British Women Musicians

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Christine McVie
(Singer-songwriter)
Christine McVie
7
Birthdate: July 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bouth, Lancashire, England
Died: November 30, 2022
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Adele
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists Known for Her Multi-Platinum Certified Albums '19' and '21')
Adele
12
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.

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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 
Olivia Newton-John
(One of the Best-selling Artists, Who Starred in the Musical 'Grease')
Olivia Newton-John
9
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.

 6 
Kate Bush
(One of the Most Successful British Solo Performers of All Time)
Kate Bush
7
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 
Jessie J
(Pop Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Albums 'Who You Are', 'Alive' and 'Sweet Talker')
Jessie J
12
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.
 8 
Dusty Springfield
(Singer, Artist, Cleric)
Dusty Springfield
5
Birthdate: April 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Hampstead, London,England
Died: March 2, 1999
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 9 
Mel B
(Singer)
Mel B
22
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 
Lily Allen
(English Singer-Songwriter and Actress)
Lily Allen
4
Birthdate: May 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 11 
Melanie C
(Singer-songwriter)
Melanie C
6
Birthdate: January 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Whiston, England
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 12 
Florence Welch
(Lead Vocalist & Primary Songwriter of the Indie Rock Band 'Florence and the Machine')
Florence Welch
6
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.
 13 
Dido
(Singer-songwriter)
Dido
5
Birthdate: December 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 14 
Leona Lewis
(Known for Her Debut Studio Album 'Spirit' and as the Winner of Third Series of 'X-Factor')
Leona Lewis
5
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. 
 15 
Emma Bunton
(One of the Founding Members of the Spice Girls)
Emma Bunton
8
Birthdate: January 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Finchley, London, United Kingdom

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.

 16 
FKA twigs
(Singer-songwriter)
FKA twigs
12
Birthdate: January 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
6
Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 18 
Cynthia Erivo
(Actress)
Cynthia Erivo
5
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England, United Kingdom
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 19 
Sade
(Frontwoman of the Soul Band Sade)
Sade
6
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.

 20 
Jess Glynne
(English Singer Best Known for Her Singles: ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Don't Be So Hard on Yourself)
Jess Glynne
6
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.
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Petula Clark
(One of the Longest Serving British Singers With a Career Spanning More than Seven Decades)
Petula Clark
4
Birthdate: November 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ewell, Surrey, England

Petula Clark is an English singer, composer, and actress. She achieved immense popularity in the USA, for which she is often referred to as the First Lady of the British Invasion. Over the years, Petula Clark has sold over 68 million records worldwide. Some of her best known songs include Downtown, I Couldn't Live Without Your Love, and My Love.

 22 
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.

 23 
Sheena Easton
(Singer, Actress)
Sheena Easton
4
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.
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Patsy Kensit
(English Actress and Singer)
Patsy Kensit
5
Birthdate: March 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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PJ Harvey
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer, Guitarist)
PJ Harvey
4
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.

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Siouxsie Sioux
(Singer, Musician, Exotica, Songwriter)
Siouxsie Sioux
4
Birthdate: May 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Southwark
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 27 
Charlotte Ritchie
(Actress)
Charlotte Ritchie
5
Birthdate: August 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK
 28 
Imogen Heap
(British Musician, Singer, Songwriter and Record Producer)
Imogen Heap
3
Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Romford, London, England, United Kingdom
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 29 
Kim Wilde
(English Singer Songwriter and Television Presenter)
Kim Wilde
4
Birthdate: November 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chiswick, London, United Kingdom
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 30 
Mabel
(Singer-songwriter)
Mabel
8
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.

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Jane Birkin
(Singer, songwriter and actress)
Jane Birkin
7
Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Olivia d'Abo
(Actress)
Olivia d'Abo
4
Birthdate: January 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 33 
Pixie Lott
(Singer-songwriter)
Pixie Lott
4
Birthdate: January 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bromley, London, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 34 
Courtney Hadwin
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Appearances in ‘The Voice Kids UK 2017 ‘ and ‘America's Got Talent’)
Courtney Hadwin
3
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 
Paloma Faith
(Pop and Soul Singer Best Known for Her Retro and Eccentric Fashion and Music)
Paloma Faith
4
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.

 36 
Shirley Manson
(Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Musician, Model, Songwriter)
Shirley Manson
5
Birthdate: August 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 37 
Tulisa Contostavlos
(Singer-songwriter)
Tulisa Contostavlos
4
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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Kiki Dee
(Singer. Known for her blue-eyed soul vocals)
Kiki Dee
3
Birthdate: March 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 39 
Amelia Warner
(Actress and Composer Best Known for Her Stunning Soundtrack for the 2017 Film ‘Mary Shelley')
Amelia Warner
4
Birthdate: June 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birkenhead, Merseyside, England

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.

 40 
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
3
Birthdate: November 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 41 
Jessie Ware
(Singer-songwriter)
Jessie Ware
3
Birthdate: October 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 42 
Lola Kirke
(Film actress)
Lola Kirke
4
Birthdate: September 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 43 
Lisa Stansfield
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Lisa Stansfield
3
Birthdate: April 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Heywood, Greater Manchester
 44 
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
(Actress)
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
3
Birthdate: April 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 45 
Ellie Goulding
(Best Known for Her Album 'Lights')
Ellie Goulding
0
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.
 46 
Alison Moyet
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)
Alison Moyet
3
Birthdate: June 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Billericay
 47 
Corinne Bailey Rae
(Singer-Songwriter Best Known for Her 2006 Single ‘Put Your Records On')
Corinne Bailey Rae
3
Birthdate: February 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 48 
Alexandra Burke
(Singer)
Alexandra Burke
5
Birthdate: August 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greater London
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 49 
Joss Stone
(Singer-songwriter who Rose to Fame with Her Debut Album 'The Soul Sessions')
Joss Stone
5
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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Myleene Klass
(British Singer, Musician and Member of the Pop Group 'Hear'Say')
Myleene Klass
3
Birthdate: April 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom

Myleene Klass is a British singer, musician, TV presenter, model, and businesswoman. Klass achieved popularity when she became part of the pop group Hear'Say. Her popularity increased when she started hosting television shows like Popstar to Operastar and BBQ Champ. Myleene Klass is also known for her charity work; she has been the face of charity campaigns like ChildLine.