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The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

Updated July 20, 2019 74.7k votes 7.5k voters 484.9k views94 items

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). 

Use this list to research singers and musicians with one name and vote up your favorite!
  • Prince1


    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
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  • Eminem2


    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
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  • P!nk3


    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
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  • Elvis4


    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
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  • Rihanna5


    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
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  • Beyoncé6


    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
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  • Cher7


    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
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  • Adele8


    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
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  • Madonna9


    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
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  • Shakira10


    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
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  • Sade11
    Helen Folasade Adu, (Yoruba: Fọláṣadé Adú [fɔ̄láʃādé ādú]; born 16 January 1959), known...  more
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  • Sting12


    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
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  • Usher13


    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
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  • Selena14


    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
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  • RuPaul15


    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
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  • Sia16


    Pop, Electropop

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

    Sia Kate Isobelle Furler (born 18 December 1975) is an Australian singer, songwriter, voice...  more
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  • Slash17


    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
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  • Tupac18


    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
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  • Kesha19


    Pop, Hip hop

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

    Kesha Rose Sebert (; born March 1, 1987), known mononymously as Kesha (formerly stylized...  more
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  • Ice-T20


    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
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  • Meat Loaf21

    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

    Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947), known professionally as Meat...  more
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  • Bono22


    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
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  • Lorde23


    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
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  • Fergie24


    Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul

    AlbumsThe Dutchess, Big Girls Don't Cry, A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got), London Bridge, Here I Come

    Fergie Duhamel (born March 27,1975) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actress....  more
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  • Jewel25


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    AlbumsPieces of You, Joy: A Holiday Collection, Spirit, 0304, This Way

    Jewel Kilcher (born May 23, 1974) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, producer,...  more
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