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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


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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

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’sHis 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.


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


11. Zayn 


Zayn Malik known as Zayn is a British singer who came to the limelight while working with the band One direction. One direction has ruled for more than 5 years.


The band split resulted in Zayn’s solo career and then there was no looking back for him. The single Pillow talk made it to number 1 in UK from the debut album called Mind of Mine. 


While his collaborations with Taylor swift called I don’t Wanna live forever and with

Sia, Dusk till Dawn became a huge success.


The album Icarus Falls received good reviews from the critics and peaked in US and UK charts, making Zayn successful again.


 He has received 16 awards and 38 nominations, winning American Music Award, MTV and many radio awards. Heck, I forget to tell you that he is also one of the most handsome men in the world.


In 2021, he was nominated for Vibez in Grammys for producer of the year.


Zayn has 36.5 million followers on Instagram and is still rocking the charts. His net worth is 75 million dollars.


Zayn is the most popular musician in the UK for being super talented.


12. Liam Payne


Similar to his fellow bandmates, Liam Payne also experienced the triumph of One Direction before embarking on his solo journey. Hailing from England, this talented singer contributed to some of the finest songs during his time with the band.


Payne’s solo single Strip that down became an instant hit and climbed the charts at number 3 in the UK 2017.


Collaboration with Rita Ora for the single For You and Lennon Stella for Polaroid has also made him a heartthrob.


Liam is still rocking the charts. Payne announced that he became the first Global ambassador for German brand Hugo Boss.


Liam still has much to deliver to his audience, he has about 16.3 million followers on Instagram and he is still managing to be at the top of the list of his vocal talent.


13. Sam Fender


Sam Fender is an English Singer, Songwriter, and musician. With his tenor voice and exceptional songwriting, he has gained the attention of critics.


His debut single Dead Boys became the hottest record in the world. The single made him an overnight rising star.


His album Hypersonic Missiles topped the charts in the UK. He released the song Seventeen Going under which also rocked the UK charts. 


For his unusual style and voice, he has won many awards including Brit Awards for the best British Rock Act in 2022.


There is more to come from Sam’s hidden talent and his Instagram followers are increasing with every passing day.


14. Clean Bandit


Clean Bandit is an English electronic group, who have given four number one hits and 10 Top ten hits in the UK Singles chart.


The band’s first collaboration paved their way to win the first Grammy Award for Rather Be in 2014. Then came the single Rockabye followed by Symphony.


Clean Bandit have collaborated with Anne Marie, Jess Glynne, Zara Larsson, and many other artists.


They have grabbed many awards for their single Symphony and Rockabye in 2018. The band is planning to release their next album. Their new single Everything But You is out and topping the UK Charts.


They have 1.2 million Instagram followers and a net worth of 10 million dollars.


15. Charlie XCX


Charlie XCX, is an English singer and songwriter and one of the most famous music artists UK. I love it became her first success with Icona Pop in 2012. Later Charlie started working on her new album which debuted with critical acclaim.


 The artist got nominated for two Grammy Awards for her song Fancy. Her song Boom Clap also became a hit, followed by many other singles which topped the chart in the UK.


The latest album Crash by Charlie has become an international success in 2022.


She has been nominated 91 times and has received 21 awards including MTV awards and Billboard awards. 


Crash is the most successful album of Charlie till now and that is why we are rating her among the most popular musicians in the UK.


Her Instagram followers are also increasing every day. Her new song Used to know me is in the UK charts in 2022.


16. James Arthur


James is an English singer and songwriter who has won the hearts of many by Becoming the winner of X factor UK 2012. After that James’ cover of Impossible debuted at number 1 on the charts.


The second album Back from the Edge had great songs like Say you won’t let go peaked at number 1 on UK charts in 2016. Then came the third album which peaked at number 2 on the UK Album charts.


Back-to-back James Arthur has been giving hit songs that have made a mark in the Top UK charts including Impossible, Himself, Say you won’t let go and cover song Rewrite The stars.


He has won many awards for his songs and was recognized as a breakthrough artist. He has a great voice and his work is commendable which has attracted the attention of his audience every time he compiles a new album. 


His song Lose my mind is rocking the UK charts in 2022 and he did make SMCE list of most popular music stars in UK.


17. Rag n Bone Man


Rory Charles is an English singer and songwriter, and the band name is Rag n bone.


His voice has a classical heavy tone which has earned the attention of many fans.


His first single Human from his album named Human topped the UK charts. Then it was followed by another great song called Skin and this album won the BBC Music Award for the British Album of the year in 2017.


His song Giant peaked at number 2 on the UK Single Charts in 2019. The singer’s recent album has been making waves and has hit number one on the UK album Charts and earned him Gold Certification in the UK. 


The album was the fastest selling by a solo artist in the year 2021. Rory Charles’s successes in 2021 made him one of the most popular singers in UK 2022.


He has won many awards including the BRIT Awards for the Breakthrough artist and song of the year award. The new song Alone is already a hit in 2022.


His work is great and different from trendy music and he has many followers on Instagram and Spotify.


18. Anne Marie


Anne Marie is an English singer who has been getting attention for her singles which have been rocking the charts for years. She has delivered great work which has caught the attention of music critics.


Her number one singles include Rockabye, Alarm, Ciao Adios, Friends, 2002, Don’t Play, and Kiss me. Her first album made it to number 3 on the UK Album Chart.


Anne Marie has been nominated for ten Brit Awards, and also for a Billboard Music Award as such, there will be no most popular UK artists 2922 without her.


Her second studio album is also peaking on the charts. She has also appeared on the reality tv show The Voice UK.


She has collaborated with various artists. And is becoming a pop mentor for the young generation. Her fan following on Instagram has reached 9.3 million. Anne’s new song 


I just called it hitting the UK charts in 2022. And that is why she is among the Top most Popular musicians in the UK.


19. Calum Scott


Calum Scott is a great vocalist who has won the hearts of many listeners. He appeared for the first time on the reality tv show Britain’s Got Talent. 


There he sang a cover of Dancing on my Own which became an instant hit. It was the best-selling song of 2016.


His album Only Human” earned number 4 on the UK Albums Chart. The song from this album You are the reason, became worldwide famous. It is a mellow track and Calum’s vocals are amazing in this track, a must-hear for music lovers. 


Calum released his second album Bridges, becoming a new hit this year. His song Where Are You Now peaked in the UK charts in 2022. 


Calum has earned many nominations and awards for his outstanding work. His magical voice and tone are something that you cannot ignore.


His Instagram followers are 898K + and growing each day.


Top 20 Most Popular Musicians in UK


So I just got done with the top 10 most popular British musicians list. Right? 


Well, let’s dive a bit deeper into the top 20 most loved musicians in UK, shall we?


20. Jamie Miller


Jamie appeared on the reality TV show, The Voice UK in 2012. Miller was in Jennifer Hudson’sTeam and got 3rd position in the program, going through difficult rounds.


He has many followers on Instagram. Jamie has produced many covers of singers on Instagram ranging from Adele to Lewis Calpidi. 


He was offered a contract by Atlantic Records and after that, the artist produced many original Singles like Onto Something ‘Til We’re old, The city that never sleeps and Here’s Your Perfect ‘and a collaborative song Loyal.


His single Here’s Your perfect peaked in the UK charts in 2021 and earned him to a large audience. His current song is on the charts in 2022 called Wishes from his new album Snowdrop.


Way to go for Jamie Miller and best wishes for him as he has made it to the top most popular male singers in UK list.


21. David Guetta


David is a French DJ and music producer. He has been the most famous of the DJs. His creativity and sense of dance pop have won him worldwide fans.


Every time he creates something that becomes a masterpiece no wonder he is also on the famous male UK musicians list.


His hit singles include a long list but we would like to mention a few; When love takes over, titanium, Without you, mad love, and Heartbreak Anthem. 


Guetta’s accolades include 2 Grammy Awards, American Music Award, and a Billboard Music Award. His work is mostly in collaboration with artists including Usher, Kelly Rowland, Sia, Jason Derulo, and many more.


Without a doubt, he is the best international DJ.


His Instagram fans are 9.1 million and his net worth is 37 million dollars. David’s new song Family affair is out to rock the charts.


22. Tom Grennan


Tom is an English singer, and songwriter who appeared as a guest vocalist on a Radio Show. After that Tom has been in the spotlight.


In 2016 his single All Goes Wrong was picked as the hottest single of the year. His work Found What I’ve Been Looking for appears on the FIFA18 soundtrack and is also used as a soundtrack for sky sports.


Tom is the next rising star, and is getting attention in the UK music industry. The singer has won nominations in Brit Awards and MTV Awards. 


This artist is a powerhouse and his voice is an absolute expression of his emotions. So we would highly recommend you to listen to his album and hit singles. 


His new song is already a hit in 2022 called All these nights. Big round of applause for him as the singer has made into most Popular musicians in UK list.


23. Ellie Goulding


Ellie is an English singer and songwriter who has become a renowned name in electronic pop category. Her first album Lights debuted no’1 on the UK Charts. Her second studio album Halcyon debuted number 2 on the UK charts.


Ellie became a successful artist and with her number Burn (2013) she climbed high in UK singles Charts making her one of the famous female UK musicians. 


Her biggest blockbuster Love me like you do the soundtrack of Fifty Shades of Grey in 2015. This song became Her identity across the globe and it earned her first Grammy nomination.


Her new album has brought her back in the game. The song Easy lover is already making big in 2022.


The artist has received 19 awards from 66 nominations, these awards are not only from the UK but also include international applause. 


She has 14.1 million Instagram followers.


24. Elton John


Sir Elton John needs no introduction. He was and is still among the 50 most popular musicians in the UK. He has more than 40 singles on the UK singles chart, and US Billboard Hot 100. 


Some of his best songs that are unforgettable include Your song, Sorry seems to be the Hardest word, Tiny Dancer, Candle in the Wind, and Don’t let the sun Go Down on me.


Elton John’s award list is long, including the Academy Award for Can You Feel The Love Tonight soundtrack of The Lion King Movie plus many Brit Awards.


He has devoted himself to music and it is shown clearly by his excellent work.


Elton john’s songs have been performed by many singers in talent shows and as covers.


This artist is still collaborating with the younger generation to keep us entertained. In 2022 Elton john collaborated with Dua Lipa for the single Cold heart which is a must-listen.


Elton John’s net worth is 500 million dollars.


25. The kid LAROI


The kid Laroi is an Australian singer and songwriter. His name is new to the music industry but his work is already capturing the ears of many listeners.


His early years of work are about exploring new music and collaborating with different producers. 


His hard work didn’t go to waste and his number Stay, a collaboration with Justin Bieber has earned him many awards and nominations in 2022. 


He has become popular not only in his native country but also in the UK. MTV European Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Award, you name it and he has nominations in them.


It is just the beginning for The Kid Laroi and he has a long journey to explore new horizons and create Extraordinary music.


26. Jess Glynne


Jess is an English singer and was considered the most influential people under 30 by Forbes (2019). Her work has earned her fame and critical acclaim.


The artist has given a number of hit UK singles. The first one was Rather Be which was number one at the UK charts followed by My Love, which has also gone to the top of the charts. Her album, I Cry When I Laugh was at number one on the UK back in 2015.


Jess has seven number one singles on the UK Single Charts. Her new album Always in Between Thursday, I’ll be there” is still streaming on the radio.


This artist has won Grammy Award for Rather Be and many other nominations all across the globe. The singer is young, talented and a superstar with increasing followers on Instagram.


27. James Blunt


James Blunt is an English singer and songwriter. His song You’re Beautiful is not hidden from music listeners which has given him worldwide fame in 2004.


Back to bedlam was a great hit album which peaked at number one in the UK. The single You’re Beautiful was number one on the UK single charts. This track was Played on every radio station and in every country and James Blunt became an overnight sensation.


James earned nominations from the UK, America, Australia, and Hong Kong. He won Grammy Award, Brit Award, and many MTV Awards. His new album is called Once Upon A Mind followed by The Greatest Hits is already out.


And in 2022 James Blunt is charming everyone with his voice again. For music Lovers it isn’t a surprise that he has made it to the most popular musicians in UK 2022.


28. Stormzy


Stormzy is a British rapper, singer, and songwriter who has made his name in the industry through hard work. His rapping style was appreciated when he released his video on youtube. His single Shut up peaked on UK Single Charts. 


