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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610 375
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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587 392
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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519 400
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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412 389
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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329 388
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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369 311
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

8
402 359
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Beyoncé Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

9
363 363
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

10
277 242
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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308 318
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

12
254 373
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

13
227 233
Enya is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

14
189 220
Seal is listed (or ranked) 14 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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225 286
Slash is listed (or ranked) 15 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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200 237
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Fergie Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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237 333
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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125 111
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 18 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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217 294
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Jewel Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

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154 118
Usher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Usher Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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175 242
Björk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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97 90
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
looksharp added Lorde Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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171 195
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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145 242
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

25
134 218
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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63 36
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Tom Islava added Tupac Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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86 119
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
sk8erhorse added Kesha Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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123 237
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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136 177
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Ludacris Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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109 201
Moby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Moby Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

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79 99
Drake is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MELINDA_1243 added Drake Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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105 182
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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97 222
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

34
67 134
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
bakermf465 added Brandy Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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42 81
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MELINDA_1243 added Macklemore Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hip hop music in the Pacific Northwest

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63 133
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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38 68
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
bluecandyboy added RuPaul Disco, Electro, Electro house

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9 14
Martika is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Martika Pop music, Pop rock

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25 57
Duffy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Stefani Marie added Duffy Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul

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9 16
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Avicii Electro house, Alternative dance, House music

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15 26
Common is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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11 20
MIA is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added MIA

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52 95
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 43 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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6 17
Gotye is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Gotye Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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52 127
Dion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MichelleWilliamson1 added Dion

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6 18
Jamiroquai is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Jamiroquai Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Ballad

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19 55
Robyn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Robyn Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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51 118
Akon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Akon Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

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54 142
JoJo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added JoJo Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop

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17 49
Anastacia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Anastacia Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Pop music