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The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time 

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List Rules I have purposely left off country singers because I have a list of only Country Male Singers

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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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 First Time Michael Jackson Moonwalked On Stage, The World Lost Its Mind #65 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #12 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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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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#24 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #46 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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Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 5 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 #128 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #32 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Lounge music & Pop music; Nationality: Canada

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

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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The Best Michael Bublé Albums, Ranked #40 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #365 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 7 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 #248 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) 8 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 #81 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Robert Palmer is listed (or ranked) 10 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 #227 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #130 of 298 The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 11 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 #8 of 541 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 12 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 #15 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #191 of 310 The Coolest Actors Ever

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Dan Fogelberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Rock music, Folk rock & Soft rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The First Christmas Morning, No Resemblance Whatsoever, Love Songs, The Innocent Age, Greatest Hits, + more

Daniel Grayling Fogelberg (August 13, 1951 – December 16, 2007) was an American musician, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is known for his 1980s songs, including ...more

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The Best Dan Fogelberg Albums of All Time #81 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #392 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Rock music, Experimental rock & Grunge; Nationality: Canada

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

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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The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time #46 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #153 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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V is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
김복숭아 added Genre: K-pop; Nationality: South Korea

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

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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#5 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #23 of 174 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time #347 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time

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Dimash Kudaibergen is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
MartyMJJ777 added Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Opera; Nationality: Italy

Albums: Carmen - Duets & Arias, Georges Bizet, Sentimento, Romanza, Amore, + more

Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdreːa boˈtʃɛlli]; born 22 September 1958) is an Italian opera singer, songwriter, and record producer. Celine Dion has said that "if ...more

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Jimin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
bangtan added Genre: K-pop; Nationality: South Korea
Park Ji-min (born on October 13, 1995), better known mononymously as Jimin, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and dancer. In 2013 he debuted as a member of the South Korean boy band BTS, ...more

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#8 of 57 The Best New Male Artists #13 of 138 The Best KPop Singers of All Time #1 of 174 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time

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Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Genre: Rock music, Pop rock & Power pop; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Anthology, Can't Wait to See the Movie, Parting Should Be Painless, British Rock Symphony, Rocks in the Head, + more

Roger Harry Daltrey (born 1 March 1944) is an English singer and actor. He is a founder, member, and lead singer of the rock band the Who. Daltrey is known for his powerful voice and energetic ...more

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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town, Greatest Hits, Beautiful Loser, + more

Robert Clark Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter and musician. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and ...more

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Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Rock music, Folk music & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

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

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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The Best Jackson Browne Albums of All Time #33 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #111 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Don McLean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Folk music, Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christmas Dreams, Christmas, American Pie, Believers, Tapestry, + more

Donald McLean III (born October 2, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his 1971 hit song "American Pie", an 8.5-minute folk rock "cultural touchstone" ...more

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#73 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #63 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #619 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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

Albums: Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion, Mary Jane's Last Dance, Free Fallin', + more

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the ...more

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#85 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #79 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #62 of 541 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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Frankie Laine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Genre: Traditional music, Folk music & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: This Is Country, 40 Great Performances, 50 Legendary Recordings, Round-Up, Shine / We'll Be Together Again, + more

Frankie Laine (born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio; March 30, 1913 – February 6, 2007) was an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career nearly spanned 75 years, from his first concerts in ...more

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#444 of 461 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #149 of 211 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time #19 of 66 The Greatest Crooners of All Time

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Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Simon Court added Genre: Synthpop, New Wave & Rock music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Hourglass, Hourglass Remixes, Paper Monsters, Bottle Living/Hold On, Dirty Sticky Floors, + more

Dave Gahan (; born David Callcott; 9 May 1962) is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the electronic band Depeche Mode since their debut in 1980. Q magazine ranked ...more

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