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

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940
Musician

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer

Van MorrisonVan Morrison
31 August 1945
Singer

Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950
Lyricist & Singer
Lewis CapaldiLewis Capaldi
07 October 1996
Singer

Liam PayneLiam Payne
29 August 1993
Singer, Songwriter

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

Ellie GouldingEllie Goulding
30 December 1986
Singer-Songwriter
Sam Smith Sam Smith
19 May 1992
Singer-songwriter

Mel BMel B
29 May 1975
Singer

Elvis CostelloElvis Costello
25 August 1954
 

Ronnie WoodRonnie Wood
01 June 1947
Musician & Songwriter

Jessie JJessie J
27 March 1988
Singer-Songwriter
Pixie LottPixie Lott
12 January 1991
Singer-songwriter

Brian JohnsonBrian Johnson
05 October 1947
Singer, Musician

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

Thom YorkeThom Yorke
07 October 1968
Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Courtney HadwinCourtney Hadwin
06 July 2004
Singer

Phil LynottPhil Lynott
20 August 1949
Singer
Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

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

Marianne FaithfullMarianne Faithfull
29 December 1946
Singer
Leigh-Anne PinnockLeigh-Anne Pinnock
04 October 1991
Singer

Jorja SmithJorja Smith
11 June 1997
Singer
Florence WelchFlorence Welch
28 August 1986
Musician

Billy OceanBilly Ocean
21 January 1950
Recording Artist

Joss StoneJoss Stone
11 April 1987
Soul Singer-songwriter
Tim MinchinTim Minchin
07 October 1975
Comedian

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Keren WoodwardKeren Woodward
02 April 1961
Singer
Roland OrzabalRoland Orzabal
22 August 1962
Musician, Singer

James ArthurJames Arthur
02 March 1988
Singer-songwriter

Anthony NewleyAnthony Newley
24 September 1931
Actor

Declan McKennaDeclan McKenna
24 December 1998
Singer
Tinie TempahTinie Tempah
07 November 1988
Rapper
Emeli SandéEmeli Sandé
10 March 1987
Singer-songwriter

Anne-MarieAnne-Marie
07 April 1991
Singer, songwriter

Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor

Carrie Hope FletcherCarrie Hope Fletcher
22 October 1992
Singer-songwriter
Crispian MillsCrispian Mills
18 January 1973
Singer

Max GeorgeMax George
06 September 1988
Singer-songwriter

Jonas BlueJonas Blue
02 August 1989
DJ

Louisa JohnsonLouisa Johnson
31 December 1998
Singer

Conor MaynardConor Maynard
21 November 1992
Singer-songwriter
Fleur East Fleur East
29 October 1987
Singer-songwriter

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

Ben BruceBen Bruce
31 October 1988
Musician

Tulisa ContostavlosTulisa Contostavlos
13 July 1988
Singer-songwriter
Matt TerryMatt Terry
20 May 1993
Singer-songwriter

Robert SmithRobert Smith
21 April 1959
Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist
Roger TaylorRoger Taylor
26 July 1949
Musician

Abigail HopkinsAbigail Hopkins
20 August 1968
Singer-songwriter

Henry GallagherHenry Gallagher
21 September 2002
Singer-songwriter

Ayo JayAyo Jay
09 August 1989
Singer

Richard ThompsonRichard Thompson
03 April 1949
Musician, Singer-Songwriter
RuelRuel
29 October 2002
Ssinger-songwriter

Rag’n’Bone ManRag’n’Bone Man
29 January 1985
Singer-songwriter

George ShelleyGeorge Shelley
27 July 1993
Singer

Samantha HarveySamantha Harvey
30 May 1993
Singer
Michaela CoelMichaela Coel
01 October 1987
Actress

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

Amelia WarnerAmelia Warner
04 June 1982
Actress

Cynthia ErivoCynthia Erivo
08 January 1987
Actress
Christine McVieChristine McVie
12 July 1943
Singer-songwriter

Melanie CMelanie C
12 January 1974
Singer-songwriter
Paloma FaithPaloma Faith
21 July 1981
Singer-songwriter

Ian CurtisIan Curtis
15 July 1956
Singer-songwriter

Jessie WareJessie Ware
15 October 1984
Singer-songwriter
Shaun RyderShaun Ryder
23 August 1962
Singer

Victoria WoodVictoria Wood
19 May 1953
Comedian
Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford
31 January 1987
Singer

Rob HalfordRob Halford
25 August 1951
Singer

Michael KiwanukaMichael Kiwanuka
03 May 1987
Singer-songwriter

Tony KanalTony Kanal
27 August 1970
Musician
Lianne La HavasLianne La Havas
23 August 1989
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Songwriter,
Jimmy SomervilleJimmy Somerville
22 June 1961
Pop Singers

James FoxJames Fox
06 April 1976
Singer

John MartynJohn Martyn
11 September 1948
Singer

Rochelle HumesRochelle Humes
21 March 1989
Singer
Ian DuryIan Dury
12 May 1942
Singer

Charlotte RitchieCharlotte Ritchie
29 August 1989
Actress

Tim RiceTim Rice
10 November 1944
Author, Lyricist

Robson GreenRobson Green
18 December 1964
Actor

Neil TennantNeil Tennant
10 July 1954
Musician
Beth OrtonBeth Orton
14 December 1970
Singer-songwriter

Steve MarriottSteve Marriott
30 January 1947
Musician
Paul CarrackPaul Carrack
22 April 1951
Singer

Jeremy SpencerJeremy Spencer
04 July 1948
Musician
Jacob AndersonJacob Anderson
18 June 1990
Actor
Keith EmersonKeith Emerson
02 November 1944
Musician