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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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
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 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
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
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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
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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music
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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music
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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
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Sting is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave
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Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
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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
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal
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Chester Bennington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added Alternative hip hop, Nu metal, Emo
17
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Tom Islava added Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music
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Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Soft rock
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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Clay Adkins added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock
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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
KenanTimin added Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop
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Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B
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Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music
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Lou Gramm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Rock music, Christian rock, Hard rock
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Bono is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk
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Steven Tyler & Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Greatest Tenor Singers in Music History
darbelimatkap added