Stormz genre of music is Grime and hip-hop music. So, his album debuted at number one on UK album charts as well as the first Grime album to hit the top of the charts.


Stormzy has four number one singles including Bridge over Troubled Water, Vossi Bop, Me, and Own it.


The singer has been the winner of the Brit Music Award and BBC music awards. His rapping style has won him the nods of many critics and he is still creating music and touring all across the globe in the year 2022.


This makes him the most popular musician in the UK.


29. Jessie J


Jessie J is a British singer and songwriter. She has a different style of music. Her first album, Who are you debuted at number two in the UK. The singles which made Jessie popular were Do it like a dude and Price Tag. Both climbed high in the UK charts.


Her other hit singles are Flashlight, Domino, and Bang Bang. She has been collaborating with various singers too and giving hit after hit. Jessie has been a vocal coach in the reality tv show The Voice.


She released the first single from her new album in 2021 called I want love which became a hit.


Her nominations are 64 and from which she has won 44 awards. 


She is on her way to releasing her new album in 2022. And we expect a lot from her as she has made the most popular musicians in the UK.


Top 30 Most Popular Musicians in UK


This top 30 list starts from where the top 20 ended so let’s have a bit more fun, shall we?


30. Louis Tomlinson


Louis Tomlinson is an English songwriter and singer who was a prominent member of OneDirection then. With the band, he gave numerous hits including, Best song ever, You are beautiful, Story of my life, You and I and Drag me down.


The singer was first seen in X factor and there he became a member of the boy band. 


His first solo single Just Hold On debuted at number two on the UK Singles Charts. And later his singles kept his audience spellbound by his soothing voice.


In 2018 Louis became the judge and mentor for the X factor participants giving a winning, Mentee Dalton Harris. His songs include Kill my Mind, We Made it, and Walls. All the songs were a big hit on The UK charts. 


As a group member and a solo artist, Louis made his name not only in the UK but also across many countries. Louis has won a number of awards as a group member and also in his solo career. He has a lot of talent which makes him the Most Popular musician in the UK.


He has an Instagram fan following of 18.5 million.


31. Ella Mai


Ella Mai is a British singer and songwriter who came to prominence by auditioning for the X Factor UK. Though she couldn’t go beyond the initial stages but started working hard by releasing her music on SoundCloud and Instagram.


Her hard work paid off and she got noticed by a producer who gave her a chance to release her songs. Her songs Boo’d up and Trip were instant hits climbing the charts in the UK in 2018 and in other countries too. 


Ella Mai has been nominated for Grammy Awards and she won the best R&B song in 2019.


Her new album is out in 2022 and it seems she has already topped the Charts on Billboard Top 200 albums.


Ella is a talented singer and one of the most popular musicians in the UK in 2022.


32. Ella Henderson


Ella Henderson is an English Singer and songwriter who was a contestant in the reality show The X Factor UK IN 2012. Her voice has a different tone and her handling of the songs make her stand out amongst other artists.


After coming at 6th position on the show she signed with the record company and Released her first single Ghost which made waves all across the UK in 2014. Her other blockbuster songs include Glow and Yours.


Ella Henderson collaborated with many artists and all the songs went to the top of the UK charts. Crazy what Love can do and 21 reasons are still on the charts in 2022 and played many times on the radio stations.


Her second studio album is out now and her single Brave and collaboration song 21 reasons are still on the UK charts 2022.


33. Bring Me The Horizon


They are a British rock band which came to the limelight in 2006. They are alternative rock bands who have kept this genre alive by their rocking performances.


The lead singer is Oli Sykes and the band has become the greatest alternative act of the 21st century. 


Their hit numbers include Drown, die4U, True friends, Mantra and Can you feel my heart? All have successfully rocked the charts and got nods from music critics.


They have won Kerrang Award and Heavy Music Award for being the Best UK band and won nominations for their song Die4U in 2022. 


Bring Me The Horizon have also won Grammy nominations for their song Mantra (2018) and album Amo.


They are the best UK band which has been giving their best in the music industry and that is why they have become the most popular musicians in the UK.


34. Imagine Dragons


Though this is an American Band they are famous in the UK because of their catchy music. The band rose to fame in 2012 by releasing their album named Night Visions.


