Famous British Rock Musicians

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 1 Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dingle, Liverpool, United Kingdom

English musician, singer, and songwriter, Ringo Starr, gained international fame as the drummer for the rock band, the Beatles. Raised by a single mother, he had a difficult childhood. He sought solace in music and it became his vocation. After finding success with the Beatles, he embarked on a solo career as well.

 2 Sting

Famous As: Musician & Singer
Birthdate: October 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wallsend, England

Sting is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. Credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Police, Sting played an important role in the band's success from 1977 to 1984 during which he served as the band's bassist, lead singer, and principal songwriter. Also known for his work as an activist, Sting has shown interest in political and social issues.

 3 Keith Richards

Keith Richards
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dartford, Kent, England, United Kingdom

Keith Richards is a musician and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular rock bands ever, The Rolling Stones. Also a guitarist, he was ranked fourth on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 best guitarists list in 2011. Richards' look and characterization inspired the character of Captain Teague who appears in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

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 4 Billy Idol

Billy Idol
Birthdate: November 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stanmore, Middlesex, England, UK
Billy Idol is a British musician. He is credited with forming the popular punk rock band Generation X, which reached the peak of its success in the 1970s. In 2020, he appeared in Billy Never Idles, a public service campaign aimed at educating people about the harmful effects of unnecessary idling of automobile engines in New York City, New York.

 5 Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Roger Taylor soared to fame as the drummer of the iconic rock band Queen. A Planet Rock poll named him the eighth-greatest classic rock drummer. Taylor also became known for his falsetto vocal range and co-wrote hits such as Innuendo and Under Pressure. He also appeared on Pop Quiz.

 6 Brian Jones

Brian Jones
Famous As: Founder of the Rolling Stones
Birthdate: February 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Died: July 3, 1969

Brian Jones was an English musician credited with founding the world-renowned rock band, The Rolling Stones. He was also considered the original leader of the band before his fellow band members, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, took over the musical direction of the band. Jones became the first member of the infamous 27 Club, when he died at age 27.

 7 Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

British singer, Cat Stevens, has released more than 15 studio albums and has churned out many hit songs. He converted to Islam in 1977 and adopted the name Yusuf Islam. He was slammed for reportedly backing the death fatwa on author Salman Rushdie. He has also been accused of allegedly having ties with terrorist organisations, a charge he has vehemently denied.

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 8 Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn
Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Whitechapel

Grammy-winning English singer Damon Albarn has previously been part of two major bands, Blur and Gorillaz, as their lead vocalist and primary songwriter. He has also performed as part of the supergroup The Good, the Bad & the Queen. His solo album Everyday Robots was nominated for a Mercury Award.

 9 Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood
Famous As: Musician & Songwriter
Birthdate: June 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hillingdon, Middlesex, England

Ronnie Wood is a musician and songwriter. Over the years, Wood has been an important member of popular rock bands like the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck Group, and Faces. He is one of the few musicians to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A cancer survivor, Wood serves as an inspiration to those fighting cancer.

 10 Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Handsworth, Birmingham, England
Two-time Grammy-winning artist Steve Winwood experiments with a variety of genres, including rock, blues, and jazz. He has been part of groups such as Traffic and Blind Faith, and has delivered Billboard-topping hits such as Roll with It. He is one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

 11 Kirsty MacColl

Kirsty MacColl
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croydon
Died: December 18, 2000

 12 Mick Fleetwood

Mick Fleetwood
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Redruth, Cornwall, England

 13 John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sidcup, Kent, England

 14 Richard Wright (Musician)

Richard Wright (Musician)
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hatch End, Middlesex, England
Died: September 15, 2008

Richard Wright was an English musician. He is credited with co-founding the popular band ,Pink Floyd, for which he also served as a vocalist and keyboardist. Wright contributed immensely to the success of Pink Floyd and his distinctive keyboard playing was a key component of the music produced by the band.

 15 George Martin

George Martin
Famous As: Record Producer, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: January 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Highbury, London, England
Died: March 8, 2016

George Martin was an English composer, conductor, arranger, record producer, and audio engineer. Due to his involvement on each of the Beatles' albums, Martin was often referred to as the Fifth Beatle. In 1996, George Martin was made a Knight Bachelor for his contribution to the music industry. Apart from being a musician, Martin also contributed to several charitable causes.

 16 PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bridport

Tinged with themes of female sexuality, the lyrics of PJ Harvey have redefined the place women occupy in rock music. While she was initially part of a musical trio named after herself, she later charted her own path as a solo musician. She is only artist to have earned the Mercury Prize twice.

 17 Eric Burdon

Eric Burdon
Famous As: Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: May 11, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne

 18 Donovan

Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Autobiographer, Writer, Poet, Record producer, Film score composer
Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Donovan is a Scottish guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for developing and popularizing a distinctive and eclectic style that blended many genres, such as folk, jazz, pop, calypso, and psychedelic rock. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

 19 Nick Drake

Nick Drake
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer
Birthdate: June 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
Died: November 25, 1974

Nick Drake was a British singer-songwriter best remembered for his acoustic guitar-based music. Although he failed to achieve popularity during his lifetime, Drake's music has achieved recognition in recent times. He suffered from depression throughout his life and died at the age of 26 from an overdose of a prescribed antidepressant called amitriptyline.

 20 Gerry Rafferty

Gerry Rafferty
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paisley
Died: January 4, 2011

 21 Pete Doherty

Pete Doherty
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hexham

Pete Doherty is an English musician, artist, actor, writer, and songwriter. He is credited with forming the popular rock band, The Libertines, for which he also serves as the co-frontman. Pete Doherty has been struggling with drug addiction for many years now. He has also been arrested on several occasions for offences arising from drug use.

 22 Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts
Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England
Died: August 24, 2021

English drummer, Charlie Watts, was best known as a member of the band Rolling Stones. He was associated with the group for almost 60 years. He began his career as a graphic designer for an advertising company and played with bands in his leisure time. He eventually started drumming full time with Rolling Stones.

 23 Phil Collins

Phil Collins
Famous As: Drummer, Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiswick, Middlesex, London, United Kingdom

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

 24 Mick Taylor

Mick Taylor
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, England

Mick Taylor soared to fame as the guitarist of iconic rock band The Rolling Stones. He has also been part of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Named to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, he was also declared one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

 25 Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr
Famous As: Guitarist, Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manchester, England

 26 Gary Glitter

Gary Glitter
Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Autobiographer
Birthdate: May 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Banbury

 27 Dhani Harrison

Dhani Harrison
Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model
Birthdate: August 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Windsor

 28 Shirley Manson

Shirley Manson
Famous As: Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Musician, Model, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh

 29 John Lydon

John Lydon
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Holloway, London, England

 30 Siouxsie Sioux

Siouxsie Sioux
Famous As: Singer, Musician, Exotica, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Southwark

 31 Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman
Famous As: Composer, Musician, Keyboardist, Songwriter, Pianist, Film score composer, Radio personality
Birthdate: May 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perivale

One of the most popular rock keyboardists of the progressive rock genre, Rick Wakeman soared to fame as part of the band Yes and later had an equally successful solo career. He had ditched his initial dream of becoming a pianist to start his career as a session musician.

 32 Greg Lake

Greg Lake
Famous As: Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Parkstone
Died: December 7, 2016

 33 Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp
Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Motivational speaker, Record producer
Birthdate: May 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wimborne Minster

 34 Mike Oldfield

Mike Oldfield
Famous As: Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reading

Best known for his hit album-length conceptual piece Tubular Bells, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Mike Oldfield experimented with a whole range of musical genres, such as progressive rock, folk, and new-age rock. His music was also featured in the cult horror film of the 1970s The Exorcist.

 35 Passenger

Famous As: musician, singer-songwriter, singer
Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brighton and Hove

 36 Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson
Famous As: Composer, Singer, Guitarist, Flautist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dunfermline

 37 Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood
Famous As: Guitarist, Banjoist, Composer, Ondist, Multi-instrumentalist, Actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford

 38 Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker
Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: September 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sheffield

 39 James McCartney

James McCartney
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 40 Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson
Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Accrington

 41 Tony Kanal

Tony Kanal
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England

 42 Nigel John Taylor

Nigel John Taylor
Birthdate: June 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Solihull

 43 Peter Hook

Peter Hook
Famous As: singer
Birthdate: February 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salford, Greater Manchester
Peter Hook is best known as the bassist and co-founder of the rock bands Joy Division and New Order. Hook uses a signature heavy chorus effect. He now performs as the lead vocalist and bassist for Peter Hook and the Light. He has also authored a bestselling autobiographical trilogy.

 44 Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Record producer
Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Essex

 45 beabadoobee

Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 3, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iloilo City, Philippines

 46 Chris Squire

Chris Squire
Famous As: Bassist, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Film score composer
Birthdate: March 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London
Died: June 28, 2015

 47 Malcolm McLaren

Malcolm McLaren
Famous As: Singer, Screenwriter, Songwriter, Talent agent, Record producer, Talent manager
Birthdate: January 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stoke Newington
Died: April 8, 2010

 48 Dev Hynes

Dev Hynes
Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: December 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston

 49 Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Writer, Singer
Birthdate: December 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barking

 50 Bernard Sumner

Bernard Sumner
Famous As: Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Singer
Birthdate: January 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salford