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The Greatest English Pop Singers 

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Who is the best English pop singer of all time? Listing many of the greatest pop singers from England isn’t difficult - it’s trying to rank them that proves challenging. With so much undeniable talent, it can be tough to vote one person over another. But that’s exactly what you’ll be doing here, so start thinking!

Many of these British pop singers have been making their mark on the music industry in the United Kingdom and across the globe for decades. Their names are instantly recognizable: Elton John. Paul McCartney. Rod Stewart. Phil Collins. And of course, no list of top English pop singers would be complete without the late, great George Michael, whose pop songs will live on forever.

Some of the good English pop singers listed here also performed rock songs, and even soul and country. Their ability to cross genres so effortlessly speaks to their true musical gifts. David Bowie is a perfect example, along with Robert Palmer, George Harrison, and Olivia Newton-John. And who could forget the new generation of Adele, Sam Smith, and Ed Sheeran?

Vote for the best British pop singer ever here. May the best vocalist win!

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave & Dance-pop; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: New Wave, Disco & Pop music; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Pop, R&B & Soul; Nationality: England
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Rock music, Psychedelic pop & Electronic music; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
yasmin.hawkins22 added Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Rockabilly; Nationality: United Kingdom
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: England
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Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Pop and Folk; Nationality: England
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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
VsevolodGalper added Genre: Doo-wop, Pop music & Neo soul; Nationality: England
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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Pop music & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Piano rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Rick Astley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Hip hop music, Eurobeat & Blue-eyed soul; Nationality: England
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Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
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Leona Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Pop music, Neo soul & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: England
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Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Indie pop and Electronica; Nationality: England
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: England
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Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Dance-pop; Nationality: England
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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Rita Ora is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Neo soul, Rock music & Hip Hop; Nationality: Republic of Kosovo
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Spice Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Pop, R&B & Soul; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Hip hop music, Swing music & Rock music; Nationality: England
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Sting is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Medieval music, Classic rock & New Wave; Nationality: England
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Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Country pop, Pop music & Soft rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: Synthpop, Pop rock & Alternative rock; Nationality: England
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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Genre: New Wave, Rock music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: England