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

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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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1,309 618
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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1,104 711
Adele is listed (or ranked) 3 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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1,064 790
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 4 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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688 693
Sting is listed (or ranked) 5 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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957 731
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 6 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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937 591
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 7 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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551 654
Bono is listed (or ranked) 8 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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852 716
Cher is listed (or ranked) 9 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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673 580
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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662 506
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 11 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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810 659
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 12 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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428 556
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 13 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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390 405
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 14 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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502 518
Slash is listed (or ranked) 15 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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440 537
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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387 477
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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403 617
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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391 527
Enya is listed (or ranked) 19 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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261 488
Dido is listed (or ranked) 20 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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428 328
Usher is listed (or ranked) 21 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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286 535
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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285 476
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 23 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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243 380
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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214 496
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Morrissey Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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386 271
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 26 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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184 443
Moby is listed (or ranked) 27 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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227 444
Flea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Flea Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock

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261 354
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 29 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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322 370
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 30 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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293 339
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 31 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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285 356
Drake is listed (or ranked) 32 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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109 63
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
JulieGoodwin added Ringo Pop music, Rock music, World music

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318 418
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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199 296
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 35 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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221 158
Selena is listed (or ranked) 36 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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170 348
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 37 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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155 306
Akon is listed (or ranked) 38 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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135 337
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 39 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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143 234
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 40 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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147 48
Meatloaf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
JulieGoodwin added Meatloaf

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48 112
Redman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Alistair Fullarton added Redman Hip hop music

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110 330
Dion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MichelleWilliamson1 added Dion

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143 271
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 44 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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114 343
JoJo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added JoJo Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop

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152 273
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 46 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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109 302
Eve is listed (or ranked) 47 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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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Rosshossofcl added Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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32 108
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Matt1345 added Yelawolf Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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76 240
Duffy is listed (or ranked) 50 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