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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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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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Beyoncé 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Seal is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Enya is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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Lorde is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Björk is listed (or ranked) 23 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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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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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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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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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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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

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Dido is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 30 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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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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Avicii is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Morrissey Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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

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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

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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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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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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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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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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Akon is listed (or ranked) 41 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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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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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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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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Nas is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Logic is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
rayceocean added Logic Hip hop music

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JoJo is listed (or ranked) 47 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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Eve is listed (or ranked) 48 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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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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Gotye is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Gotye Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock