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

Adam Tyler
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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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1,048 779
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
1,371 821
Prince is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

3
1,370 650
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

4
1,159 751
Adele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

5
1,103 821
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

6
982 620
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

7
715 731
Sting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

8
578 686
Bono is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

9
885 741
Cher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

10
709 611
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

11
698 535
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

12
851 682
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

13
279 531
Dido is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Pop music, Trip hop, Folk music

14
424 429
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

15
447 585
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

16
523 546
Slash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

17
458 559
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

18
404 499
Seal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

19
130 86
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
JulieGoodwin added Pop music, Rock music, World music

20
420 644
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

21
410 545
Enya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

22
450 349
Usher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

23
303 558
Björk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

24
290 498
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

25
255 397
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

26
219 520
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

27
279 372
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
sk8erhorse added Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

28
410 305
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Tom Islava added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

29
235 464
Flea is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock

30
189 468
Moby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

31
307 361
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
looksharp added Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

32
332 390
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
ChangesDownClub added Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

33
331 435
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

34
295 394
Drake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MELINDA_1243 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

35
239 175
Selena is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Scott Zito added Mexican cumbia, Pop music, Latin American music

36
205 318
Macklemore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MELINDA_1243 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hip hop music in the Pacific Northwest

37
168 61
Meatloaf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
JulieGoodwin added Meatloaf

38
185 361
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
bakermf465 added Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

39
166 323
Akon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Ranker Books added Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music

40
53 129
Redman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Alistair Fullarton added Hip hop music

41
37 127
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

42
158 247
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Electro house, Alternative dance, House music

43
140 351
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

44
115 345
Dion is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
MichelleWilliamson1 added

45
157 284
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
bluecandyboy added Disco, Electro, Electro house

46
121 356
JoJo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Coolza added Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop

47
159 285
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

48
115 313
Eve is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
yolanda-briggs added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music

49
100 61
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Rosshossofcl added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

50
95 226
Common is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
pyriel2 added Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop