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The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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List RulesOnly 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
    Prince is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    1,667
    1,238

    Prince

    Hip hop music, Synthpop

    AlbumsPurple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999, Love Symbol Album, Around the World in a Day

    Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 2
    P!nk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    1,241
    1,103

    P!nk

    Pop punk, R&B

    AlbumsM!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse, Dear Mr. President, Pink: Live in Europe

    Alecia Beth Moore (born September 8, 1979), known professionally as Pink (stylized as P!nk),... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 3
    Eminem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    1,444
    1,302

    Eminem

    Hip hop

    AlbumsThe Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Recovery

    Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 4
    Elvis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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    Elvis

    Christian music, Pop music

    AlbumsJailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters, Can’t Help Falling in Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby, Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition)

    Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 5
    Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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    Rihanna

    R&B, Pop

    AlbumsLoud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set, A Girl like Me, Music of the Sun

    Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    Beyoncé is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    1,103
    1,071

    Beyoncé

    R&B, Pop

    AlbumsDangerously in Love, 4, Beautiful Liar, B'Day, Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes

    Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 7
    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    1,277
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    Madonna

    Pop, Electronica

    AlbumsLike a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music, Ray of Light, Confessions on a Dance Floor

    Madonna Louise Ciccone (, Italian: [tʃikˈkoːne]; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    Cher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    1,067
    1,113

    Cher

    Hip hop music, Rock music

    AlbumsCloser to the Truth, The Ugly Duckling, Heart of Stone, Love Hurts, The Best of Cher

    Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer, actress and television... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 9
    Adele is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    1,467
    1,108

    Adele

    Pop, R&B

    Albums21, 19, Make You Feel My Love, Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Cold Shoulder

    Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    Sade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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    Helen Folasade Adu, (Yoruba: Fọláṣadé Adú [fɔ̄láʃādé ādú]; born 16 January 1959), known... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Shakira is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    906
    1,017

    Shakira

    Urban contemporary, Merengue music

    AlbumsLive & Off the Record, Laundry Service, Where Are the Thieves?, Beautiful Liar, La Tortura

    Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born 2 February 1977) is a Colombian singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 12
    Sting is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    850
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    Sting

    Medieval music, Classic rock

    Albums...Nothing Like the Sun, Ten Summoner's Tales, Mercury Falling, The Soul Cages, The Dream of the Blue Turtles

    Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE (born 2 October 1951), known as Sting, is an English musician... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Selena is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    416
    494

    Selena

    Mexican cumbia, Pop music

    AlbumsDreaming of You, Amor Prohibido, The New Girl in Town, Preciosa, Momentos intimos

    Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    414
    419

    RuPaul

    Disco, Electro

    AlbumsDon't Go Breaking My Heart, Ho Ho Ho, Foxy Lady, Red Hot, Glamazon

    RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960) is an American drag queen, actor, model, singer,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 15
    Usher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    599
    729

    Usher

    Contemporary R&B, Hip hop

    AlbumsConfessions, Rhythm City, Volume 1: Caught Up (bonus disc), My Way, Usher

    Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 16
    Sia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    638
    874

    Sia

    Indie pop, Electronica

    AlbumsSome People Have Real Problems, Don't Bring Me Down E.P, OnlySee, Colour the Small One, We Are Born

    Sia Kate Isobelle Furler ( SEE-ə; born 18 December 1975) is an Australian singer, songwriter... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 17
    Tupac is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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    615

    Tupac

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop

    AlbumsAll Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, Still I Rise, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...

    Tupac Amaru Shakur ( TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    Slash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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    896

    Slash

    Glam metal, Blues-rock

    AlbumsSlash, Apocalyptic Love, Made in Stoke 24/7/11, Live in Manchester, Sahara

    Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), better known by his stage name Slash, is a British–American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 19
    Bono is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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    1,071

    Bono

    Rock music, Alternative rock

    AlbumsSpider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, In the Name of the Father, The Complete Solo Projects, Volume 4, The Complete Solo Projects

    Paul David Hewson, KBE OL (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono (), is an Irish... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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    Ice-T

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

    AlbumsPower, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion, Seventh Deadly Sin, Rhyme Pays

    Tracy Lauren Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 21
    Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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    Meat Loaf

    Hard rock, rock

    AlbumsBat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II (bonus disc), Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That), Dead Ringer

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  • 22
    Kesha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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    605

    Kesha

    Pop, Hip hop

    AlbumsAnimal, Cannibal, TiK ToK, Warrior, Animal + Cannibal

    Kesha Rose Sebert (; born March 1, 1987), known mononymously as Kesha (formerly stylized... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 23
    Nelly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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    Nelly

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsNellyville, Country Grammar, Sweat, Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention, Sweat / Suit

    Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. (born November 2, 1974), known professionally as Nelly, is an American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 24
    Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
    417
    638

    Aaliyah

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsAaliyah, One in a Million, I Care 4 U, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, Back & Forth

    Aaliyah Dana Haughton (; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, actress,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 25
    Lorde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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    Lorde

    Indie pop, Electronica

    AlbumsPure Heroine, The Love Club EP, Royals / White Noise: Live from the BRITs, Tennis Court EP, Tennis Court

    Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor (born November 7, 1996), known professionally as Lorde, is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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