Top 10 Best Male Tenors of All Time

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.

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!

David PHELPS is the best, #1 Christian Tenor Vocal Artist there is. David is at the top of the Chart and no exceptions. I Love to hear him sing, his Tenor Voice is so amazing, very uplifting and David's Tenor Voice is a God Given Talent and when he sings it is like he is singing from Heaven. I could listen to him singing 24/7 and never get tired. I have never heard anyone that can sing like David Phelps. Thank you David Phelps for using your Tenor Voice to Praise, lift up and Glorify The Precious Name of Jesus so everyone could be blessed and a lost Soul could be Saved. I love you David Phelps and Thank You So Much for helping Me in my Daily Christian Life and Walk with God.

This amazing tenor voice is such an inspiration. I follow his concerts whenever he is within driving distance. He is powerful, has perfect pitch, has such a gift to share and can hit the high notes like no one else. His concerts leave everyone breathless and will send chills down your spine. What a privilege to hear him - wherever and whenever he performs. His CD's play in my car whenever I'm driving. Sometimes I just never want to get out of the car. He definitely should have a starring role on Broadway, as he is as good or better than anyone in any musical. He is simply the best ever. His high pitch is amazing and powerful. He is loved wherever he goes and never ends any song without a standing ovation. What a blessing and what a gift!

2 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.

Never heard tell of the guy sitting in first, like What, REALLY...I grew up listening to the great tenors, Caruso, Lanza, Pavarotti, then Domingo, more Pavarotti, Carreras...because My Dad would sometimes hog the old floor model record player! But Pavarotti IS #1, Caruso #2, he must be rolling over in his grave sitting in the 4th spot under What? It's clear a lot of people are watching too many TV talent contests where the TRULY GREATS elude them. Pity!

I was brought up listening to different tenors my father a working class man being a great fan. He once came home with a record by a little known tenor Fritz Wunderlich who was amazing but sadly died aged 33. Then my dad introduced me to the greatest tenor of all time Pavarotti. His range his phrasing all appeared effortless. I don't care he couldn't act or do opera. He sang from his heart he was the maestro. He knocked the socks off any other tenor past or present. We were truly blessed to have the great Lucciano there has and never will be another tenor like him.

Pavarotti's incredible silvery top notes, voice, power and range make him one of the greatest opera singers of the recorded era. His interpretative abilities are immense, giving life to truly living characters for decades. He was not perfect, some roles where not fitted for his voice and at times he showed (especially in the later years) a not so solid technique compared to other tenors. He has become a milestone in the history of music and there are many other things that one could add and say about Big Luciano. I must say it is amazing and quite sad not to see names as Bjorling, Gedda, Vickers, Di Stefano or Gigli in this list and see Jonathan Anthoine in the first place that has a nice voice overall (that cannot absolutely be even compared to the names mentioned before), scarce interpretative abilities, a scarse technique and most of all no history. He is a product of this talent show industry, that tries to sell very mediocre singers as stars!

Nobody, and I mean nobody can or has sung Nessun Dorma with more feeling, power, or bring the house down mastery than Pavarotti. Comparing Jonathon Antoine with Pavarotti is like comparing a talented but unproven pop singer like Justin Bieber with Sam Cooke or even Elvis in his prime. Who's voting on this, teeny boppers U.S.A. ? We're talking about depth, power, talent, I would hope, not some kid who won't last but appeared on a talent show. Let him sing Nessun Dorma and compare his version with the master, Pavarotti.

3 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

Although only 18 years of age his amazing talent will inspire many who follow. Not only is his singing sensational but he has a rare heart and has the ability to touch people in more ways than he could ever know. He does this while remaining totally humble. His singing is so heartfelt it can bring tears to your eyes and send shivers through your body. His care for others and the love he shows to all of his supporters, fans and family is gold. He has been given a gift and now shares it with the world and will for many years to come. His name will certainly go down in history along with a man I know truly inspired him Luciano Pavarotti.

4 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.

Never heard tell of the guy sitting in first, like What, REALLY...I grew up listening to the great tenors, Caruso, Lanza, Pavarotti, then Domingo, more Pavarotti, Carreras...because My Dad would sometimes hog the old floor model record player! But Pavarotti IS #1, Caruso #2, he must be rolling over in his grave sitting in the 4th spot under What? It's clear a lot of people are watching too many TV talent contests where the TRULY GREATS elude them. Pity!

