Singers The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest baritone voice singers in non-classical music.

Baritone singers have a gift of resonance in lower ranges, between the bass and the tenor voices. A baritone's voice is often incredibly distinct and powerful. This is the most common type of male singer’s voice, so it should be no surprise that this list of baritone singers is long, and filled with baritone vocalists from vastly varying music genres.

Some of the most iconic vocalists in music history are also among the greatest baritone singers of all time. Think all-time greats like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Perry Como and Dean Martin. These famous baritone voice singers had smooth tones – and to say they crooned is almost an understatement.

You’ll note as well that many rock singers, past and present, are on this list of baritone vocalists. Their voices may sound vastly different, but that’s not unusual where baritones are concerned. Some top baritone singers can sing just a bit higher or just a bit lower, depending. Some of the best baritone singers included in this baritone voice singer list include rock legends like Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, and Jimi Hendrix.

And any baritone vocalist list would also need to include a multitude of country artists, many of whom are certainly among the greatest baritone voice singers. Would anyone argue that Johnny Cash isn’t one of the best singers ever? It’s highly unlikely.

It's up to you to determine the very best baritone singer of all time. Vote your favorites up to the top of the list, and add any vocalists who are missing.

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Michael Bublé Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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Josh Groban is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Josh Groban Classical Crossover, Christian music, Pop music

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Bing Crosby Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
John Mayer Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Neil Diamond Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blake Shelton Country

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Bill Withers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Bill Withers Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Tom Jones Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Perry Como is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Perry Como Adult contemporary music, Sacred music, Pop music

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Jim Reeves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Jim Reeves Nashville sound, Country

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Leonard Cohen Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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Michael Hutchence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Michael Hutchence New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Lou Rawls Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Cat Stevens Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Gordon Lightfoot Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Dave Gahan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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Tennessee Ernie Ford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Tennessee Ernie Ford Pop music, Gospel music, Country

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Harry Belafonte Folk music, Calypso music, Vocal music

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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Darius Rucker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Darius Rucker Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Country

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Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Michael Stipe Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Michael McDonald Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Joe Strummer New Wave, Ska, Rock music

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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Glenn Danzig is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Glenn Danzig Horror punk, Doom metal, Blues-rock

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Mike Love is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Mike Love Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Trent Reznor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Trent Reznor Alternative hip hop, Dark ambient, Synthpop

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Nick Cave is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Nick Cave Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Peter Murphy Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Scott Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Scott Walker Pop music, Rock music, Merseybeat

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Mark Sandman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Mark Sandman Blues-rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Brad Roberts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Brad Roberts Rock music

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Ivan Rebroff is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
cak14353 added ivan rebroff

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Gianluca Ginoble is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Mo Sho added Gianluca Ginoble

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Liam Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Guilherme Henrique added Liam Gallagher Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock