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Pop Music Challenge: Britain vs. the United States

Here's the mental game: You take the top four pop music acts from each country and match them against each other.

I imagine giving them points for originality (x/20), evolution of sound (x/20), cultural significance (x/20), singing/musicianship/stage presence (x/20), and song-writing/song choice (x/20).

Representing Britain:

The Beatles (20+20+20+18+20=98)
Led Zeppelin (17+14+14+17+16=78)
The Rolling Stones (16+16+16+16+16=76)
Elton John (14+11+11+20+14 = 70)

total score for Britain: 325

Representing the US:

Elvis Presley (18+14+20+19+14=85)
James Brown (17+16+15+19+14=81)
Bruce Springsteen (18+11+16+16+19=80)
Prince (18+17+12+19+14=80)

total score for the US: 326

USA! USA! USA! USA! We Won! Yippee!

I know, some might quibble with my four picks, both sides of the pond. Where's Michael Jackson? For me, Prince is a much more convincing choice. First of all, the songs he writes are better than Jackson's. He is one of the great rock guitarists too. Jackson would get more points for cultural significance, but would score lower in all other categories. As for the Brits, how about David Bowie instead of Elton John? More interesting over the long haul.

It's odd that three of the four on the English side are bands, all four on the American side are individuals. What American band can match the Beatles, the Stones or Led? The Beach Boys? I don't think so.

If I were an anglophile, I might add a point here or there. But I'm not, so I didn't.

Comments

I Concur

However, Alice could whip em all on the golf course.
(But that's another show all together!)

Re: I Concur

Mick and Keith probably deserve two extra points for cultural significance., but let's keep that to ourselves, eh?
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