The 1980s had its share of British female singers and bad fashion! Acid wash jeans, thick patent leather belts, big hair, and for men, footballer perms with a suspicious aubergine tinge was all the rage. The clothing and hairstyles may have been questionable, but the music was not.
Several British female singers emerged onto the music scene during this decade, some are still surviving and performing today. Here are some of the best ones of the decade.
Sheena Easton hails from Scotland and during the 80s saw success with a string of pop hits. Modern Girl and 9 to 5 both made the top 10 and Sheena was the first British female singer to have 2 songs in the top 10 simultaneously. She also achieved good success in the USA and won 2 Grammy awards.
Known for her Avante Garde style, and unconventional music, Kate Bush hit the scene with the hit Wuthering Heights in the late 70s. She became the first British female singer to achieve a hit with a self-written song. The 80s saw several hits for Kate, solidifying her place as one of the most popular female artists of the decade. In 1987 she won an award for Best British Female Artist.
The famous topless Page 3 model turned singer Samatha Fox surprised many people when she made the transition from glamour model to pop star. Her debut hit ‘Touch Me’ landed on the charts in 1986 and climbed to the number 1 spot in no less than 17 countries. She was awarded the title of Best British Female Artists in 1988 by the Brit awards. In 2003 Samantha, the model that had attracted thousands of men shocked the nation by announcing she was in a relationship with her female manager Myra Stratton.
One of the best British singers of the 1980s was Kim Wilde. She saw a string of hits starting with ‘Kids in America’ in 1981. In 1983 Kim received a Brit Award for being the Best British Female Solo Artist and saw her second hit in 1986 with ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’. A cover of an old Supremes classic. Worldwide she has sold over 20 million records and 10 million albums making her without a doubt, one of the best British female singers of all time.
Probably best known for the song ‘Pearl’s a Singer’ that charted in the late 70s, Elkie Brooks also had some success in the 1980s. Her song ‘No More the Fool’ peaked at number 5 on the UK charts and along with the album of the same name, became her biggest commercial success. Elkie still records and holds live performances today and also writes theme songs for television shows and movies.