Famous British Singers

The fact that language is widely spoken across the world, the style of rendition has also made English songs extremely popular all across the globe. Although the United States has produced many talented singers, the talent of singers from Britain is worth a mention. Amongst the winners of laurels like the ‘Grammy’ in the past, many have belonged to Britain alone. Singers of English descent have proved their mettle through their rendition of songs belonging to different genres such as Blues, Rock and Jazz. Two of the most respected singers belonging to Britain are John Lennon, member of the famous band ‘The Beatles’ and Eric Clapton. While John Lennon created sensation with his songs such as ‘Working Class Hero’ and ‘Give Peace a chance’, Clapton’s songs like ‘Wonderful Tonight’ are considered to be one of the world’s best pieces of music. Today, the nation has been encouraging many aspiring singers through reality TV shows such as ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. This is a collection of biographies of famous singers hailing from Britain. Read on and learn everything about their timelines, life stories, and interesting trivia & facts related to their lives.

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 1 Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: September 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stone Town, Tanzania
Died: November 24, 1991

Legendary singer, songwriter and lead vocalist of the British rock band, Queen, Frederick Bulsara adopted the name Freddie Mercury which aptly suits his on-stage vibrant and exuberant persona. A four-octave vocal range musician, Mercury owned every stage he set foot on as much with his vivid performance as with his superhuman voice modulation.  

 2 Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson
269
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Doncaster

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.

 3 Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa
316
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

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.

 4 Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran
188
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Halifax, West Yorkshire, England

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.

 5 Adele

Adele
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tottenham, London, England

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.

 6 Harry Styles

Harry Styles
196
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Redditch, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom

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.   

 7 David Bowie

David Bowie
181
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 10, 2016

English singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Dubbed "The Greatest Rock Star Ever" by Rolling Stone magazine, he rose to international prominence in the 1970s with his innovative style of music. Deeply dedicated to his profession, he remained musically active until his death in 2016.

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 8 John Lennon

John Lennon
177
Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: December 8, 1980

John Lennon was part of the hugely successful and popular music band, Beatles. It became the first British band to break out big in the US. However, they eventually broke up. Subsequently, Lennon went solo, with 1971 album, Imagine, being his most successful and acclaimed post-Beatles efforts. Sadly he was shot dead by a deranged fan in New York.

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 9 Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney
166
Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

English singer-songwriter and musician, Paul McCartney, is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. He gained worldwide fame as co-lead vocalist and bassist for the rock band, the Beatles. He also enjoyed a successful solo career. Besides music, he has been actively involved in humanitarian causes and animal rights issues.

 10 21 Savage

21 Savage
145
Famous As: Hip-hop artist
Birthdate: October 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newham, London

An influential rapper, 21 Savage's Guns Down, Paintballs Up movement, which he reportedly started to reduce gun violence, gave rise to many incidents involving paintball guns. Also a philanthropist, Savage created the 21 Savage Bank Account Campaign to help kids learn how to make and save money. In 2018, he donated $10,000 to fund an anti-bullying campaign in school.

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 11 Liam Payne

Liam Payne
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wolverhampton

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.

 12 Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dartford, England

Mick Jagger is widely regarded as one of the most influential frontmen in rock & roll history. Known for his energetic performances on-stage and multiple relationships off-stage, Mick is frequently portrayed as a countercultural figure. He is an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame.

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 13 George Michael

George Michael
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Finchley, London, England
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.

 14 Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Highgate

British rock and pop singer and songwriter, Rod Stewart has sold over 250 million records worldwide and is counted among the best-selling music artists of all time. During his extensive career that spans almost six decades, he has won numerous awards and accolades. He was mentioned on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists" list in 2008.

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 15 Elton John

Elton John
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: March 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pinner, England
The supremely gifted English singer, songwriter, pianist and composer, Elton John has entertained music lovers globally since the 1970s. His phenomenal talent make him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Not to forget his tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind 1997, which till date is one of the best-selling singles in the UK and the US.

 16 Amy Jade Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Southgate, London,, England
Died: July 23, 2011
Soul and jazz singer Amy Winehouse is best remembered for her tracks Stronger Than Me and Rehab. She was the first British female to win five Grammys. Following her death due to alcohol poisoning at age 27, her album Back to Black became U.K.’s best-selling album of the 21st century.
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 17 Phil Collins

Phil Collins
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Famous As: Drummer, Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiswick, Middlesex, London, United Kingdom

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

 18 Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aston, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

The lead vocalist of the hard rock band, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne is an iconic hard rock star. His successful stint with the band was followed by an equally successful solo career with albums like No More Tears. However, the Godfather of Metal has also attracted media glare owing to his alcohol and drug abuse issues and crazy public behaviour.

 19 Jessie J

Jessie J
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Redbridge, London, England
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.

 20 Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hereford, England
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.

 21 Rick Astley

Rick Astley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newton-le-Willows

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.”

 22 Tom Jones

Tom Jones
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Famous As: Welsh singer
Birthdate: June 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini

Tom Jones is a Welsh singer who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His life and work inspired the 2016 musical, Tom: A Story of Tom Jones. In 2005, for his services to music, Tom Jones was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

 23 Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Watford

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.

 24 Lily Allen

Lily Allen
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hammersmith

 25 Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

 26 Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Islington, London
British singer Leona Lewis soared to fame with her win on The X Factor. Her debut album, Spirit, with the chartbusting track Bleeding Love, was certified 10xplatinum in the U.K. She also appeared as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats. She is also an avid animal rights activist. 

 27 Ella Mai

Ella Mai
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London

English singer, Ella Mai, was one of the contestants on the TV show, The X Factor, in which she auditioned as part of a trio. Even though she didn’t last long on the show, she went ahead to create her own music and became a sensation following the release of her eponymous album that topped the US R&B chart. 

 28 Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon
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Famous As: Singer, Model, Dancer
Birthdate: October 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

 29 Emma Bunton

Emma Bunton
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Model, Karateka
Birthdate: January 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Finchley

 30 Stefflon Don

Stefflon Don
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Stefflon Don is a singer-songwriter and rapper. Don's journey from working as a hairdresser and cake decorator to becoming a popular musician has been quite inspiring. In 2018, she was featured on the cover page of the final print edition of NME. Also a philanthropist, Don helped rapper Shocka by providing him money for his mother's cancer treatment in Nigeria.

 31 Roger Waters

Roger Waters
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Famous As: Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Screenwriter, Singer, Pianist, Record producer
Birthdate: September 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Surrey

 32 Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England, United Kingdom

 33 David Gilmour

David Gilmour
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Record producer
Birthdate: March 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cambridge

 34 Sting

Sting
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Famous As: Musician & Singer
Birthdate: October 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wallsend, England

Sting is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. Credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Police, Sting played an important role in the band's success from 1977 to 1984 during which he served as the band's bassist, lead singer, and principal songwriter. Also known for his work as an activist, Sting has shown interest in political and social issues.

 35 Kate Bush

Kate Bush
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Birthdate: July 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Welling, Southeast London, England
Kate Bush is best known for her UK Singles Chart-topper debut single Wuthering Heights. She has released 25 UK Top 40 singles, such as Babooshka and Running Up That Hill. She is known for her literary themes and drew inspiration from James Joyce’s Ulysses. She was also awarded the CBE.

 36 Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield
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Famous As: Singer, Artist, Cleric
Birthdate: April 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Hampstead, London,England
Died: March 2, 1999

 37 James Blunt

James Blunt
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Birthdate: February 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Five-time Grammy nominee James Blunt topped international charts with his single You're Beautiful. His album Back to Bedlam recorded the highest sales in the U.K. in the 2000s. He is also concerned about climate change and is known for screening the environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth before his concerts.

 38 Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammersmith Hospital, London, England

Roger Daltrey is an English actor, film producer, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band The Who. Renowned for his soulful voice, Daltrey was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest singers of all-time list in 2010. Also known for his charity work, Daltrey has been a patron of the Children's Respite Trust since 2011.

 39 Idris Elba

Idris Elba
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney

Idris Elba is a successful actor both on the small and the big screen and is mainly known for the television series The Wire and Luther and also for films, such as Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Beasts of No Nation. He has also acted in blockbuster films of Marvel Comics universe like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

 40 Lemmy

Lemmy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Died: December 28, 2015

 41 Iwan Rheon

Iwan Rheon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carmarthen, Wales

 42 Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher later also led the band Beady Eye, before launching a solo career. Both his solo albums have topped the U.K. charts. The rock icon has been heavily influenced by John Lennon’s singing style. He loves dressing in parkas and is known for his outspokenness.

 43 James Arthur

James Arthur
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

James Arthur is an English singer-songwriter who achieved popularity after winning the popular British reality TV music competition The X Factor in 2012. Apart from debuting at the top position on the UK Singles Chart, his debut single also went on to sell more than 2.5 million copies, making it the most successful single in the history of the show.

 44 Dido

Dido
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England

 45 Keith Richards

Keith Richards
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dartford, Kent, England, United Kingdom

Keith Richards is a musician and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular rock bands ever, The Rolling Stones. Also a guitarist, he was ranked fourth on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 best guitarists list in 2011. Richards' look and characterization inspired the character of Captain Teague who appears in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

 46 Cass Elliot

Cass Elliot
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Died: July 29, 1974

Cass Elliot was a popular American singer and actress. As part of the famous folk-rock vocal group The Mamas and the Papas, Cass Elliot played an important role in influencing the counterculture of the 1960s and its music scene. She had a great impact on the American entertainment industry of the 1960s.

 47 Stormzy

Stormzy
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Croydon
Rapper and grime artist Stormzy gained fame with his freestyles as "Wicked Skengman." He is known for his chartbusting tracks Shut Up and Vossi Bop, the latter being his first number-one track in the U.K. His debut album became the first grime album to top the UK Albums Chart.

 48 M.I.A.

M.I.A.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hounslow, United Kingdom
British-born Sri Lankan rapper Mathangi Arulpragasam, better known as M.I.A., soared to fame with her Billboard Hot 100-charting track Paper Planes. She became the first person of South Asian origin to be nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar in the same year. She has earned an MBE, too.

 49 Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skewen, Neath, Wales

 50 FKA twigs

FKA twigs
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England