Best British Female Singers

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1Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles ...read more.

People like Adele come once in a few generations. They become a living poem, a moving masterpiece. Comparing just becomes silly.

God she is the best singer ever. Her songs like 'Someone Like You', 'Skyfall', 'Rolling In The Deep' and 'Set Rain To Fire'(rather the whole album - '21') are so so so awesome. I just simply LOVE her strong, mature and deep voice. But I am missing her a lot nowadays! She is so inspiring. Can you all believe she is so good and she is just 26 years old!

She is the crossover singer in the history of female singers in the world. 21 is still topping across various charts. Can you believe it?

Her voice has the depth and honesty as one of the best singers ever. Gender really has nothing to do with it. She is simply one of the best.

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2Leona LewisLeona Louise Lewis is a British singer, songwriter and animal welfare campaigner. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington, London, England where she attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.

A Voice that is unparalleled, Leona Lewis proves that talent is the only thing needed to be successful. Great songs and great lyrics for a phenomenal voice. Leona is all about music, and that is why she is so sensational!

Leona Lewis has an amazing voice and deserves more fame for this. She deserves many more hits then she does. Untalented people roam the charts and now it's Leona's turn.

Lewis' music is known for its heartfelt lyrics and beautiful melodies. In combination with her stunning voice and incredible vocal range she becomes a force to be reckoned with.

She is just amazing. This American feels like flying the British standard when she sings.

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3Ellie Goulding

She is really gifted and her voice is AMAZING!

Yep she deserves it, her talent speaks for itself. I love all her songs and I am always looking for more.
Cheers

Best British artist to date. Sorry if you disagree. It's the truth. This deserves to be at number 1. Vote it up please. If you disagree, listen to:
-"Stay Awake"
-Ritual
-This Love (Will Be Your Downfall
-Anything Could Happen

Her tone of voice in unique so high almost unnaturally so. Yes she had had hits with Calvin Harris and No1 single "Burn" but her best vocals are in her live performances and acoustic numbers like "Your Song".

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4Jessie J

Jessie J never fails when she sings, and she cannot only sing, but she can also beatbox and play with her voice in so many other ways. You can feel her mood when she sings. You can feel her emotions, and it is very few singers, where you can hear that! Jessie J is without a doubt the best british female singer :-)

Ask another singer to do one of her songs and here the difference they can't do it. Ok maybe the vocal gymnastics are overdone but this girl is a major talent. When she hosted the MTV Europe show before she became huge she sang lots of covers and put every other artist on the bill to shame. Only leona Lewis shines brighter

I first heard of Jessie j when she released her controversial single Do It Like A Dude I wasn't sure of her at that point I just considered an ordinary typical pop singer and then one I listened to her acoustic version of Nobody's Perfect and I wanted to shatter into tears, emotional track and artist she should be at the top

Should be number one

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5Amy WinehouseAmy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz.

If we speak about really great voice, this girl should be # 1. Besides, she sang not because she wanted to be famous singer, like others did. She simply couldn't live without singing. That's why she IS famous now.

If it hadn't been for Amy Winehouse this list would have been almost empty. She opened up for many other female artist plus she gave the world a lot with her talent. She is amazing and she will always be remembered. Her voice is better than most artists that exist. We love Amy Winehouse and she definitely should be number one on this list.

As a matter of fact, amy is the only one on this list who can be called a legend. She was a genius, and to our dismay the price of a genius is her ultimate tragic death. Simply peerless, both voice and image-wise.

LEGEND!...So original and such a unique voice and personality. The 'Back to Black' album is such a classic that had a huge impact on the world!

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6Florence WelchFlorence Leontine Mary Welch is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the indie rock band Florence + the Machine.

No sound can match hers Florence is one of the most talented singers of all time even Adele doesn't have a voice like hers because her voice is the voice of an angle

There may be several incredible women on this list, but none can match the artistry that Florence Welch has.

