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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 Best Michael Jackson Songs of All Time #2 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #13 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 3 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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#65 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #13 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #37 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 4 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 #24 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #271 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 5 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 269 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #15 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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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 #46 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #362 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 7 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 #18 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #16 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Blues, Pop & Rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Continuum, Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Battle Studies, Born and Raised, + more

John Clayton Mayer (; born October 16, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, ...more

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The 15 Douchiest John Mayer Quotes #275 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #779 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Western music, Pop music & Traditional music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together, Take Me Home, Country Roads, + more

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, activist, and humanitarian, ...more

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The Best John Denver Albums of All Time #50 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #121 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Genre: Pop music, Latin American music & Easy listening; Nationality: United States of America

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

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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#520 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #158 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #372 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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V is listed (or ranked) 11 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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#6 of 56 The Best New Male Artists #264 of 2,444 The Most Influential People of All Time #1 of 76 Who Are the Best Singers Under 25 Right Now?

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Dimash Kudaibergen is listed (or ranked) 12 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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#234 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #75 of 275 The Hottest Men Of 2020, Ranked #49 of 242 The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul & Spoken word; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Transformer, Berlin, New York, Rock 'n' Roll Animal, Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground Featuring Nico, + more

Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and poet. He was the lead guitarist, singer and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet ...more

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Wild Stories About The Insane Life Of Music Pioneer Lou Reed #215 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #647 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Peter Noone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Genre: Pop music and Rock music; Nationality: England

Albums: On The Road, Oh You Pretty Things, Walnut Whirl, Should I

Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone (born 5 November 1947) is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist and actor, best known as Herman of the successful 1960s pop group Herman's Hermits.

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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 15 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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#26 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #70 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #78 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music & Boogie-woogie; Nationality: United States of America

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

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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#200 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #346 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #162 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Rick Astley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Manuel Beringer added Genre: Hip hop music, Eurobeat & Blue-eyed soul; Nationality: England

Albums: Whenever You Need Somebody, Sleeping, Free, Greatest Hits, Body & Soul, + more

Richard Paul Astley (born 6 February 1966) is an English singer, songwriter and radio personality. His 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up" was a number 1 hit single in 25 countries and ...more

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#502 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #50 of 367 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s #456 of 1,062 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time

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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul & Disco; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Paul Simon and Friends, Closeup, Working My Way Back To You, Closeup / Valli, + more

Frankie Valli (born May 3, 1934) is an American singer and actor, known as the frontman of The Four Seasons beginning in 1960. He is known for his unusually powerful tenor/lead. Valli scored 29 ...more

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#91 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #479 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #110 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Engelbert Humperdinck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Love Rollercoaster, The Magic of Christmas, Hello Out There, Greatest Hits and More, Christmas Eve, + more

Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold George Dorsey; 2 May 1936) is an English pop singer. Humperdinck has been described as "one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers around." His ...more

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#81 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #173 of 279 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s #41 of 72 The Greatest English Pop Singers

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Jimin is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Del Shannon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Genre: Rock music, Country rock & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Del Shannon Sings Hank Williams: Your Cheatin' Heart, Runaway: The Very Best of Del Shannon, All the Hits and More, Runaway: 20 Greatest Hits, Runaway, + more

Del Shannon (born Charles Weedon Westover; December 30, 1934 – February 8, 1990) was an American rock and roll and country musician and singer-songwriter, best known for his 1961 number 1 ...more

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#191 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #524 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #346 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 23 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 #495 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #117 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Perry Como is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Genre: Adult contemporary music, Sacred music & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Greatest Christmas Songs, Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music, Christmas With Perry Como, A Perry Como Christmas, Christmas Album, + more

Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como (; May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an American singer, actor and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century he recorded ...more

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#1,334 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #184 of 200 Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely #87 of 525 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?

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Gene Pitney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Genre: Easy listening and Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Famous Country Duets, Gene Pitney Anthology 1961-1968, Ultimate Anthology, 25 All-Time Greatest Hits, Looking Through Gene Pitney: The Ultimate Collection, + more

Gene Francis Alan Pitney (February 17, 1941 – April 5, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and sound engineer.Pitney charted 16 Top 40 hits in the United States, four in the Top ...more

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#587 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #493 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #151 of 200 Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely