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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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
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Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
2
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop
3
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
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Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul
4
Adele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop, R&B, Soul
5
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop, Folk
6
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
New Wave, Disco, Pop music
7
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
8
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
9
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
10
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
11
Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Pop rock
12
Rick Astley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Eurobeat, Blue-eyed soul
13
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music
14
Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Indie pop, Electronica
15
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop
16
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop, R&B, Soul
17
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock
18
Sting is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave
19
Spice Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Girl group, Rock music, Dance-pop
20
Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Swing music, Rock music
21
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music
22
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
23
Barbara Gogan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
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The Passions
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Paul Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
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Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music
25
Siouxsie Sioux is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
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New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock