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

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490 360
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
489 360
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

4
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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
480 359
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
440 359
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

7
439 359
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
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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
407 360
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

10
375 358
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
371 358
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
353 360
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
318 359
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
313 358
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
313 358
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
314 360
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
313 360
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
313 360
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
311 359
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

21
310 359
Mark Sandman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

22
310 359
Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

23
310 359
Brad Roberts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music

24
310 359
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
310 359
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Country

26
310 359
Nick Cave is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

27
310 359
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

28
310 359
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

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310 359
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

30
310 359
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

31
310 359
Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

32
310 359
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

33
310 359
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

34
310 359
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
310 359
Jim Reeves is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Nashville sound, Country

36
310 359
Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
New Wave, Ska, Rock music

37
310 359
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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310 359
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
310 359
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
310 359
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

41
310 360
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

42
310 360
Tennessee Ernie Ford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Pop music, Gospel music, Country

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310 360
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
310 360
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
310 360
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
310 360
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

47
310 360
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

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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