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The Best British Bands Of 2009, From WFUV

While American hitmakers like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift climbed the British charts in 2009, here in the U.S., we saw a serious influx of great music from the U.K. You wouldn't necessarily call these bands chart-toppers, either here or there, but they do add up to something resembling a British Invasion.

So while early British Invaders Paul McCartney and Ray Davies rehashed and released their signature songs, and the established likes of Coldplay, Oasis and Franz Ferdinand did their thing, it was possible to strike gold by digging a little deeper. Notably, many here have an uncannily American sound — a sign, if ever there was one, that invasions go both ways.

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Copyright 2009 WFUV

Rita Houston
A nationally recognized tastemaker with a broad knowledge of and passion for music, Rita Houston shapes the musical direction of WFUV's acclaimed City Folk® format. With the help of staff, Houston selects the songs that become part of City Folk®, establishes theme days and creates popular features like "New Release Monday" and "Guilty Pleasures Day." Well-known for her rapport with artists, she books the on-air interviews, hosting a number of them herself. Houston also serves as executive producer of the nationally distributed City Folk Live concert series, and produces annual benefit CDs of performances from WFUV's Studio A.