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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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798 447
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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732 515
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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695 485
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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552 391
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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415 478
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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517 490
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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550 472
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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405 383
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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513 458
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 10 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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385 324
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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330 453
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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305 344
Slash is listed (or ranked) 13 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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217 177
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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265 315
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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242 289
Seal is listed (or ranked) 16 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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270 317
Enya is listed (or ranked) 17 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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271 358
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 18 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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229 172
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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262 416
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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156 81
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 21 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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212 316
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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192 294
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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163 154
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 24 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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170 275
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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195 223
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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216 254
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 27 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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136 179
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 28 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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149 298
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Morrissey Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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129 233
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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129 161
Drake is listed (or ranked) 31 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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132 262
Moby is listed (or ranked) 32 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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136 285
Flea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Flea Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock

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90 123
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 34 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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39 27
Selena is listed (or ranked) 35 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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96 194
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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45 67
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 37 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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85 138
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 38 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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75 190
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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63 122
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 40 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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81 163
Akon is listed (or ranked) 41 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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70 190
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

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64 162
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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58 185
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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27 60
Gotye is listed (or ranked) 45 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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40 106
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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36 74
Common is listed (or ranked) 47 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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28 66
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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27 62
Jamiroquai is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Jamiroquai Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Ballad

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45 122
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