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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474 100
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
2
303 85
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
247 62
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
4
275 78
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
253 69
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
6
187 50
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
204 113
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
118 55
Prince is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
9
102 56
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
78 38
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
11
87 46
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
76 40
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
42 13
Chester Bennington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added Alternative hip hop, Nu metal, Emo
14
73 39
Sting is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave
15
67 36
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
76 44
Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
17
44 18
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
KenanTimin added Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop
18
57 32
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music
19
55 32
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
48 27
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock
21
57 36
Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Soft rock
22
53 33
Al Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
23
51 33
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B
24
27 13
Steven Tyler & Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added
25
43 29
Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music