According to Chris Martin, he's the best singer in the world. And Noel Gallagher fondly calls him Captain Rock. Richard Ashcroft was a defining figure in Britpop in the 90s. While Blur and Oasis focused on sing-along pop, he preferred to create dreamy rock with The Verve. Their epic ‘Bitter sweet symphony’ is considered one of the best songs ever. ‘The drugs don’t work’ is almost as good. Both songs are on the album ‘Urban hymns’ (1997), which is one of the 20 best-selling albums ever in Great Britain. Two years later The Verve split up. Ashcroft embarked on a solo career that matches his previous success in terms of finesse.