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
503 365
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
501 365
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
501 365
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

5
501 366
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

6
455 365
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

7
451 364
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
425 364
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
427 366
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

10
381 364
Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

11
380 364
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

12
365 364
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
332 364
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
328 364
Michael Hutchence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

15
328 364
Nick Cave is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

16
328 364
Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Folk music, Calypso music, Vocal music

17
328 364
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

18
328 364
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

19
328 365
Tennessee Ernie Ford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Pop music, Gospel music, Country

20
327 364
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
327 364
Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

22
327 364
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
327 364
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

24
327 364
Mike Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

25
327 364
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music