Top 50 Most Popular Musicians In UK 2023 (New List)

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Last updated on September 4th, 2023 at 03:52 am

Who are the top 50 most popular musicians in UK 2023?


In this article, I will guide you through an extensive compilation of the 50 most renowned musicians in the UK. Make sure to stick around and catch every detail.


The music industry is evolving day by day, bringing to the limelight various artists who are rocking the charts and becoming overnight sensations.


The UK has seen many artists over time who have proved their singing, and songwriting abilities and have won several awards.

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If you are wondering who might be the top 50 most popular musicians in the UK, then this article might interest you. I have compiled a list of those musicians who are reaching new heights of fame in the UK.


Here is the list of the top 50 most popular musicians in UK 2022.


Top 10 Most Popular Musicians In UK 2023


Being the top ten most popular musicians in UK is no easy feat, I tell you.


Musicians are becoming famous for showcasing their super talent and here is the list

of the most talented superstars.


If your favorites have made it into the top 10, it’s time to celebrate their success, as it indicates they have achieved global recognition.

Artist Popularity Position Artist Name Birth Place Deceased or Alive
No 1 Harry styles Redditch, Worcestershire Alive
No 2 Ed Sheeran Halifax, West Yorkshire Alive
No 3 Adele Tottenham, London Alive
No 4 Dua Lipa London Alive
No 5 Billie Eilish Los Angeles, California Alive
No 6 Coldplay College, London Alive
No 7 Rita Ora Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia Alive
No 8 Sam Smith London, England Alive
No 9 Calvin Harris Dumfries, Scotland Alive
No 10 Lewis Capaldi Glasgow, Scotland Alive
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1. Harry styles


Harry styles started off as a member of the band one direction and gave many 

masterpieces while working with the band. The band lasted from 2010 till 2016.


After the band split, the singer started to work on his solo album. The songs have debuted at number one both in the UK and US. 


Harry Styles’s His famous songs are Watermelon sugar, Golden, and Treat 

people with kindness.


Harry has been nominated for many awards like MTV, Billboard, and Grammys and 

his songs have broken many records. 


This year he is back with a blockbuster album “Harry’s House” and its lead single “As it Was” is at the top of the charts in the UK in 2022.


He has won 42 awards from 119 nominations. His net worth is 80 million dollars. Harry’s followers on Instagram are 46.6 million.

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For these reasons, he is in the top 50 most famous musicians in the UK. and is also rated among the highest paid Instagram influencers in the world.


While at it, do check out my list of the richest musicians in UK. I am positive it makes for an interesting read too.


It is also worth noting that part of his wealth comes from endorsement deals. And you can read all about Harry Styles endorsement deals here.


2. Ed Sheeran


The list is incomplete without this artist wherever you go in the world. He is one of the most popular musicians in the UK in 2022 and has been mesmerizing people with his songs for the last couple of years.


His debut album which had a hit single The A team made him win many awards like the Brit Award for the Best British Male Solo Artist. His second album led his way to winning a Grammy award for the Song of the year.

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World Superstar Ed Sheeran

Next came the third album called Divide which broke the records for Ed Sheeran with

 most UK top ten singles from one album. His songs Perfect, Shape of you, and Castle on the hill gave him recognition all over the world.


Last year he released his fifth studio album and its lead single Bad habits is still rocking the charts. His eleventh week at number one in the UK made him the first British solo artist to notch up 52 weeks.


Ed Sheeran has 4 Grammy awards, 5 Brit Awards, and six Billboard Music awards to his name. Plus, an Academy Award for the song “I See Fire.” Heck, his video “Shape of You” is one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube in the UK.

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He has 100 million followers on Instagram and has a net worth of 200 million. Today, despite being British, he also made it to the most popular musicians in US list.


3. Adele


Adele is an English singer and songwriter who has become a mentor and an icon of the music industry. Her talent has no boundaries. With flawless singing and addictive poetry, she is the one of the most popular musician in the world.

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 Her first album was released in 2008 which was a top 5 single. 

popular British musicians in the UK - Adele

Then came her album 21 which was her 17 times platinum winner in the UK and sold 31 million copies. 


21 earned Adele 6 Grammy awards with numerous mentions in the Guinness book of Record.


Skyfall, the theme song of James bond movie won Academy award for Adele which was another feather in the cap. 


Adele is the world’s best-selling music artist with 15 Grammy Awards and 12 Brit awards.

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Her new album is making waves with her new single Easy on me. She has 50.6 million followers on Instagram. She is worth 220 million dollars and she is also one of the best musicians in the world today.


4. Dua Lipa


The rising talent of today miss Dua Lipa has caught the attention of critics and fans with her signature disco-pop Sound. The singer has received awards as a breakthrough artist in 2018 for her debut album.


Dua is an English singer and songwriter and one of the most popular female singers in UK.

American Musician - Dua Lipa

Her song One Kiss Reached number one in the UK winning her many awards in 2019. Her album Future nostalgia is the most streamed album on Spotify by a female artist. 