Caruso had an amazing voice - I'm not even a big opera fan but my parents had his recordings and I loved listening to him. I think Pavarotti came closest to Caruso of the tenors I've listened to. John McCormack was great but sang a very different kind of music - hard to compare him to an operatic tenor. Josh Groban's voice positively makes me melt but again, it's not an operatic voice.

Resided in Naples, Italy for a number of years. Became quite familiar with Opera singers, Mr. Caruso in particular (although he had long passed away). His quality and strength has only been equaled by few Tenor singers of today, Andrea Bocelli, for one.
Luciano, Andrea, Enrico and Placido are what music IS and not to be slaughtered by
many of the "styles" of today..

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!

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

Several years ago I received tickets to the Met to hear Tosca, not realizing that Domingo was the featured tenor. I sat there totally mesmerized by the combination of his velvet (no other word will suffice) sound, amazing dramatic presence and striking good looks. In my book, he's got it all! I've only had the opportunity to hear him on television and in recordings since, but I consider him the best tenor ever because he combines all elements of opera so successfully and beautifully.

Placido by far surpasses everyone with his versatility, his fabulous voice, his emotion when he sings. He doesn't just sing a song, an aria, he feels it from deep down in his heart and soul. And this is the real Placido! He is intelligent, and he is so easy to work with so says everyone who works and worked with him. You will never find a greater
Tenor or human being ever.! He should be number 1! When he sings he touches one's heart and soul.

Plácido Domingo is definitively the best tenor ever. Not only because of his beautiful, powerful and versatile voice, his dramatic range, his ability to sing everything from baroque to modern, not only because of the wonderful colours, the soft velvet, but also because he delivers perfectly every character he is playing. He is believable, he doesn't pretend to be a character, he is. He combines wonderful voice, artistic presence and highest musicality with a gentle and humble soul and deep humanity. He never pretends to be someone or something, you always get what you see. He is the only one who gives emotions to the public. Especially now, when he sings bariton parts. Did you ever before cry with Simon Boccanegra, see Francesco Foscari in despair or a Conte di Luna who truely loves? He is the best tenor and the completest musician of all times!

Placido Domingo is by far the most complete artist from all the tenors on the list. Not only is he a tenor, but he's also a baritone, he plays the piano, conducts, has amazing acting skills and charisma to boot. It's hard for me to single out just one role he did, but my favorite is probably his interpretation of Mario Cavaradossi from "Tosca".

6 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.

I love listening to him sing everything from arias to contemporary. I don't understand why the one calls him a lounge singer, jealous perhaps because of the millions of records Andrea has sold and continues to sell. He is an opera singer and he doesn't use a microphone when singing opera and is well heard in the back. He controls his voice for the application of the music he sings. When using a microphone he sings as if he is whispering a lullaby in the ear of a child. His sings differently when performing opera. Extremely intelligent and kind. He should be in the top 3

The reason he isn't No. 1 is because these lists don't mean much.
The reason Jonathan Antoine is No. 1 -- and his first CD hasn't even come out yet -- is because all these young and older women are in love with him and have no musical objectivity or musical training themselves. What can they possibly know? There are many tenors on this list who should absolutely be in the first 10, and they're not. With that said -- I love Andrea Bocelli's voice. It has been tried and proven.

Totally love andrea's honeyed tones, vesitility in so many genres, not so crazy about his singing in english, endearing but the accent is terrible! Love his opera, arias, sacred music, also great pop/popera voice. Adore any duets he does with the ladies, he, s such a romantic old guy, like his male duets too, never feels the need to show off or compete. He's also very sexy, yummy!

Andrea Bocelli? Oh my god.

Bocelli is NOT a lyric tenor. Imagine, now, what would happen if Bocelli sing the Turandot at Verona Arena during the Opera Season... I say you what would happen, tomatoes in face and a ton of boo.
Bocelli is a pop singer with a cute voice, nothing else. Claudio Villa was better by far than Bocelli, but nobody ever say he could be a lyric tenor.

7 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.

Lanza had "the whole package"...Good looks, a winning personality, and not least an outstanding Tenor voice which had warmth, power and perfect diction. During his lifetime some critics ( probably mostly out of envy) tried to belittle his abilities and influence BUT their names are long forgotten and HIS star will continue to shine for years to come.
Lawrence Tibbett once said that it might take fifty years but that the world would eventually realise what they had...How true RIP Mario.

I've heard no other that stirs my soul as much. If singing is math, then perhaps other tenors are better, but if singing is supposed to bring you closer to the creation of God, then Mario Lanza is preeminent. Every time I listen to him I think that other great tenors like Pav sound tinny. Mario had the ability to change the tone of his voice midway in the phrase and make it even richer. His power was unmatched and his emotion brings one to tears.

