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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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Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 5 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 #205 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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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 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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#415 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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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 8 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 #478 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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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 #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) 10 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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Cliff Richard is listed (or ranked) 11 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 #332 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Timelisted on 1970s Christian Pop Artists

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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 12 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 #44 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #56 of 466 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

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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 #203 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #309 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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Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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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#6 of 56 The Best New Male Artists #24 of 176 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time #263 of 2,444 The Most Influential People of All Time

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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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Ben E. King is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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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#405 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #1,135 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #143 of 183 The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band

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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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#71 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #171 of 279 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s #23 of 66 The Greatest Crooners of All Time

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Del Shannon is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Jimin is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 23 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 #649 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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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#320 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #717 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Timelisted on 1970s Christian Pop Artists

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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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#532 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #238 of 318 The Greatest American Rock Bands #238 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time