The Greatest Male Pop Singers Of All Time

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These are the top male pop singers of all time. This list of male pop stars is for you to vote on to decide just who is the very best. All time is a long time so this list of famous male singers, or more specifically male pop stars, covers many decades of music from Michael Jackson to Steve Perry, John Lennon to Prince. These are undoubtedly some of the greatest pop stars of all time, but it is up to you vote for who you think is the very best male singer in the history of popular music.

When it comes to voting for who you think is the best male pop artist, or even for your top 10 male pop performers, whether they're part of a duo, a band, or they sing solo - there is no wrong answer. Everyone has an opinion about music and very rarely are two opinions the same.

So, who is your favorite pop star that also happens to be male? Vote for your favorites now and watch your favorite popular male singers ascend through the ranks to become number one!

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  • Freddie Mercury
    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
    11,759 votes
    • Albums: The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy, Time, Guide Me Home
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Labels: Parlophone, Hollywood Records, EMI, Polydor Records, Columbia

    An unparalleled performer and vocal powerhouse, Freddie Mercury electrified audiences with his charisma and showmanship. As the frontman of legendary rock band Queen, Mercury's unique four-octave vocal range, coupled with his extraordinary ability to captivate a crowd, places him firmly among the most esteemed male singers in history. His incredibly diverse repertoire, from powerful ballads like "Bohemian Rhapsody" to pop anthems like "Don't Stop Me Now," showcased his unparalleled artistic versatility.

    Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the greatest lead singers in the history of rock music, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range.Born in 1946 in Zanzibar to Parsi parents from India, he attended English-style boarding schools in India from the age of eight and returned to Zanzibar after secondary school. In 1964, his family fled the Zanzibar Revolution, moving to Middlesex, England. Having studied and written music for years, he formed Queen in 1970 with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Mercury wrote numerous hits for Queen, including "Killer Queen", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Somebody to Love", "We Are the Champions", "Don't Stop Me Now", and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". He also led a solo career and served as a producer and guest musician for other artists. Mercury died in 1991 at age 45 due to complications from AIDS. He confirmed the day before his death that he had contracted the disease. In 1992, a tribute concert was held at Wembley Stadium. As a member of Queen, Mercury was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. In 1990, he and the other Queen members were awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, and one year after his death Mercury was awarded it individually. In 2005, Queen were awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. In 2002, Mercury ranked number 58 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.
  • Michael Jackson
    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music
    11,943 votes
    • Albums: Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall, Dangerous, Michael
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Sony Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Motown Records, MJJ Music, Sony Music Entertainment

    Affectionately dubbed the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson revolutionized the music scene in the late 20th century. With a career spanning over four decades, Jackson's remarkable voice, iconic dance moves, and inimitable style have etched his name into the annals of pop music history. His unrivaled ability to garner worldwide acclaim and break barriers—from his groundbreaking music videos to record-breaking album sales—cemented his status as a bona fide legend.

  • Elvis Presley
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
    7,225 votes
    • Albums: Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters, Can’t Help Falling in Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby, Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Sun Records, RCA Records

    Hailing from humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Presley skyrocketed to fame with his impeccable voice, inimitable swivelling hips, and larger-than-life persona. As the catalyst for the explosion of rock 'n' roll music, Presley earned the moniker "The King" through his vast influence on the genre and sheer magnetism on stage. His unique blend of gospel, country, and rhythm & blues captivated audiences and inspired generations of musicians to come.

  • Frank Sinatra
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band
    3,777 votes
    • Albums: Christmas With the Rat Pack, In the Wee Small Hours, Christmas Songs by Sinatra, A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra, Nothing but the Best
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Qwest Records, Legacy Recordings, Reprise Records, Columbia, Capitol Records

    A consummate entertainer, Frank Sinatra's sultry baritone and timeless elegance make him one of history's most enduring and beloved crooners. With a career spanning six decades, Sinatra's emotive singing and magnetic charm enthralled fans across the globe. From "Fly Me to the Moon" to "My Way," his extensive catalog of classic hits—coupled with his undeniable talent at conveying deep emotion through song—cemented his place as a true legend.

  • Marvin Gaye
    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music
    3,073 votes
    • Albums: What's Going On, Here, My Dear, Let's Get It On, I Want You
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Motown Records, Tamla Records, Columbia

    An incredibly gifted singer and songwriter, Marvin Gaye was a driving force in the American music scene of the 1960s and '70s. Known for his soaring, soulful voice and versatility as an artist, Gaye tackled everything from romantic ballads to thought-provoking social commentaries. A key figure in the evolution of Motown, Gaye's smooth crooning and powerful messages continue to resonate with listeners even today.

  • Stevie Wonder
    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music
    4,234 votes
    • Albums: Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book, Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium I, Music of My Mind
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Motown Records, Tamla Records

    Blind since birth, Stevie Wonder has accomplished more than most musicians could ever dream of. Recognized for his awe-inspiring vocal range, expert piano playing, and unrivaled songwriting skills, Wonder's work spans genres from soul to pop to funk and beyond. With a career spanning over half a century, this multitalented musical genius leaves an indelible mark on the landscape of popular music.