In the early '90s, Nirvana launched a grunge era that revolutionized the American music industry. For the first time, alternative was the hottest sound around, and bands like Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Green Day were outselling some of the more traditional rock acts for the first time. Yet even as flannel shirts and the dark lyrics of Kurt Cobain and similar artists were taking over, bands across the pond were coming out with a whole new sound, which would eventually be known as Britpop.
An antithesis to the grunge culture, Britpop was alternative done in a whole new way. Inspired by classic British groups from The Beatles to The Kinks, Britpop featured a much more up-tempo vibe, which pitted the energetic youth spirit in the U.K. against the drama of the Nirvana crowd back in the U.S. Rather than lamenting the torments of the teen years, British music of the time was more likely to showcase the energy and thrill of a night out with the lads. It was as in-your-face as grunge was disconnected and disenfranchised.
While you've probably heard of some of the more famous British bands of the period. Oasis or Blur, anyone? They were only a few to popularize this style of music. Think you can recognize the greatest Britpop bands? Take our quiz to find out!