Who are some English singers

The 22 most successful British singers of all time

Great Britain's music scene is a phenomenon: English stars have been appearing since the middle of the 20th century, and they have decisively shaped the style of today's rock and pop music. They come from London, Liverpool and Dartford and are conquering the whole world.

1. John Lennon

Born in Liverpool in 1940, the rock legend was only forty years old. Coming from the simplest of backgrounds, Lennon turned to music at an early age and at the age of sixteen played together with his school friend Paul McCartney in his first band projects, from which the legendary Beatles developed in the early sixties after a hard apprenticeship at the Hamburg Star Club.

The Fab Four had a gigantic career. What began with “Love me Do” quickly became Beatlemania with “Please please me” and “I want to hold your hand”. Hit followed hit. The duo Lennon / McCartney is considered to be one of the most successful composing teams.

In 1966, after meeting Yoko Ono, Lennon turned to his own projects. Songs like "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine" emerged. At the end of the seventies, the singer had to struggle with marriage, alcohol and drug problems, so that a conscious retreat into private life took place. Lennon wanted to dedicate himself to his son Sean, who was born in 1975. Before his planned comeback, Lennon was shot dead in front of the Dakota Building in New York in 1980.

2. David Bowie

The singer is considered the chameleon of the scene. After forty years of career, he is still popular in a wide variety of genres. By switching between the sexes, he provoked scandals. His alter ego Ziggy Stardust anticipated cross gender as early as the eighties. Mainstream, theater and experimental determine the work of the artist, who is successful all over the world with over 140 million records sold.

The album "Aladdin Sane" already achieved record numbers, with Young Americans he set a monument to the music of his childhood. After “Glitter” and “Plastic Soul” came the “Berlin Trilogy” with the famous Heroes. London, Berlin, New York and Paris were the stations of the best singer, performer and actor. The singer released 26 studio albums in the course of his life.

3. Freddie Mercury

Wide, theatrical gestures that sweep the fans away, a powerful performance that is unforgettable, will forever be associated with Freddie Mercury, Queen's lead singer.

Many of Queen's best songs can be traced originally back to the singer, who came from Zanzibar. The song “We are the Champions”, composed in 1977, became the anthem of a whole generation and still inspires young people today who have not seen the singer, who died in 1991, live.

With Queen the career of the artist began, who had already worked with various bands before. In this context, his stage name arose and Farrokh Bulsara became Freddie Mercury.

Queen achieved her international breakthrough with “Bohemian Rhapsody”. It wasn't just the singer's voice that intrigued and compelled to listen. It wasn't just his gigantic performances, it was also his ability as a composer that made him successful and popular. After coming out, he became an icon of the gay movement.

4. Paul McCartney

"Yesterday" is immediately heard by everyone who thinks of Paul McCartney. The singer is one of the most successful songwriters in the world. Born in Liverpool in 1942, he was drawn to music at an early age.

George Harrison was a school friend of his, and John Lennon met McCartney at a church festival. Together with the Beatles, they determined an entire era in music history after Ringo Starr joined them in Hamburg. McCartney penned hits like "Penny Lane", "Hey Jude" and "Let it be".

After the Beatles broke up, the singer started his solo career in 1970. Depression overshadowed the end of the band. McCartney found it difficult to find himself. Songs like “Oh Woman Oh Why” were torn apart by the critics but were well received by the audience.

In 1971 McCartney founded the Wings with his wife Linda. Sales and visitor numbers fell. Only with the second album "Red Rose Speedway" was McCartney able to build on earlier successes and slowly asserted itself again. By the way: The Oscar and multiple Grammy winner really plays his bass with his left hand.

5. Elton John

My gift is my song and this one’s for you“Could be the motto above the life of Sir Elton John, whose songs bring generations together. The singer and pianist, born in Pinner in 1947, achieved his international breakthrough with the title “Your Song”.

That was in 1970. Since then, the artist has been publishing one album after the other and not only thrilling audiences with his extravagant wardrobe. Elton John is absolutely Made in England.

His grandmother taught him to play the piano. At the age of eleven he won a young talent scholarship at the renowned Royal Academy of Music in London. He gained his first band experience in the sixties. But the solo career as a singer, pianist and composer quickly emerged. "Rocket Man" and "Candle in the Wind" became evergreens.

Elton John was not spared drug experiences either. After a larynx operation, he had to learn how to sing from scratch. In 2018 he announced his departure from the stage. However, the singer is still active, composing, playing and performing. He now lives in California with his husband and two children.

6. Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger was born in Dartford on July 26, 1943, the son of a physical education teacher. Maybe that's why he is still so present on stage and amazes with his vehement performance to this day. As a singer with the Rolling Stones, Jagger is a living legend.

Keith Richards, the guitarist for the Stones, is from the same town. The two met as teenagers, went to concerts together and gained their first experience in Alexis Korner's band.

The duo has been writing hit after hit since the Stones were founded in 1962: "Satisfaction", "The last Time", "Paint is Black" and "My Sweet Lady Jane" are classics in rock history. The two stars are among the best songwriters of all time.

It wasn't until 1985 that Jagger released a solo album. "She’s the Boss" stores the charts. Together with David Bowie, Jagger followed suit with "Dancing in the Street". Jagger even formed his own band. There was a lot of tension within the stones. In 1989 the dispute was settled and "Steel Wheels" appeared. Since then, the Stones have been on tour again with Mick Jagger.

7. Sting

Raised in a Jesuit school and later active as a teacher himself, the singer and composer, born in 1951 as the son of a milkman, got to know many sides of life. At first he played in bands in his spare time. The new wave band Police was founded in 1977, when their front man Sting was first consciously noticed by the general public. With six Grammys, The Police is one of the most successful bands of the eighties.

In 1985 Sting's first solo album "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" was released, which was rewarded with triple platinum. The next record came out only two years later. The release "Englishman in New York" conquered the charts.

To this day, the singer, composer and producer is creative. Again and again he dedicates himself to new topics and styles. The spectrum ranges from Kurt Weill, the composer of the Brecht chansons, to John Dowland and the Broadway musical, the highly decorated artist who is also represented in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

8. Roger Daltrey

The Who Front Man is undoubtedly one of the best singers in the world. His career is closely linked to the band. Born in London in 1944, Roger Daltrey founded his first rock band at the age of fifteen, which later - in February 1964 - became The Who. The band started right on time for Daltrey's twentieth birthday. Destroying the instruments became their trademark, "My Generation" the anthem of a whole generation.

Commercially it did not take off until 1969 when Pete Townshend presented his first rock opera. Roger Daltrey was Tommy, the hero. The opera of the same name brought financial success. Woodstock and the film made the band even more famous internationally.

Roger Daltrey has released ten studio albums so far. However, the artist was particularly successful as the lead singer of The Who.

9. Phil Collins

From drummer to singer one could describe the career of Phil Collins, who was born in London on January 30, 1951. Collins has been playing the drums since he was twelve. He has been on stage since he was fourteen. Acting and music were at the beginning of his life.

He had his first notable successes with his band The Real Thing, but the breakthrough only came with Genesis. When Peter Gabriel left the band after “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”, a long search was made for a front man. He had been found with his own drummer.

Until 1996 Phil Collins shaped the style of the band decisively. "Duke" was the last album he was on for the time being. Then his impressive solo career began. With titles like “One more Night” and “In the Air tonight” he secured his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a songwriter.

10. Robert Plant

The Led Zeppelin front man made music history. Robert Plant was born on August 20, 1948, the son of a hydraulic engineer in Bromwich near Birmingham. At that time nobody suspected that little Robert would one day have a leading influence on hard rock and be considered one of the forefathers of heavy metal.

In 1968 the band came together around Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Until their dissolution in 1980 through the death of John Bonham, they presented a total of nine albums. Later the group got together again and again and went on tour successfully. In 2007 there was a comeback in London with Bonham's son on drums. Two million had tried to get a card on the Internet. 20,000 were there.

Plant himself had a remarkable solo career that earned him several Grammys. What is remarkable is the independence of the band, which, for example, refused to decouple singles to promote sales. Robert Plant has retained this attitude. The singer tours the world with his band "Sensational Space Shifters".

11. Eric Clapton


The gifted guitarist and singer comes from the bottom. His mother was just sixteen when she gave birth to him in Ripley in 1945. Today the seventeen-time Grammy winner can look back on an impressive career.

For many, he's the best guitarist of all time. In the sixties he played with the Yardbirds, later with the Bluesbreakers. With Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker he founded the first supergroup in rock history.

But it wasn't until the late sixties that he began to sing and recorded his first solo album in 1970. With "Layla" and "After Midnight" Clapton established himself as a singer. Clapton was not spared from drug excesses and blows of fate. His four-year-old son fell out of the window of the New York apartment. Only after several rehab cures did he get rid of alcohol and hard drugs.

