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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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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 #269 of 2,042 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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#66 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #37 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #13 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 5 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 #47 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #362 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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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 269 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #15 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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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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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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#413 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #37 of 146 The Best Hallmark Channel Actors #633 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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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 #120 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #49 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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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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#158 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #520 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #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 #24 of 178 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time #262 of 2,444 The Most Influential People of All Time

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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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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 14 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 #294 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #60 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Engelbert Humperdinck is listed (or ranked) 15 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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#122 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #173 of 279 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s #27 of 66 The Greatest Crooners of All Time

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Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: New Wave, Rock music & Pub rock; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: This Year's Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!!, My Aim Is True, Brutal Youth, + more

Declan Patrick MacManus, OBE (born 25 August 1954), better known by his stage name Elvis Costello, is an English pop/rock musician, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, author, ...more

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The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time #21 of 269 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #204 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 17 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 #424 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Matt Monro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Genre: Easy listening; Nationality: England

Albums: Yesterdays, Matt Monro Sings, The Greatest, A Time for Love, This Is the Life / Here's to My Lady, + more

Matt Monro (born Terence Edward Parsons, 1 December 1930 – 7 February 1985) was an English singer who became one of the most popular entertainers on the international music scene during the ...more

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#1,455 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #12 of 66 The Greatest Crooners of All Time #340 of 412 The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

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Gene Pitney is listed (or ranked) 19 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

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

Albums: Steve Lawrence Sings Sinatra, Go Away Little Girl / If You Love Her Tell Her So, The Steve Lawrence Sound, The Best of Steve Lawrence

Steve Lawrence (born Sidney Liebowitz; July 8, 1935) is an American singer and actor, best known as a member of a duo with his late wife Eydie Gormé, billed as "Steve and ...more

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#28 of 66 The Greatest Crooners of All Time #56 of 303 The Greatest Jewish Singers and Songwriters #57 of 222 The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time

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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The Best Bob Seger Albums of All Time #8 of 269 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #22 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 22 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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#90 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #111 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #479 of 1,043 The Best Singers 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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#26 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #89 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #78 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Jimin is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Bobby Darin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Rock music, Swing music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Beyond the Sea: The Very Best of Bobby Darin, You're the Reason I'm Living / I Wanna Be Around, Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Doolitle / Born Walden Robert Cassotto, Great Gentlemen of Song: Spotlight On..., Oh! Look at Me Now, + more

Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert Cassotto; May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor in film and television. He performed jazz, pop, ...more

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#530 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #236 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #165 of 326 The Greatest American Rock Bands