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
976 459
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

2
2,509 1,444
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

3
1,741 902
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4
988 448
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

5
547 247
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

6
631 298
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Denmark, United States of America

7
535 237
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

8
1,447 854
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

9
1,939 1,364
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

10
481 195
Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

11
202 85
James King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added United States of America

12
1,081 821
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Sweden

13
1,031 769
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States

14
1,061 777
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Canada

15
381 267
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Italy

16
180 63
Gianni Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

17
1,068 913
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

18
193 61
Franco Bonisolli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
ameans2anend added Franco Bonisolli

19
773 681
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany

20
395 303
Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

21
148 69
Aureliano Pertile is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added Italy

22
450 427
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Italy

23
194 125
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Valentina Badici added

24
420 414
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added Spain

25
329 323
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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