Who did rock music better, the Americans or the English?

Thoughts_ArriveThoughts_Arrive Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 12,400
Just curious what do you all think.
I often think about which country did rock music better.
I'd have to go with the English. So many of the biggest and most influential bands of all time were/are English.
Sure, the Americans started it but the English made it better.
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Who did rock music better, the Americans or the English? 23 votes

Americans
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darwinstheorymy2handsfacepollutionLukinFanRW8297RP112579RS151862jeff2040brianluxiwasatpj20tempo_n_grooveJojoRiceMeltdown99 13 votes
English
43%
evenflow82Spiritual_ChaosjosevolutionThoughts_ArriveTim SimmonsjoberschlakePaptino_11rgambsTheLittleShips 10 votes
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  • helplessdancerhelplessdancer Posts: 4,430
    chuck berry, albert & bb king etc schooled the beatles the stones and led zep etc
    better doesn't exist. what only matters is who schooled who. lol   ;)
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 13,914
    Are both countries done producing rock music?

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  • Thirty Bills UnpaidThirty Bills Unpaid Posts: 15,064
    I typically consider the top bands from England: Rolling Stones, Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Queen.

    I typically consider the top bands from the US: Pearl Jam, Guns 'n Roses, Metallica, Aerosmith, Kiss, The Eagles.

    The 'top' bands from each country don't measure up in my mind, but when you delve deeper... I like the depth the US boasts (CCR, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty, all the grunge era bands, etc.) vs. the depth of Britain (Clash, Radiohead, The Kinks, etc.).
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  • 2-feign-reluctance2-feign-reluctance Posts: 17,452
    Both contribute(d) greatly.
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  • lexicondevillexicondevil OaklandPosts: 759
    chuck berry, albert & bb king etc schooled the beatles the stones and led zep etc
    better doesn't exist. what only matters is who schooled who. lol   ;)
    Exactly. There's also a fella named Jimi Hendrix who people seem to cite as an influence.
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  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 14,191
    Americans
    chuck berry, albert & bb king etc schooled the beatles the stones and led zep etc
    better doesn't exist. what only matters is who schooled who. lol   ;)
    Exactly. There's also a fella named Jimi Hendrix who people seem to cite as an influence.
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  • Tim SimmonsTim Simmons Posts: 3,124
    English
     both
  • HesCalledDyerHesCalledDyer MarylandPosts: 11,976
  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 42,512
    I can't choose and have no desire to. Both have been awesome contributors. If I just score it on how many American bands are my faves vs British, America wins, but only because of math. America has a way bigger population, and therefore a way bigger pool from which rock musicians come from.
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  • eeriepadaveeeriepadave West Chester, PAPosts: 29,161

    PJ_Soul said:
    I can't choose and have no desire to. Both have been awesome contributors. If I just score it on how many American bands are my faves vs British, America wins, but only because of math. America has a way bigger population, and therefore a way bigger pool from which rock musicians come from.
    same.  it's pretty even for me.  I like both UK and US artists. although i slightly like US bands more
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  • josevolutionjosevolution Posts: 19,302
    English
    I prefer the british side of music ...
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  • facepollutionfacepollution Posts: 6,615
    Americans
    Loads of great British bands, particularly in the 60's/70's, but since then I'd give the edge to American bands. 
  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 12,047
    Oasis sucks!
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  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 16,045
    The british invasion of the 1960's was epic...but some of those american rock bands through years....wow tough call.  I'm going with a tie.


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  • Thoughts_ArriveThoughts_Arrive Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 12,400
    English
    Are both countries done producing rock music?

    Nope but rock is dead pretty much. Not many young people care for rock like they used to.

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  • helplessdancerhelplessdancer Posts: 4,430
    uk don't have captain trips in their back pocket for the win
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 24,688
    Americans
    That's a tough call but I had to go with Americans.  Rock would not have existed were it not for the blues which African Americans created.  All the rock pioneers were American: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker, Fats Domino, Bobby Darin and The Beach Boys. The biggest innovators were Americans:  Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones.  And the best current active rock bands are Americans:  Pearl Jam and Dinosaur Jr.
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  • Cal.PJ.CCal.PJ.C Posts: 159
    I'm from England but I truly love American music but that might be because all the best British acts are just a few years before my time...I love pink floyd Sabbath etc but the late 80s and 90s is my era and as a huge fan of hip hop as well as rock all the best music came from America in that time period
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 13,914
    edited May 15
    I will just go by what I would consider a favorite band list, in no particular order:

    USA
    Pearl Jam
    Soundgarden
    Primus
    The Doors
    Metallica
    GnR
    Aerosmith
    Nirvana
    CCR
    Crue
    NIN
    AIC
    Chilis
    Rage
    Foos


    UK:
    Led Zep
    The Who
    Black Sabbath
    Pink Floyd
    Judas Priest
    Rolling Stones
    The Beatles
    Queen
    Dire Straits
    Arctic Monkees
    Whitesnake

    I have to go quality from the UK and quantity from the US, based on my personal tastes.
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  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 42,512
    Are both countries done producing rock music?

    Nope but rock is dead pretty much. Not many young people care for rock like they used to.

    Rock isn't even close to dead. The industry has simply changed. Rock is still alive and well.... Unless you think Rock = publicity.
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  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 13,914
    Rock and Roll will never die!
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  • HobbesHobbes Pacific NorthwestPosts: 3,709
    Long Live Rock!
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  • BALLBOYBALLBOY AustraliaPosts: 758
    dankind said:
    Oasis sucks!
    Totally agree
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  • intodeepintodeep Posts: 7,214
    I think 60/70's brits were pretty amazing otherwise my taste lean towards american bands
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  • iwasatpj20iwasatpj20 Rockford, ILPosts: 2,902
    Americans
    Best rock and roll music, America.  Tough to argue against Buddy Holly, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard.  Also the blues musicians from America mentored all the British bands in the 1960s and 1970s.
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  • iwasatpj20iwasatpj20 Rockford, ILPosts: 2,902
    Americans
    dankind said:
    Oasis sucks!
    Only song I like from them is Don't Look Back in Anger.
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    2014 - Soundgarden Tinley Park, IL (with Nine Inch Nails)
    2014 - Alice in Chains Davenport, IA
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  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 11,246
    English
    Best rock and roll music, America.  Tough to argue against Buddy Holly, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard.  Also the blues musicians from America mentored all the British bands in the 1960s and 1970s.
    Ick.  Classic, sure, but corny as hell.
    The British bands took the upbeat tempos of the 50's rock and brought the seriousness of blues back into it, and thank god they did! 
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