Which British Pop Band Would You Join to Crack America?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

There are a number of very popular British bands that tried and tried but never succeeded in breaking into the American market, despite an obviously US-friendly sound and often with all the might of huge music studios behind them. Failures in this area include Take That, Oasis, and Dizzee Rascal. Even bands like The Kinks were fairly successful in the US but were not as fully appreciated in their time as they probably should have been.

On the other side of the scale, we find titanic juggernauts like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Spice Girls, and more recently, the absolutely ubiquitous pop stylings of boy-band One Direction. Some of them did it organically, while others benefited from the (mostly) benevolent mentorship of Simon Cowell and the groundswell of a TV show launch.

As the variety of bands we've namechecked shows, there's no right genre or other artistic choice that guarantees that a British band will crack the American market. It's all about timing, marketing and guts. America is the biggest English-speaking market in the world, and only bands with serious staying power tend to make it. 

Which British band would be the most suitable vehicle for your talents as you storm the US from across the pond? Take this quiz and we’ll find out!

How edgy is your sound?

What is the maximum number of people you can cooperate with?

Would you be OK with being "manufactured"?

Is your music at all subversive?

What sort of instrument can you play?

When do you think was the best period in musical history, between 1960 and now?

How would you define your fashion style?

Why would you break up with a bandmate?

Be honest: how wholesome an example will you set?

What is the message of your music?

What fussy thing will you demand in your contract riders?

How much autotune will your music involve?

How long are you willing to spend paying your dues?

How important is longevity of career to you?

Do you anticipate going solo after you quit the band?

Who would consider you a heartthrob?

How will moms and dads feel about their kids loving your music?

Could you cope with a huge overnight leap from obscurity to fame?

What instrument will dominate the majority of your songs?

Which musical genre is definitely NOT your safe space?

Why will your haters hate you?

How much hair dye is simply too much?

Would you consider yourself to be cool?

If you could have one wish, what would it be?

How many number ones is enough?

After making a fortune there, would you consider living in the USA?

What will you find most surprising about your American success?

With which artist today will you pick a silly feud?

How will you end your career?

How would someone know it was your music?

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