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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1,484 652
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2
2,020 1,095
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

3
575 284
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

4
1,657 1,109
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Plácido Domingo Opera, Musical

5
702 375
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

6
1,001 610
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

7
413 233
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

8
316 163
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

9
309 168
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

10
1,097 808
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

11
272 133
Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

12
271 186
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

13
351 254
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Giuseppe Di Stefano Opera

14
278 178
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Mario Del Monaco Opera

The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History

15
798 597
Peter Anders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

16
949 830
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

17
529 431
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Jonas Kaufmann

18
334 286
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

19
309 264
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added José Carreras Opera

20
789 726
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

21
317 257
Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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832 745
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

23
127 87
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Valentina Badici added Giacomo Lauri-Volpi

24
377 329
Peter Schreier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

25
977 921
Mario Ancona is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added Mario Lanza

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66 31
James King is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added James King

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340 304
Anthony Rolfe-Johnson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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235 229
Giovanni Martinelli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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257 235
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279 262
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Rolando Villazón Opera

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507 467
Johan Botha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

32
361 289
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

33
525 449
Ben Davies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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533 457
Richard Croft is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

35
475 407
Karl Beck is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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452 390
Stephen Costello is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

37
516 451
Charles Anthony is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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461 400
John Beard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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506 449
Carlos Cosías is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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228 215
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Joseph Calleja

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486 432
John Coates is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

42
229 224
Mattia Battistini is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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229 225
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292 267
Graham Clark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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193 196
William Cochran is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

46
561 707
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Roberto Alagna Classical music

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175 181
Craig Campbell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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21 15
Franco Bonisolli is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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11 21
Gianni Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

50
24 43
Aureliano Pertile is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added Aureliano Pertile Opera