Culture 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
2,700 1,576
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
2
1,105 582
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
3
1,815 1,040
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4
1,584 945
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
5
1,013 630
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
6
1,999 1,519
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
7
645 441
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Denmark, United States of America
8
556 375
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
9
479 333
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Italy
10
558 393
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
11
490 333
Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
12
1,156 979
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
13
1,114 969
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Sweden
14
1,092 913
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Canada
15
1,041 911
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America
16
252 185
James King is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added United States of America
17
213 128
Gianni Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
18
870 813
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany
19
413 368
Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
20
493 484
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Italy
21
202 139
Franco Bonisolli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
ameans2anend added Franco Bonisolli
22
365 373
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Italy
23
1,167 1,171
Mario Ancona is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added
24
461 492
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added Spain
25
146 130
Leo Slezak is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Czech Republic