Britpop was a genre of alternative rock music from mid-1990s in the United Kingdom.
At the beginning of the 1990s, Britpop started to dominate the airwaves not only in the UK, but globally as well. At the time though, the British music scene was in flux. Electronic music and indie rock were becoming popular. But, Britpop, which took elements of guitar rock and pop music to create a new genre of rock. Britpop became a British movement where many working class bands and was a reaction of what was going on in the UK and against grunge music.
Music video by Oasis performing Wonderwall. (C) 1995 Big Brother Recordings Limited
Oasis had eight #1 albums in the U.K.
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"Song 2" by Blur
Blur helped establish the Britpop genre in the mid-90s.
Roughly between 1994 and 1997, a slew of British guitar bands emerged that appeared to counter the trends that had immediately preceded them. And, moreover, they were having Top 10 hits. They sang about life in Britain, whether that be grim portrayals of post-Thatcherite decay or going out with your mates and wanting to take on the world (being "mad 'fer it!" as Oasis would later proclaim).
Music video by Pulp performing Common People. (C) 1996 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.
Pulp was formed in 1978, but didn't find success until the mid-90s.
For a good chunk of the ’90s, a handful of bands from across the pond managed to rule the world. Influenced by guitar pop forebears like The Kinks and The Beatles, groups like Blur, Oasis and Pulp stood in contrast to America’s grunge scene at the time and carried the torch for Cool Britannia.