15. Liverpool, England


Liverpool’s impact on rock ‘n’ roll is often broken down into just two words: The Beatles.

By miles the most popular band to ever emerge out of rock ‘n’ roll (and many would say the greatest), if the city was not to contribute anything else to music history one could rightfully say its work had already been done.

But Liverpool has continued to be a significant place for rock ‘n’ roll and other styles of music to flourish.

In the 1980s the gloomy post-punk of Echo & The Bunnymen and the psychedelic rock of Julian Cope’s The Teardrop Explodes reigned in the city.

Then later in the decade The La’s had their brief moment in the spotlight, successfully mining the city’s rich Mersey-beat pop heritage before imploding in a sea of drugs and bickering.

The 1990s saw a host of largely regrettable Britpop bands such as Space, Cast and the Lightning Seeds emerge from the city by the Mersey, and likewise the 2000s saw The Zutons and The Coral rise to prominence.

The city remains a major tourist attraction for Beatles fanatics to get their fix, whether they want to check out the Cavern Club the Fab Four rocked in their early years or look at where Lennon and company grew up.

Associated acts: The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, Julian Cope, The Boo Radleys, The La’s, The Zutons, Space, Half Man Half Biscuit, Clinic

Landmarks: The Cavern Club, Strawberry Fields