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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1
906 408
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

2
2,365 1,395
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

3
1,657 882
Ranker Video

4
940 427
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

5
511 215
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

6
528 228
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

7
612 282
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Denmark, United States of America

8
1,389 836
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

9
467 178
Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

10
1,862 1,343
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

11
192 70
James King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added United States of America

12
1,055 810
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Sweden

13
1,006 756
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America

14
1,047 765
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Canada

15
172 54
Gianni Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

16
188 48
Franco Bonisolli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
ameans2anend added Franco Bonisolli

17
348 256
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Italy

18
1,025 907
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

19
749 653
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany

20
386 293
Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

21
138 63
Aureliano Pertile is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added Italy

22
180 117
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Valentina Badici added

23
120 64
Siegfried Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

24
419 419
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Italy

25
385 401
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added Spain

26
115 84
Leo Slezak is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Czech Republic

27
308 318
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Italy

28
804 789
Peter Anders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Germany

29
766 745
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added France

30
1,064 1,090
Mario Ancona is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added

31
383 360
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Italy

32
382 427
Peter Schreier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Germany

33
306 321
Ranker Video

34
351 404
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America

35
306 353
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added France, Mexico

36
343 394
Anthony Rolfe-Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United Kingdom

37
245 307
Giovanni Martinelli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

38
476 474
Karl Beck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Karl Beck

39
537 539
Richard Croft is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

40
526 529
Ben Davies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

41
516 521
Charles Anthony is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America

42
453 455
Stephen Costello is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

43
462 465
John Beard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

44
507 515
Carlos Cosías is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Carlos Cosías

45
66 64
Jan Peerce is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America

46
486 495
John Coates is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

47
246 283
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Malta

48
512 656
Johan Botha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Austria

49
59 39
Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Philatley added Italy

50
232 278
Mattia Battistini is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time