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

Adam Tyler
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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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1,044 774
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
1,370 816
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
1,368 647
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
1,156 747
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
1,101 818
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
977 619
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

7
715 728
Sting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

8
577 683
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
883 738
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
705 609
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
693 534
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
279 527
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
846 681
Beyoncé 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
421 427
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
444 583
Stacy Ferguson 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
521 543
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
457 557
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
401 498
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
129 84
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
418 643
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

21
408 544
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
447 349
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
302 557
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
290 496
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
254 396
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

26
218 519
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
277 372
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
sk8erhorse added Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

28
235 461
Flea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock

29
409 304
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
189 466
Moby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

31
331 388
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
305 360
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
294 392
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
329 433
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
236 174
Selena is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Scott Zito added Mexican cumbia, Pop music, Latin American music

36
205 317
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
168 61
Meatloaf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
JulieGoodwin added Meatloaf

38
185 361
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

39
166 323
Akon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

40
53 129
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

41
37 127
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
157 247
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Electro house, Alternative dance, House music

43
140 351
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

44
115 344
Dion is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MichelleWilliamson1 added

45
155 284
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
121 355
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
158 285
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
115 313
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
99 61
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
94 226
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