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

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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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Prince is listed (or ranked) 1 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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1,305 616
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 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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1,101 708
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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1,060 788
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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684 689
Sting is listed (or ranked) 5 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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951 729
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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935 588
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 7 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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549 652
Bono is listed (or ranked) 8 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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848 715
Cher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

10
671 577
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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661 503
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 11 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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810 655
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 12 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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428 551
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 13 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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389 401
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 14 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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499 517
Slash is listed (or ranked) 15 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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438 534
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 16 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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386 474
Seal is listed (or ranked) 17 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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400 615
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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390 523
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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261 484
Dido is listed (or ranked) 20 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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427 325
Usher is listed (or ranked) 21 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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285 532
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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284 473
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Beck Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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242 377
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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214 492
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Morrissey Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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383 270
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 26 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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184 439
Moby is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Moby Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

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261 350
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 28 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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225 441
Flea is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Flea Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock

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292 336
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 30 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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320 369
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 31 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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284 353
Drake is listed (or ranked) 32 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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318 415
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 33 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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106 63
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
JulieGoodwin added Ringo Pop music, Rock music, World music

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199 293
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 35 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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220 156
Selena is listed (or ranked) 36 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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170 346
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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155 304
Akon is listed (or ranked) 38 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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135 335
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 39 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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143 232
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 40 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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145 48
Meatloaf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
JulieGoodwin added Meatloaf

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48 110
Redman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Alistair Fullarton added Redman Hip hop music

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110 328
Dion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MichelleWilliamson1 added Dion

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143 269
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 44 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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114 341
JoJo is listed (or ranked) 45 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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152 271
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 46 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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109 300
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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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Rosshossofcl added Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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32 107
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Matt1345 added Yelawolf Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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76 239
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