British Women Lyricists & Songwriters

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Throughout history, there have been many British women lyricists & songwriters who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female lyricists & songwriters such as Ellie Goulding, Mel B, Joss Stone, Pixie Lott, Leigh-Anne Pinnock.
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 1 
Adele
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists Known for Her Multi-Platinum Certified Albums '19' and '21')
Adele
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Birthdate: May 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Adele is one of the most successful female music artists from England. She is one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having sold over 120 million records. The recipient of numerous awards, Adele also holds several Guinness World Records. In 2012 and 2016, she was named in Time magazine's list of most influential people in the world.

 2 
Olivia Newton-John
(One of the Best-selling Artists, Who Starred in the Musical 'Grease')
Olivia Newton-John
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Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, England, US
Died: August 8, 2022

Olivia Newton-John's breathy voice and stunning beauty made her one of the biggest pop stars of the 1970s. She charmed generations of movie viewers in the blockbuster film Grease. Following a string of country and soft-rock hits, Newton-John starred opposite John Travolta in the 1978  blockbuster Grease, considered as one the most popular movie musicals of all time.

 3 
Dua Lipa
(Singer-Songwriter)
Dua Lipa
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Birthdate: August 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

At fourteen, singer Dua Lipa began her career by posting covers of famous songs on YouTube. She soon signed a contract with Warner Music Group and shot into fame with the release of her eponymous chart topping debut album. Since then, she has released her critically acclaimed second album, bagged two Grammys and created history at 2018 BRIT Awards.

 4 
Amy Jade Winehouse
(Known for Her Deep, Expressive Contralto Vocals and Her Eclectic Mix of Musical Genres)
Amy Jade Winehouse
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Birthdate: September 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Enfield, London, England
Died: July 23, 2011
Soul and jazz singer Amy Winehouse is best remembered for her tracks Stronger Than Me and Rehab. She was the first British female to win five Grammys. Following her death due to alcohol poisoning at age 27, her album Back to Black became U.K.’s best-selling album of the 21st century.
 5 
Christine McVie
(Singer-songwriter)
Christine McVie
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Birthdate: July 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bouth, Lancashire, England
 6 
Kate Bush
(One of the Most Successful British Solo Performers of All Time)
Kate Bush
6
Birthdate: July 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bexleyheath, England, United Kingdom
Kate Bush is best known for her UK Singles Chart-topper debut single Wuthering Heights. She has released 25 UK Top 40 singles, such as Babooshka and Running Up That Hill. She is known for her literary themes and drew inspiration from James Joyce’s Ulysses. She was also awarded the CBE.
 7 
Mel B
(Singer)
Mel B
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Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harehills, West Yorkshire, England

Mel B is an English television personality and singer-songwriter. She gained international recognition as part of the popular pop girl group Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records. Over the years, Mel B has been an important TV personality, appearing in several reality series as a participant as well as a judge.

 8 
Jessie J
(Pop Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Albums 'Who You Are', 'Alive' and 'Sweet Talker')
Jessie J
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Birthdate: March 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Seven Kings, Ilford, England
Jessie J, the first U.K. female artist to score six Top-10 singles from the same album, is best known for her Billboard Hot 100-charting single Domino. She has been a coach on The Voice in the U.K. and Australia, and has also appeared in the Chinese singing contest Singer.
 9 
Dido
(Singer-songwriter)
Dido
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Birthdate: December 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
 10 
Florence Welch
(Lead Vocalist & Primary Songwriter of the Indie Rock Band 'Florence and the Machine')
Florence Welch
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Birthdate: August 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, United Kingdom
English singer, Florence Welch, is the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the indie rock band Florence and the Machine. The band’s debut album was a massive hit and reached the top position on the UK Albums Chart. She is also a solo performer known for her Bohemian way of dressing. She is a vocal advocate for LGBTQA+ rights.
 11 
Melanie C
(Singer-songwriter)
Melanie C
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Birthdate: January 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Whiston, England
 12 
Leona Lewis
(Known for Her Debut Studio Album 'Spirit' and as the Winner of Third Series of 'X-Factor')
Leona Lewis
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Birthdate: April 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
British singer Leona Lewis soared to fame with her win on The X Factor. Her debut album, Spirit, with the chartbusting track Bleeding Love, was certified 10xplatinum in the U.K. She also appeared as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats. She is also an avid animal rights activist. 
 13 
Kirsty MacColl
(Singer-songwriter and producer who produced the song "Fairytale of New York" with The Pogues and who released pop hits like "They Don't Know.")
Kirsty MacColl
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Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 18, 2000
 14 
FKA twigs
(Singer-songwriter)
FKA twigs
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Birthdate: January 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
 15 
Marianne Faithfull
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Birthdate: December 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hampstead

