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The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time 

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These are the top male pop singers of all time. This list of male pop stars is for you to vote on to decide just who is the very best. All time is a long time so this list of famous male singers, or more specifically male pop stars, covers many decades of music from Michael Jackson to Steve Perry, John Lennon to Prince. These are undoubtedly some of the greatest pop stars of all time, but it is up to you vote for who you think is the very best male singer in the history of popular music.

When it comes to voting for who you think is the best male pop artist, or even for your top 10 male pop performers, whether they're part of a duo, a band, or they sing solo - there is no wrong answer. Everyone has an opinion about music and very rarely are two opinions the same.

So, who is your favorite pop star that also happens to be male? Vote for your favorites now and watch your favorite popular male singers ascend through the ranks to become number one!

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Rockabilly; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy, Time, Guide Me Home, + more

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the ...more

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All About Mary Austin, The Love Of Freddie Mercury's Life #10 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #883 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Motown Sound, Rock music & Electronic music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall, Dangerous, Michael, + more

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant ...more

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The Best Michael Jackson Songs of All Time #62 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #10 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Jump blues, Swing music & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Merry Christmas, The Magic of Christmas, The Nat King Cole Christmas Album, Merry Christmas, Christmas Favorites, + more

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits ...more

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The Best Nat King Cole Albums of All Time #271 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #24 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave & Dance-pop; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1, Careless Whisper, Older, + more

George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the ...more

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#19 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #45 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #134 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Jump blues, Rock music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Here's Little Richard, Tutti Frutti, Brilliant Collection, The Explosive Little Richard, Greatest Hits Collection, + more

Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), known as Little Richard, was an American musician, singer and songwriter. Penniman influenced numerous singers and musicians across ...more

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The Best Little Richard Albums of All Time #257 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on 1970s Christian Pop Artists

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Rock music, Folk music & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon, The Rhythm of the Saints, + more

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's musical career has spanned seven decades with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of ...more

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The Best Paul Simon Solo Songs of All Time #2 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #82 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk rock; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Raising Sand, No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, Walking Into Clarksdale, Mighty Rearranger, Manic Nirvana, + more

Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Plant enjoyed great success ...more

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12 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Robert Plant #25 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #26 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: New Wave, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Peter Gabriel, Us, Security, Up, Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats, + more

Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer, songwriter, record producer and activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and frontman of the progressive rock band ...more

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The Best Peter Gabriel Albums of All Time #12 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #235 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Steve Winwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Genre: Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul & Rock music; Nationality: England

Albums: Arc of a Diver, Roll With It, Back in the High Life, Winwood, Junction Seven, + more

Stephen Lawrence Winwood (born 12 May 1948) is an English singer and musician whose genres include progressive rock, blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, blues rock, pop rock, and jazz. Though ...more

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The Best Steve Winwood Albums of All Time #101 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #78 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Genre: Popular music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Animals' Christmas, Angel Clare, Watermark, Fate for Breakfast, Scissors Cut, + more

Arthur Ira Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is an American singer, poet, and actor. He is best known for his partnership with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. Highlights ...more

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The Best Art Garfunkel Albums of All Time #81 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #465 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time

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Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Can't Slow Down, Tuskegee, Coming Home, Dancing on the Ceiling, Renaissance, + more

Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Richie's style of ballads with the Commodores and in his solo career launched him ...more

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The Best Lionel Richie Albums of All Time #32 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #126 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Rock music, Rhythm and blues & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars, Rock, Rock, + more

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" ...more

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The Best Chuck Berry Albums of All Time #13 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #414 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time

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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: (It) Feels So Good

Steven Tyler (born Steven Victor Tallarico; March 26, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and former television panelist. He is best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock ...more

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#67 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #400 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #120 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time

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Billy Ocean is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car, Billy Ocean, Suddenly, Love Zone, + more

Billy Ocean (born 21 January 1950) is a Trinidadian-English recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular Trinidad–British ...more

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The Best Billy Ocean Songs #945 of 1,020 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #194 of 294 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Swing music, Traditional pop music & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Hot Fives and Hot Sevens, American Freedom, C'est si bon, Louis Armstrong and King Oliver, Porgy & Bess, + more

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and occasional actor who was one of the most influential ...more

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The Best Louis Armstrong Albums of All Time #14 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #19 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time

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Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
RobLein added Genre: Traditional pop music, Easy listening & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Merry Christmas, Bing Crosby's Christmas Classics, White Christmas, Christmas, Christmas With Bing Crosby, + more

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (; May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and ...more

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The Best Bing Crosby Albums of All Time #58 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #395 of 1,030 The Best Actors in Film History

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Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Rock music & Soft rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: You Just Gotta Love Christmas, World Falling Down, One More Story, Another Perfect World, Solitude/Solitaire, + more

Peter Paul Cetera ( sə-TERR-ə; born September 13, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and bassist best known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago (1967–1985), before ...more

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#129 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #83 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time #155 of 298 The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Lubbock sound, Rock music & Rockabilly; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Buddy, 20 Golden Greats, What You Been A-Missin': What You've Been A-Missin', The Buddy Holly Story, That'll Be The Day, + more

Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central and pioneering figure of ...more

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What Actually Happened The Day The Music Died? #34 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #504 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time

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John Legend is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Soul & Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Get Lifted, Once Again, Evolver, Live at SOB's New York City, Love In The Future, + more

John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist. Prior to the release of Legend's debut ...more

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The Best Songs Feat. John Legend #455 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #323 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time

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Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
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Albums: Christmas With the Rat Pack, Sammy & Friends, Our Shining Hour, Boy Meets Girl, Nat King Cole Songbook, + more

Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, musician, dancer, actor, vaudevillian, comedian and activist known for his impressions of actors, musicians and ...more

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Robert Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, New Wave & Pop music; Nationality: Switzerland

Albums: Riptide, Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Double Fun, Pressure Drop, Clues, + more

Robert Allen Palmer (19 January 1949 – 26 September 2003) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He was known for combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, and blues. ...more

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The Best Robert Palmer Albums of All Time #212 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #435 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time

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Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul & Rock music; Nationality: England

Albums: Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Night Calls, Sheffield Steel, Best Ballads, + more

John Robert Cocker (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014), better known as Joe Cocker, was an English singer. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance, and distinctive ...more

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The Best Joe Cocker Albums of All Time #57 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #16 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, + more

Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than fifty years. Much of his most ...more

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The Best Bob Dylan Songs #3 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriterslisted on 1970s Christian Pop Artists

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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Southern soul, Soul blues & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, The Dock of the Bay, The Immortal Otis Redding, Love Man, The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads, + more

Otis Ray Redding Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the ...more

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The Best Otis Redding Albums of All Time #109 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #494 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time

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Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Warm Thoughts, Where There's Smoke, Anthology (disc 3), The Solo Anthology, One Heartbeat, + more

William "Smokey" Robinson Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and frontman of the ...more

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The Best Smokey Robinson Albums of All Time #51 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #52 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time