Bands/Musicians 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
887 399
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

2
2,318 1,379
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

3
1,634 872
Ranker Video

4
927 425
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

5
526 226
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

6
503 213
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

7
609 280
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Denmark, United States of America

8
1,372 831
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

9
465 174
Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

10
1,836 1,335
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

11
191 64
James King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added United States of America

12
1,003 753
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America

13
1,051 808
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Sweden

14
1,039 763
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Canada

15
171 52
Gianni Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

16
186 46
Franco Bonisolli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
ameans2anend added Franco Bonisolli

17
339 253
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Italy

18
736 647
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany

19
1,012 905
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

20
383 290
Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

21
136 61
Aureliano Pertile is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added Italy

22
179 115
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Valentina Badici added

23
120 61
Siegfried Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

24
411 417
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Italy

25
115 82
Leo Slezak is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Czech Republic

26
307 316
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Italy

27
375 395
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added Spain

28
803 787
Peter Anders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Germany

29
760 739
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added France

30
1,055 1,086
Mario Ancona is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added

31
377 358
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Italy

32
382 425
Peter Schreier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Germany

33
350 402
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America

34
299 319
Ranker Video

35
304 351
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added France, Mexico

36
343 392
Anthony Rolfe-Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United Kingdom

37
245 305
Giovanni Martinelli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

38
476 472
Karl Beck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Karl Beck

39
537 537
Richard Croft is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

40
526 527
Ben Davies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

41
516 519
Charles Anthony is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America

42
453 453
Stephen Costello is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

43
462 463
John Beard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

44
507 513
Carlos Cosías is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Carlos Cosías

45
65 62
Jan Peerce is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America

46
486 493
John Coates is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

47
244 281
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Malta

48
512 653
Johan Botha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Austria

49
232 276
Mattia Battistini is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

50
294 314
Graham Clark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United Kingdom