Music is a culture in and of itself, and often a generation may mark their growth with popular tunes that relate to those memories.
Because of the cultural differences in every country, it is plain to see that music would vary widely by location. This holds true for the two countries in question in this post, England and America. Musical stylings in these countries can be quite different and yet still find some overlap nonetheless.
An article in The Atlantic discusses the phenomenon of British bands being wildly popular with Americans, and American solo artists becoming hits in the U.K. Take, for example, The Beatles, who to this day remain one of the top three best-selling artists of all time and now popular bands like Muse, and even One Direction follow in their footsteps. Much of their sales came, and still come, from Americans. Further, Michael Jackson is also a member of the top three top-selling artists but as a U.S artist can accredit much of those numbers to the British population.
Although it is difficult to tell what leads to these trends of overlap in the two areas, it could be a result of wanderlust or cultural curiosity. Humans naturally crave travel and the ability to meet people who are different to ourselves in an effort to diversify our gene pools, said Science in Our World. Therefore, the reason that a British person might be a fan of an American musician and vice versa could be for the same reason that people find foreign accents attractive– a desire to see or understand another culture, and to relate to them.
Whatever the reason, it is clear that the differences in music internationally can be what leads to its success and bring joy to people around the world.