Famous British Composers

Find out more about the greatest British Composers, including Paul McCartney, Elton John, David Gilmour, Marc Bolan and Dave Gahan

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 Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber reinvented the musical and created masterpieces such as Don't Cry for Me Argentina from Evita and Memory from Cats. He is one of 16 people to have won the Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony. He owns one of the biggest theater companies in London.

 2 Roger Waters

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Famous As: Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Screenwriter, Singer, Pianist, Record producer
Birthdate: September 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 3 David Gilmour

David Gilmour
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Record producer
Birthdate: March 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 4 Amelia Warner

Amelia Warner
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 5 Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 6 Pete Burns

Pete Burns
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: October 23, 2016

 7 Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Jazz guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
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 8 Terry Jones

Terry Jones
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British, Welsh
Died: January 21, 2020

 9 Petula Clark

Petula Clark
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 10 Richard Wright

Richard Wright
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: September 15, 2008

 11 PJ Harvey

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

 12 Donovan

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Autobiographer, Writer, Poet, Record producer, Film score composer
Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 13 Tony Iommi

Tony Iommi
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 14 Aimee Osbourne

Aimee Osbourne
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

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.

 15 Dave Gahan

Dave Gahan
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 16 Richard Coles

Richard Coles
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Famous As: Journalist, Radio personality
Birthdate: March 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 17 Nick Mason

Nick Mason
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 18 Dhani Harrison

Dhani Harrison
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model
Birthdate: August 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 19 Jacob Collier

Jacob Collier
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 20 Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman
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Famous As: Composer, Musician, Keyboardist, Songwriter, Pianist, Film score composer, Radio personality
Birthdate: May 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 21 Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Tom Fletcher, lead vocalist and guitarist of the band McFly, has also written for several artists and bands, such as Busted, One Direction, and The Vamps. A successful YouTube vlogger, too, he has documented and shared all three pregnancies of his wife, Giovanna. He has also written several children’s books.

 22 Paul McCartney

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

English singer-songwriter and musician, Paul McCartney, is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. He gained worldwide fame as co-lead vocalist and bassist for the rock band, the Beatles. He also enjoyed a successful solo career. Besides music, he has been actively involved in humanitarian causes and animal rights issues.

 23 Phil Collins

Phil Collins
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

 24 Keith Emerson

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: March 11, 2016

 25 Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim
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Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: July 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 26 Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Diarist, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: October 25, 2014

 27 Mike Oldfield

Mike Oldfield
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Famous As: Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 28 Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Motivational speaker, Record producer
Birthdate: May 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 29 Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Guitarist, Flautist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 30 Jonny Greenwood

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Famous As: Guitarist, Banjoist, Composer, Ondist, Multi-instrumentalist, Actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 31 Ray Davies

Ray Davies
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: June 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 32 Jools Holland

Jools Holland
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Famous As: Musician, Composer, Pianist, Bandleader
Birthdate: January 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 33 Jamie xx

Jamie xx
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 34 Labrinth

Labrinth
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 35 Vince Clarke

Vince Clarke
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Famous As: Composer, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: July 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 36 Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons
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Famous As: Composer, Musician, Record producer
Birthdate: December 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 37 Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann
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Famous As: jazz musician, pianist, record producer, composer
Birthdate: October 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 38 Julian Barratt

Julian Barratt
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Composer
Birthdate: May 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 39 Robert Del Naja

Robert Del Naja
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 40 KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: June 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 41 Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Marianne Jean-Baptiste
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 42 Curt Smith

Curt Smith
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Famous As: Singer, Bassist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British, American

 43 Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 44 Martin Gore

Martin Gore
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Composer, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: July 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 45 Roy Wood

Roy Wood
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Famous As: Oboist, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Hornist, Record producer
Birthdate: November 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 46 Joe Elliott

Joe Elliott
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: August 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 47 Anohni

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 48 Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Singer, Percussionist, Drummer
Birthdate: August 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 49 Lee Ryan

Lee Ryan
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Musician, Singer, Actor
Birthdate: June 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 50 Dev Hynes

Dev Hynes
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: December 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British