Dua Lipa collaborated with Elton John for Cold heart which has become a big hit in 2022.


Dua Lipa has 85.4 million followers on Instagram. She is a brand ambassador of MAC cosmetics, Jaguar and Adidas. In recent times she has also appeared in ad campaigns for Versace. Today Lipa also ranks as one of the best musicians in the UK.


5. Billie Eilish


Billie Eilish is an American singer and songwriter and is a well-known name in the modern pop music industry. Her hit single Ocean eyes got the attention of her audience.


Her first album When we All Fall Asleep, Where do We go? topped the US and UK album Charts. It was her best-selling album with her super hit song Bad Guy in 2019. Her mind-blowing creation of a James Bond movie song named “No Time To Die” will put her forever in our hearts.

American Musician - Billie Eilish

It was received well by the critics and won her Academy Award. Her second album Happier Than Ever (2021) is topping the charts in UK with songs My Future, Therefore I am and Your Power.


Billie got nominated for her second album in the Grammy awards for the best Album of the year and Best Pop Vocal album.


Billie is no doubt among the 50 most popular musicians in the UK. Eilish has 99.9 million followers on Instagram which is quite impressive. Eilish is also currently one of the best musicians in America.


6. Coldplay


One of the best British rock bands who have lived up to the standards whether it’s songwriting or music, they are awesome and UK’s favorite too. They were formed in 1996 with the lead vocalist Chris Martin.


They rose to fame with their single Yellow which earned them a Brit Award and a Grammy.

British Musician - Coldplay

Their next album won them accolades for the singles Scientist and Clocks. Next was X&Y which has earned them worldwide fame.

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For the next album Viva La Vida or Death and all his friends helped them grab another Grammy. With each album, they have been experimenting and exploring new horizons.


That is the reason that they have made it to the list of most popular Musicians in the UK.

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The band’s recent album Music Of the Spheres (2021) has given songs like Higher Power and My Universe.


The collaboration with Korean Pop band BTS has caught the attention of audiences and the single My Universe went to number 3 on the UK charts. 


The band was nominated for the Grammy Award in 2002 for best collaborative song. They have 16.8 million followers on Instagram and are currently one of the richest music stars in the world.


7. Rita Ora


Rita Ora is a British singer/songwriter who rose to fame in 2012 with her single, Hot Right Now. It reached number one in the UK, followed by How do we Party and R.I.P. 


With the release of her second album (2018) there was no turning back for her as all her singles were reaching the top ten including Your song, Anywhere, and Let you love me.

British Musician - Rita Ora

Ora became the first British female solo artist to have 13 top songs in the UK. In addition, Ora has done many songs with other artists which also have gone well on charts in the UK.


She has won many awards for her outstanding work in music. Rita Ora has 16.1million followers on Instagram. 


She has also worked as the judge and coach both in UK and Australia on the reality TV show The Voice.


8. Sam Smith


Sam Smith, the renowned English singer-songwriter, gained prominence with their hit singles “Lay Me Down” and “Money on My Mind.”


His debut album’s third single was Stay with Me, which ranked number one in UK followed by Like I Can and I am not the Only One.

Most Popular UK British Musician - Sam Smith

His debut album embraced huge success for him leading his way to win four Grammy Awards. Then he performed for the James bond movie a song called Writings on the Wall, which earned him a Golden Globe and Academy Award for the best original song.


He has 14.6 million followers on Instagram. 


Sam Smith’s net worth is over 60 million dollars.


9. Calvin Harris


Calvin Harris is a Scottish DJ, singer, producer, and songwriter. His debut Album rocked the charts in the UK with numbers called The Girls and Acceptable In the 80s.


Harris rose to prominence with his third album 18 months, which peaked on the charts in the UK and US. All of his eight singles from the album reached number one in the UK. This broke the records of Michael Jackson’s singles.

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He has been on the charts for his Electronic/Dance genre. Harris has been nominated for many Brit awards as well as for five Grammy Award categories too.


The new single Potion from the new album is already making waves in the UK. 


He has collaborated and produced a number of songs with various artists including Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Pharrell Williams, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and the list goes on.

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The singer has 10.3 million followers on Instagram. recently Harris is on the way to releasing his other new single. His net worth is 300 million dollars.


Calvin’s extraordinary work makes him one of the 50 most popular Musicians in the UK.


10. Lewis Capaldi


Lewis is a Scottish singer/ songwriter and musician. He debuted in the year 2019 with his album titled Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent. This album stayed at the top of UK charts for six weeks.


The single Someone you Loved became best-selling in the UK. Lewis became a household Name with his emotional song and won many awards.

Lewis Capaldi 1

He grabbed the Brit Awards for the Song of the year. Someone you loved was also nominated for the Grammy awards. His single Before you Go was also a big hit.


Capaldi has been working on his next studio album and has aimed to give his audience an excellent piece of music in 2022. 


His talent seems promising and that is why he is in the Top 50 most popular musicians in the UK in 2022.


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