Countries With the Best Music
The Top Ten
The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elton John, Radiohead, Queen, that's all you need to know
Elton John, Adele, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Adele, Phil Collins, Katherine Jenkins, Jessie J, Leona Lewis etc etc etc
England all the way. Didn't jimmy Hendrix come to England to make it big after America turned him down. Come on no one can beat the Beatles, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, dire straights, oasis, artic monkeys, fleet wood mac, placebo. Iron madden, the prodigy (amazing) adel, chase and status, Calvin haris, Lilly Allan I
Could go on and on and on London is a melting pot of music magic all the best bands in the world are british and the biggest voices in the world are british adel and emeli sande again to name a few england kicks ass when it comes to talent and originality
Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rolling Stones, Cream, Sex Pistols, The Kinks, T.Rex, Police, Coldplay, Smiths, Radiohead, Oasis, Blur, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Clash, Duran Duran, Black Sabbath, Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Spice Girls, Rod Stewart, Elton John, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Muse, Sam Smith, Tom Jones, Jimi Hendrix Experience, George Michael, White snake, Manic Street Preachers, Robbie Williams and the legendary Rick Astley (Oh and Angus and Malcolm Younfrom AC/DC were Scottish).
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.
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.
Okay so we are in eight place and Canada a country that had hardly any involvement in the 80s and 90s that brought us Justin Bieber, nickleback and avril is ahead of us, yet the country (USA) THAT BROUGHT THE WORLD
Steve Millers band
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Cool in the Gang
Are we forgetting about the king of Pop, King of RnB, makers of Hip Hop, founders of some of the best bands, and what can Canada say? Laugh out loud they were saying Bryan Abams
USA may have garbage music now but back in the 80s and 90s you can't possibly say we still had bad music, this country changed music
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.
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.
Drake, Nav, Tory Lanez, PND, Justin Beiber, Shawn Mendes, Rush, Neil Young, Celine Dion, Michael Buble, Bryan Adams, The Weekend, Alessia Cara, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchel.
Canada is also big on producing, a large part of hip hop beats come from Toronto like, Noah "40" Shebib: drakes producer, Murda Beatz, T-Minus and more
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.
Max Martin, Abba, Spotify, avicii, swedish house mafia, europe, 2nd most eurovision wins and much more. Sweden should be top 3 instead of Canada.
Sweden are doing so much in the background of the music industry without getting any credits for it. Sweden is like standing behind half of the Americans biggest pop hits since 2000.
Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
I want is that way by Backstreet Boys
On the Floor by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull
Rain Over Me by Pitbull
Starships by Nicki Minaj
Stronger What Doesn t Kill You by Kelly Clarkson
So What and Raise Your Glass by Pink
Poker Face and Just dance by Lady Gaga
Shake it off , Blank Space and Bad Blood by Taylor Swift
About every Katy Perry hit ever!
...and many more
Is all written by Swedes, especially Max Martin.
Just Google up Max Martin to see the truth behind the American biggest pop hits.
You're implying Swedish music is the best because they make a bunch of mediocre pop songs for the United States.
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
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.
Nick cave and the bad seeds, The birthday Party, The saints, The scientists, Dead can dance, SPK, Severed heads, Knife Party, Pendulum, Flume, Empire of the sun, Sia, The church, INXS, AC/DC, Airbourne, Wolfmother, Ne obliviscaris, Be'lakor, Karnivool, Silverchair, Buffalo, Little river band, Thy art is murder, Men at work, Tame impala, King gizzard and the lizard wizard, The angels, Hillsong United, Savage garden, Tonight alive, Hands like houses, Caligulas horse, The Drones, destroyer 666, diSEMBOWELMENT, Angus and Julia stone, The wiggles, The mark of cain, Cosmic psychos, Plini, Kylie minogue
Guess they have ACDC, INXS, Gotye, Silverchair, Birds of Tokyo, The Beegees, Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, Jet. Popular right now are Sia, Iggy Azalea, Vance Joy, Flume, Kieth Urban and 5 seconds of summer. Wouldn't compare them to the UK or USA but you can't possibly say Italy, Germany, Ireland or Canada have a greater amount of commercial music than them.
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.
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.
Why'd must Rammstein sings in english, when they are german bands?
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.
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.
India has a diverse range of music and genre which never fails to touch hearts. (There is nothing that can sooth heart better than Indian music after a breakup). Although every culture has its own varieties, India has it all. All types of songs are produced in India (rap, pop, classical) and in a variety of languages which includes English.
Indian songs are my favourite songs but I m an American I thought Indian sad songs are best their heart touching music and lyrics are awesome! no one can beat them!
Poor performance because India is simply recycling old songs and making them into pathetic western music videos with half clothed girls and pathetic English rapping I'd rather watch something American than cheap Indian songs
although I'm English and love all music from all walks and corners of the globe with country and reggae among my most loved, and I am tempted to vote US No 1 purely on the basis Paul Simon is my favorite artist of all time and they have so many legends such as buddy, bob Dylan, tom petty, beach boys, Hendrix among many others, but come on everybody no one in the world can doubt even if not their cup of tea that, Queen, led zep, stones, beatles are the greatest bands the world has ever seen, and then they follow on with an endless list of other English bands and artists, dire straights, the who, kinks, clash, bowie, elton john, oasis, cold play, the list really is endless. So why is England No 8 when the UK shouldn't even be on here and why are Scotland not in the top 10
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.
So good it's on here twice!
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.
Even if you're not from Ireland listening to Irish music will make you feel like you have been living there your whole life
Why misses Ireland?! Irish-Folk makes very happy. Especially the music from The Dubliners or The Pogues is very well.
The best opera music ever...and not only...folk, do not always think the unique world things are from UK or USA... their music are low cultured like everything born the last decadent century
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.
Great artists in all genres...
Vivaldi, Pavarotti, Caruso, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Ennio Morricone, Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti, Mina, Celentano, Modugno, Italo disco, Eiffel 65...
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
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.
The best rhythm, positive energy and even though you don't understand lyrics, you fall in love! I just love it so much (and no, I'm not French).
France has a very deep supply of very good music in virtually all music genres, in particular in electronic, rap and metal.
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.
J-pop and J-rock are great.
The Japanese also seem to know how to make really good future bass and hard dance music so there's that as well.
Japan needs to be higher on this lost
they have amazing rock and metal bands and its one of the last places where rock is alive and thriving
as well as a lot of amazing underground shoegaze and math rock
Japanse have very excellent artist like yui, ayumi, toshi and many great one. The y have one of the most best musics in the world. They can touch the world with their best musics and their guitar tones. They aare making most of their songs for animes. That is why they re not so popular like Madonna, Miley Cyrus and others.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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!
Music industry is suffering here. Too bad Putin won't bother investing in it.
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
The pop scene is very electronic, but in a much less harsh way than what I often see; it's modern and chill.
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
Pakistan deserves a higher rating than this come on. Pakistani music actually brings peace. There are India who despite their own views of Pakistan just can't help their love of Pakistani music. Coke Studio is also a representation of how diverse Pakistan is and it's music from north to south and east to west and it should be appreciated by music lovers around the world not just Pakistan because it's good quality music.
England and America is always top because it's English and has no language barriers even Pakistanis have done covers on English songs but the west doesn't care because it's Pakistan. They already have twisted perception of Pakistan that they don't know we have good music here and one of the best in the Asian subcontinent. People loved nusrat fateh Ali khan in the UK, what happened? Don't British people follow Pakistani music anymore?
Respect Pakistan for keeping it traditional and incorporating qawwali music in their blockbuster movies such as in Parey Hut Love. Local music scene such as drama title tracks also doing well as always, they should produce the same songs in movies to reach an international audience. I'm sure people would appreciate the musical and lyrical prowess of Pakistani drama hits.
How many people know that COKE STUDIO is originally from Pakistan. If you didn't you're missing out big time. Pakistan beats India in modern traditional music.
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.
New Zealand has many talented stars that have made it to the top of the charts. Think Lorde, Kimbra, etc.
New Zealand doesn;t have many famous singers but everyone in the country has a musical talent
Well, we have Stan Walker (I don't know if he is a kiwi or a Australian) and that's about it...
The best artist the world has never heard
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
HIM, Uniklubi, Lordi, Apocalyptica, CoB, even Darude's Sandstorm. A lot of different music comes from here and is unique and usually quite emotional. We finns get the emotional part always right (;
Finland doesn't just listen to other music in the USA, Britain, or Canada they listen to a lot of there own music and it's good music
My favorite finnish bands are nightwish, ensiferum, apocalyptica, lordi, finntroll, and wintersun.
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.
Iran has musical instruments that are really unique for example the santoor
I am looking for something that is this good! it simply plays with the soul
Iranian music is diverse and unique
Soap Kills were amazing... Listen if you don't know!
Best music in the world
The songs are amazing
Amazing singers like fairouz
The only notable thing that has come out of Austria lately was Conchita Wurst and even that was down to Eurovision.
Lots and lots of amazing composers, this great country has the best classical music.
I love classical music, Especially Mozart! I love the Viennese waltzes by Strauss Jr. as well!
My good friend the sound of music!
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.