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The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

Updated February 16, 2021 589.2k votes 38.3k voters 281.0k views196 items

List RulesI 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!

  • Freddie Mercury1

    Freddie Mercury

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy, Time, Guide Me Home

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  • Michael Jackson2

    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music

    AlbumsThriller, Bad, Off the Wall, Dangerous, Michael

    Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter,...  more
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  • Elvis Presley3

    Elvis Presley

    Christian music, Pop music

    AlbumsJailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters, Can’t Help Falling in Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby, Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition)

    Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was...  more
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  • Stevie Wonder4

    Stevie Wonder

    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul

    AlbumsSongs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book, Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium I, Music of My Mind

    Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is...  more
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  • Elton John5

    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsGoodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Madman Across the Water, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

    Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and...  more
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  • George Michael6

    George Michael

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsFaith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1, Careless Whisper, Older

    George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016) was an...  more
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  • Frank Sinatra7

    Frank Sinatra

    Swing music, Traditional pop music

    AlbumsChristmas With the Rat Pack, In the Wee Small Hours, Christmas Songs by Sinatra, A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra, Nothing but the Best

    Francis Albert Sinatra (; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and...  more
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  • Nat King Cole8

    Nat King Cole

    Jump blues, Swing music

    AlbumsMerry Christmas, The Magic of Christmas, The Nat King Cole Christmas Album, Merry Christmas, Christmas Favorites

    Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King...  more
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  • Paul McCartney9

    Paul McCartney

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsFlaming Pie, Ram, McCartney, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Press to Play

    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,...  more
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  • Prince10


    Hip hop music, Synthpop

    AlbumsPurple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999, Love Symbol Album, Around the World in a Day

    Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter,...  more
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  • Bob Marley11

    AlbumsSun Is Shining, One Love, Rainbow Country, Lively Up Yourself, Forever Gold

    Robert Nesta Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter....  more
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  • Marvin Gaye12

    Marvin Gaye

    Doo-wop, Motown Sound

    AlbumsWhat's Going On, Here, My Dear, Let's Get It On, I Want You

    Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer,...  more
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  • Ray Charles13

    Ray Charles

    Soul blues, Pop music

    AlbumsThe Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit of Christmas, Ray Charles at Newport, Genius Loves Company

    Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as simply Ray...  more
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  • Steve Perry14

    Steve Perry

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsStreet Talk, Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased, For the Love of Strange Medicine, Playlist: The Very Best of Steve Perry, Greatest Hits (Remastered + Expanded)

    Stephen Ray Perry (born January 22, 1949) is an American singer and songwriter. He is best...  more
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  • Louis Armstrong15

    Louis Armstrong

    Swing music, Traditional pop music

    AlbumsHot Fives and Hot Sevens, American Freedom, C'est si bon, Louis Armstrong and King Oliver, Porgy & Bess

    Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops,...  more
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  • Robert Plant16

    Robert Plant

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsRaising Sand, No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, Walking Into Clarksdale, Mighty Rearranger, Manic Nirvana

    Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English singer, songwriter, and musician,...  more
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  • Rod Stewart17

    Rod Stewart

    New Wave, Rock music

    AlbumsEvery Picture Tells a Story, Gasoline Alley, Downtown Train – Selections from the Storyteller Anthology, It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook, Stardust: The Great American Songbook

    Sir Roderick David Stewart, (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer and songwriter....  more
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  • Billy Joel18

    Billy Joel

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

    AlbumsThe Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, An Innocent Man

    William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and...  more
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  • Bruno Mars19

    Bruno Mars

    Pop, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsDoo-Wops & Hooligans, Unorthodox Jukebox, Earth to Mars, It's Better If You Don't Understand, Moonshine

    Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), known professionally as Bruno Mars, is an...  more
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  • Paul Simon20

    Paul Simon

    Rock music, Folk music

    AlbumsGraceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon, The Rhythm of the Saints

    Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor....  more
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  • Roy Orbison21

    Roy Orbison

    Country pop, Pop music

    AlbumsThe Essential Roy Orbison, King of Hearts, Mystery Girl, Crying, The Orbison Way

    Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and...  more
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  • James Brown22

    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop

    AlbumsLive at the Apollo, Star Time, Funky Christmas, Santa's Got a Brand New Bag, I Got You

    James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter,...  more
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  • Jon Bon Jovi23

    Jon Bon Jovi

    Glam metal, Classic rock

    AlbumsBlaze of Glory, Destination Anywhere, The Power Station Years: The Unreleased Recordings, Queen of New Orleans, Janie

    John Francis Bongiovi Jr. (born March 2, 1962), known professionally as Jon Bon Jovi, is an...  more
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  • Lionel Richie24

    Lionel Richie

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    AlbumsCan't Slow Down, Tuskegee, Coming Home, Dancing on the Ceiling, Renaissance

    Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and...  more
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  • Eric Clapton25

    Eric Clapton

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    Albums461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman, Tears in Heaven

    Eric Patrick Clapton, (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer,...  more
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