British 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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1
454 238
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

2
243 206
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

3
214 180
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

4
221 194
Adele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

5
157 158
Arijit Singh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Nirjhar Spandan Dasgupta added

6
135 165
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

7
142 192
Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Pop rock

8
102 134
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

9
107 145
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
23 24
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
VsevolodGalper added Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

11
66 119
Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop

12
91 168
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

13
68 124
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

14
60 117
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

15
57 118
Sting is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

16
7 17
Liam Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
23paygil added Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

17
13 30
Dido is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Matt1345 added Pop music, Trip hop, Folk music

18
39 89
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

19
30 70
Spice Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Girl group, Rock music, Dance-pop

20
35 81
Rita Ora is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Neo soul, Rock music, Hip Hop

21
40 92
Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Swing music, Rock music

22
50 116
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

23
38 90
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

24
28 76
Rick Astley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Eurobeat, Blue-eyed soul

25
38 105
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

26
25 75
Leona Lewis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

27
3 16
Damon Albarn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
23paygil added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

28
32 98
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

29
19 65
Lily Allen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Indie pop, Synthpop, 2 Tone

30
5 25
Jessie Ware is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
HuyTừNgọc added Indie pop, Adult contemporary music, Synthpop

31
19 72
Cliff Richard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Skiffle, Christian music, Pop music

32
32 110
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

33
14 60
Natasha Bedingfield is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, Pop music

34
2 16
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35
23 93
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

36
11 54
Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Bubblegum pop, Music hall, Pop music

37
23 94
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

38
16 74
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

39
1 13
Les McKeown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Jelena Montana added Les McKeown

40
11 60
Robert Palmer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

41
11 64
Andy Gibb is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Disco, Pop music

42
9 59
Taio Cruz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

43
9 59
Mick Hucknall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
svetlanakocic added Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

44
12 76
Colin Blunstone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Soft rock

45
7 52
John Waite is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

46
10 67
Lisa Stansfield is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Pop music

47
9 65
Nik Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

48
5 48
Jason Kay is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
svetlanakocic added Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Pop music

49
6 61
Samantha Fox is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Eurobeat, Pop music, Dance-pop