Today the musician who had a decisive influence on blues rock lives with his wife and three daughters. Songs like "Change the world" are among the best that rock music has to offer.

12. George Harrison


The Beatles' lead guitarist had a hard time asserting himself in the group. McCartney and Lennon were a strong duo that dominated the group. Harrison was born in the suburbs of Liverpool in 1943. Thirteen years later he received his first guitar. His career was initially determined by the lead guitar with the Beatles. But here, too, he emerged as a singer.

Harrison was the first Beatle to submit a solo album. “Wonderwall Music” was not a success. But after the Fab Four broke up, Harrison really took off in 1970 with “All Things Must Pass”, the first triple album in rock history and to this day the most successful album by an ex-Beatle.

Due to his turn to Hinduism and the collaboration with Ravi Shankar, the singer, guitarist and composer, who died of cancer in 2001, is considered a decisive pioneer of world music. With his concert for Bangladesh, which was marketed with a triple record and film, he created a model for the following benefit concerts.

13. Rod Stewart

Roderick David Stewart was born on January 10, 1945 in London. All he wanted as a boy was a professional football career. Sixteen years later, the world was at his feet as a singer. With his third record "Every Picture tells a Story" Rod Stewart achieved the international breakthrough and a place in the top half of the 500 best albums of all time according to a survey by the music magazine Rolling Stone.

With his grating voice, Rod Stewart sang his way up to the top places, taking gold and platinum. Over 150 million records sold made him one of the UK's most successful singers. With "Stardust" he got his Grammy. The multiple father has been a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1994. Rod Stewart has been happily married to Penny Lancaster for over ten years.

14. George Michael

"Last Christmas" sounds every year. Everyone has heard it. In the department store, on the radio. Nobody can ignore this song. Together with "Wake me up before you go-go", it is one of the greatest commercial successes of George Michael, who was born in Finchley on June 25, 1963 as the son of a Greek restaurant owner.

At the beginning of his career, Wham! Was founded in 1981. The duo worked together until 1986. Then George Michael and his school friend Andrew Ridgeley split.

The step into the solo career was immediately crowned with success: The album "Faith" with the single "One More Try" made it to the top of the US charts and received a Grammy for album of the year. Best of records and the album “Songs from the Last Century” became box office hits.

"Patience" was supposed to be the last commercially sold album, after which, the singer announced, he would like to make his music available for download free of charge on his website. George Michael died in his Oxfordshire home in 2016.

15. Robbie Williams

The steep career for the singer, who was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1974, began with Take That in 1990. His mother had signed him up for a casting looking for boys for a boy band. Initially only a replacement, he quickly made it into the front row and from then on shaped the face of one of the most commercially successful boy groups of the nineties.

After drug scandals, Williams left the band five years later and started his successful solo career. "Angels" became his first own hit in 1997. The following album "I've Been Expecting You" made it straight to number 1 in the UK charts.

With his third record "Swing when you're winning", he finally established himself worldwide. The tour made him a superstar. The music DVD "Robbie Williams Live at the Albert" is one of the best-selling music recordings.

In his private life, the singer was mainly noticed by alcohol and drugs until he met the American actress Ayda Field. The couple have three children and live in California.

16. Liam Gallagher


With their first record, Oasis and front man Liam Gallagher were in the charts for over a year. "Live Forever" was released in 1994 and manifested the band's fame.

With their second album "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?", The musicians led by Liam Gallagher topped their success and managed to become the best-selling studio album in Great Britain after the Beatles classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" .

The singer was born on September 21, 1972 in one of the poorest districts of Greater Manchester. After dropping out of school, dropped out jobs followed until a colleague brought him into his band as a singer, which was later renamed Oasis at Gallagher's request. From then on it went steeply uphill.

The band, which also included Liam's brother Noel, had released seven studio albums by 2009. Gold and triple platinum are evidence of commercial success. After rivalries, Noel left the band in 2009, and in October Liam announced the end of Oasis. Since then, the charismatic singer has tried his hand at various band projects. With his solo album "As you were" Liam Gallagher made it to number 1 in the charts.

17. Cat Stevens


He has been present on the stages since the sixties. His songs are among the best that rock music has to offer. The son of a Greek restaurant owner and a Swede was born on July 21, 1948. He made his first appearances in bars.

Already with his debut album released in 1967