Songs British People Like: From The Enemy to Lily Allen

What kinds of music are the Brits into right now? Well, if you listen to BBC Radio 1, you’ll hear a lot of the same songs you’d hear on American radio – Flo Rida‘s “Right Round,” Taylor Swift‘s “Love Story” (ugh), Kelly Clarkson “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Beyoncé‘s “Halo,” and anything and everything Lady GaGa.

But unless you’re a devoted Anglophile, you probably won’t have heard most of the tunes below. So for the long weekend, enjoy a sampling of songs in heavy rotation on UK radio stations. I’ve embedded the videos when allowed.

The Lily Allen single, which is about a man that sucks in bed, is a hoot. (Alas, it’s the best song on her new album.)

The Tommy Sparks video is about the most random thing I’ve seen in a very long time.

The Enemy
No Time For Tears

Fightstar
Mercury Summer

Girls Aloud
Untouchable

Calvin Harris
I’m Not Alone

James Morrison
Please Don’t Stop The Rain

Doves
Kingdom Of Rust

The Maccabees
Love You Better

Maximo Park
The Kids Are Sick Again

Tommy Sparks
She’s Got Me Dancing

Star Pilots
In The Heat Of The Night

The View
Temptation Dice

Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz
Number 1

Lily Allen
Not Fair

Ironik featuring Chipmunk & Elton John
Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer)

La Roux
In For The Kill

Marmaduke Duke
Rubber Lover

The Noisettes
Don’t Upset The Rhythm

Bat For Lashes
Daniel

Deadmau5 & Kaskade
I Remember

Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden
Bonkers

The King Blues
I Got Love

Madina Lake
Never Take Us Alive

Prodigy
Warrior’s Dance

Theory of a Deadman
Hate My Life

Alesha Dixon
Let’s Get Excited

Gallows
The Vulture (Act 2)

In Case Of Fire
Enemies

Franz Ferdinand
No You Girls

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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