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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 #148 of 232 The Greatest Rock Songwriters 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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#47 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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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 #272 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 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #15 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Genre: Pop music, Neo soul & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Yesterday, Lost Stars

Adam Noah Levine (born March 18, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. He is the lead singer for the pop rock band Maroon 5. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Levine ...more

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: New Wave, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Peter Gabriel, Us, Security, Up, Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats, + more

Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer, songwriter, record producer and activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and frontman of the progressive rock band ...more

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The Best Peter Gabriel Albums of All Time #13 of 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #49 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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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

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 #57 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #426 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 9 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 Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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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The Best John Mellencamp Albums of All Time #42 of 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #39 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Chicano rock, Rock music & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Complete Ritchie Valens, The Very Best Of Richie Valens, Greatest Hits, The Very Best of Ritchie Valens, La Bamba, + more

Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather ...more

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#128 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #335 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #346 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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Marc Bolan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
Genre: Psychedelic folk, Protopunk & Pop rock; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: 20th Century Boy, The Beginning of Doves, Christmas Box, Billy Super Duper, Love and Death, + more

Marc Bolan ( BOH-lən; born Mark Feld; 30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam ...more

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#274 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #554 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #198 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 13 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 #52 of 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #48 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time
-1457103746844 added Genre: Hip hop music, Swing music & Rock music; Nationality: England

Albums: Rudebox, Angels, Feel, Escapology, The Ego Has Landed, + more

Robert Peter Williams (born 13 February 1974) is an English singer-songwriter and entertainer. He found fame as a member of the pop group Take That from 1989 to 1995, but achieved greater ...more

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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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#200 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #350 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #137 of 318 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 16 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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#296 of 419 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) 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

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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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 19 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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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 20 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 #86 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #46 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Don McLean is listed (or ranked) 21 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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#75 of 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #63 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #553 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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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 #521 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #238 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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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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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Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 25 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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