Pop 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
370 171
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

2
167 133
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

3
129 141
Adele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

4
134 149
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Ed Sheeran Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

5
86 99
Arijit Singh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Nirjhar Spandan Dasgupta added Arijit Singh

6
93 135
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

7
90 139
Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Harry Styles Pop music, Pop rock

8
62 109
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

9
78 140
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

10
65 131
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

11
43 90
Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Ellie Goulding Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop

12
45 95
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Sam Smith Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

13
21 47
Spice Girls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Spice Girls Girl group, Rock music, Dance-pop

14
23 58
Rita Ora is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Rita Ora Neo soul, Rock music, Hip Hop

Pop Stars With And Without Makeup

15
41 101
Sting is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

16
25 67
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Jessie J Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

17
20 56
Leona Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Leona Lewis Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

18
25 70
Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Robbie Williams Hip hop music, Swing music, Rock music

19
37 99
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

20
20 60
Rick Astley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Rick Astley Hip hop music, Eurobeat, Blue-eyed soul

21
36 101
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

22
25 77
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Tom Jones Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

23
13 46
Lily Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Lily Allen Indie pop, Synthpop, 2 Tone

24
12 47
Natasha Bedingfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Natasha Bedingfield Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, Pop music

25
24 87
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

26
28 100
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Boy George New Wave, Disco, Pop music

27
14 58
Cliff Richard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Cliff Richard Skiffle, Christian music, Pop music

28
24 90
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

The Best Pop Songs About Cheating

29
14 63
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

30
19 80
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

31
19 83
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

32
7 42
Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Davy Jones Bubblegum pop, Music hall, Pop music

33
7 42
Taio Cruz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Taio Cruz Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

34
10 55
Lisa Stansfield is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Lisa Stansfield Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Pop music

35
9 54
Nik Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Nik Kershaw Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

36
7 49
Robert Palmer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Robert Palmer Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

37
6 44
Mick Hucknall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
1498828783844 added Mick Hucknall Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

38
10 65
Colin Blunstone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Colin Blunstone Pop music, Soft rock

39
1 15
Jessie Ware is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
HuyTừNgọc added Jessie Ware Indie pop, Adult contemporary music, Synthpop

40
7 52
Andy Gibb is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Andy Gibb Disco, Pop music

41
4 40
John Waite is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
John Waite Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

42
5 47
Samantha Fox is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Samantha Fox Eurobeat, Pop music, Dance-pop

43
2 35
Jason Kay is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
1498828783844 added Jason Kay Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Pop music