Bands/Musicians The Greatest Tenors of All Time  

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

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

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Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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

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Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Plácido Domingo Opera, Musical

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James King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Gianni Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History

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Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Franco Bonisolli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Rodolfo Liuzzi added Mario Del Monaco Opera

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Wolfgang Windgassen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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

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Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Aureliano Pertile is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Siegfried Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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

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Leo Slezak is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
clococo added Giuseppe Di Stefano Opera

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Peter Anders is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Mario Ancona is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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

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John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
Ian Scott added Rolando Villazón Opera

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

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

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Karl Beck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Richard Croft is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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

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Charles Anthony is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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John Beard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Stephen Costello is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Carlos Cosías is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Jan Peerce is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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

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Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time
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Johan Botha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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

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