Music The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest tenor voice singers in non-classical music.

The greatest tenor singers of all time include some very recognizable musicians, many with incredibly distinct voices. These tenor vocalists’ voices soar – and their range is between baritone and alto. Actually, a tenor is among the highest in range where male voices are concerned. In the world of opera, the tenors are quite often the stars of the show. That seems to be the case with many of these non-classical tenors listed here as well.

Any list of top tenor vocalists would have to include the incomparable Freddie Mercury. Queen’s lead singer had, arguably, one of the greatest voices in rock music – or in any genre. The same could be said for Mercury’s fellow tenors Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye.  These top tenor singers can hit the highest notes, and they all have, or had, incredible vocal ranges (not all tenors do).

Tenor voice vocalists definitely stand out, and their voices are often clear and powerful. On this list of tenor singers, you’ll find vocalists from pop and rock music, R&B, and even folk music. These famous tenor singers are all remarkable, but this is about choosing the absolute best. Vote for your favorites to move them up the list, and please add any tenors that are missing.

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186 68
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
133 57
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

3
104 53
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

4
84 41
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

5
77 40
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

6
89 51
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

7
66 35
Prince is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

8
68 39
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

9
52 29
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

10
48 28
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

11
50 31
Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

12
41 24
Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Soft rock

13
40 24
Al Green is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

14
43 29
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

15
35 22
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

16
37 27
Sting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

17
15 6
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

18
33 26
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

19
32 25
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

20
52 47
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

21
20 13
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
KenanTimin added Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

22
27 21
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

23
30 25
Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

24
27 22
Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

25
31 27
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

26
29 26
Daryl Hall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues

27
25 22
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

28
5 0
Steven Tyler & Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added

29
32 32
Bono is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

30
25 25
Brad Delp is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Classic rock, Rock music, Hard rock

31
23 24
Steve Winwood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

32
5 2
Chester Bennington is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added Alternative hip hop, Nu metal, Emo

33
22 23
John Denver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

34
18 21
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

35
22 28
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

36
19 25
Lou Gramm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Rock music, Christian rock, Hard rock

37
8 11
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
JohnnyReadallLobato added Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

38
17 23
Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

39
10 15
Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

40
25 36
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

41
7 12
Ronald Isley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
JohnnyReadallLobato added Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Smooth soul

42
11 18
Donny Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul

43
10 18
Harry Chapin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Folk music, Folk rock

44
12 21
Philip Bailey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

45
13 23
Chris Isaak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

46
10 19
Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music

47
12 22
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

48
9 18
Dennis DeYoung is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

49
17 30
R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop

50
8 20
Andy Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening