Musicians 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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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 Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more

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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 Prince Roger Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned ...more

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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 Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more

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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 Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, MBE is a British singer and songwriter. Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace in 2006. In 2007, she received ...more

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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 Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery ...more

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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 Alecia Beth Moore, better known by her stage name P!nk, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Originally a member of the girl group Choice, she rose to fame as an R&B artist with ...more

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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 Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known on stage as Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist. He was principal songwriter, lead ...more

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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 Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the ...more

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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 Cher is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, television host, comedian, dancer, businesswoman, philanthropist, author, film producer, director, and record producer. ...more

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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 Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, ...more

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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 Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known by her stage name Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan ...more

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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 Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and ...more

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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 Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong, known as Dido, is an English singer and songwriter. Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel. It sold over 21 ...more

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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 Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, better known mononymously as Sia, is an Australian singer, songwriter and music video director. Musically and artistically precocious from an early age, Sia became ...more

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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 Stacy Ann "Fergie" Ferguson is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, rapper, television host, and actress. She is the female vocalist for the hip hop group The Black Eyed ...more

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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 Saul Hudson, better known by his stage name Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with ...more

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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 Jewel Kilcher, professionally known as Jewel, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress, and author/poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2008, has ...more

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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 Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, known by the mononym Seal, is a British soul and R&B singer and songwriter. He has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and is known for his numerous ...more

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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 Richard Starkey Jr., MBE, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. On ...more

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, known as Sade, is a British Nigerian singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer. Following a brief stint of studying fashion design and modelling Adu began back ...more

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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 Enya is an Irish singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter. Enya began her musical career in 1980, when she briefly joined her family band Clannad before leaving to perform solo. She gained wider ...more

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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 Usher Terry Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first U.S. Billboard ...more

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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 Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and occasional actress. She initially became known as ...more

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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 Beck Hansen, known by the stage name Beck, is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his lo-fi, sonically experimental style, ...more

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Liberace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Władziu Valentino Liberace, mononymously known as Liberace, was an American pianist and entertainer. A child prodigy and the first generation son of working class immigrants, Liberace's career ...more

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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 Steven Patrick Morrissey, commonly known by his last name, Morrissey, or Moz, is a British singer and lyricist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the rock band ...more

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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 Kesha Rose Sebert, simply known as Kesha, is an American singer, rapper, and songwriter. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe Entertainment, and ...more

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Flea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock Michael Peter Balzary, better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician and occasional actor. He is best known as the bassist, co-founding member, and one of the ...more

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 29 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 Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one ...more

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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 Richard Melville Hall, known by his stage name Moby, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, DJ and photographer. He is well known for his electronic music, vegan lifestyle, and support of ...more

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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 Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer and songwriter. Born in Takapuna and raised in Devonport, Auckland, she became interested in performing ...more

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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 Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and actor. Along with his manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris is the ...more

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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 Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television ...more

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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 Aubrey Drake Graham, who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks ...more

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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 Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known by the mononym Selena, was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer. Called the Queen of Tejano music, her contributions ...more

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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 Ben Haggerty is the writer of the song And We Danced.

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Meatloaf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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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 Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), known professionally as Brandy, is an American R singer-songwriter, record producer, television entertainer, actress, and film producer. In 2009, ...more

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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 Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, known as Akon, is an American R&B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, and record producer. He rose to prominence ...more

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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 Reginald "Reggie" Noble, better known by his stage name Redman, is an American MC, rapper, DJ, record producer and actor. He came to fame in the early 1990s as an artist on the Def Jam ...more

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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 Michael Wayne Atha, better known as Yelawolf, is an American hip hop recording artist from Gadsden, Alabama. He is currently signed to Shady Records, Interscope Records, and has since founded ...more

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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 Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, is a Swedish EDM DJ, remixer, and a country and electro house record producer. Avicii ranked 3rd on DJ Magazine '​s annual Top 100 DJs in ...more

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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 Donovan is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music. He has lived in Scotland, London ...more

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Dion is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name
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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 RuPaul Andre Charles, best known mononymously as RuPaul, is an American actor, drag queen, model, author, and recording artist, who first became widely known in the 1990s when he appeared in a ...more

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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 Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque, better known by her stage name JoJo, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts, she performed in various singing ...more

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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 Artis Leon Ivey Jr., better known by the stage name Coolio, is an American musician, rapper, chef, actor, and record producer. Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid 1990's with his ...more

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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 Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ...more

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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 Tracy Lauren Marrow, better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper, singer, and actor. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, when he ...more

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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 Lonnie Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? ...more