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
525 377
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
525 377
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

4
525 377
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
525 378
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

6
482 376
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

7
482 377
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
450 377
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

9
446 378
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

10
400 377
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
395 377
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
380 377
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
352 376
Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

14
350 376
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

15
350 376
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

16
350 376
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

17
350 376
Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

18
350 376
Tennessee Ernie Ford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Pop music, Gospel music, Country

19
345 376
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

20
345 377
Trent Reznor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Alternative hip hop, Dark ambient, Synthpop

21
345 377
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

22
345 377
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

23
345 377
Mark Sandman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

24
345 377
Scott Walker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Merseybeat

25
345 377
Michael Hutchence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock