the credit for classical music and the best musicians go to Germany... How can we ignore this? Even modern bands like Modern Talking and Rammstein, Running Wild and many more are all German... German is among the top 3...
Whats so great about germanys music is that many classical artists are from there like Beethoven and Bach but there's also great Metal bands like Kreator, Sodom, Accept, Helloween and the best of all Blind Guardian which is one of the best bands ever.
The foundation of Western music comes from Germany. There would be no Beatles or Rolling Stones sound without the great classical composers. So everybody who doesn't vote Germany has no clue about music at all.
Australia are the future of music. Tame Impala, Flume, Pond, Violent Soho, The Rubens, Birds Of Tokyo, The Temper Trap, D.D. Dumbo, The Murlocs, The Paper Kites, Gotye, Chet Faker, and the greatest band of all time: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard!
Well, there are mediocre singers like Gotye and Guy Sebastian. Keith Urban is incredible, however he was actually born in New Zealand, even though he is usually considered Australian.
Australia could be much higher up this list. But it loses many points for giving the world Rolf Harris.
From Australia, there's also natalie imbruglia, keith urban, gotye, and olivia newton-john.
Most of the super group/influential "British" bands are actually English. Therefore I would say Not "British" but English :-
Led Zeppelin, Yes, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, The Who, Free, The Kinks, King Crimson, Camel, Hawkwind, Motorhead... and so on...
One of the super heavyweights of the music world indeed.
Nearly as good as the UK, Isle of Man are third!
Jigs, reels, and slip jigs (which are in a 9 count) very odd for Western music. Irish traditional music still has a pulse in the modern era.
Mixed opinion of Ireland. On the one hand, there are The Script, Hudson Taylor, U2, Niamh Kavanagh and some others, yet there is a lot of garbage: Boyzone, Westlife, etc.
It brings the Irish together in the country of Ireland, even in the hard times. The music is the best in bars and hotels.
They have epic rock bands and stuff, but I just love their traditional music so bloody much! Greetings from a Scot.
Although just like any other country this doesn't apply to ALL Indians and we should know that already. But sorry to say I have definitely lost all respect for India as a nation. I work in charity. And I am deeply saddened by the state of the Rohingya Muslim community in Burma being massacred. I have seen many Indians condoning the massacre of these people and from what I also see is Hindu communities being repulsive to Muslims without a care that innocent women and children are being butchered. The things I generally read from Indians clearly shows their immense hatred towards other certain nationalities or beliefs and its absolutely rude and sick.
This is because we come in varieties! They have lots of languages in lots of genres and overall, I think it is the most lively. I don't think the question is fair because many people are only exposed to international music that is westernized. But India has both westernized and traditional music that I think no country could ever beat. This is proven because AR Rahman wins the Oscars award for doing what he loves. Lots of respect from United States!
When asked this question - many people say UK and US, whose music is not bad, infact very good. This is a matter of individual tastes and clearly people would be biased. But When comparing music that REALLY is able to touch your heart - there is nothing that comes close to Indian music - if you have heard Indian/Bollywood songs - you know I am right, for those who haven't - time to start listening. PS: I have listened to many cultural music from all over.
I love music of all genres, languages and countries, but undoubtedly Indian music is the best in the world from all perspectives, and everyone should admit it.
My two favorite Italian composers have got to be ennio morricone and nino rota, And my two favorite Italian bands are lacuna coil and rhapsody of fire.
I went in Italy a few Times and I can say that they've Got a very cool music, old and new.
No way, best music, food, cinema, books and Architecture. Italy is the best place on heart... Except For the politians
Maybe not well known as english or american ones, but italians made music. From singers to bands to composers to opera (created by italians).
Italy is wher the musical terms came from! Italy has Antonio Vivaldi, writer of the four seasons. Also, the Barber of Seville Overture where the cartoon short came from!
France has produced decent music for a long time. From legendary Romantic composers : Ravel, Berlioz, Satie, Saint Saëns, Debussy, and Chopin (polish but lived like a French), to its traditionnal music, accordeon, Edith Piaf and so on...
It has the best Anthem in the world.
Modern music is pretty good, France is quite advanced in Rap/RnB
And essentially, France are with Sweden and Netherlands, the kings of electro/house/Edm style. Just to name a few: Daft Punk/Bob Sinclar/Martin Solveig/Carpenter Brut/M83/ Madeon/Cassius and of course Justice and Caravan palace... the list is long.
David Guetta is also from France.
How about anggun sasmi, the Indonesian born singer. She hits a big fame in France.
Daft punk, Phoenix, justice, yelle, madeon, the French ate blessed with electronic artists.
France has proven during centuries is place about music and even today excels in underground, pop rock, jazz, Hip-Hop, RAP, RnB, alternative, classic and french music benefits from all countries roots.
France should be somewhere after cana day and sweden. There are so many french edm musicians, and it's one of the largest languages in the world, much larger and popular than german or japanese.
LiSA, Eir Aoi, and Luna Haruna are the best! They sing a lot of good songs for Sword Art Online! Not to mention FLOW is known for a lot of good songs for Naruto and Code Geass! And finally, Linked Horizon sings one of the best opening songs ever for the anime Attack on Titan!
Japan - Amuro Namie, Jin Akanishi, X4, the-ICE, E-Girls, Flowers ( not just anime) much better than K-Pop. J-POP been out longer than K-Pop. And Japan is second largest music production, in the world. 3rd, largest film production, after China and US.
Probably the most versatile. Can be compared with every genre there is and would probably be the best. It will always exceed in melancholic songs and rock songs. Should be at least top 3.
I love the old songs, especially traditional children's songs and enka. The lyrics have the minimal simplest beauty and it's like you can't cut any more words from it. Way better than modern music.
The Korean music industry is ridiculously developed. Music is a large part of modern Korean culture, and Korean artists have fanbases that span the entire globe. The language barrier hardly exists for international fans, as English lyrics are included in most songs to boost global appeal, and artists hold world tours. Idols train for years, sometimes a decade, to ensure that mainstream Korean music is flushed with undeniable talent. Unlike most Western artists, Korean groups and solo acts release new content every few months, so the music is always evolving. It's not just 'K-Pop' anymore; there are dozens of genres represented in Korean music so everyone can find something they enjoy. The artistic presentation, too, puts SK on another level, from group choreography to detailed album packaging. Once someone is introduced to Korean music, they can't deny that South Korea has perhaps the most intense music scene in the world.
These guys really work hard to put out very different and complex music. In Kpop, it is apparent when headliners like Girls' Generation, BoA, 2NE1, SHINee, and 2PM release new songs that they have come a long way. All of these artists work nonstop, not only releasing Korean tracks, but also Japanese, Mandarin, and even some English. They are reaching out to the rest of Asia, and the world. Last month alone, tons of South Korean idols released comeback albums, singles, mini-albums, and music videos. I hope more people will appreciate South Korean Music and Culture more.
They work to make sure that people can relate to their music and that they've given their all and more into what they've produced. They succeed all limits and really move people from places like Australia to places like Canada. BTS started from a small label but still beat the chances. Big Bang have been the "kings of kpop" for a decade now. Korean idols don't disappoint. Their are many people who underestimate South Korea when it comes to the music industry but once they actually take the time to check out a kpop music video, there are next to no chances they wont come back for more. South Korea will continue to attract people to their amazing music and will continue to inspire people all ver the world
I personally think Korea should be higher up on the list. I do respect every music culture, however I believe in the last 20 years, Korea has accomplished many things in the music industry. As most of you know, there is K-pop, which is loved by tons of people around the globe, attracting fans with their style and music. There are variety of music shows that cover each genre of music. One of my favourite groups/singers is Bigbang. Unlike other K-pop groups, they tend to focus more on music itself than the other components of an K-pop Idol. They are good at dancing but their music is what makes them standout and lead the K-pop culture. by the way, don't assume Psy's music style is the mainstream music in Korea lol.
With artists like Sigrid, Royksopp, Astrid S, Aurora, Arif and Julie Bergan which all bring their own fresh and energetic sounds while feeling truly Nordic, what else could top Norways music!
Norway has way better music than Sweden but Sweden is somehow way above Norway. Sweden is a perfect example of an overrated country. People overrate just about everything in Sweden while they continue to underrate Norway.
Norway has the best black metal and has great folk music. Norway has the best music is you like atmospheric stuff, especially atmospheric metal. Bands like Burzum and Ulver will blow you away
I came to this list for folk music and traditional music that you'd hear in the canals of Venice or the streets of Paris not black metal or classic rock. It has awesome folk music
I've listened to everything. Literally everything. From rock to metal to hip hop to rap to dance to edm to pop to folk. Name a band or artist and I will most likely know their music. And from my experience with music NOTHING stands up to Brazilian music. Listen to someone like Jorge Ben and you will see where I'm coming from.
For me Brazil is top 05 for sure! Brmuch of its music is original and not imported from other countries. There is country that just remake styles and ryhtms from USA or UK but did not bring something unique to music. Brazil is like USA and UK because there is dozen of unique music scenario.
Brazil has without any doubts the best music artists. They reason is simple: they use their heart to sing. everyone who has been in Brazil knows what I am talking about. you will find excellent street artists their. Brazilian music is not very popular because they sing in portugues and so it doesn't get through the filters of USA and UK. just think about bossa nova, samba, forro, funk, sertanejo
Brazil has an awesome music scene. The blend of different cultures is amazing. I love percussion based music in any genre. Brazilian music is just really upbeat, alive and rhythmic.
Though only having about 3 million citizens, the entire world knows Jamaican music. They have created their own musical language in Reggae, Roots, Dub, Dancehall etc.
Artists like Bob Marley and The Skatalites are know all across the world.
Jamaica's has produced numerous genres of music that form the backbone of many popular other styles today. Jamaican music has culture and flare. You can cry, you can simma down or you can have a dance with some friends.
Knowing that Bob Marley comes from Jamaica, and then knowing these amazing other bands and singers that come from this tiny place, 14th is really good for a tiny country in the Caribbean.
"When music hits you you feel no pain" BoB Marley. Spiritual. Music its here, music of vibes its here too and what about other genres. Dancehall, reggae, jazz and blues etc
The problem with American music is that it seems to be afraid to show emotion. They can be singing these really sad songs, but the singer is like 'I don't want it to be too depressing or no one will listen to it". There are too many major chords. Russian music on the other hand is not afraid to be depressing. If it's a sad song, the music is also sad. If it's a happy song, then it's more upbeat. Just as it should be.
I am from russian-speaking country. Even thought I don't listen to music in Russian, Russia has lots of great musicians. Pop, rap, even metal. Soviet and modern music. Not to mention some classical music.
The Russian music scene, though often overlooked by the West, is home to many of the greatest artists on earth. Take it from someone who has no relation to Russia whatsoever, I am simply an enthusiast. To name a few, Sergey Bezrukov and Russian band Lyube have perfectly cultivated the feeling of beautiful, nostalgic sadness, along with the historical, happy feeling that comes purely from Russian music. Vintazh and the all-girl group Blestyaschie provide some of the best pop music in the world to younger listeners.
Why is Russia so low? Are people forgetting that it's home to some of the greatest classical composers of all time? Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Rimsky- Korsakov, Rachmaninov just to name a few!
I would not compare Pakistani bands to American or English classics, but they have this eccentric feel that is distinctive to any other band. Pakistani music industry, as versatile as it is, defines true music be it classical folk music or rock/metal. Platforms like Nescafe Basement and Coke Studio is the pinnacle of music in its own. With the existence of bands like Junoon, Strings, Vital Signs, Entity Paradigm, Noori, Jal, Call, Fuzon and many more, our music portrays our culture and is unprecedented. For me Pakistan has one of the best music bands/artists and music in general. Period. We take proud in our country's music.