Marianne Faithfull is an English singer, actress, and songwriter. Faithfull emerged as one of the most prominent female music artists during the 1960s when the United States was happily embracing the British Invasion. However, her professional achievements were overshadowed by heroin addiction, homelessness, and an eating disorder in the 1970s. Nevertheless, Marianne Faithfull staged a comeback and became successful.

 16 
Jess Glynne
(English Singer Best Known for Her Singles: ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Don't Be So Hard on Yourself)
Jess Glynne
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Birthdate: October 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Jess Glynne, named one of Forbes’s Most Influential People Under 30 in 2019, initially rose to fame as a featured artist on tracks such as Rather Be and My Love. She became the first British female solo singer with seven number one UK Singles Chart tracks.
 17 
Jane Birkin
(Singer, songwriter and actress)
Jane Birkin
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Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
 18 
Cynthia Erivo
(Actress)
Cynthia Erivo
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Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England, United Kingdom
 19 
Michaela Coel
(British Actress and Screenwriter Known for Her TV Series: 'Chewing Gum' and 'I May Destroy You')
Michaela Coel
5
Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
 20 
Sheena Easton
(Singer, Actress)
Sheena Easton
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Birthdate: April 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Two-time Grammy-winning artist Sheena Easton first gained attention on The Big Time. With the singles Modern Girl and 9 to 5, she became the second female to feature twice on the same Top Ten chart. Easton is the only artist with a top 5 hit on all Billboard singles charts.
 21 
Paloma Faith
(Pop and Soul Singer Best Known for Her Retro and Eccentric Fashion and Music)
Paloma Faith
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Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

Paloma Faith is a British singer, actress, and songwriter. She is best known for her album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, which received double-platinum certification in the UK apart from earning Faith her maiden BRIT Award nomination. Renowned for her eccentric style, Paloma Faith has also received prestigious awards like the ASCAP Award.

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Mabel
(Singer-songwriter)
Mabel
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Birthdate: February 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Born to a music producer father, Cameron McVey, and a singer mother, Neneh Cherry, Mabel McVey was destined to make a career in music. The English singer-songwriter debuted on SoundCloud with her track Know Me Better. It is believed she had initially used music as a therapy for her anxiety.

 23 
Charlotte Ritchie
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Birthdate: August 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK
 24 
Pixie Lott
(Singer-songwriter)
Pixie Lott
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Birthdate: January 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bromley, London, England
 25 
Tulisa Contostavlos
(Singer-songwriter)
Tulisa Contostavlos
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Birthdate: July 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Camden Town, London

Tulisa Contostavlos is an English singer, television personality, songwriter, and actress. She achieved popularity after appearing in the popular reality television music competition series The X Factor, where she served as one of the judges. Her life and career inspired the 2014 documentary, Tulisa: The Price of Fame, which premiered on BBC Three.

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Olivia d'Abo
(Actress)
Olivia d'Abo
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Birthdate: January 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
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Courtney Hadwin
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Appearances in ‘The Voice Kids UK 2017 ‘ and ‘America's Got Talent’)
Courtney Hadwin
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Birthdate: July 6, 2004
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sunderland, England

Courtney Hadwin is an English singer-songwriter who achieved popularity by participating in the first series of ITV's The Voice Kids and the 13th season of NBC's America's Got Talent, where she was a finalist. She is one of the youngest artists to sign a record deal with Arista Records and Syco Entertainment.

 28 
Lola Kirke
(Film actress)
Lola Kirke
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Birthdate: September 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
 29 
Ellie Goulding
(Best Known for Her Album 'Lights')
Ellie Goulding
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Birthdate: December 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hereford, England
Ellie Goulding has created chart-topping tracks such as Your Song and Lights. In 2010, she earned the BBC Sound of 2010 poll and the Brit Awards Critics' Choice Award, becoming the second artist to win both honors in the same year. She works with charities such as Children in Need.
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Joss Stone
(Singer-songwriter who Rose to Fame with Her Debut Album 'The Soul Sessions')
Joss Stone
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Birthdate: April 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dover, Kent, England

Joss Stone is an English singer, actress, and songwriter. One of the most successful British female singers of her generation, Stone has sold more than 15 million records worldwide. She has also received several prestigious awards, such as Grammy Award and Brit Awards. In 2006, Joss Stone became the youngest woman to be featured in the Sunday Times Rich List.

