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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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

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

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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

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

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

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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
345 336
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

10
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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
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Josh Groban is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Classical Crossover, Christian music, Pop music

12
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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

13
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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
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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

15
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Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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

17
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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

18
275 336
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Country

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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Michael Hutchence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Bill Withers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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Perry Como is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, Sacred music, Pop music

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265 336
Jim Reeves is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Nashville sound, Country

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

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260 336
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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255 336
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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255 336
Darius Rucker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Country

33
250 336
Nick Cave is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

34
250 336
Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

35
250 336
Scott Walker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Merseybeat

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250 336
Tennessee Ernie Ford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Pop music, Gospel music, Country

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Brad Roberts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music

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Trent Reznor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Alternative hip hop, Dark ambient, Synthpop

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250 336
Glenn Danzig is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Horror punk, Doom metal, Blues-rock

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250 336
Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Folk music, Calypso music, Vocal music

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250 336
Mike Love is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
RobLein added Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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

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250 336
Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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250 336
Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
New Wave, Ska, Rock music

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250 336
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

46
250 336
Mark Sandman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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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