The album contained chart-topping singles; Radioactive and Demons. After this, they were everywhere, on the radio, on every TV show and their songs were being used by the artists for auditions in reality tv shows.


The band didn’t stop there and started giving hit after hit like Thunder, believer and Whatever It takes. 


Each song started to top the charts in America and the UK as well.


They won Grammy for Radioactive song and have been nominated for many European and American Music Awards.


The band’s recent release Mercury Acts 2 is giving what their audience loved about them. Their latest single Bones is on the charts.


This means they have rocked the UK charts in the year 2022 too.


They have 5.5 million Instagram followers and they are among the 50 most popular musicians in the UK.


35. Dave


Dave Orobosa is a British rapper, singer and songwriter and is one of the most famous British Rappers. He got attention with his grime song Thiago silva. Later he went on to release the Political song Question Time which earned him the Ivor Novello award for the Contemporary Song in 2017.


His debut album Psychodrama was a huge hit. It was number one on the UK Album Chart.


His album got critically acclaimed and went on to win many awards including the Brit AwardAnd the Mercury prize.


In 2021 his album We’re All Alone in this together, got number one in the UK. And his songs from this album including Clash, In the fire, and Verdansk stayed in the top ten UK Single Charts.


He was nominated for Brit Awards in the year2022 and won for the best Hip/hop act. So, there is no doubt that he is one of the most popular musicians in the UK.


36. BTS


BTS is a South Korean band, and at present, they are the coolest pop band. The band’s music went to catch the attention of everyone across the Globe. 


They are famous not only in Asia but in the UK and US too.


They are 6 band members and it is originally a hip hop group. The band rose to fame with their hit Singles Mic Drop and DNA. They toured and started making their mark.


Then came the Grammy-nominated song Dynamite which grabbed the attention of the audience worldwide in 2020. After this came hit after hit including Butter, Permission to dance, and a Collaboration Song with Coldplay.


They have been winning awards for their hit numbers Dynamite and Butter. MTV Video Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and MTV European Music Awards all of them nominated this Korean Band.


 The band’s songs are used in the Reality Tv dance shows like Dancing on the Ice and Dancing with the Stars shows as dance numbers.


 They have rocked the whole world with their dancing style and are still in the UK charts for their hit number; Yet to come.


They have 66.4 million followers on Instagram.


37. Muse


Muse is an English rock band that came to prominence with their hit album Absolution.


The band’s songs include Time is Running out, Hysteria, Butterflies, and Hurricanes which climbed the charts in 2004. After that, they became a hit rock band in the UK.


Their album Resistance won the Grammy for the Best Rock album of the year. The band kept producing good music for their listeners and stayed on the UK charts for Last 20 years.


Their new album, Will of the People was released in January 2022 and they have lived up to the standards of their fans and critics. 


They have ruled the UK rock genre and won MTV European music Awards and Kerrang Awards too.


Muse is Still going strong in the year 2022. So it will be no surprise if the Muse Is included among the most popular musicians in the UK. 


38. JLS


JLS is an English boy band who appeared in the reality tv show The X Factor as a Hip hop band. After becoming a hit on the show, they went on to release their singles Beat again and Everybody In love. 


Both went to number one in the UK singles charts. This earned them a number of nominations and wins. They have captured the hearts of youth and with their hard work they were awarded the BRIT Award for the best single and breakthrough artist.


The band split in 2013 but reunited in 2020.


 They have released their new single Eternal Love which is rocking the UK charts.Waiting for the band to unfold its talent in 2022.


39. Central Cee


Central cee is a British rapper and songwriter. He grew up in a family that was a fan of Hip hop and Reggae music. He started recording his work when he was 14.


Central cee started his career in 2015 and released the single Pull Up which gained him some attention. Then in 2020, his breakout singles Day in the life and Loading reached the top 20 UK charts.


His recent album 23 has a single Obsessed with you reached at number 4 on the UK

Single Charts. 


In the year 2022, the singer got nominated for the best hip/hop act and best 

new artist. So we have listed him as one of the most popular musicians in the UK.


He is the rising star of today and we are waiting for more to come from the 

super talented guy.


Top 40 Most Popular Musicians in UK 2023


Music brings the world together. Today there are various genres of songs to enjoy worldwide.


