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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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Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Italy
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Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Ranker Video
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Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Italy
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Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Italy
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Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added United States of America
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Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added Spain
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Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Sweden
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Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Peter Schreier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Germany
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James King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added United States of America
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Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Leo Slezak is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Czech Republic
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Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Peter Anders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Germany
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John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America
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Aureliano Pertile is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added Italy
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Giacomo Lauri-Volpi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Valentina Badici added
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Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Canada