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

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862 469
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Elvis Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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782 549
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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765 508
Adele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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608 414
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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448 502
Sting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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555 517
Cher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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604 509
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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568 473
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Beyoncé Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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429 339
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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442 398
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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359 475
Bono is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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251 191
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Sia Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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326 366
Slash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Slash Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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296 342
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Fergie Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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293 377
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Jewel Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

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253 312
Seal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Seal Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

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287 337
Enya is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

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251 187
Usher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Usher Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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184 97
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Tom Islava added Tupac Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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278 444
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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220 339
Björk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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192 173
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
looksharp added Lorde Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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200 317
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Beck Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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182 297
Dido is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Dido Pop music, Trip hop, Folk music

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212 236
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Ludacris Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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160 194
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
sk8erhorse added Kesha Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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234 271
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

The All Time Greatest Muses in the Music World

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152 177
Drake is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MELINDA_1243 added Drake Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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159 320
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Morrissey Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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144 253
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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111 137
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MELINDA_1243 added Macklemore Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hip hop music in the Pacific Northwest

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139 284
Moby is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Moby Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

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63 38
Selena is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Scott Zito added Selena Mexican cumbia, Pop music, Latin American music

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146 308
Flea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Flea Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock

The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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107 214
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
bakermf465 added Brandy Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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100 152
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolio Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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58 85
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Avicii Electro house, Alternative dance, House music

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75 141
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
bluecandyboy added RuPaul Disco, Electro, Electro house

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92 182
Akon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Akon Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

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81 213
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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80 207
JoJo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added JoJo Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop

Every Song in The Book of Mormon, Ranked by Singability

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73 180
Eve is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
yolanda-briggs added Eve Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music

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65 205
Dion is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MichelleWilliamson1 added Dion

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46 93
Common is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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48 123
Duffy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Stefani Marie added Duffy Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul

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33 80
Gotye is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Gotye Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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34 85
Everlast is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Dan Lehnberg added Everlast Hip hop music, Rock music, Country rap

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19 55
Mýa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
BubbaBooey added Mya R&B, Pop, Hip hop

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51 145
Monica is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
yolanda-briggs added Monica Hip hop music, Pop music, Folk music