stylistic origins: Rock and Roll, Pop
cultural origins: 1964 to 1967, United Kingdom
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artists listed: 256
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British Invasion

stylistic origins: Rock and Roll, Pop
cultural origins: 1964 to 1967, United Kingdom

The British Invasion refers to the influx of rock and roll, beat and pop performers from the United Kingdom who became popular in the United States and Canada. The classic British Invasion period was 1964 to 1967 but the term has also been applied to later waves of U.K. artists that had significant impact on the North American market.

The term "British Invasion" was coined in 1964 to describe the wave of British rock and roll and beat artists (primarily groups) whose popularity spread rapidly to the rest of the English-speaking world, especially the United States and Canada. Rock and roll had evolved as an American musical form in the early 1950s and prior to 1963, very few British artists had had success in that musical genre in the U.S.

More than a decade following the first invasion, the punk movement of the late 1970s resulted in an influx of British bands such as Sex Pistols, The Clash, Squeeze and Elvis Costello and The Attractions. While punk had a lasting influence on the U.S. popular music scene, it never broke through in the U.S. at that time to the same extent as in the U.K.

In 2006, acts such as KT Tunstall, Muse and Keane have achieved success in the US. Snow Patrol reached the US Top 10 with the single "Chasing Cars" and Amy Winehouse reached the U.S. top 10 with "Rehab" as well album “Back To Black”.

Britain's most recent American successes are English alternative rock band Radiohead who reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 in January 2008 with their album "In Rainbows", proving still to be the biggest British act in America.

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