British Women Singers

Throughout history, there have been many British women singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female singers such as Adele, Ellie Goulding, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Jessie J, Julie Andrews.

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 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.

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 3 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.

 4 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.

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 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 Lily Allen

Lily Allen.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
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 8 Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom

A distinguished films, television and Broadway actress, Julie Andrews is best known for her performances in films like Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Victor/Victoria. She has also done voiceovers for animation movie like Despicable Me and Enchanted. The legendary actress has also released multiple albums and authored numerous children’s books as well as her autobiography.

 9 Kate Bush

Kate Bush.
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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 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.

 11 Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Islington, London
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 Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Watford

Geri Halliwell is a British singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as part of the popular girl group, The Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records worldwide. Also a well-known philanthropist, Geri Halliwell has worked closely with the United Nations Population Fund, becoming its goodwill ambassador in 1998. She is widely regarded as a girl power icon.

 14 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

 15 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.

 16 Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon
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Famous As: Singer, Model, Dancer
Birthdate: October 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

Alesha Dixon is an English singer-songwriter, rapper, and TV personality. She initially wanted to become a teacher, but destiny had other plans for her, and she ended up entering the music world. She rose to fame as a singer in the 2000s as a member of the girl group Mis-Teeq. She later pursued a successful solo career as well. 

 17 Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blackburn
Susan Boyle shot to fame with her rendition of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables in an audition for Britain's Got Talent. Her first album, I Dreamed a Dream, was the best-selling debut album in U.K. history. She has also performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

 18 FKA twigs

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

 19 Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham.
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Famous As: Singer, Businesswoman, Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: April 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlow, Essex, England

An internationally recognized fashion designer and style icon, Victoria Beckham is widely regarded as one of the most powerful women in the UK. She was appointed an OBE for services to the fashion industry in the 2017 New Year Honours. Also a popular singer, she was part of the best-selling female group of all time, Spice Girls.

 20 Cass Elliot

Cass Elliot.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Died: July 29, 1974

Cass Elliot was a popular American singer and actress. As part of the famous folk-rock vocal group The Mamas and the Papas, Cass Elliot played an important role in influencing the counterculture of the 1960s and its music scene. She had a great impact on the American entertainment industry of the 1960s.

 21 Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barking, Essex, England, UK

 22 Sarah Brightman

Sarah Brightman.
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Famous As: Soprano Singer
Birthdate: August 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Classical crossover soprano and actor Sarah Brightman is best known for her international hit Time to Say Goodbye, sung with Andrea Bocelli. She has also performed in various West End and Broadway musicals, such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. She was previously married to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

 23 Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

 24 Ella Mai

Ella Mai.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London

English singer, Ella Mai, was one of the contestants on the TV show, The X Factor, in which she auditioned as part of a trio. Even though she didn’t last long on the show, she went ahead to create her own music and became a sensation following the release of her eponymous album that topped the US R&B chart. 

 25 M.I.A.

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hounslow, United Kingdom
British-born Sri Lankan rapper Mathangi Arulpragasam, better known as M.I.A., soared to fame with her Billboard Hot 100-charting track Paper Planes. She became the first person of South Asian origin to be nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar in the same year. She has earned an MBE, too.

 26 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.

 27 Petula Clark

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

 28 Cilla Black

Cilla Black.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vauxhall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died: August 1, 2015
Priscilla Maria Veronica White, better known as Cilla Black, is best remembered for her chart-topping hits You're My World and Anyone Who Had a Heart. She had her own show, Cilia, and also acted as a comedy actor. She later presented shows such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.

 29 Christine McVie

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

 30 Melanie C

Melanie C
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Whiston, England
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 31 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.

 32 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.

 33 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.

 34 Carmen Ejogo

Carmen Ejogo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England, UK

 35 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.

 36 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

 37 Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skewen, Neath, Wales

 38 Vera Lynn

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

 39 Paloma Faith

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

 40 Honor Blackman

Honor Blackman.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plaistow, Essex, London, England
Died: April 5, 2020
Honor Blackman became one of the oldest actors to play the "Bond Girl," with the role of Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Fans also loved her as Cathy Gale in the series The Avengers and as Laura West in The Upper Hand. Blackman was also active in British politics.

 41 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.

 42 Stefflon Don

Stefflon Don.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Stefflon Don is a singer-songwriter and rapper. Don's journey from working as a hairdresser and cake decorator to becoming a popular musician has been quite inspiring. In 2018, she was featured on the cover page of the final print edition of NME. Also a philanthropist, Don helped rapper Shocka by providing him money for his mother's cancer treatment in Nigeria.

 43 Cynthia Erivo

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

 44 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

 45 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. 

 46 Stacey Solomon

Stacey Solomon.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dagenham, England

Stacey Solomon is an English television personality and singer. She won the 10th series of British survival reality television show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! and then released her debut single in 2011. Her debut album Shy, which released in 2015, peaked at number 45 on the UK Albums Chart.

 47 Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom

 48 Eleanor Tomlinson

Eleanor Tomlinson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: England, UK

 49 Louise Redknapp

Louise Redknapp.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lewisham, London, England, United Kingdom

 50 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.