Pakistani music needs to be in top 5 because Indians who can understand Pakistani music also claims that Pakistani music is much better than their own work (overall). I mean how can you forget Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (NFAK) whose voice wikipedia says "Considered one of the greatest voices ever recorded". Who can forget Abida Parveen, Mehdi Hassan, Ustad Amanat Ali, Rahat Fateh Ali khan, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Junoon, Junaid Jamshed, Noori, Pakistani Coke Studio (unbeatable), Rohail Hayat and various other brilliant names. I listen all kind of music including western, Eastern and even various kinds of genres but believe me I haven't found anything like Pakistani Music. Music is something like a part of their genes. There is however also good music produced by UK and USA which shouldn't be underestimated though.
Pakistan has always been a powerhouse of amazing music and artists. It's a real shame that corrupt fundamentals like Zia had to ruin the whole scene. There could have been a balance. Those were the days Pakistan had only just started to shine, on top of people like Zia you had Indian music/film directors plagiarising Pakistani songs which is wrong in itself. Pakistan already had started working its way up with little resources and global limelight and it was unfortunate that those working in Bollywood decided to take credit. But today with the likes of Coke Studio, growth of Lollywood and popularity of T.V. drama songs PK is already up to its potential and will only continue
Now Pakistani music in the mainstream sense is more noticeable such as by the film industry, some of which is very good however a lot of past talent and small scale talent is in their dramas and individual artists/bands. Coke Studio is large scale recognition this is a platform that creates renditions of old/folk Pakistani songs, nescafe basement is also a breakthrough for youth talent. I think Pakistani music is different and enjoyable and the world should see.
Listen to flamenco music. Just listen to that raw unadulterated passion expressed through song, guitar and dance. Music with such passion deserves to be recognised.
Over rated music. The flamenco is just a bunch of screaming. Their music is stolen from the Muslims who occupied Spain and is not really theirs.
Spanish music is not only flamenco. We have a ton of good pop artists. Also, the new wave of trap musicians is fire.
Traditional Flamenco music, Spanish Guitar, Enrique Iglesias...this country deserves to be higher.
Well, we have Stan Walker (I don't know if he is a kiwi or a Australian) and that's about it...
New Zealand has many talented stars that have made it to the top of the charts. Think Lorde, Kimbra, etc.
The birth-place of Keith Urban!
This country gave us Lorde.
Has everybody forgot about the eurovision winner's Lordi, ando which is worse they have the representation of the Rasmus too. I think they have to be in higher places on this list
My favorite finnish bands are nightwish, ensiferum, apocalyptica, lordi, finntroll, and wintersun.
Also USA is way to high up here. Children of Bodom kicks Metallica's ass any day.
Finland really should be in the top 10. Come on Canada.. Justin Bieber vs Nightwish?
I'm shocked at how low this is. If we're on about music today then yeah, Iran does deserve to be pretty low. But, if we're talking about TRUE Persian music (until the early 2000's) this should probably be in the top 10 or 15. Iran has so many instruments that other's don't have, so you know when your hearing Persian music right off the bat. Many famous staples of Persian music are Vigen, Hayedeh, Moein, Iraj Khajeamiri, Dariush, the list goes on and on. Persian music also made a large impact in ancient times. Even with the current Iranian government crippling the people and their freedom, music helps us get through everything. If you've read till this point, thanks for reading.
I am looking for something that is this good! it simply plays with the soul
Too low on the list!
Tom Jones, Catatonia, Shirley Bassey, Manic Street Preachers, Feeder, Catfish & The Bottlemen etc. etc. For a country with a population of only 3 million, they've produced some amazing musicians.
Soap Kills were amazing... Listen if you don't know!
Best music in the world
The songs are amazing