British Women Lyricists & Songwriters

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
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.

 2 Adele

Adele
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tottenham, London, England

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.

 3 Amy Jade Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 4 Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John
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Famous As: One of the Best-Selling Music Artists
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, England

A singer, actress, businesswoman and activist, Olivia Newton-John is an DBE honouree who has donned on many hats and shined in all of them. Her five Billboard No.1 singles and two Billboard No.1 albums made her a household name. Turning her personal pain into a global mission for cancer awareness, this four-time Grammy winner is truly a symbol of resilience.

 5 Christine McVie

Christine McVie
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bouth, Lancashire, England

 6 Mel B

Mel B
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 7 Jessie J

Jessie J
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
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.
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 8 Charli XCX

Charli XCX
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Charli XCX began her career by posting songs on Myspace. She then began performing at parties, eventually gaining fame with collaborations such as I Love It, with Icona Pop, and Fancy, with Iggy Azalea. She released Billboard charters such as Boom Clap and co-wrote the Shawn Mendes-Camila Cabello hit Señorita.

 9 Kate Bush

Kate Bush
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Welling, Southeast London, England
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.

 10 Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Imbruglia
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, model, and actress Natalie Imbruglia aspired for a career in the show business since her youth. Beginning her career with minor roles in commercials, she worked hard to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry. She has acted in many hit films and is also active as a singer with many records to her credit.

 11 Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
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. 

 12 Dido

Dido
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England

 13 Melanie C

Melanie C
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Whiston, England

 14 Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Walsall, West Midlands, England

Jorja Smith is an English singer-songwriter whose first studio album Lost & Found featured on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at third position. One of the youngest and most exciting talents in the music world, Smith is the recipient of the 2018 Brit Critics' Choice Award. In 2019, she won the Best British Female Artist award at the Brit Awards.

 15 Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 16 FKA twigs

FKA twigs
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

 17 Florence Welch

Florence Welch
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England
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.

 18 Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England, United Kingdom

 19 Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 20 Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prestwich, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Died: April 20, 2016

Multi-talented English comedian, Victoria Wood was also an actress, lyricist, singer, composer, pianist, screenwriter, producer, and director. Wood started her career with the TV show That's Life! and established herself as one of Britain's greatest stand-up comedians. She wrote sketches, dramas, and popular sitcoms and her self-deprecating humor got her 14 BAFTA nominations of which she won four. 

 21 Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin
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Famous As: Singer, songwriter and actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England

 22 Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
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.

 23 Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 24 Kirsty MacColl

Kirsty MacColl
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Famous As: 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."
Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 18, 2000

 25 Keren Woodward

Keren Woodward
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Keren Woodward soared to fame as part of the pop group Bananarama, along with Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey. They delivered Billboard Hot 100-charting tracks such as Venus. Keren later performed with Sara as a duo and also briefly reunited with Siobhan. Keren is also a trained pianist.

 26 Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 27 Amelia Warner

Amelia Warner
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

Amelia Warner is a British musician and composer. She is best known for her work as a composer in a movie titled Mary Shelley for which she was honored with the Breakthrough Composer of the Year award at the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards in 2018. A former actress, Warner has also appeared in films like Æon Flux.

 28 Mabel

Mabel
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 29 Charlotte Ritchie

Charlotte Ritchie
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK

 30 Pixie Lott

Pixie Lott
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bromley, London, England

 31 Nadine Coyle

Nadine Coyle
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland, UK

Part of the award-winning girl band Girls Aloud, Irish singer-actor Nadine Coyle began her career with the show Popstars and later launched a solo career, with songs such as Go To Work. She has also been a model and has launched an Irish pub, which was later run by her family.

 32 Tulisa Contostavlos

Tulisa Contostavlos
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 33 Olivia d'Abo

Olivia d'Abo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England

 34 Courtney Hadwin

Courtney Hadwin
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 35 Lola Kirke

Lola Kirke
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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England

 36 Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
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.

 37 Joss Stone

Joss Stone
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 38 Rochelle Humes

Rochelle Humes
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Romford, Essex, England, UK

 39 Natasha Bedingfield

Natasha Bedingfield
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter known for her debut album, Unwritten, in 2004, which contained primarily up-tempo pop songs and was influenced by R&B music
Birthdate: November 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haywards Heath, United Kingdom

 40 Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England

 41 Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Sophie Ellis-Bextor
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Famous As: singer-songwriter
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.

 42 Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 31, 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.

 43 Estelle

Estelle
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

 44 Fleur East

Fleur East
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 45 Kate Nash

Kate Nash
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Harrow, London, England, UK

 46 Louisa Johnson

Louisa Johnson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 11, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Thurrock, England

 47 Bishop Briggs

Bishop Briggs
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

 48 Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs, Scotland

 49 Samantha Ronson

Samantha Ronson
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Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: August 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England, UK

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. 

 50 Ella Henderson

Ella Henderson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England