Top Ten Greatest Male Tenors

The Top Ten

1 David Phelps David Norris Phelps is an American Christian music vocalist, songwriter and vocal arranger, who is best known for singing tenor in the Gaither Vocal Band.

I never leave a Phelps concert without having received a blessing. His gift of voice is so wonderful and pure, as he lifts his voice toward heaven what a beautiful and sweet sound. His range is amazing, his ability to reach those high notes, and hold them, is so phenomenal. But more than anything, I appreciate the fact that he uses his gift to reach people all over the world for Christ. He knows from where his gift comes, and acknowledges that. He is a wonderful guy, whose presence is just a joy. He is who he says he is, and wonderful to see and be around. I wouldn't miss a concert at all if I could get there. He is great, no matter, but even better when you see him perform live. Very gifted man. I never tire of hearing that beautiful voice.

Phelps' voice is so strong and pure, he could sing the alphabet and make you cry! His voice gets nothing but clearer and richer in the higher he sings. He can hop on a high note that most men would be proud to hit, then do all kinds of vocal acrobatics with it way up in those high registers. Just listening to that is entertainment in itself, but he is so genuine and personable from the stage that his live shows should not be missed. Being better in person than in the studio is what should make him number 1 on this list.

When I found David Phelps, I found my dream artist. His voice goes to my heart and soul. At times, I realize I haven't been breathing while listening for his final note. No other voice does that to me. He writes beautiful lyrics which encompass many emotions that people can relate to. He also makes time for his fans and gives his attention fully to what you want to say. What a powerful artist he is, which is only made better by him using his gift to express his faith and inspire others. There is no chance of losing interest when David opens his mouth to sing, although you will feel the best kind of chills!

There are some really great tenors...
... and then THERE IS DAVID PHELPS, whose voice stopped me flat in my tracks the moment I first heard him. My jaw dropped. Crystal-pure vocals, perfect in vibration, in expression, effortlessly flowing within in a nearly 4-octave range. Unwavering. Elegant. Absolutely electrifying. His gift is not only the artistry of his voice, but how he chooses to use it. His voice, music and message of each song becomes an incredible ministry to those listening - lifting, nurturing and filling every soul present, projecting a kindness of spirit, a well-being, or a dynamic, whirlwind playfulness. He is a master at creating fresh approaches to time-honored compositions. His genius in composing knows no boundaries, no fences, no limit. Lyrically, he pulls from his soul and paints his experiences on audible canvases to be best felt in each live "now" moment. And he remains approachable to the audience, giving undivided attention to each in turn. Grounded in his ...more

2 Jonathan Antoine Jonathan Antoine is a classically trained English tenor. He rose to fame after appearing on the sixth series of Britain's Got Talent in 2012 as one half of the classical duo Jonathan and Charlotte.

Jonathan Antoine will go down in history, no doubt. His ability to touch people's souls already at such a young age is incredible. Jonathan sings and becomes the music. He is unaware of many of his reactions while singing because he goes to a different place. He is not singing for fame, or money, or any other ego boosting reasons. He loves to sing. Period. Who better to sing the best music ever written? I don't think there are words to describe how magnificent he will be in a few more years as he matures and trains more.

Last year I was looking for inspirational videos to share with my students. I found the BGT auditions. As with the music that Jonathan and Charlotte create, the emotion, the story, is truly amazing. The fact that they are teenagers blew my mind. I had to share not only the YouTube clips but anything I could find. My students and I even bought their CD for the classroom.

The pure sound, the gift Jonathon has is not just his voice, it is also the emotion, the emote, he sends with ever note. The message of love, friendship, humility, sorrow, loyalty, all at 18 will have tears streaming down your face.

He shares himself, not just his performance but everything adding an instant connection. I am eagerly waiting for the 2nd CD and hope to see him perform in person someday. I am tearing up just writing this post, picturing Johnathon on stage lost in his music, watching as he feels the music, opens his body, you can see it, you can feel that the sounds are coming and they do, ...more

Jonathan is unique in every way. His sound is rich and powerful and full of emotion! People are drawn to him not only because of his amazing voice but also because he is an amazing and courageous person. Although he possesses this phenominal talent he is humble, gentle and compassionate. He brings all of these things into his performances which makes the listener feel connected to him in a way that is deeper and more intimate. Jon shares himself in his song and that sets him apart from the other performers of his time and even though he is young and just beginning to make an impact, his presence will grow and be felt for years to come

Jonathan is THE GREATEST opera voice ever - the only one that has ever had such a velvet voice with such a richness of overtones! This is the richest of overtones voice ever! The high tones are as "broad" as the low ones, which is the dream of every opera singer!
He will gain more confidence with the practice and his singing will become "polished" and "professional", but this is something that is possible, while he has already got the impossible! It is funny to be compared with Pavarotti, because they are extremely different voices, the closest is Mario Lanza, but Jonathan is 30 times better! It is ridiculous to be compared with anyone indeed! There is no comparison at all! My respect to the greatest opera voices in the past and at the present, but they sound like little girls in front of Jonathan!
More than 30 years ago Riccardo Muti was asked about which were the First Class opera voices in the world. He replied that there were no First Class ...more

3 Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.

Listen to his debut in 1961 singing "Che Gelida Manina" from "La Boheme". At 26, his performance left the audience gasping. The true maestro!

One of the best of the entire 20th century. The power and range of his voice is just superb. No one of his day could compare to him. His high C's were untouchable.

Best voice I've ever heard. Without the sound quality to appreciate the voices of past greats, none come close to the voice that resonated from the pav. Domingo hasn't a patch on him and carreras isn't even worth mentioning. When I was a boy my dad used to say that pav was in his own class. Now I'm old enough to appreciate his voice, I can only wholeheartedly agree

There are many components to singing professionally, so beautifully as Pavarotti did, during his career in operatic music. Here is a list of the components that in my opinion attest to the fact that Luciano Pavarotti, is without any doubt, the greatest operatic tenor EVER!

Components that justify my opinion:

1. Sang at a very young age in Modena Italy. Sang along with his dad, who also had a positive influence on Pavarotti, developing all aspects of his singing.

2. When he sang the high C's from an opera, he always looked confident and the high notes were breath taking.

3. No comparison at all, the way Pavarotti could hold high notes or any notes for a very long time. When he sang any song, he never looked nervous, opened his mouth and sang, with ease, the pieces.

4. Sang with his entire focus on Perfection, and got into his songs seriously. Well prepared and facial expressions really showed that.

5. In my opinion, it is the timbre of his ...more

4 Placido Domingo José Plácido Domingo Embil, known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator.

Unbelievable dramatic range. The most versatile, by far, on this list. With a drop dead gorgeous velvety tone and great intensity. His forays into popular music have also been successful. He's been singing for almost 50 years!

I love PD. His velvety voice, his artistry, his good taste, his manliness and tenderdess which is a rare combination not found in any other tenor... To me, he is the best!

My all time favorite male opera singer!

I voted him because undoubtedly he has ( or used to have) a very beautiful voice and sang in many genres succesfully. There are better tenors on cds, but on stage there isn't. He has always cared his voice unlike other tenors who sang well for 10 years, but today their voice is over ( Alvarez, Cura etc)

5 Enrico Caruso Enrico Caruso was an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic.

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No doubt the greatest tenor of all times. When I listen to Pavarotti or Di Stefano and then I turn to Caruso is like powerful fresh air from the Mediterranean see...

Bjorling, a darn good tenor, but not even in the same league as Caruso! Other top tenors not mentioned are: J. McCormack, B. Gigli, M. Del Monaco, G. Di Stefano, F, Corelli, PS Groban, Safina, and Bocelli are not real Tenors, they are good male voices!

He had a sense of dramatic power in his tone and his expression can not be matched! This tenor didn't even really perform with a full voice high C but is the greatest one!

6 Mario Lanza Mario Lanza was an American tenor of Italian ancestry, and an actor and Hollywood film star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. Lanza began studying to be a professional singer at the age of 16.

If you're judging only on freedom from technical errors, the magic Mario doesn't rank near the top. But if you're judging by rich, highly-versatile beautiful vocal tonality, especially in the mid-tenor range where most tenor singing occurs, Mario's voice is, among those we have well recorded (doesn't include Caruso), the standard by which all others must be judged. For instance Pavarotti's highs were wonderful but it midrange was unexceptional, not particularly resonant and weak in harmonics. Lanza's midrange was incredibly great yet his highs sounded clear while retaining nicely balanced harmonics where most tenors loose them and sound strident by comparison. On balance, if judging by VOICE alone, Mario Lanza is still the best I've ever heard during the last 50 years of being a tenor.

The best ever

A very short lived career that still resulted in a considerable amount of influence to some more recent operatic singers (i.E. pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo). He had a demanding presence, with emotion and power driven renditions of arias that stand their own with some of the greats like: Caruso, Gigli, Bjorling, Del Monaco, etc.

A legend.

7 José Carreras

The most underrated tenor in the world. He has a voice of unparalleled beauty. Pavarotti called him the last greater tenor born in the 20th century. He did not just sing the words he lived and breathed them and it was that ability to become the character he was portraying that sets him apart on stage. As for his recitals with just a piano - absolutely exquisite

Slim and very good looking, which was highly unusual for tenors in his era, Jose Carreras epitomised the romantic hero. His deeply moving, sincere singing always touches you. Once someone had described him as having a 'voice of extraordinary beauty'. I could not agree more with this. What he had sang from his soul remains at an unreachable level of appeal to opera lovers.

Most of Carreras opera performances set a standard of pure perfection, with his expressive phrasing, laser-precise timing and appealing voice. And, you cannot help but compare every other performance you come across to his one, and measure all the rest by how close they come to his interpretation of ultimate beauty.