I've listened to a lot of tenors and it's tiring, listening to them. Too much "pinging" sound instead of a beautiful "ringing" sound. Mario Lanza's voice has a quality that you want to hear his voice over and over again. He express his songs with so much emotion that you got carried away listening to it. His voice is so fluid and not too "stiff". His "Che Gelida Manina" is beautiful. His voice matured, in his movie "Serenade" and he could have been a perfect "Otello'. His version of "Nessun Dorma" and Lamento di Federico" is awesomely unbeatable. He express his love songs like with so much emotion. Mario Lanza's voice is from God.

8 Jussi Björling

Carreras called jussi "Il Tenore Perfecto" Pavarotti when asked to compare his Manrico to Jussi;s said "I'm only human. I try to sing like him. I would like people to compare me with him" Caruso's widow said that only Jussi was worth to wear Rico's crown. I rest my case by suggesting that you find Jussi's live from the Met "Romeo" called by Conrad Osborne one of the most perfect live performances by a lyric tenor (along with Jussi.s Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut. And finally, wait until Christmas eve and find O Helga Nat, O Holy night in Swedish and you will not want to hear another version. Now I really do rest my case.


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 grew up in a very musical family. My father was an opera ''buff' and listened during the war years and beyond on the radio to opera from overseas radio stations especially from Italy. I his second son grew up enjoying swing and jazz but later also turned to opera and aged 21 one of my first 78's was Jussi Bjorling singing "che gelida manina" from Puccini's La Boheme. I personally have now been listening to Opera for over 60 years and in my humble opinion Jussi had the finest and purest of great tenor voices. He certainly gets my vote as the world's greatest tenor.!

Jonathan Antoine? Alfie Boe? Please! Is this serious or is this a popularity contest amongst cloth eared knuckleheads who are obsessed by the proliferation of T.V. talent shows, and whose opinions would probably have Susan Boyle top of the soprano list. Bjorling, Pavarotti, Caruso, Domingo, Carreras. Real operatic tenors, not reality show wannabes who need to achieve real greatness then maintain such a standard for 30 odd years.

9 José Carreras

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.

A voice of extraordinary beauty, as one expert said about this tenor. What Jose Carreras has sang well remains a standard of ultimate perfection for opera lovers to this day. Great appealing voice, both tender and masculine, velvety and majestic, you cannot get enough of his singing.

Brilliant moving voice from an outstanding man in every respect. Romantic and velvety in his youth, his voice is darker and more dramatic today. His performances in La Boheme, La Traviata, Andrea Chenier and many other are a measure for top artistry and perfection. His legacy makes opera a different beguiling forever-young art.

10 Fritz Wunderlich

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...

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!

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

Famous for his interpretations of Lieder. No one on this list sang Schubert and Schumann better than him. Please listen to "Dichterliebe" or "Die schoene Muellerin". Especially enjoyable is his brilliant articulation, which makes every word of the text understandable, which is rare and not emphasized enough with singers. Comprehensible singing is very important!

The Contenders
11 Steve Perry Stephen Ray "Steve" Perry is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998.
12 Alfie Boe

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.

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've read other people's comments and I'm blown away with their sentiment. For me he is the best. He has a remarkable voice, absolutely beautiful. But the way he performs and reaches his audience is really special. He is a singer who sounds even better singing live that his wonderful recordings. I can't praise him high enough and I hope he reaches Number One. He is an example to be followed by any young singer who has found their fame through a T.V. talent show. He went quietly on tour with an opera company to learn his trade from the ground up. And then he went to music college to learn to be the best singer he could be and to give his the technique needed to sustain a career. He then worked and continues to work. This is what it takes to really be an outstanding tenor. And Alfie Boe is an outstanding tenor.

This mans glorious voice is rich and full throughout the tenor range. Listen to the clarity and purity of the high notes and the strength of his low notes, the sheer muscularity, masculinity, musicality and magnificence of it all. His versatility is peerless, as at home with a Mozart aria as with Led Zeppelin, his delivery informed by his classical training (Royal College of Music, National Opera Studios) but not overpowered by it. His foray into musical theatre to perform the role of Jean Valjean is the stuff of legend, bringing audiences to their feet and to tears with elation and emotion at the beauty of it. This humble man shares his wonderful gift and is worthy of accolade.

13 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 vocal range. Before he became a singer he has been in 3 other bands (Ibex, Sour Milk Sea, and The Hectics). He died on November 24, 1991 from bronchopneumonia as a result from HIV/AIDS

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!

