Top 100 Lists


  1. The Beatles - I Want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, Please Please Me, Can't Buy Me Love, Love Me Do, A Hard Day's Night, I Feel Fine, Eight Days a Week, Ticket to Ride, Yesterday, We Can Work it Out
  2. The Rolling Stones - Time is On My Side, The Last Time, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Get Off of My Cloud, 19th Nervous Breakdown, Paint It Black, Mother's Little Helper, Ruby Tuesday
  3. Herman's Hermits - Can't You Hear My Hearbeat, Silhouettes, Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter; I'm Henry VIII, I Am; Just a Little Bit Better, Listen People, There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)
  4. The Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over, Bits and Pieces, Can't You See That She's Mine, Because, Catch Us if You Can, Over and Over
  5. Petula Clark - Downtown, I Know a Place, My Love, I Couldn't Live Without Your Love, This is My Song
  6. The Animals - The House of the Rising Sun, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Don't Bring Me Down, See See Rider
  7. Peter and Gordon - A World Without Love, Nobody I Know, I Go to Pieces, Woman, Lady Godiva
  8. The Kinks - You Really Got Me, All Day and All of the Night, Tired of Waiting For You, A Well Respected Man, Sunny Afternoon
  9. Gerry and the Pacemakers - Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying, How Do You Do It?, I Like It, I'll Be There, Ferry Cross the Mersey
  10. Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual, What's New Pussycat?, With These Hands, Thunderball; Green, Green Grass of Home
  11. The Searchers - Needles and Pins, Don't Throw Your Love Away,
    Love Potion Number Nine, Bumble Bee
  12. The Yardbirds - For Your Love, Heart Full of Soul, Shapes of Things,
    Over Under Sideways Down
  13. Dusty Springfield - I Only Want to Be With You, Wishin' and Hopin',
    You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, All I See is You
  14. Chad and Jeremy - Yesterday's Gone, A Summer Song,
    Willow Weep For Me, Before and After
  15. The Hollies - Bus Stop, Stop Stop Stop, On a Carousel, Carrie Anne
  16. The Bachelors - Diane, I Believe, No Arms Can Ever Hold You, Marie
  17. Donovan - Catch the Wind, Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow,
    There is a Mountain
  18. Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas - Little Children, Bad to Me,
    From a Window
  19. Freddie and the Dreamers - I'm Telling You Now, Do the Freddie,
    You Were Made For Me
  20. Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders - Game of Love,
    A Groovy Kind of Love
  21. Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Sha La La
  22. The Zombies - She's Not There, Tell Her No
  23. Marianne Faithfull - As Tears Go By, Summer Nights
  24. The Troggs - Wild Thing, With a Girl Like You
  25. Cliff Richard - Living Doll, It's All in the Game
  26. The Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin', I'm a Man
  27. Frank Ifield - I Remember You, Lovesick Blues
  28. The Tremeloes - Someone, Someone; Here Comes My Baby
  29. Mr. Acker Bilk - Stranger on the Shore, Above the Stars
  30. Matt Monro - My Kind of Girl, Walk Away
  31. Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger
  32. Crispian St. Peters - The Pied Piper
  33. The Fortunes - You've Got Your Troubles
  34. Them - Here Comes the Night
  35. The Honeycombs - Have I the Right?
  36. The Tornadoes - Telstar
  37. Kenny Ball - Midnight in Moscow
  38. The New Vaudeville Band - Winchester Cathedral
  39. Ian Whitcomb and Bluesville - You Turn Me On
  40. The Moody Blues - Go Now!
  41. The Caravelles - You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry
  42. Sounds Orchestral - Cast Your Fate to the Wind
  43. Julie Rogers - The Wedding
  44. Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames - Yeh, Yeh
  45. The Who - Happy Jack
  46. The Swinging Blue Jeans - Hippy Hippy Shake
  47. Cilla Black - You're My World
  48. Laurie London - He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
  49. Jonathan King - Everyone's Gone to the Moon
  50. Engelbert Humperdinck - Release Me
  51. Sandie Shaw - Girl Don't Come
  52. Chris Barber's Jazz Band - Petite Fleur
  53. Lonnie Donegan - Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor
    (On the Bedpost Overnight)
  54. The Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road
  55. Unit Four Plus Two - Concrete and Clay
  56. The Springfields - Silver Threads and Golden Needles
  57. Adam Faith - It's Alright
  58. The Silkie - You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
  59. Anthony Newley - If She Should Come To You
  60. Cyril Stapleton - The Children's Marching Song
  61. David and Jonathan - Michelle
  62. The Bee Gees - New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My
    Wife, Mr. Jones)
  63. Whistling Jack Smith - I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman
  64. Garry Mills - Look For a Star
  65. The Hullaballoos - I'm Gonna Love You Too
  66. The Knightsbridge Strings - Cry
  67. Marty Wilde - Bad Boy
  68. Hedgehoppers Anonymous - It's Good News Week
  69. The Carefrees - We Love You Beatles
  70. Noel Harrison - A Young Girl
  71. George Martin - Ringo's Theme (This Boy)
  72. The Betty Smith Group - Bewitched
  73. The Cambridge Strings and Singers - (Theme from)
    Tunes of Glory
  74. John Barry - Goldfinger
  75. The Overlanders - Yesterday's Gone
  76. Alan Price Set - I Put a Spell on You
  77. Lulu and the Luvers - Shout
  78. The Ivy League - Tossing and Turning
  79. Christine Quaite - Tell Me Mamma
  80. Kathy Kirby - The Way of Love
  81. David Jones - What Are We Going To Do?
  82. Chris Andrews - Yesterday Man
  83. Lord Rockingham's XI - Fried Onions
  84. Bobby Shafto - She's My Girl
  85. Helen Shapiro - Walkin' Back to Happiness
  86. Frankie Vaughan - Judy
  87. The Allisons - Are You Sure
  88. John's Children - Smashed! Blocked!
  89. Jackie Trent - If You Love Me, Really Love Me
  90. Russ Conway - Roulette
  91. Ken Dodd - Tears (For Souvenirs)
  92. The Zephyrs - She's Lost You
  93. Twinkle - Terry
  94. The Four Pennies - Juliet
  95. Vince Hill - Edelweiss
  96. Eden Kane - Well, I Ask You
  97. The Fourmost - Here, There and Everywhere
  98. Chris Farlowe - Out of Time
  99. The Sorrows - Take a Heart
  100. Ian and the Zodiacs - So Much in Love With You

While the majority of the artists on this list were popular in the mid-1960s, the start of the "invasion" of British artists in the U.S. has been set at 1958, when Cliff Richard began rocking in England (but hadn't been noticed yet in America) and Laurie London scored his big hit in the States. This progression reached its apex, of course, with The Beatles in early 1964. The end point of the era is set midway through 1967, when few new U.K. acts were crossing over and the Beatles' Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band signaled a turning point. Rankings are based on the popularity of each artist during this period.

All artists from the British isles (England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland) qualify but must have hit the national charts in the U.S. by mid-'67 to make this list. Richard Burton, Hayley Mills and Julie Andrews had charting singles, but with previously established acting careers in American films are not considered part of the invasion and are omitted. Some big U.K. acts, such as The Shadows, didn't hit in America and are conspicuously absent.


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