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The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History 

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Updated November 21, 2019 10.5k votes 1.6k voters 31.6k views

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
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Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Al Green is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Sting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Bono is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History