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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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935 515
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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835 592
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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832 551
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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667 455
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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671 552
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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476 552
Sting is listed (or ranked) 7 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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597 567
Cher is listed (or ranked) 8 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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488 423
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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475 359
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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618 498
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 11 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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380 506
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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291 218
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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348 393
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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320 372
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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285 200
Usher is listed (or ranked) 16 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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313 401
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 17 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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275 338
Seal is listed (or ranked) 18 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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225 114
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 19 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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302 366
Enya is listed (or ranked) 20 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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294 474
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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231 363
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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214 194
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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210 335
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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194 316
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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178 205
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 26 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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254 281
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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230 248
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 28 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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178 188
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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97 52
Selena is listed (or ranked) 30 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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167 335
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Morrissey Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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128 152
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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149 270
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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146 303
Moby is listed (or ranked) 34 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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157 327
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

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129 224
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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87 94
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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108 167
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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107 192
Akon is listed (or ranked) 39 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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83 158
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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89 228
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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88 221
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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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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58 139
Duffy is listed (or ranked) 44 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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71 223
Dion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MichelleWilliamson1 added Dion

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50 35
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Halsey Electropop, Synthpop

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54 108
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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40 96
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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37 99
Gotye is listed (or ranked) 49 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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25 68
Mýa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
BubbaBooey added Mya R&B, Pop, Hip hop