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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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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Elvis Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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1,042 659
Prince is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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867 583
Adele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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863 629
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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700 479
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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730 569
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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623 598
Cher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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524 438
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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518 371
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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488 582
Sting is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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662 515
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Beyoncé Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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395 521
Bono is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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311 233
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Sia Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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311 208
Usher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Usher Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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259 142
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Tom Islava added Tupac Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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336 389
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Fergie Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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362 407
Slash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Slash Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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329 421
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Jewel Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

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314 382
Enya is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

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285 355
Seal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Seal Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

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308 492
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

The Best Opening Act You've Ever Seen

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239 379
Björk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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227 210
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
looksharp added Lorde Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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213 217
Drake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MELINDA_1243 added Drake Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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119 66
Selena is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Scott Zito added Selena Mexican cumbia, Pop music, Latin American music

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196 219
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
sk8erhorse added Kesha Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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247 263
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Ludacris Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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216 349
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Beck Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

The Best Band Name Origins Stories

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264 296
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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210 333
Dido is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Dido Pop music, Trip hop, Folk music

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141 169
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MELINDA_1243 added Macklemore Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hip hop music in the Pacific Northwest

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172 347
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Morrissey Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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102 106
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Avicii Electro house, Alternative dance, House music

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153 285
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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151 315
Moby is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Moby Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

Great One Hit Wonder Artists of the '90s

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162 338
Flea is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Flea Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock

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133 236
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
bakermf465 added Brandy Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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49 47
Khalid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Khalid R&B

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112 175
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolio Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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118 199
Akon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Akon Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

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89 170
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
bluecandyboy added RuPaul Disco, Electro, Electro house

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62 43
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Halsey Electropop, Synthpop

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59 117
Common is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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94 237
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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23 50
Logic is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
rayceocean added Logic Hip hop music

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27 56
Nas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Alistair Fullarton added Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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86 200
Eve is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
yolanda-briggs added Eve Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music

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93 230
JoJo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added JoJo Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop

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77 230
Dion is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MichelleWilliamson1 added Dion

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59 148
Duffy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Stefani Marie added Duffy Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul