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
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

2
489 360
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

3
488 360
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

4
488 360
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
478 359
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

6
438 359
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

7
437 359
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

8
414 358
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

9
405 360
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

10
374 357
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

11
370 357
Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

12
352 358
Josh Groban is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Classical Crossover, Christian music, Pop music

13
325 360
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

14
317 358
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

15
312 357
Perry Como is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, Sacred music, Pop music

16
312 357
Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

17
313 359
John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

18
312 358
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

19
311 359
Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

20
310 358
Mark Sandman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

21
310 358
Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

22
310 358
Brad Roberts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music

23
310 358
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

24
310 358
Darius Rucker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Country

25
310 358
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Country

26
310 358
Tennessee Ernie Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Pop music, Gospel music, Country

27
310 358
Nick Cave is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

28
310 358
Mike Love is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

29
310 358
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

30
310 358
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

31
310 358
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

32
310 358
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

33
310 358
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

34
310 358
Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Folk music, Calypso music, Vocal music

35
310 358
Jim Reeves is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Nashville sound, Country

36
310 358
Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
New Wave, Ska, Rock music

37
310 358
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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310 358
Glenn Danzig is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Horror punk, Doom metal, Blues-rock

39
310 358
Bill Withers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

40
310 358
Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

41
310 358
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

42
310 359
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

43
310 359
Michael Hutchence is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

44
310 359
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

45
310 359
Trent Reznor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Alternative hip hop, Dark ambient, Synthpop

46
310 359
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

47
310 359
Scott Walker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Merseybeat

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

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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

50
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Roger Whittaker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
josef508 added Pop music, Easy listening