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

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Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Steve Perry Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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

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Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Frankie Valli Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Art Garfunkel Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Brad Delp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Brad Delp Classic rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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Al Green is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Al Green Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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Chris Isaak is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Chris Isaak Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Steve Walsh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Steve Walsh

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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Luther Vandross Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

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Lou Gramm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Lou Gramm Rock music, Christian rock, Hard rock

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Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Kenny Rogers Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Kenny Loggins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Jeff Buckley Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Andy Williams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Andy Williams Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
John Denver Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

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Dennis DeYoung is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Dennis DeYoung Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Ronnie James Dio Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Sam Smith Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

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Daryl Hall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Daryl Hall Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues

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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Bryan Adams Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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Philip Bailey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Philip Bailey Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Mick Hucknall is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Mick Hucknall Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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Noel Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Noel Gallagher Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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

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

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Jason Kay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
1498828783844 added Jason Kay Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Pop music

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Colin Hay is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Colin Hay New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Rivers Cuomo Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

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R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
R. Kelly Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop

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

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Glenn Tilbrook is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Glenn Tilbrook New Wave, Power pop

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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Boy George New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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Harry Chapin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Harry Chapin Folk music, Folk rock

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Donny Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Donny Hathaway Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul