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
1,014 514
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
2
2,582 1,492
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
3
1,767 935
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4
1,001 496
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
5
1,481 882
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
6
552 281
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
7
636 334
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Denmark, United States of America
8
538 269
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
9
1,965 1,394
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
10
485 224
Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
11
1,088 849
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Sweden
12
1,035 798
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America
13
1,062 809
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Canada
14
205 118
James King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added United States of America
15
394 297
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Italy
16
832 688
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany
17
1,081 940
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
18
181 91
Gianni Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
19
195 91
Franco Bonisolli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
ameans2anend added Franco Bonisolli
20
396 327
Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
21
153 95
Aureliano Pertile is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added Italy
22
200 149
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Valentina Badici added
23
459 454
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Italy
24
14 0
Jerry Hadley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
LumarPG added United States of America
25
430 446
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added Spain