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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386 82
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
249 63
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
221 55
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
233 62
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

5
201 49
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
155 36
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
167 91
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
85 45
Prince is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

9
82 43
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

10
65 34
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
61 34
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

12
54 28
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

13
52 28
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

14
63 38
Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

15
55 31
Sting is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

16
50 29
Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Soft rock

17
38 20
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
24 7
Chester Bennington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added Alternative hip hop, Nu metal, Emo

19
45 28
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

20
21 6
Steven Tyler & Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added

21
38 23
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

22
40 25
Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

23
44 30
Al Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

24
28 14
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
KenanTimin added Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

25
41 29
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B