Top Ten Female Singers from the U.K.

I'll freely admit to being swayed by a great live concert, and as such I've not been able to stop playing Swing Out Sister discs and videos since last Monday's show. Watching the videos again today, appreciating what a great singer Corinne Drewery is, I got the notion to formulate a top ten list of female singers from the U.K. Here it is.

  1. Corinne Drewery (Swing Out Sister)
  2. Julia Fordham
  3. Dido
  4. Sharleen Spiteri (Texas)
  5. Tanita Tikaram
  6. Andrea Corr (the Corrs)
  7. Eddi Reader
  8. Sade
  9. Tina Dico (Zero 7)
  10. Jem

Here are some more excellent singers from the U.K. Please add any that I might have overlooked and if you are so inclined, please post a comment with your own top ten.

Sophie Barker (Zero 7)
Maire Brennan (Clannad)
Kate Bush
Christine Collister
Kiki Dee
Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention)
Lisa Hannigan (Damien Rice)
Annie Haslam (Renaissance, now transplanted to Doylestown, PA)
Chrissie Hynde (another transplant)
Annie Lennox
Karen Matheson (Capercaillie)
Alison Moyet
Mairead Ni Mhoanaigh (Altan)
Beth Orton
Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span)
Kate Rusby
Sia (Furler, Zero 7)
Joss Stone
Linda Thompson
Tracey Thorn (Everything But the Girl)
Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies)
Martina Topley-Bird


Charlie Ricci said…
Two who should make the list are Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac and going way,way back, Petula Clark. Your list covered most of the rest.
koeeoaddi said…
How about Jacqui McShee (Pentangle), June Tabor and Judith Durham (The Seekers)? I'll concede that Likky McKechnie (The Incredible String Band) is an acquired taste. :-)
Anonymous said…
Cathy Dennis
Lisa Stansfield
Tasmin Archer
seetheoceanblue said…
Well done - nice to see another Corinne fan out there!! She is beautiful and brilliant - and thanks to the other readers for mentioning Lisa Stansfield, Cathy Dennis, Annie Lennox, Dusty Springfield...I would also include those in my best of British leading ladies.
Anonymous said…

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