Famous British Pop Singers

The genre of pop music basically has its roots well laid in the American soil. But this does not mean that the pop culture is limited to Americans alone. The music type has travelled far and wide - every country, today, having its own long list of pop stars and pop music. British invasion of pop music kicked off in 1964 when Sir Paul McCartney and his group, The Beatles firmly made ground for themselves and Brit pop in the global music map. Winner of ten Grammy, one Academy, fifteen Ivor Novello awards, The Beatles became the best-selling band in history with an estimated sale of more than 600 million records worldwide. Interestingly, the legacy of Brit pop culture only zoomed upwards in the coming decades with new-age pop sensation not just claiming top spots in the world pop charts but being lauded for their exuberant musical talent and capabilities. British pop songs are characterized by phenomenal voice, great music and heartfelt lyrics. Singers such as Ed Sheeran, Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse, Charlie XCX, Sam Smith, Hozier, Florene Welsh, Jessie J, Adele, Leone Lewis have defied the usual pin-up standard of pop music and gave it a new identity with their experimental touch. Find out more about the life and music of famous British pop singers.

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 1 Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

At fourteen, singer Dua Lipa began her career by posting covers of famous songs on YouTube. She soon signed a contract with Warner Music Group and shot into fame with the release of her eponymous chart topping debut album. Since then, she has released her critically acclaimed second album, bagged two Grammys and created history at 2018 BRIT Awards.

 2 Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson
82
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

Louis Tomlinson is best known for his association with the popular boy band One Direction. A multi-talented personality, he is also known for his acting and footballing skills; while he started his career as an actor, he was later signed by the Doncaster Rovers Football Club. He is regarded as one of the most influential people in the UK.

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 3 Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Ed Sheeran is one of the most popular English singer-songwriters of the current generation. His songs Castle on the Hill and Shape of You from his third studio album broke records in several countries. He is one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having sold over 150 million records worldwide.

 4 Adele

Adele
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Adele is one of the most successful female music artists from England. She is one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having sold over 120 million records. The recipient of numerous awards, Adele also holds several Guinness World Records. In 2012 and 2016, she was named in Time magazine's list of most influential people in the world.

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 5 Harry Styles

Harry Styles
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

With a career that began on the stage of The X Factor to being named Billboard’s Artist of the Year in 2014, Harry Styles is a name to be reckoned with in the music industry. He is a member of the internationally successful pop band, One Direction, and is known for his flamboyance and versatility.   

 6 Liam Payne

Liam Payne
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

Liam Payne is a popular English singer-songwriter who is part of the world-renowned boy band One Direction. Also a well-known philanthropist, Liam Payne has supported Comic Relief and Unicef. In 2020, he helped raise over $10 million for charitable organizations fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to his charity work, he serves as an inspiration to many youngsters across the world.

 7 Jessie J

Jessie J
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Jessie J, the first U.K. female artist to score six Top-10 singles from the same album, is best known for her Billboard Hot 100-charting single Domino. She has been a coach on The Voice in the U.K. and Australia, and has also appeared in the Chinese singing contest Singer.
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 8 Calum Scott

Calum Scott
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Famous As: Singer, songwriter
Birthdate: October 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Calum Scott is a British singer-songwriter who achieved national recognition after competing in the ninth series of the popular reality television show Britain's Got Talent. An openly gay musician, Calum Scott serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community around the world.

 9 Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
The third-top-selling artist in UK Singles history, Cliff Richard has sold over 250 million records. He charted 67 top-ten and 14 number-one singles in the U.K. He mostly performed with his backing band, The Shadows, and redefined the rock-and-roll genre with singles such as Move It, which inspired The Beatles.

 10 Rick Astley

Rick Astley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Rick Astley went from being a high-school drop-out and a driver, to becoming a music sensation. He turned into a global phenomenon with his 1987 track Never Gonna Give You Up, which topped charts in 25 countries. Years later, in 2007, the video was part of the viral meme “rickrolling.”

 11 George Michael

George Michael
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: December 25, 2016

George Michael is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham and later went solo. His first solo single Careless Whisper reached number one in over 20 countries. He came out as gay in 1998. He was often in news for his personal life and legal troubles.

 12 Domino Kirke

Domino Kirke
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British, American

 13 Olly Murs

Olly Murs
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Famous As: Choreographer, Composer, Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Known for his songs like Thinking of Me, Heart Skips a Beat and Dance with Me Tonight, Olly Murs established himself as a successful singer and songwriter. The Englishman, whose music genres range from pop to neo soul came to prominence with his performance in The X Factor. The Manchester United fan is also a television presenter and voice actor.

 14 Perrie Edwards

Perrie Edwards
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Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: July 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

English singer Perrie Edwards is famous for being part of the girl group Little Mix, which is one of the highest-selling girl groups ever, having sold more than 50 million records. Such is Edwards' popularity that she has been signed as the new face for brands like Superga and Nando's. She is also the first female ambassador for Supreme Nutrition.

 15 Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 16 Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 17 Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British, American

 18 Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Ellie Goulding has created chart-topping tracks such as Your Song and Lights. In 2010, she earned the BBC Sound of 2010 poll and the Brit Awards Critics' Choice Award, becoming the second artist to win both honors in the same year. She works with charities such as Children in Need.