What this means is that the top 50 most popular musicians UK list also houses singers from other countries.


Having said that, come, let’s dive into the remainder of this list, shall we?


40. Mimi Webb


Amelia Webb, also known as Mimi Webb, is a British singer-songwriter who started her career in the year 2020.


She grew up listening to Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Sam smith. 


Her first single Before I Go” garnered millions of views on Spotify. Next came her another big single Reasons which streamed on BBC Radio 1.


Good Without you peaked UK Single charts. After that Mimi Webb has become a shining star of the music industry in the UK. 


She is performing on different platforms this year. Her latest song called House On fire which is getting excellent reviews from critics and her growing Fans.


41. Justin Bieber


Justin Bieber is an international star who has given us many hit numbers. He is a Canadian singer and became an overnight sensation by his song One Time. Then Bieber toured all around the globe at a young age.


Baby was a groundbreaking song which earned Bieber high levels of Fame. It came in 2010 and is still considered to be his best song.


His albums and collaborations were all major hits. In the year 2015 his Single, Where are you now earned him a Grammy for the best electronic recording. Justin Bieber became the first artist with five number-one tracks at the age Of 18.


His recent album Changes, justice, and Freedom has become a big hit. It earned him nominations for the Grammy in 2021.


 In January 2022 Justin Bieber broke all records in Spotify history.


He has released his new song Honest and has 200 million Instagram followers which is huge.


42. Camilla Cabello


Camilla is a Cuban-born singer and songwriter. She first appeared on the reality TV show The X Factor. Then Camilla became a member of the Fifth harmony.


With fifth harmony, the singer gave numbers like Worth it and Work from Home which was on the top charts globally. Later on, she separated her ways from the band and started Her solo career. Crying in the Club was her debut solo which went straight up in the single charts in 2017.


 Camilla became a rising star with her next single Havana in 2018. The video won her MTV European Music Award plus she got nominated for two Grammy awards.


Another feather in the cap was her duo with Shawn Mendes called Senorita in 2019 which made her win another Grammy nomination.


Her new collaborative song Bam Bam with Ed Sheeran is at the top of the UK charts these days. So, there is no doubt in saying that she is the most popular musicians in the UK. And this makes her the most popular musician in the UK right now.


43. Glass Animals


Glass animals are an English Indie Rock band. Their album Zaba received good reviews in America and their second album How to be a Human being received positive reviews and they were a big hit in the UK.


They kept releasing great work and their albums were admired by the UK audience as well as global listeners. The single Heat waves were a massive hit in 2021. The song earned them two BRIT Awards nominations for the Best Rock Act category and Best Single.


Another achievement is their nomination for the Grammy too.


They are the best indie Rock band in the UK in the year 2022 and the most popular musicians in the UK right now.


44. The Weeknd


Abel Makkaonen Tesfaye is a Canadian singer-songwriter in the category of R&B. His songs Earned It, The Hills, and Can’t Feel My Face are blockbuster hits. Initially, Abel didn’t get much attention but thanks to his determination he has given us the best of his work.


Earned it was a big success in 205-2016, for the Weekend and the singer got nominated in the Grammy Awards. His latest album Dawn FM has broken records.  


Sacrifice, How Do I Make you love, and Is there Someone else and one right now are his new hit singles in 2022 which are making waves and stealing the hearts of his audience.


The weekend has 40.8 million followers and a net worth of 92 million dollars.


45. George Ezra 


George Ezra is an English singer-songwriter who has released two singles called Did you hear the Rain and Cassy O’. the singer rose to prominence with his hit number Budapest which was number one in many countries.


His first album Wanted On voyage (2014) reached number one in the UK. George Ezra kept producing great works like Paradise and Shotgun, both of which were in the top ten. Shotgun earned him a number of nominations like the BRIT award and BBC Radio Award.


George’s new album Gold Rush kid is out in 2022 and the single Green Green grass is already making him popular again.


He is the new rising talent of the UK and good luck to him with his upcoming work.


46. Alan Walker


Alan Walker is a British-born Norwegian DJ best known for his single Faded. Faded earned him fame in many countries and the singer went on to get platinum certified.


Alan has many views of his youtube videos for the songs like Sing Me to Sleep, Alone, and Darkside. The artist has won many nominations and awards.


