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By almost any measure, Coldplay is the most popular British band to invade the U.S. in the last 20 years. (One Direction and Spice Girls have had more top 10 singles in the States, but Coldplay has sold more albums here.) Here’s a gallery of the 18 most popular British bands that have debuted since 1995, according to their peak positions in America’s
Billboard charts. (All photos: Getty Images)
The rock band’s five most recent albums have made the top 10; its four most recent albums have reached #1. The band has also amassed three top 10 singles. Coldplay’s biggest hit is “Viva La Vida,” which hit #1 in 2008. The band has won seven Grammys, including Record of the Year for “Clocks” and Song of the Year for “Viva La Vida.” The band’s new album,
A Head Full of Dreams, is due Dec. 4.
The first five albums by the English-Irish boy band have made the top 10. 1D was the first group to reach #1 with its first four studio albums since the Monkees in the mid-1960s. Its fifth album peaked at #2 last week. The group has also notched six top 10 singles. 1D’s biggest hit is “Best Song Ever” (#2). The smash was featured on
Midnight Memories, which was the best-selling album of 2013 in the U.K.
The girl group’s debut album,
Spice, hit #1 in May 1997 and went on to become the best-selling album of the year in the U.S. That marked the only time that a British group has had the year’s top seller since Nielsen began tracking music sales in 1991. The group’s follow-up album, Spiceworld, also made the top 10 (in February 1998). In addition, the group had four top 10 singles. “Wannabe,” the lead single from Spice, hit #1.
The four most recent albums by the alternative rock band have made the top 10. The group reached #1 in June with
Drones. Muse won a Grammy for Best Rock Album for The Resistance. Their top single is “Uprising,” which reached #37 in 2009.
The first three albums by the rock band have made the top 10. The band has topped the chart with its two most recent albums,
Babel and Wilder Mind. Babel won a Grammy for Album of the Year, a feat that has even eluded Coldplay. The band has won a second Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video. Mumford’s highest-charting single is “I Will Wait,” which reached #12 on the Hot 100.
The four most recent studio albums by the Welsh heavy metal band have reached the top 20. Three of them have hit the top 10:
Scream Aim Fire (#4 in 2008), Fever (#3 in 2010), and Venom (#8 in 2015). “Your Betrayal” bubbled under the Hot 100.
The indie-rock band has reached the top 20 with its four most recent albums. Two of them have cracked the top 10:
Favourite Worst Nightmare (#7 in 2007) and AM (#6 in 2013). Arctic Monkeys’ top single is “Do I Wanna Know?” (#70).
The multinational classical crossover vocal quartet, which was formed in London, reached the top 10 with its first five albums. Their sophomore album,
Ancora, reached #1. Celine Dion was featured on “I Believe in You” (Je crois en toi),“ the key track from Ancora.
This indie-rock band has made the top 10 with its two most recent albums:
Ceremonials (#6 in 2011) and How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (which hit #1 in June). The group’s top single is "Dog Days Are Over,” which reached #21 in 2010.
The Scottish-based alternative band has reached the top 10 with its two most recent albums:
A Hundred Million Suns (#9 in 2008) and Fallen Empires (#5 in 2011). The group also had a top five single with the moving rock ballad “Chasing Cars” (#5 in 2006). That smash was from their fourth studio album, Eyes Open, which was the best-selling album of 2006 in the U.K.
The alternative rock band has had two top 10 albums:
Under the Iron Sea (#4 in 2006) and Perfect Symmetry (#7 in 2008). Their biggest single is “Somewhere Only We Know,” which climbed exactly halfway up the Hot 100 (to #50) in 2005.
The Scottish art-rock band has had two top 10 albums:
You Could Have It So Much Better (#8 in 2005) and Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (#9 in 2009). Their top single is “Take Me Out” (#66).
The metalcore band’s three most recent albums all made the top 20. The band’s fifth album,
That’s the Spirit, reached #2 in 2015.
Both of the Scottish electronic band’s studio albums have reached the top 20. Their sophomore album,
Every Open Eye, hit #8 in 2015.
The London-based virtual band has had two top 10 albums:
Demon Days (#6 in 2005) and Plastic Beach (#2 in 2010). The group’s top single is “Feel Good Inc.” (featuring De La Soul), which reached #14 in 2005 and went on to win a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. Madonna joined Gorillaz to perform the song on the Grammy Awards telecast in 2006.
The band has reached the top 10 with its two most recent studio albums:
Reckless & Relentless (#9 in 2011) and From Death to Destiny (#5 in 2013).
The girl group (the first group to win on
The X Factor U.K.) reached the U.S. top 10 with their first two albums: DNA (#4 in 2012) and Salute (#6 in 2013). Their top single is this year’s “Black Magic” (#67).
The boy band’s “Glad You Came” hit #3 on the Hot 100. The group also hit the top 10 on the album chart with
The Wanted: The EP (#7), which contained the frisky hit.