 19 Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Sophie Ellis-Bextor
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Famous As: singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

English singer-songwriter, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, first gained prominence in the 1990s, as the lead singer of the indie rock band, Theaudience. Following the group’s disbandment, she went on to build a successful solo career, and her debut solo album was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). She has appeared in a few TV shows as well.

 20 Samantha Womack

Samantha Womack
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 21 Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

Geri Halliwell is a British singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as part of the popular girl group, The Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records worldwide. Also a well-known philanthropist, Geri Halliwell has worked closely with the United Nations Population Fund, becoming its goodwill ambassador in 1998. She is widely regarded as a girl power icon.

 22 Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British, Welsh

 23 Rag’n’Bone Man

Rag’n’Bone Man
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 24 Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie
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Famous As: Singer, songwriter
Birthdate: April 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 25 Melanie C

Melanie C
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 26 Martine McCutcheon

Martine McCutcheon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 27 Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French, British

Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of French singer Serge Gainsbourg and English actor Jane Birkin, made her singing debut at age 12. She is best known for her César Award-winning roles in La Bûche and An Impudent Girl. Her performance in Antichrist won her an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

 28 Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello
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Birthdate: August 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

Regarded as one of the greatest artists of all time, Elvis Costello is a British singer-songwriter. Often counted among British cultural icons, Costello is also known for his humanitarian efforts; a prominent member of the Jazz Foundation of America, Costello has played a crucial role in saving the lives of many elderly blues and jazz musicians in America.

 29 Hannah Spearritt

Hannah Spearritt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 30 Ella Henderson

Ella Henderson
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 31 Frankie Bridge

Frankie Bridge
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 32 Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Gary Barlow, best known as part of the British pop band Take That, has also had a successful solo career. The six-time Ivor Novello Award-winning singer has also judged shows such as The X Factor UK and has worked for charitable causes such as the Children in Need initiative. 

 33 Jim Sturgess

Jim Sturgess
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Jim Sturgess is best known as Jude from the film Across the Universe and as Ben Campbell from the film 21. He has also played significant roles in Crossing Over and Cloud Atlas. He also voiced a character in Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.

 34 Olly Alexander

Olly Alexander
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

British musician, singer-songwriter, and actor, Olly Alexander, is the lead singer of the synth-pop trio Years & Years. As a child, he developed a love for singing and took part in school plays. He studied performing arts at the Hereford College of Arts before beginning his career. He is homosexual and an outspoken LGBTQIA+ advocate.

 35 Samantha Fox

Samantha Fox
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Samantha Fox soared to fame as a Page 3 topless model in The Sun. She then released Billboard-charting pop tracks such as Touch Me and Naughty Girls. She has also appeared in a few films, in the sitcom Charles in Charge, and on reality shows such as Celebrity Big Brother

 36 Peter Andre

Peter Andre
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Famous As: Singer, songwriter, television presenter
Birthdate: February 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Singer Peter Andre, best known for his international hit Mysterious Girl, has also been part of the reality shows I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing. He later married his I’m a Celebrity co-contestant Katie Price and also released an album with her.

 37 Sophia Grace Brownlee

Sophia Grace Brownlee
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Famous As: Pop Singer, TV Personality, YouTuber
Birthdate: April 18, 2003
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 38 James Bay

James Bay
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 39 Jade Thirlwall

Jade Thirlwall
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Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: December 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

English singer and songwriter Jade Thirlwall is a member of the British four-piece girl group Little Mix. Her group became the first group to win the reality TV show, The X Factor. Having sold over 50 million records worldwide, they are one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. Besides music, she also runs a cocktail bar. 

 40 Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean
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Famous As: Recording Artist
Birthdate: January 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Trinidadian, British

Billy Ocean is a recording artist who achieved popularity in the 1980s when he became the most famous Trinidad–British R&B singer. Over the years, he has also been one of the most prominent supporters of the Rastafari movement. In the 2020 New Year Honours, Billy Ocean was appointed MBE for services to music.

 41 Rex Orange County

Rex Orange County
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Famous As: Recording Artist
Birthdate: May 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 42 Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle
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Famous As: Ski jumper
Birthdate: December 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 43 Rochelle Humes

Rochelle Humes
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 44 Birdy

Birdy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 15, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 45 Justine Frischmann

Justine Frischmann
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 46 Russell Watson

Russell Watson
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Famous As: Tenor Singer
Birthdate: November 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

Russell Watson is an English tenor who came into prominence after performing God Save the Queen at the Challenge Cup Final in 1999. Apart from releasing successful albums, such as The Voice and Encore, Russell Watson has also appeared as a judge on TV shows like Last Choir Standing.

 47 Roland Orzabal

Roland Orzabal
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: August 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

Roland Orzabal is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He co-founded the pop-rock band Tears for Fears, of which he is the main songwriter and joint vocalist. He began performing in his teens and has played with many bands. He also performs as a solo artist. He has received the  Ivor Novello Award twice as a songwriter. 

 48 Fleur East

Fleur East
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 49 Jimmy Somerville

Jimmy Somerville
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Famous As: Pop Singers
Birthdate: June 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British, Scottish

 50 Anita Dobson

Anita Dobson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 29, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British