British Women Musicians

Throughout history, there have been many British women musicians who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female musicians such as Ellie Goulding, Mel B, Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Anoushka Shankar.

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 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.

 2 Christine McVie

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

Olivia Newton-John
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
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.

 4 Jessie J

Jessie J
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Redbridge, London, 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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 5 Sade Adu

Sade Adu
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
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.

 6 Rita Ora

Rita Ora
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia

Rita Ora is a popular singer and actress who became the first British female solo artist to release 13 top ten songs in the UK. Also a well-known philanthropist, Rita Ora was appointed as one of the ambassadors for UNICEF UK in 2019. She performs quite frequently in charity concerts and supports several charity organizations.

 7 Charli XCX

Charli XCX
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Famous As: Singer
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.
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 8 Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield
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Famous As: Singer, Artist, Cleric
Birthdate: April 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Hampstead, London,England
Died: March 2, 1999

 9 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.

 10 Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of French singer Serge Gainsbourg and English actor Jane Birkin, made her singing debut at age 12. She is best known for her César Award-winning roles in La Bûche and An Impudent Girl. Her performance in Antichrist won her an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

 11 Melanie C

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

 12 Jorja Smith

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

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.

 13 Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hampstead
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.

 14 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.

 15 Dido

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

 16 Florence Welch

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

 17 Joss Stone

Joss Stone
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Famous As: Soul Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dover, Kent, England, UK

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.

 18 Kirsty MacColl

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

 19 Michaela Coel

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

 20 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.

 21 Emma Bunton

Emma Bunton
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Model, Karateka
Birthdate: January 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Finchley

Part of the iconic British all-girl pop band of the 1990s, Spice Girls, Emma Bunton was nicknamed Baby Spice, for being the youngest in the group. Known for her signature pigtails and bright blue eyes, she later went solo and also appeared in the BBC One series Absolutely Fabulous.

 22 Petula Clark

Petula Clark
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ewell, Surrey, England

 23 PJ Harvey

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

 24 Vera Lynn

Vera Lynn
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 20, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East Ham

 25 Natalia Tena

Natalia Tena
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England

Natalia Tena is an English actress and musician,  best known for playing Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter film series. She was interested in the performing arts since childhood. She began her career as a street musician, working as a busker on the London Underground. She then joined a theater group and soon branched out into acting.

 26 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. 

 27 FKA twigs

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

 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 Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

 30 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.
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 31 Patsy Kensit

Patsy Kensit
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hounslow

 32 Aimee Osbourne

Aimee Osbourne
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

The daughter of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Aimee Osbourne followed in the footsteps of her father to become a singer. However, she has disapproved some of her parents' behavior. She failed to hog the limelight in the reality TV series The Osbournes. Aimee Osbourne helped found a synth-pop band called ARO where she is the lead vocalist.

 33 Duffy

Duffy
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Famous As: SOUL SINGER
Birthdate: June 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nefyn

 34 Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde
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Famous As: Singer, Landscape architect, Songwriter, Television presenter
Birthdate: November 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chiswick

 35 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.

 36 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.

 37 Pixie Lott

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

 38 Emeli Sandé

Emeli Sandé
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England

 39 Siouxsie Sioux

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

 40 Rochelle Humes

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

 41 Shirley Manson

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

 42 Lola Kirke

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

 43 Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greater London

 44 Charlotte Ritchie

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

 45 Jessie Ware

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

 46 Olivia d'Abo

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

 47 Natasha Bedingfield

Natasha Bedingfield
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: November 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London

 48 Kiki Dee

Kiki Dee
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bradford

 49 Sophie Monk

Sophie Monk
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Musician, Model
Birthdate: December 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London

Born in London, Sophie Monk moved to Australia with her family at age 2. Initially a Marilyn Monroe impersonator at a Warner Bros. entertainment center, Sophie won Popstars Australia to be part of the pop band Bardot. She later won The Celebrity Apprentice and gained phenomenal success as a reality star.

 50 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.