Americans have always been fascinated with the customs and alluring accents of the English. Now more than ever everyone seems to be fixated on everything involving the U.K.—their music, television programs, and even their fashion. If you haven’t yet realized it, take a moment and think about how many people you know that like One Direction, or the X-Factor, or Doctor Who.

The Olympics, which were held in London this year, may have started this culture craze, but it could’ve begun with the Royal Wedding last year, or even as early as the 2000s with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. It’s always difficult to trace the exact moment where most fads begin, though in this case it seems more likely that Tom Daley, Mo Farah, or other Olympian favorites spurred this sudden obsession.

The 30th Summer Olympics were held in London, England this year.

A handful of the most popular musicians we hear nowadays are also from the U.K. Bands like Coldplay and Mumford and Sons have been around for a while, but they aren’t nearly as popular as artists like Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Muse. It’s possible that the similarity between Sheeran and Taylor Swift’s style of music contribute to his rising fame, and the popularity of Muse can be explained by their talent and relevance. One Direction, however, is self-explanatory; form a British pop band with five cute teenage boys and you’re almost guaranteed to succeed, as Simon Cowell figured out.

To be honest, some Europeans don’t exactly have the highest opinions of us Americans, but that hardly alters our perspective of them and their culture. Everything seems so majestic, so beautiful, and so classic in London. We are fascinated with their slang and their mannerisms. The Royal Wedding, which had nothing to do with the United States, was on the front page of most of our magazines. It’s hard to tell whether this craze is just a passing trend or if it’ll continue to escalate; nonetheless, we can appreciate the amount of influence that the British seem to be having in our society and enjoy their unique forms of entertainment.

Nataly Capote-Torres / Chief Copy Editor. 

One thought on “Perspectives: British Influence Blooming in the US

  1. Of course in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s their was a desire by American metalheads to find metal which lead many to the underground U.K. metal scene, “The New Wave of British Heavy Metal” Which was full of awesome bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Motorhead. In America their wasn’t as much interest in metal, disco was in vogue and the American underground scene was based on what was happening in the U.K. Many of the aforementioned bands would influence the American rock and metal of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Another country can provide someone with the break they need from the culture of their own country which they may not find as pleasing.

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