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September 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first national pop radio station – BBC Radio 1.

TotallyMoney has created an interactive map highlighting the massive involvement the country has had in the world music scene.

From classic rock bands like Black Sabbath through to boy band pop stars One Direction. The music industry makes up a colossal £4.1 billion contribution to the British economy.

Distinguished contributors include:

  • Scotland – Simple Minds, Belle and Sebastian and Calvin Harris are but a few of the finest exports the Scottish have to offer
  • North-West – Past Britpop and the Beatles, the region boasts bands like Joy Division and Soft Cell, making the North-West synonymous with great music
  • London – Sex Pistols, So Solid Crew and Suede help to configure our capitals rich and diverse musical history in its own separate map.

Explore the UK’s incredible musical legacy here.

Interactive map of the UK

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A new interactive map of the UK from TotallyMoney shows the massive involvement the country has had in the world music scene. With classic rock bands like Black Sabbath through to boy band pop stars One Direction making up the colossal £4.1 billion contributions of the music industry to the British economy.

From the launch of the station in 1967, Radio 1 has been a champion for British artists and driven the careers of a number of the UK’s most popular musical exports.

In time with the influential radio station’s birthday, TotallyMoney have delved into the proud musical history of the UK and created an interactive map of the British Isles made up of the names of the top musicians from every inch of the country. See where Adele rolled in the deep, and the hill where Ed Sheeran found hill castle, and the crowded place where James Blunt saw her face. Alongside each artist, you can explore the number ones that rocketed him or her to the top of their game and how much money it’s made them. You can also listen to a clip from their biggest hit – just in case you needed a refresher on why these artists are so important.

‘Hey Jude’ to ‘Wonderwall’, Supermassive Black Hole to Invaders Must Die – the UK music scene has provided an immeasurable number of catchy tunes and plenty of worldwide number ones. Musicians come from every corner and Isle of Britain – from Two Door Cinema Club in the north of Northern Ireland down to Mick Jagger down in the south-east of England. This map charts the UK’s biggest musical successes spanning over 200 artists and bands, and nearly 60 years of classic British music.

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You know all the lyrics, you have a dance routine with your friends for the big songs, but do you know where the artists came from? The map shows music from everywhere in the country, with 245 artists mapped out across the UK.

Check out the top five chart-toppers for number ones, and see where they came from:


  • The Beatles – the UK’s most iconic band of all time, Hey Jude is their most recognisable – and catchy – song. Hailing from Liverpool, the band had 17 number one hits.
  • Take That – This Mancunian band has had 12 number one hits on the charts, with their most famous being Never Forget.
  • The Spice Girls – Formed in London, Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger, and Posh brought tracks like Wannabe and 2 Become 1 to the world – as well as 7 other number ones.
  • Oasis – While Wonderwall is the traditional song for students hanging around in their halls with guitars, Don’t Look Back in Anger is one of the Mancunian band’s biggest hits – one of their 8 number ones, in fact.
  • The Rolling Stones – Mick Jagger is from Kent and Brian Jones from Gloucestershire, but the band came together in 1962 at the Marquee Club on Oxford Street. Hits range from Gimme Shelter to Sympathy for the Devil, and they’re still rolling on.

“The UK music industry is one of the biggest in the world,” said Joe Gardiner, TotallyMoney’s Head of Brand and Communications. “It’s a rich history, but people often think that musicians just congregate in London. Music is universal – singers and bands come from all over.”

View the full interactive map or the infographic version here.