What is it that links John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Van Morrison David Bowie, Kate Bush and Noel Coward? Except for the fact that they all are songwriters and lyricists, each of them have their roots well laid in Britain. Avant-garde style, warm tenor, sophisticated wordplay and fiery idealism define British lyricists and songwriters. They have streamed through the time and tides and came up with some of the most complex to the most simple but elegant musical confections. Revolutionary artists, British lyricists have travelled far and beyond and came up with some of the most scintillating lyrics that have reverberated through the waves of sound. Their wordplay is distinctive yet witty, emotional yet politically invective and bristling with human passion and emotions. It is through their lyrics that they create true imagery within the words that they write. There is a sense of poetry, innovation, allusion and beauty in what they write. It is due to these that songs by British lyricists do not just rank among top in the world charts but are legendary in their true sense of worth. Go through this write-up and check out the life and works of British lyricists and songwriters – their lyrics are heart-breaking, vulnerable and powerful.
Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury

05 September 1946

Ringo StarrRingo Starr

07 July 1940

Phil CollinsPhil Collins

30 January 1951

Rod StewartRod Stewart

10 January 1945

Mel BMel B

29 May 1975

Keith RichardsKeith Richards

18 December 1943

Liam PayneLiam Payne

29 August 1993

Ellie GouldingEllie Goulding

30 December 1986

Van MorrisonVan Morrison

31 August 1945

Brian JohnsonBrian Johnson

05 October 1947

Jeff LynneJeff Lynne

30 December 1947

Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin

22 May 1950

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Eric IdleEric Idle

29 March 1943

Ronnie WoodRonnie Wood

01 June 1947

Thom YorkeThom Yorke

07 October 1968

Florence WelchFlorence Welch

28 August 1986

Pete TownshendPete Townshend

19 May 1945

Elvis CostelloElvis Costello

25 August 1954

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Marianne FaithfullMarianne Faithfull

29 December 1946

Joss StoneJoss Stone

11 April 1987

Phil LynottPhil Lynott

20 August 1949

Billy OceanBilly Ocean

21 January 1950

Roland OrzabalRoland Orzabal

22 August 1962

Jonas BlueJonas Blue

02 August 1989

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Pixie LottPixie Lott

12 January 1991

Abigail HopkinsAbigail Hopkins

20 August 1968

Carrie Hope FletcherCarrie Hope Fletcher

22 October 1992

Tinie TempahTinie Tempah

07 November 1988

SealSeal

19 February 1963

Louisa JohnsonLouisa Johnson

31 December 1998

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Nick HornbyNick Hornby

17 April 1957

Conor MaynardConor Maynard

21 November 1992

Fleur East Fleur East

29 October 1987

Max GeorgeMax George

06 September 1988

Anne-MarieAnne-Marie

07 April 1991

James BayJames Bay

04 September 1990

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Sam Smith Sam Smith

19 May 1992

Matt TerryMatt Terry

20 May 1993

Ben BruceBen Bruce

31 October 1988

Robert SmithRobert Smith

21 April 1959

RuelRuel

29 October 2002

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Henry GallagherHenry Gallagher

21 September 2002

Samantha HarveySamantha Harvey

30 May 1993

Leigh-Anne PinnockLeigh-Anne Pinnock

04 October 1991

Ayo JayAyo Jay

09 August 1989

Richard ThompsonRichard Thompson

03 April 1949

George ShelleyGeorge Shelley

27 July 1993

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Rag’n’Bone ManRag’n’Bone Man

29 January 1985

Ian CurtisIan Curtis

15 July 1956

Tim RiceTim Rice

10 November 1944

DidoDido

25 December 1971

Rod TempertonRod Temperton

09 October 1949

Sami YusufSami Yusuf

21 July 1980

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Marsha AmbrosiusMarsha Ambrosius

08 August 1977

Lianne La HavasLianne La Havas

23 August 1989

Richard StilgoeRichard Stilgoe

28 March 1943

Lucy SpragganLucy Spraggan

21 July 1991

Bruce WelchBruce Welch

02 November 1941

Tony HatchTony Hatch

30 June 1939

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Tom SpringfieldTom Springfield

02 July 1934

Joey MollandJoey Molland

21 June 1947

Laura MvulaLaura Mvula

23 April 1987

Dave HemingwayDave Hemingway

20 September 1960

Bobby WillisBobby Willis

25 January 1942

Chris ForemanChris Foreman

08 August 1956

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David UsherDavid Usher

24 April 1966

Keith ForseyKeith Forsey

02 January 1948

King CreosoteKing Creosote

1967 AD

Justin ParkerJustin Parker

Bryn ChristopherBryn Christopher

08 November 1985

Howard JonesHoward Jones

23 February 1955

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Andy BellAndy Bell

25 April 1964

Lee ThompsonLee Thompson

05 October 1957

Alexander YoungAlexander Young

28 December 1938

Tom EvansTom Evans

05 June 1947

Don Black (Lyricist)Don Black (Lyricist)

21 June 1938

Joshua James Alphonse FranceschiJoshua James Alphonse Franceschi

07 August 1990