Listen to Calvin Harris' version of Spectrum and then tell me Florence Welch isn't the best on this list. Adele is a very close second though

The only artist in the world with an 1 and only style and voice she deserves to top this list

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7Annie Lennox

80ies Fashion Icon. Feminist (for lack of better word). Philanthropist and freedom fighter. In fact she is the British Madonna. Piercing and powerful voice, yet gentle and elegant like a crystal. She stirs emotions like few others. Talented singer/ songwriter. Massively important for music.

Is there a better female singer of her generation! Some of the others listed don't even come close!

Should be in the top 5. She has an amazing voice and has given a lot of her time to charities.

Best, by a long shot!

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8Shirley Bassey

If some younger music lovers could have seen her live they would understand what all the fuss is about, no dancers or even backing singers, just that voice and a huge orchestra

No other entertainer in the world has been a world-class performer for more than 50 years. For that, in addition to maintaining the the voice, Bassey has NO peer. She has also sold more records than anyone else on this list and her Oscars performance in 2013 basically showed the world, and Adele, how it's done. An indisputable number 1

The others are good but she really really is world class my mum and dad really agreed about anything but the both said that Shirley was the best and I agree

Simply perfection - No need for backing singers, just one great voice & a world class performance each and every time.

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9Lily AllenLily Rose Beatrice Cooper, known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English singer, songwriter, actress, and television presenter.

She is somebody I've been waiting to hear for a long time. She is a breath of fresh air. Love her

Her songs are so truthful and real. As as well as being relaxing music to the ears

She's Amazing, Gorgeous, Talented and Cool.

Still underrated, very good!

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10Kate Bush

Kate was always the best by far, pure artistry, talent, theatrical expression, genius, amazing singer, amazing song writer, amazing musician, amazing dancer, amazing choreographer, also a producer. She was so original there never was anyone like that ever... she's the pioneer before the rest of them! And finally - she was real, not plastic, she wasn't in it for money fame glamour but only ever did it for love of art. I wouldn't compare the rest on this list to Kate Bush. Nope.

I'm sorry but Kate should be in the top 5 at least. Anyone with any ounce of musicality in their bones must be able to acknowledge what an utter genius this women is. Unless they have never listened to more than 30 seconds of her work, which sadly is most likely to be the reason why she is positioned outside the top 10. Kate after all, is completely unique and out on her own.
There have been many great talented female singer/songwriters through the generations and we all have our favourites of course, and Kate is not everyone's 'cup of tea' I realise but if this poll is to be taken seriously then any subjective appreciative music lover would always vote for Kate before anyone else in my opinion.

My favourite witch of Pop! Yes, she is a good witch for she is so otherworldly. Bjork must be related to her. Hugely important singer/ songwriter. Perhaps one of Britain's most important female solo acts. Hugely creative. Weird and wonderful like no other. Extremely romantic and earth-bound. She is the Eve of Music. Nobody can write and tell a story through song like Kate Bush. Nobody.

I would put Kate at number 1, there is no other voice that comes close to comparing to her's.

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The Contenders

11Emeli Sandé

THIS WOMAN IS A TRUE TALENT HER LYRICS ARE INSPIRING SHE HAS EVEN WROTE SONGS FOR LEONA LEWIS.. AND MANY OTHERS... SPREAD THE WORD I LOVE YOU EMELI

She has such an incredible Voice, her Songs are with so much Emotion and Soul I Love her

She's a great singer and she also writes her own songs. I feel like she deserves to be in the top 5 area if not top 3.

I saw her live at a princes' trust awards. She was amazing and inspirational.

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12Cher LloydCher Lloyd is an English singer, songwriter, rapper, and model. She rose to fame in 2010 when she finished fourth in the seventh series of The X Factor.

Cher lloyd started off in X factor uk when she was 16 auditioning singing "Turn my swag on". After finishing fourth place she was signed. Cher came out with her songs Want you Back, Oath, With your Love, and more. Cher lloyd is a great inspiration to me and others. Cher is defeniey qualified to be on this website. Cher lloyd is the best!

