If London was a song…
If London was a song, how would you named it? What is the original soundtrack of the capital? Who are the artist born within the borders of the city to spread their fame worldwide? What is the real sound of London and where we can hear it?
Those were the questions that we had in mind when started to work on this article and the answer may be found in the paragraphs below.
We’ve gathered and quite a special list for you to enjoy as well.
London’s music icons
Have you ever wondered what Queen, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, The Who, Sex Pistols, The Police, The Clash, Coldplay, Adele, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie, Florence + the Machine, Eric Clapton, Morcheeba, Rod Stewart, Placebo, Phil Collins, Billy Idol, Elton John, George Michael, Spice Girls and Sugababes all have in common? This beyond diverse, daedal world-known compilation of names notable to many are all from London.
The capital of the UK has contributed and kept on redound to the history and development of music as a whole. From the British Rock revolution of the 1960s to the punk rock explosion of the 1970s to the underground electronic and dance sounds of which dubstep evolved, from melodic pop humming to the rage of grime, the Big Smoke is always in the epicentre.
We know that we’ve missed quite a few outstanding names who influenced the music growth but it would be impossible not to miss someone, especially when it comes to something so as personal as the sounds of the albums, which we love and cherish.
Still, we’re about to commemorate some of the London’s top Musical Icons of all times.
The Uncrowned Queen
You cannot simply write about music icons for any possible reason and not to mention the one and only Freddie Mercury.
So logically our first pick, when started this list, was – Queen. The band with countless hits, millions of fans, 18 number one albums and 18 number one singles, 3 songs inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame and the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and most of all - a legacy for a lifetime.
The man with way too many faces
He used to be a real sensation, a trendsetter, scandalous entertainer, unique performer and on top of that titled as one the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
It would be nearly impossible to represent all of the David Bowie’s faces in just one article, the same goes to his music legacy – those six Grammy Awards are surely not easy to get.
Long story short – Bowie is indeed an idol of his generation and inspiration for the ones who come and will come next.
Beyond half a century has past but those guys still keep on Rolling
What would the 1960s in the UK be without The Rolling Stones and further what about all those youthful and rebellious blues and rock and roll, which the band keep on playing with the same passion as ever?
The band is ranked fourth by The Rolling Stone magazine in their 100 Greatest Artist of All Time list, which we find rather impressive. And don’t get us started on the number of their estimated record sales and album releases. It’s quite enough to say that the Stones even have their own code words and slang, which are well known and recognized by their dedicated fans worldwide.
And if this wasn’t impressive enough what about imprinting your name in the study books. On Mick Jagger's 75th birthday, scientists named seven fossil stoneflies after present and former members of the band. The new family Petroperlidae was named in honour of the Rolling Stones (in Greek petra stand for stone). The scientists keep on referring to the fossils as Rolling Stoneflies. Apparently, over 50 years of music history on stage guarantees you same extra recognition everywhere.
When music means cultural phenomenon
2 years, 1 album and a legacy for a lifetime, put some rebellion, lust, guns, needles and killer sound and you have it – Sex Pistols. God Save the Queen because these charming rebels are about to start an Anarchy in the UK.
Welcome the very first punk rock band set to become one of the most influential acts in the history of (popular) music.
The releases of Anarchy in the U.K., God Save the Queen and Never Mind the Bollocks are considered to be among the most important events in the history of popular music. Never Mind the Bollocks is regularly and well deservedly ranked in the list of all-time great albums. It is recognized as one of the most influential records in rock history and according to AllMusic critic it is as well -
one of the greatest, most inspiring rock records of all time.
The influence of Sex Pistols extends much beyond the music scenes all over the world, the band became a cultural phenomenon. By the age of twenty-one, the lead vocal Sid Vicious was already a
t-shirt-selling iconbut shortly after the death took him from the stage forever. The notable to many Jamie Reid's work for the band is regarded as among the most important graphic design of the 1970s and still have its impacts in today’s 21st century.
We have two more words London Calling
Could you even imagine how the British punk rock scene would like without the prodigies The Clash, we neither? According to Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic,
the Sex Pistols may have been the first British punk rock band, but the Clash were the definitive British punk rockers.
The date 14th December 1979, when one of the most influential rock albums London Calling was first realized in the UK will forever be engraved in the world’s music history. It was the long-awaited call to wake up, get wise, get angry, get political and get noisy about it.
Later one of the most famous albums about London would be declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone.
The Clash's politicized lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude was a huge inspiration, had a far-reaching influence on rock as a general and made them one of the UK most loved exports. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Clash number 28 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, which means that the punks came before famed bands such as Pink Floyd, Metallica, The Doors and even Queen.
That’s not all - the magazine ranked London Calling number 15 among the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - the highest for any song by a punk band - and as number 48 in the magazine's 2008 list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.
We have to admit that it was nowhere near easy to pick just 5 of the most iconic musicians, who started their career in the UK’s capital. That’s why we’ve prepared another article with 5 more. However, feel more than free to argue our picks in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you and learn which your favourite albums are and why this is your very own London’s soundtrack. Let us finish this article by telling you:
Why you should mark the date 12th October in your calendar?
And since The Music Albums as a whole was our topic today, we’d like to remind you about National Album Day set on Saturday 12th October 2019. For the second year in a row the entire British music community will come together to celebrate their love for music as a passion and way of life with a week-long build-up of events and activities across the Great Britain.
The theme this year is
Don’t Skip this encourage you to explore the benefits of taking the time to listen to an album from start to finish without skipping a song.
From our personal experience it is indeed the best way to enjoy an album, especially if it is a conceptual one. But even if that’s not the case, there’s still a certain charm attached to it. After all, this is the exact way the musicians decided to represent their work and this is a hell of a reason not to press forward.
On top of that, if we head just a few decades back in time in the vinyl 12 inch 33 rpm cut records, you’ll find that they could only hold about 22 minutes of music per side. Pretty much every record you’d see in a store has the exact same duration. In other words, the musicians had to compose their music to literally fit in and that adds up a certain charm and further value, don’t you think?
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