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
911 411
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

2
2,369 1,401
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

3
1,665 883
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4
945 428
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

5
513 217
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

6
614 282
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Denmark, United States of America

7
528 231
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

8
1,390 841
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

9
470 178
Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

10
1,868 1,347
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

11
194 71
James King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added United States of America

12
1,059 810
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Sweden

13
1,009 757
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America

14
1,047 766
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Canada

15
173 54
Gianni Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

16
190 49
Franco Bonisolli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
ameans2anend added Franco Bonisolli

17
352 257
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Italy

18
1,029 907
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

19
749 657
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany

20
388 294
Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

21
139 63
Aureliano Pertile is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
gnicholls added Italy

22
181 117
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Valentina Badici added

23
120 64
Siegfried Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

24
421 419
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Italy

25
311 318
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Italy

26
386 403
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added Spain

27
115 84
Leo Slezak is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Czech Republic

28
804 789
Peter Anders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Germany

29
767 748
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added France

30
1,064 1,092
Mario Ancona is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
takonyak added

31
384 361
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Italy

32
383 427
Peter Schreier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Germany

33
306 322
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34
351 404
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America

35
307 354
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added France, Mexico

36
343 394
Anthony Rolfe-Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United Kingdom

37
245 307
Giovanni Martinelli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

38
476 474
Karl Beck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Karl Beck

39
537 539
Richard Croft is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

40
526 529
Ben Davies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

41
516 521
Charles Anthony is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America

42
453 455
Stephen Costello is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

43
462 465
John Beard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

44
507 515
Carlos Cosías is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Carlos Cosías

45
67 64
Jan Peerce is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
United States of America

46
486 495
John Coates is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

47
247 284
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Malta

48
512 657
Johan Botha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Austria

49
232 278
Mattia Battistini is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

50
231 279
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ButlaliGwavu added Sunnyboy Dladla South Africa