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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

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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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

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 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #58 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Michael Jackson Songs of All Time

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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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#161 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #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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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

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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#17 of 449 The Best Duos of All Time #216 of 620 The Greatest Live 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 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

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 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #555 of 2,003 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History 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
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America

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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#56 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #10 of 695 The Best Rock Vocalists

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John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Americana, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

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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#95 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #130 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best John Mellencamp Albums of All Time

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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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#145 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #556 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive The Best Chuck Berry Albums of All Time

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Ben E. King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

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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#816 of 1,471 The Greatest Minds of All Time #85 of 279 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #173 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #203 of 695 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Graeme Parker added Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

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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#1,036 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #1,673 of 2,003 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History The Best Glen Campbell Albums of All Time

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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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#139 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #53 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

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Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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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#331 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #120 of 292 The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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Cliff Richard is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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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#435 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #973 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time The Best Cliff Richard Albums of All Time

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Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America

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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#137 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #47 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time #111 of 398 The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Genre: Doo-wop, Christian music & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

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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V is listed (or ranked) 17 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

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) 18 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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Perry Como is listed (or ranked) 19 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

Labels: Decca Records, RCA Records

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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Del Shannon is listed (or ranked) 20 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

Labels: Bigtop Records, United Artists Records, Island Records, Amy Records, Berlee records, + 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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#232 of 695 The Best Rock Vocalists #364 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
edsilva added Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Rockabilly; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Rick Sings Nelson, Rudy the Fifth, The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Ricky Nelson: 1957-1972, Best of Ricky Nelson, The Lost '60s Recordings, + more

Labels: Decca Records, MCA Records, Imperial Records, Epic Records, Music Corporation of America

Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) was an American pop star, musician, and singer-songwriter. From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television ...more

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#65 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #1,102 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Ricky Nelson Albums of All Time

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Gene Pitney is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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 303 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #163 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time The Best Jackson Browne Albums of All Time

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Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
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Harry Edward Styles (born 1 February 1994) is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He rose to stardom as a member of the boy band One Direction after a 2010 audition as a solo artist for ...more

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#49 of 119 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like #287 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #241 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time

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Jimin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
bangtan added Genre: K-pop; Nationality: South Korea

Labels: Big Hit Entertainment

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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