bands/musicians The Greatest Tenors of All Time  

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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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1,447 543
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545 182
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

3
1,963 985
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

4
268 90
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Mario Del Monaco Opera

5
989 510
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

6
692 346
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

7
343 154
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Giuseppe Di Stefano Opera

8
265 110
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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1,626 997
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Plácido Domingo Opera, Musical

10
307 133
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

11
283 134
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

12
298 154
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added José Carreras Opera

13
386 221
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

14
332 183
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

15
797 496
Peter Anders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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121 37
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Valentina Badici added Giacomo Lauri-Volpi

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254 133
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217 103
Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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517 324
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Jonas Kaufmann

20
222 113
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Joseph Calleja

21
234 131
Giovanni Martinelli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

22
357 195
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

23
314 184
Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

24
275 161
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Rolando Villazón Opera

25
376 229
Peter Schreier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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340 206
Anthony Rolfe-Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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229 128
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292 171
Graham Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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175 85
Craig Campbell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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193 99
William Cochran is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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452 294
Stephen Costello is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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475 312
Karl Beck is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Karl Beck

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229 129
Mattia Battistini is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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525 352
Ben Davies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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461 304
John Beard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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533 361
Richard Croft is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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507 368
Johan Botha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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515 355
Charles Anthony is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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486 336
John Coates is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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506 352
Carlos Cosías is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Carlos Cosías

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982 804
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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921 791
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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956 823
Mario Ancona is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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756 729
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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712 711
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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16 2
Aureliano Pertile is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added Aureliano Pertile Opera

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11 5
Georges Thill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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11 5
Leo Slezak is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Leo Slezak Opera

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7 4
Corneliu Fanateanu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added Corneliu Fanateanu

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14 5
Guiseppe Giacomini is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Guiseppe Giacomini