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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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
L Smith added Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana
6
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
7
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock
9
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop
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Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music
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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
Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music
13
Josh Groban is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Classical Crossover, Christian music, Pop music
14
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
entidade added Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music
15
Tim Curry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Sal Ayad added
16
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
17
Darius Rucker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Country
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Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz
19
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
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Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music
21
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
John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
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Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music
24
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed
25
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop