Musicians The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name  

Adam Tyler
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List Rules Only singers and musicians known by one name

Complete list of famous singers & musicians with one name, crowdsourced and ranked by name recognition. No need for a last name! These mononymous singers have so much name-recognition that they are simply addressed by a single name. Singers may choose to go by a single stage name to stand out, sound distinctive, or as a part of their culture. (Bjork, for example, only goes by one name because it is custom in Iceland to address others by one name only.) There are a ton of both male and female singers with one name – so which ones are the best ever?

In the West, mononymity is normally a privilege of famous people, celebrities, writers, artists, entertainers, musicians, pop stars, and athletes. Of all of these types of artists, there are far more musicians that go by one name than others. Some one name stage names are merely the performer's given name (Rihanna, Ke$ha, Cher, Madonna, Beyonce), other mononymous musicians go by their surnames (Liberace, Morrissey), and many are made up words (Xzibit, Ginuwine) or nicknames (Sting, Bono, Moby). 

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1,075 795
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
1,395 830
Prince is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

3
1,393 662
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

4
1,185 765
Adele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

5
1,123 831
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

6
998 630
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

7
731 740
Sting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

8
587 700
Bono is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

9
898 751
Cher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

10
720 623
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

11
711 545
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

12
863 690
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

13
284 543
Dido is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Pop music, Trip hop, Folk music

14
432 440
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

15
529 555
Slash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

16
453 595
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

17
461 570
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

18
413 506
Seal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

19
136 93
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
JulieGoodwin added Pop music, Rock music, World music

20
422 657
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

21
411 556
Enya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

22
460 354
Usher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

23
309 567
Björk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

24
293 507
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

25
257 407
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

26
223 528
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

27
287 379
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
sk8erhorse added Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

28
240 473
Flea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock

29
421 310
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Tom Islava added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

30
191 478
Moby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

31
316 366
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
looksharp added Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

32
339 394
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

33
338 441
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

34
303 399
Drake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MELINDA_1243 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

35
247 183
Selena is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Scott Zito added Mexican cumbia, Pop music, Latin American music

36
210 324
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MELINDA_1243 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hip hop music in the Pacific Northwest

37
174 66
Meatloaf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
JulieGoodwin added Meatloaf

38
188 368
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
bakermf465 added Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

39
168 330
Akon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

40
55 136
Redman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Alistair Fullarton added Hip hop music

41
39 134
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

42
163 253
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Electro house, Alternative dance, House music

43
142 359
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

44
117 352
Dion is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MichelleWilliamson1 added

45
159 292
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
bluecandyboy added Disco, Electro, Electro house

46
123 361
JoJo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop

47
160 291
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

48
118 317
Eve is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
yolanda-briggs added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music

49
104 64
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Rosshossofcl added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

50
97 231
Common is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop