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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 2,044 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 #24 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #274 of 2,044 The Greatest Musical Artists 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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#45 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #65 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #13 of 1,043 The Best Singers 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 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #15 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 6 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 #208 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #38 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 7 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 #298 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #61 of 2,044 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Jazz-funk, Swing music & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United States of America

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

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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#416 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #632 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #37 of 146 The Best Hallmark Channel Actors

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 9 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 #56 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #423 of 1,043 The Best Singers 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 #72 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #477 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 11 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 2,044 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Cliff Richard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Skiffle, Christian music & Pop music; Nationality: India

Albums: Cliff at Christmas, I Could Easily Fall (In Love With You), The Singles Collection, At the Movies: 1959-1974, Summer Holiday, + 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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The Best Cliff Richard Albums of All Time #330 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Timelisted on 1970s Christian Pop Artists

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Barry White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Disco, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Can't Get Enough, Una serata con, Back to Back: Their Greatest Hits, In Your Wildest Dreams, Adagio - Your Heart And Soul, + more

Barry Eugene Carter (September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003), better known by his stage name Barry White, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and composer. A three-time ...more

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The Best Barry White Albums of All Time #205 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #313 of 1,043 The Best Singers 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 #53 of 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #48 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 15 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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#199 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #354 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #162 of 2,044 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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V is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Dimash Kudaibergen is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Peter Noone is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Barry Manilow is the sixth self-titled album released by singer and songwriter Barry Manilow. Manilow released a total of six self-titled albums in his career: Barry Manilow, Barry Manilow II, ...more

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Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Christmas Album Volume II, Hot August Night, The Christmas Album, The Jazz Singer, Home Before Dark, + more

Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. With 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, Diamond has sold more ...more

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The Best Neil Diamond Albums of All Time #39 of 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #45 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 21 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 #33 of 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #2 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 22 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 Avalon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
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Albums: Venus & Other Hits, The Teen Idols: The Very Best Of, Best of Frankie Avalon [MCA], And Now About Mr. Avalon, Best of Frankie Avalon, + more

Frankie Avalon (born Francis Thomas Avallone; September 18, 1940) is an American actor, singer, and former teen idol. Avalon had 31 charted U.S. Billboard singles from 1958 to late 1962, ...more

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#202 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #355 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #494 of 2,044 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Rick James is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: New Wave, Disco & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Street Songs, Urban Rapsody, Motown Legends, Cold Blooded, Throwin' Down, + more

Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, James ...more

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 25 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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