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
952 442
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

2
2,460 1,433
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

3
1,723 895
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4
979 443
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

5
541 242
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

6
531 232
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

7
625 293
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Denmark, United States of America

8
1,431 848
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

9
476 189
Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

10
1,915 1,360
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

11
201 80
James King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added United States of America

12
1,078 815
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Sweden

13
1,023 765
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States

14
1,057 773
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Canada

15
372 263
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Italy

16
179 60
Gianni Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

17
192 58
Franco Bonisolli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
ameans2anend added Franco Bonisolli

18
1,055 911
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

19
767 673
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany

20
394 301
Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

21
145 66
Aureliano Pertile is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added Italy

22
189 122
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Valentina Badici added

23
443 425
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Italy

24
122 71
Siegfried Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

25
407 413
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added Spain