His incomparable velvet voice. Even his late recordings sound in a very elegant, deep and sincere way. I also like his passion in each song, that sounds like it is done the last time forever. These things are much more important than only high notes, that most critics like ro mentione while talk about Carreras.

8 Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli is an Italian classical crossover tenor, recording artist, and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became permanently blind at the age of 12 following a football accident.

What the hell? How can't he be #1?
He has a great voice, the best I've ever heard in my life, every time I listen to his songs I cry.

Are you kidding? This guy is an Italian pop lounge singer that hit it big because he is decent at singing Italian pop lounge songs and is blind. His vibrator is awful, his voice is weak. Any note above A he goes into falsetto, and without amplification and a microphone he can't get over the orchestra. He is popular because he is good at Lounge singing and making 30-50 yo women cry, because he sings of lost love. He has NO voice for Opera! He belongs next to a piano in a bar.

I love his voice more than any other tenor. 2nd Pavarotti.

There are many technically superior tenors but Andrea's voice is more pleasing to the ear in most songs, even arias. I can listen to him for hours without ear fatigue.

He is wonderful and has the most beautiful voice in the world. I can't believe he not number 1.

9 Alfie Boe

Alfie has great warm notes in the middle and lower register with a lyric, flexible upper register. His versatility in singing all genres of music from opera (in which he trained at the Royal College of Music, National Opera Studio, and the Royal Opera House) to singing Elvis at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee shows the variety of his repertoire and his belief that there are only two kinds of music, good and bad, and he wants to sing the good stuff. He continues to defy expectations and reach more audiences with his remarkable voice. His superlative starring role as Jean Valjean in the 25th anniversary concert of Les Miserables helped redefine expectations. This past year, he was invited to sing "Bring Him Home" with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and at the Washington D.C. memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the US Capitol. Finally, listen to his "Alfie Warbles a Bit" YouTube version of "Nessun Dorma" and you will hear a tenor of the highest quality.

I love Alfie Boe's voice and he is such a skilled performer. He engages and holds his audience whatever he sings. Recently made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music he dedicated nearly 20 years to training that voice and working at perfecting his natural and God given talent. He has appeared on the Opera stage worldwide and received much deserved glowing reviews. But as important as those accolades are - when he sings he stirs the heart. And that is the sign of a truly great tenor.

The clarity of Boe's voice whether in higher or lower register is outstanding - his voice also has a flexibility which enables Alfie to use in all the many genres of music in which he is interested. His voice has now developed a richness and warmth which has invested his fine lyric tenor with even more intensity, so important when singing classical music or indeed any other style. His lead performances in La Boheme, Pearlfishers and other operatic roles have won him plaudits although it is probably his performance in that most operatic of musical theatre pieces Les Mis for which he is best known, having won a 4 minutes standing ovation when he first performed in it.

A beautiful voice that touches your heart, and the fact that he sings all genres with the same warmth he just takes you with him on a journey whatever he sings. No other singer has been able to reduce me to tears time and time again when he sings Bring Him Home from Les Miserable.
His Album La Passione is glorious and shows off his tenor voice at it's best. You hear every word that he sings, which he does with so much feeling.
In La Boheme his voice soared with such ease at times making you feel that he must be super human.
He is one of a kind, an ordinary man with an extraordinary voice who shares his talent with ordinary people who, because of Alfie now identify with opera as well as all the other genres of music.

10 Rolando Villazon

Of the younger school this voice is currently my favourite - the emotion, the passion he brings to the fore is, for me, outstanding and I consider his to be a fine instrument.

The only tenor I have heard live who transports me to an ethereal place. His voice was so good before his medical problems and I pray he will rise again to those dizzy heights.

Has magical charisma as well as one of the most beautiful voices - his passion for music is always there. Viva Villazon!

Glorious voice, amazing interpreter of character.

The Contenders

11 Jussi Björling

To be honest, Pavarotti has no emotional effect on me. Pavarotti has a lot of power but lacks in dynamics and sensibility, rather boring really. Jussi Björling on the other hand gives me the shivers every time.

His voice make tears flow, so beautiful!

Undoubtedly one of the best lyric tenors of the 20th century. There has been enourmous talent around in regards to tenor voices, and the lack of trustworthy records of many of them as well as the different types of voices make it very difficult to make comparisons. I would never think about comparing a lyric tenor such as Jussi or Pavarotti with Alfredo Krauss, for example.
That is why when I try to write down my opinion, I am only considering lyric tenors. In spite all of those obstacles to make a fair comparison (which ultimately go against Jussi since his recordings are very old), I believe Björling is one step beyond the rest of the lyric tenors of this century for one or another reason. Arguably, there could be tenors with more power, or a broader range of tones, but I cannot find anyone with such combination of qualities as his. He had amazing power with a very broad range of tones, techique close to perfection and an extraordinarily well rounded voice, always, always under ...more

I have 90 percent of Jussi Bj recordings what a cheek to put garbage on the same listings as this man. He has everything you want in a Tenor voice. I studied with one of the worlds best teaches who idolised this man and no wonder a number of singers on this list would only be choristers in a World Class Opera House.

12 Franco Corelli

Hearing live most of the greatest tenors in the last fifty years, Franco Corelli at his best, was in a class of his own. There are great tenor voices and then there was Corelli's. Do yourself a favor and listen to some of Corelli's great recordings, and even better, his live performances. If you're unfamiliar with his voice you will understand what I mean.

Unfortunately for many, the voice of Corelli is unknown! Music is such a subjective choice as to what one likes to hear in a voice. Having listened to opera for nearly 60 years, I can tell you that certain tenors lend themselves best to certain operas. If you truly want to hear the beautiful power of Corelli's voice, then listen to his role in "Andrea Chenier". His mastery of this opera has never been matched!

By any measure this list is hackneyed and bizarre. NO ONE matched Corelli's vocal athleticism, his fire in the blood intensity and fearless attack with high risk to achieve with consummate technique what is aberrant, electrifying and powerhouse glorious in the moment. That is where art needs to be.

There was a sadness that coloured Corelli's voice and stage demeanor, along with the power, fire and passion more expected of the range, that allowed his performances to better suit the tragic-hero rolls he sung. Lots of tenors have beautiful, awesome voices but Corelli is one of the few that can draw me into the story of the opera even via a single excerpt.

13 Piero Barone

Such power he has in his voice for being so young! Most young tenors do not have his ability until much older. He has it now and is only going to improve with time like the finest world class wine.

Piero is AWESOME! What a gorgeous voice, so developed for someone his age! He can sing opera or he can sing popular versatile! He could walk right into an opera and begin singing and fit right in with no problem!

In the past 10 months his voice seems unleashed. His singing is effortless. At 20 his work is beginning.

His beautiful, powerful voice really awes me every time I listen to him. His passion, commitment and talent showed at a very aerly age, which surprises me still. Such a strong voice in such a young man... Simply gifted, in my opinion.

14 Wes Hampton

He is the best

Wes has an Awesome talent!

Wes is a wonderful singer. I love to hear him.

He is the best

15 Jonas Kaufmann

The beast nowerdays

The most beautiful voice of today,

He does not sing you a song. He does not tell you a story. He pulls you in, pulls you under, and when he finally lets you go, you find yourself dripping with emotions you might otherwise never have felt.

The easy, natural style, the superb quality of his tone, his remarkable versatility and emotional range make him, for me, the best tenor in the world. I could listen to him all day.

16 Fritz Wunderlich

His career was cut tragically short at the age of just 35, when he fell down stairs and hit his head. A truly amazing voice, he could also play french horn, piano, accordion and trumpet. He was a star in Germany and Austria and his records were being heard beyond those countries too. He could do it all...superb renditions of Mozart's roles, Puccini, Verdi and other Italian arias (sometimes sung in German as was the custom at the time), religious music be it Bach Cantatas and Passions or Christmas songs or Verdi's requiem, German lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Beethoven, Brahms etc, popular songs of the time eg Be My Love, operetta arias by Lehar and others, early pre-Bach music, just about anything really. Few know about him because he died in 1966, just over a week short of his 36th birthday, leaving behind a wife and three young children. I was astonished when I "discovered" his recordings recently and there is so much to listen to. From what I have seen online, it looks as ...more

Definitely the best tenor on the list! His beautiful recordings of the Mozartian tenor arias have no equal! And, unlike the Italians, he manages to go high without sounding like his balls were cut off; a true male voice. Another tenor not mentioned, and worth mentioning, is Frank Kelley, superb with both Bach and Mozart!

Regarding lyric tenors one cannot but admire Wunderlichs artistry, his expression and also technical excellence. To make a list of the "best tenors" is quite ambivalent as there are different "prerequisites" for different composers. Wunderlich and Mozart fit perfectly, whether Wunderlich and Wagner would have matched no one can say...

Finest tenor sound by far - ever. Listening to his old recordings is an aural delight!

17 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.

While Elvis was primarily perceived as a baritone and most of the tessitura of his songs was on the staff he was, in my opinion, a tenor. Technically, he never properly worked to smooth his passagio and bring more weight up to the top of his voice. However, one has only to look and listen to much of what Elvis sang, and recorded - especially from about 1974 onward - to realize that, had he gone in an entirely different direction musically, he could very well have sung opera. Although in bad physical shape toward the end of his life, the in concert recordings from his last tour reveal, rather hauntingly, what might have been. Listen especially to the way he sang the Timi Yuro classic "Hurt." Vocally, he was incredibly exciting. - tonytenor

Great voice, but Elvis Presley is a baritone, not a tenor.

The greatest "NON-classically trained" voice of all time.

He was a great Mario Lanza fan since his late teens.

