music genre; 1990s UK pop culture movement

Britpop is a type of alternative rock that started in the United Kingdom. Britpop came out of the British independent music scene of the 1990s and affected, or changed, by British guitar pop music of the 1960s and 1970s. This kind of music began as a reaction against some trends, or styles, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, such as grunge from the United States. After American grunge bands such as Nirvana came to Britain, many British bands acted as opposites to the American bands, and wrote about only British topics and concerns.

Britpop bands did not have one type of sound, but the media called them first a 'scene', or short-lasting trend. Later, the media called them a national importance. Blur, Oasis and Pulp had been called the most important bands.[1] Some bands were able to become popular overseas.But Britpop was mostly gone by the end of the decade.


  1. Blur, Oasis and Pulp were the main subjects of John Dower's 2003 documentary Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Britpop and a review of Different Class recalls the "holy Britpop triumvirate" of Oasis, Blur and Pulp; Garry Mulholland; Q magazine, September 2006; p116