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). 

Use this list to research singers and musicians with one name and vote up your favorite!
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1,005 747
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
1,334 797
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
1,334 630
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
1,125 728
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
1,078 805
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
700 709
Sting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

7
956 605
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

8
562 668
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
862 726
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
681 594
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
674 520
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
271 505
Dido is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Pop music, Trip hop, Folk music

13
824 671
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

14
400 418
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
433 570
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
506 532
Slash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

17
448 547
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
393 487
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
121 70
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
411 630
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

21
396 537
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
437 338
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
293 546
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
287 487
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
251 386
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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216 507
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
232 451
Flea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock

28
400 289
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
186 453
Moby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

30
266 364
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
sk8erhorse added Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

31
328 378
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
298 348
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
looksharp added Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

33
291 375
Drake is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
325 422
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

35
202 304
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 35 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

36
226 166
Selena is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Scott Zito added Mexican cumbia, Pop music, Latin American music

37
161 314
Akon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

38
177 354
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

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158 52
Meatloaf is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
JulieGoodwin added Meatloaf

40
51 120
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

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34 115
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
135 344
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

43
144 242
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Electro house, Alternative dance, House music

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112 337
Dion is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MichelleWilliamson1 added

45
147 279
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
117 349
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
156 278
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
113 305
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
95 54
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
92 218
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