18 Adam Lambert Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.

The finest male vocalist of this generation. Adam can sing any genre, and only improves on any song he covers. He has an enormous range and is probably the most technically beautifully controlled voice in the industry. Add to that his flamboyant and thrilling performance style, and his personal attractiveness, and you have all the makings of an ICON. The cherry on top of all that is...he's a very charming and loveable person!

A phenomenal artist on every level! No one like him at all! He is deserving of all the success for he is a hard worker and never disappoints! Every age group are fans of his not only "the grannies "!

Can do pop, broadway, and opera.

19 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.

His is a tenor voice and if you don't believe watch the video of the professional singing teacher his name is Phil Moufarrege he will tell you the absolute real truth about Freddie Mercury's voice. Not everything that the scientist said is true, because they don't understand the singing way of someone's voice and their staments are sometimes useless.

He has to be on the top. He is the best singer of all time, and he always used his tenor voice, which wasn't his natural voice, he was a baritone! Only a genius can do this!

Freddie is arguably the greatest singer of all time regardless of classification

Should be higher.
He was a baritone, but sang in tenor! - bzsuzsi0128

20 Joseph Calleja

Sure Joseph Calleja has a great future with such a talent. Although coming from the small island of Malta, he already can be considered among the greatest of all times.

I think Mr Calleja is still on the ascendant but his star shines bright and he is a good contender to the likes of the Italian greats.

Great voice and has a great character too. He is only going to get better. He is there as far as I am concerned, but I am sure he will beg to differ.

This man has the most beautiful tenor voice I have ever heard, there is a magical quality to his voice that to my ears beats the best, past and present. I can't stop listening to his fantastic CD's he is able to control his voice in either upper or lower register to absolute perfection. Just wonderful.

21 Ignazio Boschetto

Ignazio is 19 years old, and has nothing but a great future ahead of him. He's been singing professionally since he was 14 years old. His voice sounds crystal clear, like a body of water that you can see the bottom of even though it is miles away.

Ignazio Boschetto has a voice like the clear tones of a French horn. If you hear him sing without seeing him you will expect to see a man of 45 not a teenager of 19. His career is in it's infancy and there is no limit to what he will achieve. He is part of the classical pop trio, IL VOLO, from Italy. His voice is magical.

Ignazio has the most glorious lyric tenor voice! He is one-third of the Il Volo, a group which, once you hear them, you will not be able to enjoy any other nearly as much. Ignazio Boschetto is a name we will hear for many, many years to come.

Ignazio Boschetto (19) is part of Il Volo, an italian pop -lyric group. His voice is especial, a combination of sweetness and strength. He began to sing since he was a child, and now he does it professionally. Apart of being a handsome guy, when he sings you can feel that warmness and that sensation of protection, also you can fly to other world if you just close your eyes and listen to him attentively.

22 Nicola Gedda

Fantastic technique and versatility.

The most beautiful tenor voice.

Gadda is still alive, born 11 July 1925. And he was marvelous!

He unfortunately died at 35 years of age, falling down stairs.

23 Josh Groban Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and he was charted in 2007 as the number-one best selling artist in the United States, with over 22.3 million records.

Although Josh Groban has considered himself from his early training a Baritone, he has proven unequivocally to own both the exacting flexibility and control to easily and naturally perform any and all tenor works. Indeed, the charismatic draw of his romantic modern stylings grow with every performance and recording. He cannot, will not be left out, indeed it is the future of great voice, meeting pop, rock, latin, and so may other rhythms of the world. His musical courage grows, as does the recognition of a gift we see perhaps once in every fifty years.

Josh Groban even though he came out of the dark and never never heard about the first time you said on that one movie with that wonderful song I have never heard such a clear and wonderful controlling multi range boys and my life I love the way he sings I love the way he acts I love the way he dresses and I love specially when he performs he is an incredible human being and I'm sure he will have a career and many many years to the day he died I wish I could meet him in person I think he is so awesome just let me know if this message gets to him just about entertaining every time Commander Navy pilot Top Gun wants to let him know we fought for you we love you and will always be there to listen to you God bless you and may God protect you from all the evil in the world

I think that if opera has any chance of continuing in the generations to come it will depend on singers like Josh Groban. He brings a fresh perspective on what some people might say is a dying musical art form. He could sing a shopping list in Italian and still take your breath away!

A totally unique talent, instantly recognizable. His diction is perfection, and his range is remarkable. He has created his own niche with his varied choices in songs as well as his original songwriting. He is the voice of his generation and deserves much more recognition than he currently receives. His upcoming Broadway debut will change that, and no one deserves it more.

24 José Diego Floréz

JUAN Diego florez is the absolute best. This list is trash.

He is the best right now, He can sing any song, a lot better than any other

Juan is the best currently around no doubt about it.

Simple the best as stated by Pavarotti. Please get his name correct "Juan".

25 Mario Del Monaco

I have never heard a tenor of such passion, power, timber, sincerity, technique, and evenness of tone than Mario Del Monaco. Yes, there are many other tenors, but Del Monaco has it all. You name it and Del Monaco has it in full measure. The all around tenor of any century. Unfortunately, the critics didn't give him the deserved reviews he deserved. Del Monaco, the creates tenor ever! S.T.

Mario del Monaco, if you know anything about the operatic voice, need I say more?

The best tenor ever.

Del Monaco was a vocal dichotomy. His voice was metallic, huge and had an immense amount of squillo but because he pushed the chest voice up, and used the potentially very dangerous lowered larynx technique, he often went flat on top. He never truly had a high C and his high B - just listen to his recordings of "Nessun dorma" - was always short and belabored. An exciting voice to be sure, especially in the passagio, but all too often diminished by vocal histrionics. Ironically, my favorite recording of his is not from opera but a popular song which, in my opinion, he still owns to this day - "Un amore cosi grande." - tonytenor

26 Tim McGraw Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has been married to singer Faith Hill since 1996, and is the son of the late baseball player Tug McGraw. McGraw has released fourteen studio albums.

My man!

27 Dimash Kudaibergen Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergenov, commonly known as Dimash Kudaibergen (born May 24th, 1994) is a Kazakh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Dimash is best known as a contestant of Chinese talent show "Singer 2017" where he was declared a runner-up. He is also known for possessing a wide more.

The best voice on the world

The most handsome man, have amazing voice - Ainur

Most amazing voice

Tenor soprano adamda ne varsa var

28 Meat Loaf Michael Lee Aday, better known by his stage name Meat Loaf, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is noted for his powerful, wide-ranging operatic voice and theatrical live shows.

The best true Rock and Roll tenor of all time. If he had trained for opera, he'd have been as great as Pavarotti. In "Bat Out of Hell" he routinely knocked out eight high C's. - Section8Maven

29 David Cook David Roland Cook is an American rock singer-songwriter, who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of American Idol in 2008.
30 Mario Frangoulis

This Greek Tenor is one of the best cross-over artists today. The voice has a haunting power, which neither Josh Groban or Andrea Bocelli can match. And he sings with a great heart! If there is to be any future for classical music, to survive and fill in the seats at the concert halls, it is in the hands of artists like Mario Frangoulis. He sings in greek, Italian, English, French and Spanish and does it effortlessly.

My absolute FAVORITE tenor! Great talent and amazing voice..


No other voice touches my soul and heart like his. He sings with such feeling, such passion - his voice expresses so beautifully what is in his soul and heart.

31 Joshua Dennis

The greatest of this generation, bar none. No one holds a candle to this man. He learns from the greats of the past, he exceeds the expectations and thoughts of people of today. He is indeed, phenomenal and will surely be one of the greatest of all time.

Truly a phenomenal young man. His voice is absolutely beautiful, his acting is superb! He is also quite handsome. A great package indeed! Cannot wait to see where this young man ends up next! In boca al lupo!


Josh is great! Such a wonderful spirit with so much talent! He is a wonderful singer, a wonderful actor and a wonderful human being! Such a joy to have been able to work with him! - leighannelizabeth

Such a wonderful man! Heard he waltzes quite well too... HA!

32 John Denver Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s.

He in my opinion had a great voice that go way up the octaves

Incredible voice! Incredible talent!

33 Beniamino Gigli

I have an old record of him singing La Bohem, the last cry of "Mimi! " brings me to tears.

Gigli had the most beautiful voice and was the best Lyric Tenor

The voice of an Angel! For me personally this tenor is way out in front. Breath control, diction interpretation all amazing and that velvet, caressing sound is unequalled.

A most gifted tenor

34 Giuseppe Di Stefano

One of the Greatest - how on earth did he get so low down on the list - he sanf with the greatest of Sopranos

The fact that you placed Russell Watson and Alfie boa etc, I ahead of di stefano, gives your list about as much credibility as your knowledge of the tenor voice, stick to pop singers, or get a job at Disneyland.

Agree with one of the previous comments about placing Russell Watson and Alfie Boe ahead of Di Stefano - we're talking of TENORS here!

One of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard. Saw him in person 3 times. His La Boheme was the best ever. I

35 Richard Tucker

Richard Tucker could fill a huge music venue like The LA Dorothy Chandler Pavillian and, even from the topmost balcony, it was like he was 10 feet away! His timbre was beautiful to behold... Smooth and powerful! He's one of the best!

Incredible passion in his voice. I cry when I hear him.

There is no second

I heard him sing Faust in New Orleans many,many years ago. I went backstage afterwards and got his autograph. He held my hand and smiled. I was eighteen at the time and have never forgotten. Ezio Pinza and his daughter Claudia also sang that night and it was memorable to say the least.

36 Nino Bravo

With his Dramatic Tenor voice, this artist from Spain fused beautifully the Romantic Ballad with Opera. You can clearly hear the purity of his Voice with his interpretations of "Aquel Atardecer", "Te quiero Te quiero" and "Mis Noches Sin Ti". Not to mention the greatest tribute to the American continent in his song "America America". Surely his one of a kind style of music would have propelled him to world fame had he kept on living after just a short 3 year career. Any Tenor that crosses over to Popular music will never sound close to this man that died at just 28 years old. Once you hear him any voice singing the Romantic Balled will always sound inferior.

Beautiful unique style. His live performance of "Elizabeth" during the song festival in Rio de Janeiro shows off his wonderful tenor voice. Another great song apart from "America America" was "un beso y una flor". I especially love his powerful final note on his interpretation of "el tren se va". When he died the world definitely lost one of its greatest balladeers.

37 Tito Schipa

The greatest of all and you think you know about tenors! You ignorant fool.

Schiaparelli is up above the rest. The recordings were not as perfect but the quality clarity and range of his voice beats the others. This list is by quantity of votes and not quality.

Nature didn't blessed his little voice, but his technique was so great that in Arena di Verona (where nowdays singers are microphoned but nobody can listen to them) flown everywhere - and I didn't talk about his musicality!
The best ever, it's a shame that he is only 49th.

Love this list! Haven’t stopped laughing yet. It’s done by 8-10 year olds isn’t it?
Schipa should be in the top 10 along with di stefano, Gigli, etc, etc, etc

38 Lawrence Brownlee

What an awesome gift. This man can deliver to the very last row in the balcony.

Not much physical presence but he effortlessly reaches the notes

Lacks présence,but gifted with a wonderful voice and fabuleus technique. Will grow, I'm sure.

39 Volker Bengel
40 Aureliano Pertile
41 Remigio Pereira

His voice takes you to Heaven and his well-written lyrics surrounds you like a huge blanket of Love...all gifts from God.

Without a doubt, currently one of the best Tenors in the world. He sings with passion and speaks to the heart. If you close your eyes and just listen, the transports you to another world...just with his voice. Currently with The Tenors, they primarily sing has a group but with a unique difference - at each concert they will sing individual songs which highlights even more the beauty of his voice. Thank you to his mother and father for giving him the beautiful gift for which he now gives us this incredible gift.

This gifted tenor has not gotten all of the attention he deserves, probably as a result of being a part of an ensemble (The Tenors) rather than a solo artist. But anyone who has ever heard his rendition of Caruso could not help but fall in love with this talented young man.

His voice cannot be compared to any other. It is mesmerizing, real and pure and so healing. It moves you to tears and to relaxation at the same time

42 David Miller

David has achieved success in his chosen field because of his love of singing and the desire to succeed. As a member of Il Divo, he is spotlighted in "Bring Him Home" and it is spellbindingly beautiful!

David performs from his heart. He feels every vibration --his soul is always communicating with him which resonates with the people who recognize his passion. His vocal energy is healing and his smile lights up a room. He walks the Planet with love...

David is the tenor who sings in my favorite group 'Il Divo'. His voice is so incredible. He can sing whatever he wants, it is always beautiful!

David is a very talented tenor. His voice always reminds me a fresh and sunny morning.. He can reach very high notes easily.. Definitely one of my favorite tenors..

43 Sean Panikkar

Sean Panikkar has the voice of an angel, which is only fitting because he IS an angel on earth. In his voice you hear the voice of God, in his eyes you see the light. His voice is one for all tenors to aspire to, and his character one that all should aspire to.

He is not only an incredibly talented young man but he exhibits such humility, thoughtfulness, and gentlemanly characteristics in all that he does. An outstanding young man who just happens to be one of the very best tenors to enrich our lives.

Opera singer, crossover singer, member of Forte, America's Got Talent finalist, best new voice in opera today!

Look into Sean's eyes when he is singing and you'll see how much it means to him. He exudes joy from his music, not only to himself but to everyone who listens to it. I get chills when I listen to him-especially when he sings classical music. He has a gorgeous voice like no other.

44 Gianluca Ginoble

Gianluca has an amazing and beautiful voice, so deep and strong, so it's impossible to believe that it's the sound of eighteen year old guy. He is especially good with songs in Spanish and his native language, so many shades in his voice. And the songs of Sinatra seemed to be created for him. He's very gifted young man.

Gianluca Ginoble has such a smooth voice. Not only can he sing in his Italian language but also in
Spanish and English. Of the three, his command of the
English is unbelievable. How in the world does an 18 year old sing like this--blows my mind. Gianluca will go far in the USA. He loves the old American singers such as
Sinatra. His appreciation for all music is amazing. He is such a class act. I would never put Ignazio and Piero (II Volo) ahead of Gianluca--NEVER!

Gianluca is 18 years old only and a baritone voice that lifts me up again and again. Winner of a singing competition in Italy with 14 years. Now on worldwide concert tour with Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto as IL VOLO = The Flight. And they are flying!

His voice enchants everyone that hears it. For an 18 year old he has such an amazing voice hope to meet him in person one day.

45 Urs Buehler

Urs lyrical voice is filled with emotion - especially the romantic ones. He can portray strength and vulnerability equally well. I love how his eyes twinkle when he sings, reflecting the emotions of his voice and heart whether it is pop, opera, heavy metal, or a Broadway show tune. There are few tenors who can sing this well and manage to touch your very being with his voice... It is magical beyond words.

First, his last name is spelled Buhler. Second, he is so amazingly gifted, it's hard to put into words the feelings he evokes when he sings. And if you're lucky enough to be watching him while he's singing, you can see the emotions in his eyes and playing across his face. His voice is so unusual, it's not possible to compare him with standard tenors. He takes my breath away. SANDRA

Listening to him is like listening the echo of a voice, not the voice itself. He has the talent!

Love him, again and again, he's the best!

46 Gari Glaysher

I' have been following Gari for number of years from his early days his voice has got better and better the range of his note has tremendously improved were now he has reached world class level in my opinion for an English tenor is ten out ten especially when he sing areas and Neapolitan songs his pronunciation is spot on which is not a very easy to do when you sing in foreign language you can see all his passion comes out of him when he perform and impersonate the character without fail he is just a natural great talent and wish him all the success that he deserve BRAVO! - Italian4ever

Gari is a very versatile and talented English Tenor who should be up there with the greats. He has performed in operas such as 'Tosca' and 'La Boheme' and also with many Gilbert and Sullivan companies up and down the country. He currently has three CD's to his credit that include a mix of Italian and English material. His rich voice humble beginnings and warm personality have won him a large and rapidly growing fan base around the world.

Gari is a world class performer. He sings with such passion and soul, each performance takes you on a different journey and can often bring you to tears. His voice is amazingly powerful and Gari is extremely versatile. Not only does Gari have a great voice, but he also is a very genuine caring guy. For those lucky enough to meet Gari, it would be hard not to make a connection with such a beautiful soul. We want to see and hear more of the wonderful performer!

Gari has the most wonderful voice... A very talented English Tenor who sings with immense passion. The power of his voice, mixed with tremendous emotion, moves his audience to tears. I thoroughly enjoy listening to him, he has that remarkable talent to communicate through his singing so that you share and enjoy every single word of his wide range of songs. He is also a very sincere person, who truly appreciates the opinions of his many fans.

47 Carlos Marin

He is the greatest and sweetest man ever. We love him and he loves us like we are his children love you carlos.He is an amazing artist if somebody asked me who is the most careing man in the world I would say CARLOS MARIN 1MILLION PERCENT.

He have such a great voice and is always kind to his fans such a sweet man

A baritone with a wonderful voice, emotion only listen

Carlos is the best Baritone in the World!

48 Alessandro Safina

His voice is powerful but sensitive at the same time. One can hear the passion in his voice. I don't know the technical aspects of singing, let along opera, but something in his voice touches my soul. That's good enough for me. I complete agree with bjorling being #1. He was awesome.

What a warmhearted and handsome man he is. His voice makes me melt! - Blackthorne

His modern approach in singing dramatic tenor with a very subtle touch of rock taste is just awesome!

Together with Carlos Marin from Il Divo he is the best. Love to hear those two sing together! Experience from out of this planet!

49 Josh Page

I knew he was going to be a star from the moment he was pulled on stage by Josh Groban, his amazing vocals were even noted in the New York Times review of this concert. He is an incredibly versatile performer and can go from singing opera to classical crossover and then rock/pop with his brother Zach in their group Brothers Page. I've seen him perform with Jackie Evancho and their rendention of the prayer is my all time favorite duet! I'm thrilled he has joined forces with Sean Pannikar and Fernando Varela as Forte is now my favorite tenor group, their voices blend into the most amazing harmonies! Josh Page is incredibly gifted and talented and at only 23. I'm looking forward to watching his talent develop and his career soar!

When Josh Groban called him up on stage, people were amazed that he sounded just like him! He founded the crossover group Forte that was a finalist on America's Got Talent. Now, Forte has released their first CD and performed at Carnegie Hall. A very talented young man who is on his way up!

Josh's voice has just become better and better as time has passed! I have watched him on YouTube and his beautiful voice has made me cry. He sings with such passion and emotion that you can feel it every time you hear him!

Josh Page's tenor voice is just amazing! It sings to my very soul and I want to hear more and more from him. I love the way his voice blends with Forte and I think as a tenor trio they are just incredible!

50 Fernando Varela

Awesome tenor and member of group Forte who came in 4th on America's Got Talent. He exhibits the highest of standards in all aspects of his life!

Great range - strong in the low notes and beautiful in the highest ones. But in addition to his technical skills, especially loved is his unique style. Into every performance, every song, he puts his heart and soul. He's a Latino, with that open, unabashed emotional expression - beautiful singing from a true romantic.

Beautiful, expressive, uplifting tenor who you want to listen to non-stop. As one of the crossover group FORTE, he is part of the magic when their voices come together.

His range and his power are amazing Finally getting the recognition he deserves. I hope he and his fellow Forte members are successful as a group and as individuals. His voice is a gift!

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