2021 set to be best year for British bands on the charts in over a decade

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“It’s shaping up to be the year of the new British band!” BPI said

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2021 is on course to be the best year for a British band in the UK charts in over a decade.

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as reported by official chart company, an analysis by the UK Record Labels Association BPI found that 11 of the first 39 weeks of the year (28 per cent) saw a different British group as the number one album.

  • Read more: The Snuts: “Our debut album says there’s a place for guitar music in 2021”

This figure was 15 percent in 2019, which increased marginally to 17 percent in 2020. This comes after the Lathams took the top spot last week (October 1) with their first full-length ‘How Beautiful Life Can Be’. Wigan Group beat Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ to become number one in the UK.


Earlier this year, The Snuts topped the charts with their debut LP ‘W.L’. In a statement, the group dedicated their achievement to “all the fans who have proven it is possible to bring a band like us to number one”.

“Every copy of this record you buy goes a long way,” he said. “It’s old school and it’s beautiful. Thank you very much – we love you.”

The Snuts celebrate their UK number one album. credit: Official Chart Company / Press

Meanwhile, indie label-signatures such as Architects (“For That Wish to Exist”), Mogwai (“As the Love Continues”) and Wolf Alice (“Blue Weekend”) have hit number one in the UK this year.

BPI’s Gennaro Castaldo said of the findings: “New British bands have been quietly breaking out in recent years, but the trend has really exploded in 2021, fueled by streaming and vinyl and spectaculars pulled from across the country. Inspired by a new wave of guitar groups UK.

“The Lathams are just the latest great new band to make their mark, highlighting that 2021 is shaping up to be the Year of the New British Band!”


The new report compares the rise in high-charting guitar bands to a trend seen in the mid-’00s, when acts such as Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Scheff, Franz Ferdinand and Keane enjoyed commercial success with their respective debuts. .

Wolf Alice
Ellie Rossel of Wolf Alice performs at the O2 Academy Bournemouth on July 22, 2021 in Bournemouth, England. Credits: Mark Holloway / Redferns.

Squid, whose debut album ‘Bright Green Field’ reached number four in May, revealed Granthshala Back in March it was “amazing” to see so much independent music top the UK charts in 2021.

Drummer and vocalist Ollie Judge said, “At the moment it’s really just crazy, good independent music that’s coming out and coming into the charts.”

“Mogwai was number one – I don’t think there has ever been an instrumental post-rock album at number one before. And black country [New Road] Getting a top five record… it’s amazing to see.”

Other UK works to achieve a number one album in 2021 include London Grammar, Bring Me the Horizon, Royal Blood and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. You can find the full list Here.

Meanwhile, Public Service Broadcast secured their highest album chart spot of all time on last week’s official charts with their latest record ‘Bright Magic’ reaching number two.

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