bands/musicians The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name  

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List Rules Only singers and musicians known by one name

Complete list of famous singers & musicians with one name, crowdsourced and ranked by name recognition. No need for a last name! These mononymous singers have so much name-recognition that they are simply addressed by a single name. Singers may choose to go by a single stage name to stand out, sound distinctive, or as a part of their culture. (Bjork, for example, only goes by one name because it is custom in Iceland to address others by one name only.) There are a ton of both male and female singers with one name – so which ones are the best ever?

In the West, mononymity is normally a privilege of famous people, celebrities, writers, artists, entertainers, musicians, pop stars, and athletes. Of all of these types of artists, there are far more musicians that go by one name than others. Some one name stage names are merely the performer's given name (Rihanna, Ke$ha, Cher, Madonna, Beyonce), other mononymous musicians go by their surnames (Liberace, Morrissey), and many are made up words (Xzibit, Ginuwine) or nicknames (Sting, Bono, Moby). 

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Elvis Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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P!nk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Beyoncé Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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Enya is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

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Slash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Slash Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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Fergie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Fergie Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Seal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Seal Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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Jewel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Jewel Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

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Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Sia Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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Usher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Usher Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Lorde is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Lorde Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Beck Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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Dido is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Dido Pop music, Trip hop, Folk music

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Tupac Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Kesha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Kesha Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Morrissey Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ludacris Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Drake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Drake Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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Moby is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Moby Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

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Liberace is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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Flea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Flea Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock

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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Brandy Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Macklemore Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hip hop music in the Pacific Northwest

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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
RuPaul Disco, Electro, Electro house

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Martika is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Martika Pop music, Pop rock

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Common is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Duffy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Duffy Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul

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Avicii is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Avicii Electro house, Alternative dance, House music

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MIA is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MIA

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Dion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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Gotye is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Gotye Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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Coolio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolio Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Jamiroquai is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Jamiroquai Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Ballad

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Robyn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Robyn Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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Akon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Akon Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

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JoJo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
JoJo Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop

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Anastacia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Anastacia Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Pop music