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
Lewis CapaldiLewis Capaldi
07 October 1996
Singer

Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950
Lyricist & Singer

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940
Drummer

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
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
Thom YorkeThom Yorke
07 October 1968
Singer, Musician, Songwriter

Liam PayneLiam Payne
29 August 1993
Singer, Songwriter
Elvis CostelloElvis Costello
25 August 1954
 

Jeff LynneJeff Lynne
30 December 1947
Singer-songwriter, Record producer

Phil LynottPhil Lynott
20 August 1949
Singer
Ronnie WoodRonnie Wood
01 June 1947
Musician & Songwriter

Pete TownshendPete Townshend
19 May 1945
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer
Brian JohnsonBrian Johnson
05 October 1947
Singer, Musician

Florence WelchFlorence Welch
28 August 1986
Musician

Pixie LottPixie Lott
12 January 1991
Singer-songwriter
Jorja SmithJorja Smith
11 June 1997
Singer

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

Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

Courtney HadwinCourtney Hadwin
06 July 2004
Singer

James ArthurJames Arthur
02 March 1988
Singer-songwriter
Keren WoodwardKeren Woodward
02 April 1961
Singer
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

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Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor

Conor MaynardConor Maynard
21 November 1992
Singer-songwriter

Carrie Hope FletcherCarrie Hope Fletcher
22 October 1992
Singer-songwriter

Louisa JohnsonLouisa Johnson
31 December 1998
Singer
Declan McKennaDeclan McKenna
24 December 1998
Singer

SealSeal
19 February 1963
Singer-songwriter
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

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

Robert SmithRobert Smith
21 April 1959
Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist
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

Melanie CMelanie C
12 January 1974
Singer-songwriter
Laurence FoxLaurence Fox
26 May 1978
Actor

Ian CurtisIan Curtis
15 July 1956
Singer-songwriter
Robson GreenRobson Green
18 December 1964
Actor

Tim RiceTim Rice
10 November 1944
Author, Lyricist

Keith EmersonKeith Emerson
02 November 1944
Musician
Matt WillisMatt Willis
08 May 1983
Singer

Sami YusufSami Yusuf
21 July 1980
Singer-songwriter, Singer
Tony KanalTony Kanal
27 August 1970
Musician

David A. StewartDavid A. Stewart
09 September 1952
Musician

Ian DuryIan Dury
12 May 1942
Singer

Paul CarrackPaul Carrack
22 April 1951
Singer
Jim DaleJim Dale
15 August 1935
Actor
Jim KerrJim Kerr
09 July 1959
Singer

Nadine CoyleNadine Coyle
15 June 1985
Singer

John WettonJohn Wetton
12 June 1949
Singer

DidoDido
25 December 1971
Singer-songwriter
Tony HadleyTony Hadley
02 June 1960
Singer

Bill BrufordBill Bruford
17 May 1949
Drummer

Lonnie DoneganLonnie Donegan
29 April 1931
Singer

Albert HammondAlbert Hammond
18 May 1944
Singer

Beth GibbonsBeth Gibbons
04 January 1965
Singer
Mark E. SmithMark E. Smith
05 March 1957
Singer

Marsha AmbrosiusMarsha Ambrosius
08 August 1977
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Record
Rod TempertonRod Temperton
09 October 1949
singer-songwriter, composer, record producer,

Brett AndersonBrett Anderson
29 September 1967
Singer

Lianne La HavasLianne La Havas
23 August 1989
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Songwriter,
Lucy SpragganLucy Spraggan
21 July 1991
Singer, Singer-songwriter

Antony CostaAntony Costa
23 June 1981
Singer-Songwriter
Graham GouldmanGraham Gouldman
10 May 1946
Singer

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
Richard FleeshmanRichard Fleeshman
08 June 1989
Actor

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
David UsherDavid Usher
24 April 1966
Singer-songwriter