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
937 434
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

2
2,436 1,425
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

3
1,707 890
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4
968 439
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

5
538 239
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

6
527 228
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

7
624 290
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Denmark, United States of America

8
1,420 846
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

9
475 184
Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

10
1,899 1,355
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

11
198 76
James King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added United States of America

12
1,072 813
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Sweden

13
1,018 763
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States

14
1,054 770
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Canada

15
365 261
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Italy

16
177 58
Gianni Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

17
192 54
Franco Bonisolli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
ameans2anend added Franco Bonisolli

18
1,051 910
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

19
392 298
Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

20
762 670
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany

21
145 65
Aureliano Pertile is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added Italy

22
188 121
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Valentina Badici added

23
437 424
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Italy

24
122 69
Siegfried Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

25
317 322
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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