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
Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950
Lyricist & Singer

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940
Drummer

Mel BMel B
29 May 1975
Singer

Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945
Singer-songwriter
Keith RichardsKeith Richards
18 December 1943
 

Ellie GouldingEllie Goulding
30 December 1986
Singer-Songwriter

Van MorrisonVan Morrison
31 August 1945
Singer

Liam PayneLiam Payne
29 August 1993
Singer, Songwriter
Thom YorkeThom Yorke
07 October 1968
Singer, Musician, Songwriter

Elvis CostelloElvis Costello
25 August 1954
 
Jeff LynneJeff Lynne
30 December 1947
Singer-songwriter, Record producer

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

Ronnie WoodRonnie Wood
01 June 1947
Musician & Songwriter
Brian JohnsonBrian Johnson
05 October 1947
Singer, Musician

Phil LynottPhil Lynott
20 August 1949
Singer
Florence WelchFlorence Welch
28 August 1986
Musician

Jorja SmithJorja Smith
11 June 1997
Singer

James ArthurJames Arthur
02 March 1988
Singer-songwriter
Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

Marianne FaithfullMarianne Faithfull
29 December 1946
Singer
Joss StoneJoss Stone
11 April 1987
Soul Singer-songwriter

Courtney HadwinCourtney Hadwin
06 July 2004
Singer

Pixie LottPixie Lott
12 January 1991
Singer-songwriter

Billy OceanBilly Ocean
21 January 1950
Recording Artist
Roland OrzabalRoland Orzabal
22 August 1962
Musician, Singer
Jonas BlueJonas Blue
02 August 1989
DJ

Abigail HopkinsAbigail Hopkins
20 August 1968
Singer-songwriter

Tinie TempahTinie Tempah
07 November 1988
Rapper

Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor
Carrie Hope FletcherCarrie Hope Fletcher
22 October 1992
Singer-songwriter

Louisa JohnsonLouisa Johnson
31 December 1998
Singer

Conor MaynardConor Maynard
21 November 1992
Singer-songwriter

SealSeal
19 February 1963
Singer-songwriter

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Fleur East Fleur East
29 October 1987
Singer-songwriter
Anne-MarieAnne-Marie
07 April 1991
Singer, songwriter

Max GeorgeMax George
06 September 1988
Singer-songwriter
James BayJames Bay
04 September 1990
Singer-songwriter

Robert SmithRobert Smith
21 April 1959
Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist

Sam Smith Sam Smith
19 May 1992
Singer-songwriter
Matt TerryMatt Terry
20 May 1993
Singer-songwriter

Ben BruceBen Bruce
31 October 1988
Musician
Tulisa ContostavlosTulisa Contostavlos
13 July 1988
Singer-songwriter

RuelRuel
29 October 2002
Ssinger-songwriter

Roger TaylorRoger Taylor
26 July 1949
Musician

Henry GallagherHenry Gallagher
21 September 2002
Singer-songwriter

Samantha HarveySamantha Harvey
30 May 1993
Singer
Leigh-Anne PinnockLeigh-Anne Pinnock
04 October 1991
Singer

Richard ThompsonRichard Thompson
03 April 1949
Musician, Singer-Songwriter

Ayo JayAyo Jay
09 August 1989
Singer

George ShelleyGeorge Shelley
27 July 1993
Singer
Rag’n’Bone ManRag’n’Bone Man
29 January 1985
Singer-songwriter

Ian CurtisIan Curtis
15 July 1956
Singer-songwriter
Sami YusufSami Yusuf
21 July 1980
Singer-songwriter, Singer

Tim RiceTim Rice
10 November 1944
Author, Lyricist

DidoDido
25 December 1971
Singer-songwriter
Marsha AmbrosiusMarsha Ambrosius
08 August 1977
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Record

Rod TempertonRod Temperton
09 October 1949
singer-songwriter, composer, record producer,
Lucy SpragganLucy Spraggan
21 July 1991
Singer, Singer-songwriter

Lianne La HavasLianne La Havas
23 August 1989
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Songwriter,

Tom SpringfieldTom Springfield
02 July 1934
Musician, Songwriter, Record producer
Joey MollandJoey Molland
21 June 1947
Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Tony HatchTony Hatch
30 June 1939
Composer, Songwriter, Record producer, Pianist,
Laura MvulaLaura Mvula
23 April 1987
jazz musician

Bobby WillisBobby Willis
25 January 1942
Songwriter, Talent agent, Talent manager

Dave HemingwayDave Hemingway
20 September 1960
Singer, Songwriter

Bruce WelchBruce Welch
02 November 1941
Guitarist, Composer, Singer, Songwriter, Record
Richard StilgoeRichard Stilgoe
28 March 1943
Musician, Songwriter, Lyricist, Pianist
Chris ForemanChris Foreman
08 August 1956
Guitarist, Songwriter

David UsherDavid Usher
24 April 1966
Singer-songwriter

Keith ForseyKeith Forsey
02 January 1948
Composer, Drummer, Musician, Songwriter, Record

King CreosoteKing Creosote
1967 AD
singer, musician
Justin ParkerJustin Parker
 

Howard JonesHoward Jones
23 February 1955
singer-songwriter, pianist, musician, singer

Bryn ChristopherBryn Christopher
08 November 1985
Singer

Andy BellAndy Bell
25 April 1964
Singer, songwriter

Lee ThompsonLee Thompson
05 October 1957
saxophonist, songwriter
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