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List of notable or famous composers from the United Kingdom, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in the United Kingdom and even some popular composers who immigrated to the United Kingdom. If you're trying to find out the names of famous British composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from the United Kingdom is included when available.

Eric Clapton and David Bowie are included in this list.

This historic composers from the United Kingdom list can help answer the questions "Who are some British composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from the United Kingdom?" These prominent composers of the United Kingdom may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected British composers.

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. His single "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"/"Candle in the Wind 1997" ...more

Age: 71

Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom

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#10 on The Best Rock Vocalists

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive baritone voice as well as the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work. Aside from his musical abilities, he is recognised for his androgynous beauty, which was an iconic element to his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969 when his song "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK ...more

Age: 71

Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom

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#19 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band's break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine. McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a ...more

Age: 75

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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#73 on The Best Rock Bands of All Time

#9 on The Best Singers of All Time

#63 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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Boy George is a British singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam influences, such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop. During the 1980s, Boy George was the lead singer of the Grammy and Brit Award winning pop band Culture Club where he became known for his soulful voice and androgynous appearance. He also founded and was lead singer of Jesus Loves You during the period 1989–1992. Being involved in many activities, he has released fewer music recordings in the last decade. ...more

Age: 56

Birthplace: Bexley, London, United Kingdom

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