Singers 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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284 75
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
165 57
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

3
146 47
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

4
125 40
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

5
151 56
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

6
85 30
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

7
147 82
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

8
16 1
Steven Tyler & Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added

9
75 39
Prince is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

10
73 40
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

11
53 29
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

12
46 25
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
54 33
Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

14
44 24
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

15
50 30
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

16
41 23
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

17
29 14
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
42 27
Al Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

19
43 28
Sting is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

20
15 3
Chester Bennington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added Alternative hip hop, Nu metal, Emo

21
36 25
Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

22
25 14
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
KenanTimin added Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

23
38 28
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

24
37 27
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

25
35 26
Daryl Hall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues

26
31 22
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

27
40 32
Bono is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

28
32 26
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

29
31 25
Brad Delp is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Classic rock, Rock music, Hard rock

30
57 54
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

31
27 23
Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

32
27 25
Lou Gramm is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Rock music, Christian rock, Hard rock

33
25 24
Steve Winwood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

34
24 23
John Denver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

35
22 21
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

36
25 28
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

37
20 24
Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

38
8 11
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
JohnnyReadallLobato added Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

39
8 12
Ronald Isley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
JohnnyReadallLobato added Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Smooth soul

40
13 19
Donny Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul

41
10 15
Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

42
26 37
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

43
15 22
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

44
14 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
12 21
Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music

46
13 24
Chris Isaak is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

47
10 20
Harry Chapin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Folk music, Folk rock

48
9 19
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
18 34
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
9 21
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