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
485 259
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

2
282 228
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

3
260 211
Adele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

4
240 193
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

5
180 180
Arijit Singh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Nirjhar Spandan Dasgupta added

6
157 177
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

7
125 145
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

8
127 155
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

9
161 210
Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Pop rock

10
40 35
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
VsevolodGalper added Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

11
82 135
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

12
82 138
Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop

13
103 179
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

14
55 95
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

15
66 123
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

16
67 125
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

17
14 25
Liam Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
23paygil added Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

18
51 100
Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Swing music, Rock music

19
65 129
Sting is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

20
18 38
Dido is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Matt1345 added Pop music, Trip hop, Folk music

21
39 82
Spice Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Girl group, Rock music, Dance-pop

22
46 98
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

23
50 108
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

24
41 94
Rita Ora is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Neo soul, Rock music, Hip Hop

25
34 82
Rick Astley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest English Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Eurobeat, Blue-eyed soul