Top 10 Countries with the Best Music
I have a constant urge to change my favorite music artists often, but my favorite music artists at the moment are Oasis, the Who and Motörhead.
The birthplace of punk and metal with amazing bands such as the sex pistol's, Beatles, black sabbath, and the home of Eric Clapton.
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.
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.
I think America has the best music, although the U.K has an impressively large amount of amazing bands for rock, America still wins. The reason I say this is because of how prevalent America is in other genres of music, for example, hip-hop has so many amazing artists and is probably more popular than rock, and most are definitely from America. I could also say this for every other genre, for music everybody always mentions rock but no one talks about the other genres so yeah.
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?
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.
Rock- we have Rush, Three Days Grace, Tragically Hip, Trooper, and many other bands that aren't well known..
Rap - we have drake, one of the most popular rappers around, and we also have The Weeknd...
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
Honestly, it's not much of a competition. Once you pass the silver-spoon native english speaking countries and you're onto the countries that climb the list on their musical merits alone, there's really only one option for the #1
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.
Japan has a huge capital city called Tokyo, other cities in Japan include Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai. It's close to South Korea, which is on the North West of it. It has a large population of 126.86 million people (Statistics Bureau of Japan. Retrieved April 27, 2016). ...read more.
Not a statement of quality because I don't really know Japanese music well but it's interesting how Japan is so much harder to break into than most of the rest of the world in terms of music they almost exclusively listen to their own music.
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!
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 don't know if it's because of the language but in Japan you don't even have to rhyme to sound awesome! Some of my favorite bands include One Ok Rock, The Gazette, Girugamesh and Man With a Mission.
Some territory was lost after World War 1 and a lot more after World War 2, basically started by Hitler's Nazi dictatorship. Then the Soviets kept their zone - the 'DDR', East Germany, separate with a wall through the middle of Berlin, until 1990 when the country was reunited. ...read more.
Marked the beginning of classical music. Made amazing contributions to the rock and electro genre. The birthplace of grime and industrial music with an amazing underground scene.
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...
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.
England can trace its history as far back as the 10th century, but modern England didn't start till the Norman Invasion of 1066. In 1535, England annexed Wales and in 1603 shared a Monarch with Scotland, which eventually led to the Unification of the two into 'Great Britain', in 1801 Ireland was incorporated forming the 'United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland', in 1922, 6 counties stayed in the UK while the rest of Ireland declared Independence. ...read more.
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...
Do I really need to explain why? Everything about it amazing!
One of the super heavyweights of the music world indeed.
It's a great country for music that can't be left out and it's all thanks to folk singer Judith Durham and her band The Seekers for making all these big singers and bands possible possible. R.I.P. (1943-2022).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Classical Hindustani and Carnatica. can't even compare them with European music. Western music is very easy to understand & enjoy; thus making it perfect for easy listening, but when you look closer Indian music has some depth. They have music for each mood.. Different flavors for sad, happiness, love, lust, hate, fun etc etc.. No need of language or words for you to understand the mood, you will get it. India has I think lots of different languages... But their music is widely enjoyed throughout the country and the world. Sometimes I felt like they use too much ups and downs/fluctuations/vibrations, which I don't like though. For me, I love UK music when I drive, jogging and doing workout; but listen to Indian music when I have time to really listen to it or research on it..
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.
Indian music is very versatile and unique and we have also produced a lot of world renowned artists such as A.R. Rahman (won two academy awards), Shreya Goshal (Ohio declared June 26 Shreya Goshal day), Arijit Singh (Tum hi ho is probably the most famous Indian song in world and he's also the most listened to Asian artist on Spotify) and the legends Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, and Lata Mangeshkar's songs are still listened to by Indian youth even today. Our national anthem is also voted consistently in the top ten (although all the national anthems are beautiful and special in their own way).
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!
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.
Their music is actually really good and they invest so hard on making it into a catchy, easy listening music. It might seem that a lot of typical K-Pop songs are superficial, but when you go deep down research in that music world, it's actually more complex. Listen to Big Bang and BTS, they actually did some experimentation of their music in some of their albums. Shinee does the same, There are so much more about it, and we shouldn't ignore that Korean music outside K-Pop is also good, especially N. Flying and Day6. Epik High is good too. Red Velvet is very dreamy and diverse girl groups and I love their music.
Hell even their rap is far better than mumble raps in Western music, no drugs no substances, just talents flowing. They work so hard for making it. It might be that the creative freedom is not as free as USA but I see more creative freedoms once BTS become popular these days and I hope the trend will continue for idols to write their own music. Overall it's a good, they ...more
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
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.
Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2. With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the 3rd most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. The Capital and largest city is Rome. Other major cities are Milano, Naples, Turino, Venice, Florence. Italy's official language is Italian. ...read more.
One of the most important countries for classical music and the birthplace of Opera.
Very influential folk music. Innovations in electronic music as well.
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.
Maybe not well known as english or american ones, but italians made music. From singers to bands to composers to opera (created by italians).
The music of this period isn't very good but the music of the past or of the 20th century was very very good. Italy is fantastic.
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.
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.
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.
"The best by far. All the other voters are just ignorant" - how hypocritical. That is literally the most ignorant thing I have ever heard
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
What really irks me is how Coke Studio doesn't get a lot of recognition in the world, even coca cola champions 'Coke Studio @ MTV' which is Indian. But Coke Studio itself which is Pakistani, but isn't labeled Pakistani openly compared to Indian version, is underrated. Why is Coke Studio, a platform showcasing so vast talent of singers and musicians from Pakistan so underrated. It shouldn't be about nationalities, but I just wonder.
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.
Pakistan makes the most meaningful songs I feel that they are still very much in touch with their culture yet still hit the right notes with modern music. I feel Pakistani music is so authentic that even having grown up with (bollywood) music I will choose Pakistani hundred times over. No remake no matter how good the tune and beat will win over Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan classics, for instance. I like coke studio too as they don't butcher the original songs like bollywood does.
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!
Has music that you can Dance to, their traditional music is poetic that is capable to reach to others, can adapt foreign genre into their own, and capable to create new genres by mixing others.
A country that knows how to compose music with different instruments and makes music sound gangster, and better than rap.
Worst music with Mariachis yelling boring and annoying bands.
Good variety of music. From traditional mariachi or sones to rock or pop
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.
Still wondering why Finland's 20, they make great metal/rock. Korpiklaani is the best.
Also USA is way to high up here. Children of Bodom kicks Metallica's ass any day.
Netherlands produces the best music in the world because most of the best DJ's in the world are from The Netherlands. If you're a fan of electronic music just like me, then Netherlands is the choice for you. So I think it should be #1 and not #43.
This is the country that also gave us the van halen brothers.
My all time favorite dutch band is within temptation.
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!
Soap Kills were amazing... Listen if you don't know!
Best music in the world
The songs are amazing