The Best and Worst of Britpop

by Bob Coyne
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I've always had a love/hate relationship with Britpop. Putting this list together reminded me why. After the wave of US bands that filled my ears in the late 80s and early 90s, Britpop felt very mainstream. Sure everyone knew who Kurt Cobain was but he didn't look like some random bloke from your local pub. Yet that's what Britpop bands felt like to me, blokes in tracksuit tops and Adidas Gazelle trainers, basically everything I was trying to escape from listening to Mudhoney, Jane's Addiction and Sonic Youth.

By 1993 though, American bands were being nudged out of the British music press but there was still great guitar noise to be found in some of these albums. Bernard Butler's glam guitar on Suede's debut, Nick McCabe of The Verve and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. The albums and bands at the top of this list have stood the test of time.

Here are 60 artists represented by their best album from the Britpop era. What did I miss?

Thanks to Britpop Memories (Twitter @britpopmemories) for the suggestions. Click an album below to read a review

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Ultrasound - Everything Picture

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I missed out on this entire scene. Was just into other stuff at the time. Will say the Auteurs and Pulp are two bands that eventually caught my ear and I adore them. Think they're fab. While I have nothing against Radiohead or Blur, I just never...

I missed out on this entire scene. Was just into other stuff at the time. Will say the Auteurs and Pulp are two bands that eventually caught my ear and I adore them. Think they're fab. While I have nothing against Radiohead or Blur, I just never got all that excited about them. I think the Verve live up to the hype but I never found poseurs like Oasis convincing. But there's a lot to check out here. Fantastic list!

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I've not listened to Oasis for 20 years, I can't stand Noel Gallagher. I'd re-visit Radiohead's The Bends, that's very good. Also Super Furries, Mansun, Supergrass and Black Grape. The problem with Britpop was it was quite mainstream so bands...

I've not listened to Oasis for 20 years, I can't stand Noel Gallagher. I'd re-visit Radiohead's The Bends, that's very good. Also Super Furries, Mansun, Supergrass and Black Grape. The problem with Britpop was it was quite mainstream so bands like Dodgy, Space, Ash were all too radio friendly for me. There's some lost classics worth checking out though from Ultrasound, Salad and Lodger.

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