Best Music Artists Not from the United States

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The Top Ten

1 Iron Maiden (United Kingdom) Iron Maiden (United Kingdom) Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

50! they should be on top 10 - zxm

2 Sia (Australia) Sia (Australia)

Even though I kind of like Sia, this is the most upside-down list I have ever seen. A bunch of overrated minor talent popstars ranked high, with Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney not even in the top 40. Carly Rae Jepsen better than the Beatles, I don't think so.

3 Queen (United Kingdom) Queen (United Kingdom) Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.
4 Zara Larsson (Sweden) Zara Larsson (Sweden) Zara Maria Larsson is a Swedish singer-songwriter. She first gained national fame for winning the 2008 season of the talent show Talang, the Swedish version of Got Talent, at the age of 10. Larsson signed with the record label TEN Music Group in 2012 and released her debut EP album, Introducing, in ...read more.

Totally bland and unmusical, but extremely beautiful and sexy. The perfect formula for success these days.

She is a marvellous singer ever she is much better than Adele.

She should be number 1.

Love you Zara Larsson.

5 Adele (United Kingdom) Adele (United Kingdom) Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles ...read more.
6 The Beatles (United Kingdom) The Beatles (United Kingdom) The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

What lunacy is this? the Beatles ranked lower than Avril Lavigne and Sia?

on 23! - zxm

7 Pink Floyd (United Kingdom) Pink Floyd (United Kingdom) Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), ...read more.
8 Avril Lavigne (Canada) Avril Lavigne (Canada)

Where's NELLY FURTADO ( also from Canada ) on this list?

She is a good Singer however I prefer Zara Larsson

9 Luciano Pavarotti (Italy) Luciano Pavarotti (Italy) Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.

Consensus greatest male singer ever.

10 Blind Guardian (Germany) Blind Guardian (Germany) Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Lukas Graham (Denmark) Lukas Graham (Denmark) Lukas Graham is a pop-soul band from Copenhagen, Denmark. It is currently made up of Lukas Forchhammer, Mark Falgren, and Magnus Larsson.
12 Rush (Canada) Rush (Canada) Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.
13 Led Zeppelin (United Kingdom) Led Zeppelin (United Kingdom) Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

76! should be on top five at least - zxm

14 Carly Rae Jepsen (Canada) Carly Rae Jepsen (Canada) Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer and songwriter from Mission, British Columbia, and later based in Vancouver.

Does not belong on "any" best of "anything" list.

15 Opeth (Sweden) Opeth (Sweden) Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with ...read more.
16 MØ (Denmark) MØ (Denmark) Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, better known by her stage name, MØ, is a Danish singer, song writer, and pianist. She was born on August 13, 1988 in Ubberud, Denmark .
17 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.
18 Rihanna (Barbados) Rihanna (Barbados) Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian pop singer . Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning ...read more.
19 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.
20 AC/DC (Australia) AC/DC (Australia) AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.
21 Joy Division (United Kingdom) Joy Division (United Kingdom) Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.
22 Bryan Adams (Canada) Bryan Adams (Canada)
23 Andrea Bocelli (Italy) Andrea Bocelli (Italy) Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM is an Italian classical crossover tenor, recording artist, and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became permanently blind at the age of 12 following a football accident.

Consensus greatest living male singer.

24 Nico & Vinz (Norway) Nico & Vinz (Norway)
25 Radiohead (United Kingdom) Radiohead (United Kingdom) Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).
26 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 ...read more.
27 Black Sabbath (United Kingdom)
28 The Cure (United Kingdom) The Cure (United Kingdom) The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.
29 Amy Winehouse (United Kingdom) Amy Winehouse (United Kingdom) Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.
30 Ne Obliviscaris (Australia) Ne Obliviscaris (Australia) Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for "forget not") are an extreme progressive metal band from Melbourne, Australia, formed in 2003.
31 Edge of Sanity (Sweden) Edge of Sanity (Sweden) Edge of Sanity was a Swedish progressive death metal band that, alongside Opeth, is commonly regarded as being the first to fuse extreme metal styles like death and black metal with progressive rock. Their sound is often described as "Progressive Melodic Death Metal".
32 Bolt Thrower (United Kingdom) Bolt Thrower (United Kingdom) Bolt Thrower are a British death metal band from Coventry, England. They formed in 1986 and released their first album with Vinyl Solution in 1988. The band then shifted to a new record label, Earache Records, soon becoming one of the best selling bands on that label.
33 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.
34 Cher Lloyd (United Kingdom) Cher Lloyd (United Kingdom) Cher Lloyd is an English singer, songwriter, rapper, and model. She rose to fame in 2010 when she finished fourth in the seventh series of The X Factor.

Pure garbage.

35 One Direction (United Kingdom)
36 Tove Lo (Sweden) Tove Lo (Sweden)
37 Justin Bieber (Canada) Justin Bieber (Canada) Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, song writer, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada (despite once claiming he was Part-Indian) and he is Christian. He is the son of an author, Pattie Mallet. ...read more.
38 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.
39 Enrique Iglesias (Spain) Enrique Iglesias (Spain) Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler, known professionally as Enrique Iglesias, is a Spanish singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.
40 Kimbra (New Zealand) Kimbra (New Zealand) Kimbra Lee Johnson, known mononymously as Kimbra, is a New Zealand recording artist based in Los Angeles.
41 Zayn (United Kingdom)
42 Gotye (Belgium) Gotye (Belgium) 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".
43 Spice Girls (United Kingdom) Spice Girls (United Kingdom) The Spice Girls were an English pop girl group formed in 1994. The group consists of Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham, née Adams.
44 Shakira (Colombia) Shakira (Colombia) Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
45 Iggy Azalea (Australia) Iggy Azalea (Australia) Amethyst Amelia Kelly, known professionally as Iggy Azalea, is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter, and model.
46 Jessie J (United Kingdom) Jessie J (United Kingdom) Jessica Ellen Cornish, better known by her stage name Jessie J, is an English singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, she began her career on stage, aged 11, with a role in the West End musical Whistle Down the Wind.
47 Newsboys (Australia)
48 Downhere (Canada)
49 John Lennon (United Kingdom) John Lennon (United Kingdom) John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.
50 Eric Clapton (United Kingdom) Eric Clapton (United Kingdom) Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.
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1. Led Zeppelin (United Kingdom)
2. The Beatles (United Kingdom)
3. Iron Maiden (United Kingdom)
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1. Pink Floyd (United Kingdom)
2. Iron Maiden (United Kingdom)
3. The Beatles (United Kingdom)
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1. Opeth (Sweden)
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3. Bathory (Sweden)
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