bands/musicians The Greatest Tenors of All Time  

Buster McDermott
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List Rules Vote up the best tenors to have ever sung opera or classical music.

When a tenor sings, it sounds so crystal clear and powerful it’s hard to imagine anything sounding more profound. Tenor is the singing voice between baritone and alto, and is the highest voice of the ordinary adult male range. Since it is such a rare gift to not only have the ability to become an opera singer, but to also have such a high singing range, tenors are highly sought after and are some of the greatest opera singers in history.

Who are the best tenors of all time? This list features the greatest tenors of all time, and they have all forever shaped the world of opera. Many of them also ended up recording music other than just opera and some of them have bestselling records as well.

The great and famous tenors on this list have been ranked by the community and include Plácido Domingo, Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti, Fritz Wunderlich, Jussi Bjorling, Lauritz Melchior, and Beniamino Gigli.

Vote up the top operatic tenors you think are the best below or add a tenor who isn't already on the list.

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798 330
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

2
2,127 1,328
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

3
899 390
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

4
503 198
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

5
596 254
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

6
481 188
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

7
1,551 854
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8
449 149
Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

9
1,317 819
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

10
1,745 1,304
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Plácido Domingo Opera, Musical

11
182 47
James King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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12
167 40
Gianni Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

13
975 740
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

14
1,023 799
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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15
178 32
Franco Bonisolli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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16
1,025 752
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

17
377 278
Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

18
698 621
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Jonas Kaufmann

19
306 245
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Mario Del Monaco Opera

20
972 898
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

21
119 50
Siegfried Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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128 52
Aureliano Pertile is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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23
168 108
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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24
113 74
Leo Slezak is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Leo Slezak Opera

25
800 782
Peter Anders is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

26
289 312
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

27
750 727
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Roberto Alagna Classical music

28
373 414
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Giuseppe Di Stefano Opera

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1,005 1,067
Mario Ancona is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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328 386
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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369 354
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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378 422
Peter Schreier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

33
342 400
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

34
293 342
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Rolando Villazón Opera

35
275 314
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341 388
Anthony Rolfe-Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

37
238 302
Giovanni Martinelli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

38
475 469
Karl Beck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Karl Beck

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534 532
Richard Croft is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

40
525 523
Ben Davies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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516 516
Charles Anthony is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

42
452 450
Stephen Costello is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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506 507
Carlos Cosías is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Carlos Cosías

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461 460
John Beard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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62 58
Jan Peerce is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

46
486 490
John Coates is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

47
236 276
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Joseph Calleja

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508 650
Johan Botha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

49
231 274
Mattia Battistini is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

50
229 273
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