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
Singer-songwriter
Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977
Singer-Songwriter

Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950
Lyricist & Singer

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940
Musician

Sam Smith Sam Smith
19 May 1992
Singer-songwriter
Lewis CapaldiLewis Capaldi
07 October 1996
Singer

Keith RichardsKeith Richards
18 December 1943
Musician

Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945
Singer-songwriter
Van MorrisonVan Morrison
31 August 1945
Singer

Liam PayneLiam Payne
29 August 1993
Singer, Songwriter
Mel BMel B
29 May 1975
Singer

Elvis CostelloElvis Costello
25 August 1954
 

Ronnie WoodRonnie Wood
01 June 1947
Musician & Songwriter

Ellie GouldingEllie Goulding
30 December 1986
Singer-Songwriter

Marianne FaithfullMarianne Faithfull
29 December 1946
Singer
Brian JohnsonBrian Johnson
05 October 1947
Singer, Musician

Thom YorkeThom Yorke
07 October 1968
Singer, Musician, Songwriter

Pete TownshendPete Townshend
19 May 1945
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer

Jeff LynneJeff Lynne
30 December 1947
Singer-songwriter, Record producer
Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

Billy OceanBilly Ocean
21 January 1950
Recording Artist
Phil LynottPhil Lynott
20 August 1949
Singer

Jorja SmithJorja Smith
11 June 1997
Singer

Joss StoneJoss Stone
11 April 1987
Soul Singer-songwriter
Florence WelchFlorence Welch
28 August 1986
Musician

Roland OrzabalRoland Orzabal
22 August 1962
Musician, Singer
James ArthurJames Arthur
02 March 1988
Singer-songwriter

Courtney HadwinCourtney Hadwin
06 July 2004
Singer

Anthony NewleyAnthony Newley
24 September 1931
Actor
Keren WoodwardKeren Woodward
02 April 1961
Singer

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Declan McKennaDeclan McKenna
24 December 1998
Singer
Tinie TempahTinie Tempah
07 November 1988
Rapper

Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor

Pixie LottPixie Lott
12 January 1991
Singer-songwriter

Carrie Hope FletcherCarrie Hope Fletcher
22 October 1992
Singer-songwriter
Fleur East Fleur East
29 October 1987
Singer-songwriter
Emeli SandéEmeli Sandé
10 March 1987
Singer-songwriter

Conor MaynardConor Maynard
21 November 1992
Singer-songwriter

Crispian MillsCrispian Mills
18 January 1973
Singer

Abigail HopkinsAbigail Hopkins
20 August 1968
Singer-songwriter
Louisa JohnsonLouisa Johnson
31 December 1998
Singer

Jonas BlueJonas Blue
02 August 1989
DJ

Leigh-Anne PinnockLeigh-Anne Pinnock
04 October 1991
Singer

Max GeorgeMax George
06 September 1988
Singer-songwriter

SealSeal
19 February 1963
Singer-songwriter
James BayJames Bay
04 September 1990
Singer-songwriter

Ben BruceBen Bruce
31 October 1988
Musician
Matt TerryMatt Terry
20 May 1993
Singer-songwriter

Tulisa ContostavlosTulisa Contostavlos
13 July 1988
Singer-songwriter

Roger TaylorRoger Taylor
26 July 1949
Musician
Anne-MarieAnne-Marie
07 April 1991
Singer, songwriter

RuelRuel
29 October 2002
Ssinger-songwriter
Robert SmithRobert Smith
21 April 1959
Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist

Henry GallagherHenry Gallagher
21 September 2002
Singer-songwriter

Ayo JayAyo Jay
09 August 1989
Singer

Samantha HarveySamantha Harvey
30 May 1993
Singer

Richard ThompsonRichard Thompson
03 April 1949
Musician, Singer-Songwriter
Rag’n’Bone ManRag’n’Bone Man
29 January 1985
Singer-songwriter

George ShelleyGeorge Shelley
27 July 1993
Singer

Genesis P-OrridgeGenesis P-Orridge
22 February 1950
Singer-songwriter

Ian CurtisIan Curtis
15 July 1956
Singer-songwriter
Cynthia ErivoCynthia Erivo
08 January 1987
Actress

Laurence FoxLaurence Fox
26 May 1978
Actor
LemmyLemmy
24 December 1945
Singer-songwriter

Amelia WarnerAmelia Warner
04 June 1982
Actress

Melanie CMelanie C
12 January 1974
Singer-songwriter
Charlotte RitchieCharlotte Ritchie
29 August 1989
Actress

Tim MinchinTim Minchin
07 October 1975
Comedian
Tony KanalTony Kanal
27 August 1970
Musician

Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford
31 January 1987
Singer

Victoria WoodVictoria Wood
19 May 1953
Comedian
Tim RiceTim Rice
10 November 1944
Author, Lyricist

Michael KiwanukaMichael Kiwanuka
03 May 1987
Singer-songwriter
Ian DuryIan Dury
12 May 1942
Singer

Paloma FaithPaloma Faith
21 July 1981
Singer-songwriter

Rochelle HumesRochelle Humes
21 March 1989
Singer

Sami YusufSami Yusuf
21 July 1980
Singer-songwriter, Singer
Jessie WareJessie Ware
15 October 1984
Singer-songwriter
James FoxJames Fox
06 April 1976
Singer

Paul CarrackPaul Carrack
22 April 1951
Singer

Jason OrangeJason Orange
10 July 1970
Singer

Lola KirkeLola Kirke
27 September 1990
Film actress
Eliot SumnerEliot Sumner
30 July 1990
Musician

Jimmy SomervilleJimmy Somerville
22 June 1961
Pop Singers

John MartynJohn Martyn
11 September 1948
Singer

Kate RobbinsKate Robbins
21 August 1958
Actress

Robson GreenRobson Green
18 December 1964
Actor
Steve MarriottSteve Marriott
30 January 1947
Musician

Keith EmersonKeith Emerson
02 November 1944
Musician
Frankie BridgeFrankie Bridge
14 January 1989
Singer

Jim DaleJim Dale
15 August 1935
Actor
Ed O'BrienEd O'Brien
15 April 1968
Guitarist
India de BeaufortIndia de Beaufort
27 June 1987
Film actress