I Love Cher Lloyd. My favorite FEMALE singers are, (in no order), Cher Lloyd, Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus. I Love this women and I can not believe she's number 9. People are crazy.

I see her live front row she was very good and I had a good time.

Sirens proved she is really good singer. Listen it live. Your ears will be pleased.

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13SadeHelen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.

Out of all the artists here, how many are we still going to be Listening to 20years later?... I think you all should listen to any of SADEs 6 albums

1984: Diamond Life
1985: Promise
1988: Stronger Than Pride
1992: Love Deluxe
2000: Lovers Rock
2010: Soldier of Love

She is undoubtedly one of the best, forget about all these youngsters. Sade made it to the top without half the technology the top ten has had to benefit them

If SADE was fabric, she'd be silk or a very fine cashmere. The most soothing voice on the planet. The Ayurveda of Pop. Her voice creeps under your skin. Captivating.

Excellent songs

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14Birdy

So beautiful songs that makes you cry, but at the same time makes you smile

She is so talented and her voice is so flawless at such a young age.. Truly inspiring!

Beautiful melody, beautiful voice and her songs are so mean

The best is yet to come!

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15Natasha Bedingfield

Very talented Girl I love her voice x

In my opinion she is the best female singer in the world! Natasha have incredible voice.She is very talented as a singer and songwritter.. Her songs are the best psychologists for me, when I'm sad they give me power and lots of positive emotions! I love her so much <3!

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16Paloma Faith

I love Paloma Faith because she dares to be different and when she wants, she is unique. She writes her own stuff and should eventually make it big in America. I love her honesty as a person and as an artist.

Simply the queen! Such a diverse spectrum of beautiful music, Paloma leaves everyone else for dead. She has class while also managing to be different. She is an inspiration. Great live also!

She's the Greatest! Full of soul! Her performances command your attention, she's awesome! We need more of her in America!

Beautifully unique and not afraid to speak her mind! A true artist!

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17Cheryl ColeCheryl Ann Fernandez-Versini is an English singer, dancer, and television personality. She rose to fame in late 2002 as a member of girl group Girls Aloud on ITV's Popstars: The Rivals, and stayed with the group until they split up in 2013.

Cheryl is amazing! She's an outstanding performer, her music is so lifting and empowering. Not to mention her beauty, personality and hits with Girls Aloud! #1

Cheryl is really a total performer specially on stage! Plus factor is her sweet personality made her to the top! Like her so much! - Marsha from the Philippines

Cheryl is a phenomenal talent from singing, songwriting and dancing. She has so much experience, with a decade in the music industry. She is a true artist.

Love her music and personality. Such a unique voice.

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18Alexandra Burke

Alex is the best British singer I have ever heard, bar none...and she can hit high notes. She does hit high notes. More important, her personality is so sweet and humble. No offense to all the other ladies, but Alex's voice and performances really move me. What a lovely, talented, and gracious performer. This list needs revised!

Alexandra Burke is the best UK female singer of recent times. Although Leona can sing higher notes Alexandra has the richer voice and is better than Leona. Singing high notes does not make you a better singer.

Alexandra Burke is one of the best, the way she hit those notes on Hallelujah

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19Pixie Lott

She's really cute, has good dancing skills and some catchy songs.

I love pixie, she is my most favourite singer, to me she is literally gods gift

I love her, she is a great singer she is my favorite singer

She damn cute with awesome voice

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20Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Kylie may be the "British Princess of Pop" (despite being Aussie, really) but Sophie is the drama peak-inducing, high energy, new Electro Dance Pop Diva par excellence. Perhaps the most important Dance-Pop sensation of the new millennium for Britain. Addictive.

For me is the more beautiful singer and anyway she can to be underrated singer, your music is pure class and don't need being a wore for having famous

Sophie comes from good stock, her mother Janet was the undisputed sex bomb of children's bbc when I was a wee lad.

She is so underrated disco princess

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