Obviously there's no such thing as the best accent. Every accent has its own beauty. But sometimes people may prefer a specific accent rather than others in a certain language and of course that happens in the English language.
I personally think the two most popular accents are the british and north american accents, and both have their qualities in my point of view. The north american accent (in all its varieties) seems to be more fluid and most of the time more understandable when compared to the british accent, and the british accent itself (in all its varieties as well) seems to be more polite.
In portuguese, my native language, I have my preferences too. I prefer the accent from the interior of the São Paulo state (this one is the accent I speak and also my favorite), the accent from the São Paulo city and the accent from the south region of Brazil (in all its varieties).
Those are my preferences, of course.
Comments, corrections and suggestions are welcome.
Thanks in advance.
I think I couldn't agree more with you. In fact, it seems that the accents of the Americas in all of its languages are more fluid and looser, whereas the Europe accents seem to be more polite.
In my opinion, that happens due to the fact that the accents in the Americas were more influenced by immigration and external cultures, and also by the native americans, than in Europe in general. So this mixing of different accents and cultures might have resulted in the american and european accents as we know today.
You are absolutely right about the 'fluid' nature of US English accents compared with the tighter, more 'clipped' sound of the standard British accent. That's why the sound of US English is more suited to 20th/21st century popular music than British English is. Why else did the Rolling Stones sing in an American style? The loose 'rolling' sound of US English simply goes better with the music.
In fact, I think the same goes for both Spanish and Portuguese, when you compare the European and Latin American versions of these languages. Iberian Spanish, to the outsider's ear, is like a machine gun firing - a rapid tak-tak-tak-tak succession of sounds. Latin American Spanish, by contrast is much more flowing and musical. Likewise, Brazilian Portuguese has a rounded, melodic quality which its European counterpart lacks. I remember a similar discussion some months ago, in which a Chinese member commented that he liked Brazilian Portuguese because it sounded 'lazy and sexy'. 'Lazy' in the sense of 'laid back', I think. And a really nice description.
Would others agree? And if you do, I wonder why this is so? Why are the accents of the Americas looser and more 'flowing' in all of these languages?