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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
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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

Labels: Parlophone, Hollywood Records, EMI, Polydor Records, Columbia, + 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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#1 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #866 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time True Stories From Freddie Mercury’s Childhood

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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

Labels: Atlantic Records, MCA Records, Peacock Records, RCA Camden, Bell Records, + more

Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known as Little Richard, is an American musician, singer and songwriter. An influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades, ...more

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#111 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #265 of 284 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Best Little Richard Albums of All Time

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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

Labels: Sony Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Motown Records, MJJ Music, Sony Music Entertainment, + 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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#2 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #58 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Michael Jackson Songs of All Time

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

Albums: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends, The Graduate, The Concert in Central Park, + more

Labels: Columbia

Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They are best known for achieving commercial and critical success in the ...more

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#11 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #43 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Simon And Garfunkel Songs

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Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
RobLein added Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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

Labels: Decca Records, Verve Music Group, Brunswick Records, Reprise Records, RCA

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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#59 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #197 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Bing Crosby Albums of All Time

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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

Albums: (It) Feels So Good

Labels: Geffen Records, Columbia

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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#51 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #10 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #472 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Ben E. King is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

Albums: Stand by Me, Anthology, Seven Letters, 3 for 3, Supernatural, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Manhattan Records, Ichiban Records, ATCO Records

Benjamin Earl King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson, September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015) was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He is best known as the singer and co-composer of ...more
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John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

Albums: Uh-huh, American Fool, Scarecrow, The Lonesome Jubilee, Human Wheels, + more

Labels: Riva Records, MCA Records, Island Records, Universal Republic Records, Mercury, + more

John J Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951), previously known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor. He is known ...more

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#20 of 299 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #147 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years The Best John Mellencamp Albums of All Time

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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

Labels: ATCO Records, Chess Records, Mercury

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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#85 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists The Best Chuck Berry Albums of All Timelisted on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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

Labels: Decca Records, Brunswick Records, Coral Records

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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#102 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #70 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time What Actually Happened The Day The Music Died?

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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

Albums: Call Me Irresponsible, White Christmas, First Dance, Call Me Irresponsible, Crazy Love, + more

Labels: 143 Records, Reprise Records

Michael Steven Bublé (IPA: boo-BLAY; born September 9, 1975) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the UK. He ...more

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#89 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #82 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time The Best Michael Bublé Albums, Ranked

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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Jazz-funk, Swing music, Traditional pop music

Albums: What a Night! A Christmas Album, When My Heart Finds Christmas, Blue Light, Red Light, When Harry Met Sally..., + more

Labels: Marsalis Music, Columbia

Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. (born September 11, 1967) is a Grammy and Emmy-award winning American singer, composer, actor, and television host. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. ...more

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#198 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #909 of 2,003 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

Albums: The End of the Innocence, Building the Perfect Beast, I Can't Stand Still, End of the Innocence, Dirty Laundry, + more

Labels: Warner Bros. Entertainment, Geffen Records, Asylum Records, Warner Bros. Records

Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and founding member of the Eagles. He was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles ...more

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#27 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #111 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time The Best Don Henley Albums of All Time

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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

Albums: That Christmas Feeling, A Glen Campbell Christmas, Home for the Holidays, Glen Campbell Christmas, Merry Christmas, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, MCA Records, Liberty Records, Capitol Records

Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor. He was best known for a series of hit songs in the 1960s and ...more

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#1,406 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Glen Campbell Albums of All Timelisted on Famous Left Handed People

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Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Boogie-woogie

Albums: Here Comes... Fats Domino, This Is Fats, Essential Hits and Early Recordings, This Is Fats / Rock and Rollin’ With Fats Domino, Blueberry Hill, + more

Labels: ABC Records, Imperial Records, Sonet Records, Mercury, Reprise Records, + more

Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American pianist and singer-songwriter. One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Domino sold more than 65 ...more

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#308 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #358 of 854 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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Steve Winwood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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

Labels: United Artists Records, Island Records, Fontana Records, Polydor Records, Columbia, + 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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#84 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #231 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time The Best Steve Winwood Songs

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

Albums: Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush, Tonight's the Night, On the Beach, + more

Labels: ATCO Records, Warner Music Group, Motown Records, Geffen Records, Reprise Records

Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with ...more

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#58 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists The Best Neil Young Albums of All Timelisted on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

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Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Pop music, Latin American music, Easy listening

Albums: Merry Christmas, Christmas With Johnny Mathis, A Personal Collection: The Christmas Music of Johnny Mathis, Give Me Your Love for Christmas, Let It Be Me: Mathis in Nashville, + more

Labels: Mercury, Columbia

John Royce Mathis (born September 30, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter of popular music. Starting his career with singles of standard music, he became highly popular as an album artist, ...more

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#152 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #132 of 298 The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like #141 of 313 Famous People Most Likely to Live to 100

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Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Doo-wop, Rock music, Christian music

Albums: Born to Be With You, Rock 'n' Roll Christmas, Presenting Dion & The Belmonts, Runaround Sue, Dion: His Best, + more

Labels: Columbia

Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, 1939), better known mononymously as Dion, is an American singer and songwriter whose work has incorporated elements of doo-wop, rock and R&B styles—and, ...more

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#355 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #626 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #107 of 222 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album

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Cliff Richard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Skiffle, Christian music, Pop music

Albums: Cliff at Christmas, I Could Easily Fall (In Love With You), The Singles Collection, At the Movies: 1959-1974, Summer Holiday, + more

Labels: Decca Records, Rocket Records, EMI, Epic Records, Columbia Graphophone Company, + more

Sir Cliff Richard (born 14 October 1940) is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor and philanthropist. Richard has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. He has total sales of ...more

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#884 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #130 of 381 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s The Best Cliff Richard Albums of All Time

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Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

Albums: Frampton Comes Alive!, I'm In You, Where I Should Be, Frampton, Now, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, 33rd Street Records, A&M Records, Virgin Records

Peter Kenneth Frampton (born 22 April 1950) is an English rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. He was previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd. After ...more

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#109 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #191 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #86 of 284 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Andy Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

Albums: We Need a Little Christmas, The Andy Williams Christmas Album, Moon River, Christmas Present, Music to Fall in Love By, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Cadence Records, Columbia

Howard Andrew Williams (December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012) was an American singer. He recorded 43 albums in his career, of which 15 have been gold-certified and three platinum-certified. He ...more

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#162 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #1,272 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on Twin Musicians

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Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

Albums: Running on Empty, Jackson Browne, Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2, The Pretender, + more

Labels: Asylum Records, Inside Recordings, Elektra Records

Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 18 million albums in the United States. Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Browne has ...more

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#39 of 299 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #132 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists The Best Jackson Browne Albums of All Time

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V is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
김복숭아 added K-pop

Albums: Stigma, It's Definitely You, 4 O'Clock, Scenery, Winter Bear

Labels: Big Hit Entertainment

Kim Tae-hyung (born December 30, 1995), better known by his stage name V, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and member of the South Korean boy group BTS. In 2016, V made his acting ...more

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Dimash Kudaibergen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
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Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergen (born May 24, 1994), also known as Dimash Kudaibergen, is a Kazakh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His parents Kanat Kudaibergenuly Aitbayev and ...more

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