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Sade
(Frontwoman of the Soul Band Sade)
Sade
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Birthdate: January 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Nigerian-British singer Helen Folasade Adu, or Sade Adu, often blends Afro-Cuban tunes with soul and smooth jazz in her music. The Grammy Award winner had initially studied fashion designing and been a model. The founder of the band Sade, she has released iconic tracks such as No Ordinary Love.

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Jessie Ware
(Singer-songwriter)
Jessie Ware
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Birthdate: October 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
 33 
Natasha Bedingfield
(Singer-songwriter known for her debut album, Unwritten, in 2004, which contained primarily up-tempo pop songs and was influenced by R&B music)
Natasha Bedingfield
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Birthdate: November 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
 34 
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
(singer-songwriter)
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
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Birthdate: April 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hounslow, London, England, United Kingdom

English singer-songwriter, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, first gained prominence in the 1990s, as the lead singer of the indie rock band, Theaudience. Following the group’s disbandment, she went on to build a successful solo career, and her debut solo album was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). She has appeared in a few TV shows as well.

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Tiwa Savage
(Singer-songwriter)
Tiwa Savage
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Birthdate: 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Tiwa Savage is a Nigerian singer, actress, and songwriter. After having created an opportunity to establish herself in the United Kingdom, Savage returned to Nigeria and played an important role in elevating the Nigerian music industry. In 2018, she became the first woman to win the MTV Europe Music Award under the Best African Act category.

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Estelle
(Singer-songwriter)
Estelle
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Birthdate: January 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
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Kate Nash
(Singer-songwriter)
Kate Nash
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Birthdate: July 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Harrow, London, England, UK
 38 
Fleur East
(Singer-songwriter)
Fleur East
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Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Walthamstow, London

Fleur East is an English rapper, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her participation in the popular reality television music competition The X Factor where she finished second in 2014. She then went on to release her debut studio album Love, Sax and Flashbacks which peaked at number 12 on the Scottish Albums Chart.

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Louisa Johnson
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Birthdate: January 11, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Thurrock, England
 40 
Rochelle Humes
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Birthdate: March 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Romford, Essex, England, UK
 41 
beabadoobee
(Singer)
beabadoobee
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Birthdate: June 3, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iloilo City, Philippines
 42 
Bishop Briggs
(Musician)
Bishop Briggs
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Birthdate: July 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
 43 
Ella Henderson
(Singer-songwriter)
Ella Henderson
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Birthdate: January 12, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
 44 
Amy Macdonald
(Singer-songwriter)
Amy Macdonald
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Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs, Scotland
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Leigh-Anne Pinnock
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Birthdate: October 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Leigh-Anne Pinnock is best known as part of the four-member girl group Little Mix, which was formed in the 2011 season of The X Factor and was the first band to win the contest. Pinnock has also launched a fashion blog, besides an apparel collection in collaboration with ASOS.
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Kate Robbins
(Actress)
Kate Robbins
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Birthdate: August 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Margate, Kent, England, UK
 47 
Genesis P-Orridge
(Singer-songwriter)
Genesis P-Orridge
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Birthdate: February 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manchester, England
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Joan Armatrading
(British singer-songwriter and Grammy and BRIT Award winner who has released popular singles like "Drop the Pilot.")
Joan Armatrading
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Birthdate: December 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Carrie Hope Fletcher
(Singer-songwriter)
Carrie Hope Fletcher
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Birthdate: October 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
Carrie Hope Fletcher is best known for her performances as Éponine and Fantine in different productions of the play Les Misérables. She also experimented with music and manages a popular YouTube vlogging channel. She has also authored a bestselling memoir, and several novels, including a children’s book.
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Samantha Ronson
(Singer-Songwriter and DJ Who Became Known for the Song ‘Pull My Hair Out')
Samantha Ronson
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Birthdate: August 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

Samantha Ronson is an English singer, songwriter, and DJ. Best known for her work as a DJ, Ronson spins at high-profile gigs across the world. She has also played private events for popular personalities like Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, and Ellen DeGeneres among others. Samantha Ronson is also known for getting entangled in several controversies including lawsuits.