Is music originating from Great Britain the best the world has ever seen? Some people may disagree, but some of the most prolific bands have originated from there. Think The Rolling Stones, think U2. Sure, The Beatles only lasted 6 years in North America before disbanding, but they'd been around for years in Germany before. We're talking about bands that have "staying power", as opposed to the "hit of the week" artists that we're seeing today. I mean, really, what artist do we have today that has produced more than one or two albums, and how many good tracks are on each? I can think of artists that put out as many bad tracks per album as The Beatles had in their entire career.
So, why not do an analysis of what's out there today:
Using information from http://edge102.com as our gauge for "hit" music, we've got the following bands on their "Thursday 30":
Now, even Edge 102 is acknowledging that Brit rock is good rock here. But let's analyze this a touch more: Sum 41 has released four albums, Billy Talent is on their original release, as is The Killers, and Queens Of The Stone Age have released two. So, we cannot really establish the staying power of Billy Talent or The Killers, but we know that not many "Hit" bands make it to 10 years.
Where to start? Why not with the crême de la crême. The Beatles. How many hits did they have? How many albums were released with ABSOLUTELY NO NEW MATERIAL and still made awesome profits? Yeah. I thought so. Next: The Rolling Stones. Still touring. They started at about the same time as The Beatles, and that was all the way back in 1964. Next: Let's hit up the '70s with Pink Floyd. Probably some of the best psychedelic music of all times. The late '70s, 80's and beyond belong to U2. Really. How many bands can say the've lasted that long (ok, besides The Rolling Stones)? So, based on longevity (and you've not even gotten me started on quality of music), Brit Rock totally takes the cake here.
Album sales. Well, I haven't done the research, but when The Beatles have a large number of top selling articles one does not typically argue with sales counts (I believe Michael Jackson's Thriller is the top selling album of all times, followed by The Beatle's Sgt. Pepper's and Abbey Road). So, if anyone want to argue, that's their perogative...they can reach me by email at email@example.com.