Best British Female Singers

The Top Ten

1 Adele Adele 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?

She is good but is she really the best? She often stands and sways like a nervous child while singing.I would not call her the bessinger but she is a living proof that you don't have to be raunchy to sell. I love her for that. - chipower

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2 Leona Lewis Leona Lewis Leona 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.

The most amazing singer since Mariah Carey and Whitney. Leona has it all. From the smokey low notes, to the high octave belts, to the high soaring head voice. A true gift to this generation, pity she does not get the recognition she deserves. A vocal range spanning over 4 octaves! She sound like a mix between Mariah and Whitney.

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3 Ellie Goulding Ellie Goulding Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding is an British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born on December 30th, 1986 in Hereford, England . She is most well-known in the U .S. for her singles "Lights," "Love Me Like You Do," "Burn," and has been featured in other songs with Calvin Harris and others . ...read more.

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

Go go Ellie! AND WE GONNA LET IT BURN, BURN, BURN, BURN. I think she's #1

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4 Jessie J Jessie J Jessica Ellen Cornish, better known by her stage name Jessie J, is an English singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, she began her career on stage, aged 11, with a role in the West End musical Whistle Down the Wind.

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 :-)

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

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

She's a warm-hearted pure upright cool person.

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5 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy 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. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

Britain has been responsible for some of the greatest vocal talents the world has ever seen, and Amy is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most gifted female. Her voice was absolutely extraordinary, and she could translate an emotion to an audience in a fashion that was practically unparalleled. Really, her voice was an instrument that could take you places. Not to mention, she was an incredibly gifted songwriter. The lyrics to Love is a Losing Game and Wake Up Alone are just stunning, and her renditions of classic Jazz standards are beautiful. Moreover, there is something commendable about her devotion to being herself in an industry that endeavors for individuals to conform. She truly epitomizes the word genius, and she made an everlasting impact on my life.

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.

Amy Winehouse had her own unique style in looks and singing style. So although she had her troubles with addiction of drugs and alcohol nothing could be taken away from the talent of this young woman. She will be remembered dearly forever because she was one in a million. R.i.p amy you will be trully missed but certainly never ever forgotten.

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6 Florence Welch Florence Welch Florence 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

She is great looking and most of all a talented musician

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7 Shirley Bassey Shirley 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

There aren't any other superlatives one can say about Dame Shirley Bassey. She is the real deal! Today's singers could learn a lot from this gifted and seasoned artists.

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8 Annie Lennox Annie Lennox

There aren't words expressive enough for this woman's internal archives of creativity and talent. From her experimental and shocking debut and throughout her constant chameleon-like, daring career, her amazing ability to entertain and amuse as well as eloquently make a poingnent statement just enhances and embraces the flawless jewel that is her voice.

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!

Annie Lennox is by far the better singer of anyone listed and she has more talent and emotion in her voice. We are all honoured to have had Annie on this planet in our lifetime.
Not to mention she was the most beautiful.

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9 Kate Bush Kate 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.

Kate Bush is pure genius. It's definitely between her and Annie Lennox for the number one spot.

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10 Lily Allen Lily Allen Lily 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.

She is AMAZING! Go Lily!

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The Contenders

11 Sade Sade Helen 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

She has stood the test of time and her shows still outsell most people on the list in the US. She has also modeled the best behavior to celebrity by keeping as private as possible, creating mystique.

She is a legend and a goddess...even in hiding...her albums top these youngsters...too much lavve ❤ Sade Adu

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12 Emeli Sandé Emeli 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'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.

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

So good!

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13 Cher Lloyd Cher Lloyd Cher 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.

This is not fair. She should be at no. 1

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14 Birdy

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

Birdy really gets to your heart. Love her and do not ordinarily love female singers. I hope I get to listen to her touching and gorgeous vocals forever.

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

The best

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15 Natasha Bedingfield Natasha Bedingfield Natasha Anne Bedingfield is an English singer and songwriter. Bedingfield released her debut album, Unwritten, in 2004, which contained primarily up-tempo pop songs and was influenced by R&B music.

She... Is always.. A good singer.

Very talented Girl I love her voice x

She is the best

She is the best

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16 Alexandra Burke

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.

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

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17 Paloma Faith Paloma 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!

Bluesy, Orin Gina love, and bold...

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18 Cheryl Cole Cheryl Cole Cheryl 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

I she has been lucky with her success due to a lot of publicity from the X-Factor. She ain't really released any classic songs that will be remembered for years. It's crazy to think she has 5 #1 singles for such a plain-Jane.

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

She should be number 1 because she is the only female singer ever to have 5 UK number 1s and has some of the most catchy songs I ever heard. She is a house hold name in u.k./ireland but she never released her music in the us witch is a shame

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19 Pixie 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 just love her x

Pixie should be n3 like how many hits she has had

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20 Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Just by exploring all the kind of music she sings. Since trance going by pop music until indie gender. Her personality, her style of voice so unique. Her role as mother, wife and artist make of her an admirable person. Never in the eye of the show and scandals. Nothing vulgar. All a lady. Most of her lyrics do not say vulgarity like those of the most popular singers. What a pity that she is not recognized as it should in her own country, and is more acclaimed in Russia and Latin America. Mexico loves her! - oscarsam

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

She is so underrated disco princess

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