Music
7.5k voters

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!
Photo:
...more
  • Prince1
    1,702
    1,282

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Prince 

    The Best Prince Songs of All Time#11 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists

  • Eminem2
    1,444
    1,289

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Eminem 

    12 Messed Up Facts About Eminem's Troubled UpbringingThe Entire History Of Eminem And Kim's Relationship

  • P!nk3
    1,254
    1,121

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More P!nk 

    17 Reasons P!nk Is The Coolest Pop Star In Hollywood#509 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

  • Elvis4
    1,676
    1,044

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Elvis Presley 

    The Best Elvis Presley Songs of All Time#131 of 162 1970s Christian Pop Artists

  • Rihanna5
    1,009
    951

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Rihanna 

    The Most Hilarious And Over-The-Top Fenty Beauty Reviews On The Internet#5 of 198 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

  • Beyoncé6
    1,109
    1,079

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Beyoncé Knowles 

    The Best Songs Ft. Beyonce#1401 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • Cher7
    1,084
    1,108

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Cher 

    The Best Cher Albums of All Time#179 of 222 The Best Actresses Working Today

  • Adele8
    1,465
    1,091

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Adele 

    The Best Adele Albums, Ranked#8 of 88 The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

  • Madonna9
    1,280
    1,182

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Madonna 

    The Best Madonna Albums of All Time#257 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

  • Shakira10
    922
    1,008

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Shakira 

    The Best Shakira Songs#39 of 199 Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

  • Sade11
    733
    747
    Helen Folasade Adu, (Yoruba: Fọláṣadé Adú [fɔ̄láʃādé ādú]; born 16 January 1959), known...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Sade Adu 

    #113 of 271 The Sexiest Musical Artists of All Time#335 of 355 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

  • Sting12
    851
    1,101

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Sting 

    #39 of 298 The Best Frontmen in Rock#109 of 383 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

  • Usher13
    597
    738

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Usher 

    The Best Usher Songs of All Time#146 of 200 The Hottest Men Of 2021, Ranked

  • Selena14
    419
    520

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Selena 

    #56 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#19 of 152 The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 40

  • RuPaul15
    413
    450

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More RuPaul 

    The Greatest Drag Race Contestants of All Time, Ranked#94 of 568 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

  • Sia16
    640
    871

    Sia

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Sia 

    The Best Songs Ft. Sia#484 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Slash17
    630
    890

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Slash 

    The Best Slash Guitar Solos Of All Time#29 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

  • Tupac18
    620
    623

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Tupac Shakur 

    A Timeline Of How Biggie And Tupac's Friendship Turned Into An Infamous Feud#66 of 70 The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison

  • Kesha19
    407
    615

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Kesha 

    The Best Songs Feat. Kesha#150 of 188 The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

  • Ice-T20
    177
    226

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Ice-T 

    Ice-T Doesn't Think It's Weird That He Released A Song Called 'Cop Killer' And Plays A Cop On TV#55 of 235 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

  • Meat Loaf21
    314
    441

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Meat Loaf 

    The Best Meat Loaf Albums of All Time#161 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands

  • Bono22
    682
    1,067

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Bono 

    15 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Bono#395 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • Lorde23
    424
    640

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Lorde 

    #11 of 61 The Best New Female Artists#48 of 125 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

  • Fergie24
    510
    862

    Fergie

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Stacy Ferguson 

    The Best Fergie Songs#23 of 233 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time

  • Jewel25
    506
    811

    Jewel

    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
    Amazon buy button

    More Jewel 

    #110 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters#989 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time