Alan has won the Best MTV European Music Award, Best Norwegian Act, and Best Breakthrough artist. His current song Running Out of Roses, a collaboration with Jamie Miller is going strong in many countries in 2022.


Alan is back with a new album Newest (2022) and it is living up to expectations.


He has 115 million followers on Instagram. And he has made it in our list of Top 50 most popular musicians in the UK.


47. Kygo


Kygo is a Norwegian DJ and Music producer. He grabbed attention with his collaborative hit I see fire with Ed Sheeran. It was followed by another song called Firestone which is a mellow tune with an upbeat rhythm.


Kygo was popular on Spotify by gaining billions in streaming. One after the other he gave a blockbuster hit. His debut album Cloud Nine topped the charts in the UK and other countries. The DJ was ranked in the top 50 best DJs in the DJ Mag top 100.


Kygo’s collaborative list is long including one republic, the Chain-smokers, Zara Larsson and Imagine dragon. 


He has won many nominations for the MTV Europe Music Award and Billboard Music Award.


His number Lost without you is out in 2022 and he is set to break new records. He is a famous DJ and is included among the most popular musicians in the UK.


48. Tom Gregory


Tom is an English singer and songwriter. The singer appeared on the reality tv show

 The Voice In 2012 but failed to make his way to the finals.


His debut single Run to you 2017 reached the UK charts at number 26. Other singles which have won the hearts of his fans include Never let me down, River, Footprints, and Fingertips.


Tom has picked up the Audi Generation award in the international music category.


His song Footprints is still rocking the charts in the UK. And that is the reason we have included him among the most popular musicians in the UK.


49. Wet Leg


Wet Leg is an Indie British Rock band and has been performing locally. Their debut single Chaise Longue got critically acclaimed and became their turning point. The next single Wet Dream also earned fame for them.


The music, the lyrics, and their voices have made everyone their fan and that is why the band are in the top 50 most popular musicians in the UK in 2022.


They are new to the Music industry and are working hard to stay in the game. 


They have won nominations for the MTV Music Awards and Libera Awards. Highly recommended for indie rock music listeners.


50. Lola Young


Lola young is the new artist in the house. She is a British singer, and songwriter who has given beautiful works of music to music lovers.


Young has been writing songs since she was in her teens. She grew up in a musical Family. Her songs The man, None For You, and Six feet Under won the hearts of the Critics. 


In the year 2022, her songs So sorry and Blind Love are topping the UK charts.  And all these reasons are enough to include her as the most popular musicians In the UK.


So these were the top 50 most popular musicians in the UK.


Frequently Asked Questions


In this section, I will try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that you have.


So don’t worry, I have made it super easy for you to find your most burning questions and answered them as well.


Who is the most popular musician in the UK right now?


Harry styles is the most popular musician in the UK right now. He has won many awards and is still at the top of the charts in 2022 July. His new song As it was is on number one in 2022.


Who is the most popular singer in the UK?


Harry styles is again the most popular singer in the UK. He has beaten everybody in this category including Ed Sheeran and Adele. Harry’s innovative music and catchy lyrics have stolen the hearts of his listeners and that is the reason He is the most popular.


Who is the Billboard number 1 singer in the UK?


The Beatles have the most number one singles on UK billboard charts. Their songs include Hey Jude, I want to hold your hand, come together, let it be, and a long list of hit songs. 


Who is the most loved musician in the UK?


Ed Sheeran is the most loved musician in the UK. The singer has created millions of Fans followed by his sober and gentle personality and excellent songs. His hit songs are perfect, the shape of you, bad habits and now becoming popular with 2 steps.


Who is the biggest pop star in the UK?


Adele is the biggest pop sensation in the UK. Her voice, lyrics, and compositions all are the best of the best. The critically acclaimed singer has touched the hearts of many. Adele is a mentor and a big star in the UK right now with her extraordinary talent.




Everyone has his or her own favorite singer or band but some really stand out. And the list we have compiled is all based on talent, hit numbers, and critical acclamation.


We have tried to compile a comprehensive list of musicians in the UK Who are popular and streaming on every channel in the year 2023.


The list encompasses artists from pop, rock, R&B, and classical pop.


It’s over to you now!


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