There can be only ONE!
As he is the best singer ever the question is unnecessary.

Multifaceted artist with amazing voice.

14 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson (Michael Joseph Jackson; August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter. He passed away from cardiac arrest caused by a propofol and benzodiazepine overdose on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under the initials MJ. Dubbed the King of Pop, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. more.

When Pavarotti first heard is version of Billy Jean, he burst into tears

15 Rolando Villazon

Tenores are often seen as the ninnies of the opera: Not too intelligent and very vain. The famous conductor Arturo Toscanini even maintained being an idiot would be the privilege of the tenors.
Well, Rolando Villazon certainly demands this privilege. He hasn't only got a wonderful, warm and full tenore in the belcanto tradition of the great tenores, but a lot of brains too, proving it as an actor and a director on the opera stage, as a singer in concert and as the author of a really interesting and exciting novel with which he managed to convince even literature critics.
Villazon is one of the most interesting figures in the opera scene today and besides he's a wonderful, warmhearted, generous and witty human being.

Rember the movie "The Killing Fields". In one segment of the movie (the journalist) is in his living room and Nessum Dorma is playing in the background. I swear I will never forget that voice. After some investigating I learned that particular "nessum dorma" was sung by Franco Corelli, it was a marvelous rendition of the now famous aria. I know that Pavarotti has given the same area his own seal of exellence but Corelli had put into this area as much passion and virtuosity of voice as Pavarotti.

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.

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.

16 Lauritz Melchior

The absolutely finest Hildentenor of all time. No one could hold a candle to him.

He had a great voice

17 Beniamino Gigli

Not many have heard this beautiful tenor. There are not many recordings for young people to listen to, but in serious rankings he is listed as #2 through all time. Only Caruso (most never even heard about him, because he was living and performing more than 100 years ago) was ranked better. Björling has been ranked as #3.

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.

I am 80 years of age and when I first heard Benjamin's Gigli sing La Donna e moble he was truely unbelievable and even to-day I still maintain he was the best tenor at that time. Mario was good so where the others, Pavarotti, Lucia, carrierra and so the list goes on anyone reading this will know them all

Wonderful voice.. Iwas lucky enough to visit Recanati in The Marche Italy, He was born there and his museum is there, complete with costumes and records. In 1997 Rudi Guiliani declared Beniamino Gig. I day, when they unveiled a bust of him sponsores by The Metropolitan Opera society

18 Luther Vandross Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in-demand background vocalist for several different artists.
19 Franco Corelli

The greatest tenor ever..many imitate him, Villazon is case in point, and others have learned from him how to sing properly. Corelli has no rivals. One can understand this by listening to one live recording, a Tosca from Bergamo..and then listen to all of the rest.

Parenthetically, I heard him live at the Met many times. He had the audiences enthralled all the way through his turbulent career. Callas named him as her best partner in the many operas he sang with her.

I like many of the choices here, but Corelli is number one.

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!

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.

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.

20 Piero Barone

His singing is effortless! His natural talent makes him the greatest. He s so young and sings with the mature, professional and experienced voice. He sings like he has the experience of a 50 year old professional tenor and his age is not even the half. And yet he has to gain more experience. His singing is effortless! He can reach high notes without any trouble. Aside from his high notes, his low singing, when he sings pop, it's just the most gorgeous sound in the world, and even singing that style of music (pop), he does it beautifully and professionally. Piero is the full-package: young, good looking, amazing tenor voice, amazing pop singing, charisma, etc. One of the most lovely things about him is his young age. When he works, he is serious. But aside from his work, he is a lovely, crazy teenager. I know he is twenty but, for me, he will a teenager, a gifted young singer with an amazing voice and a teen with a good-looking, happy life and amazing personality. Piero Barone Ognibene ...more

Piero's voice is miles ahead of his peers given that he is only 20 years old. His voice is rich, deep, powerful and full of emotion. When he sings he just captivates and draws his audience to him. His voice reaches deep into your heart and soul, the voice evokes the emotion that you never knew you possessed. You just feel and react even when he sings in a foreign language. His voice can only get better in time. I wish Piero all the best.

First: His voice is powerful and at the same time tender, sweet and lovely, he has a great future as an Opera singer as well as any other type of music, he can hit high notes and makes it seem effortless. When he sings he transmits to his audience the love and passion of his craft, and all this at such a young age.
Second: His personality is so sweet and humble, that he will show you always, no matter what, how great of a human being he is!

There are so many great singers in this category, including his Il Volo "brother", Iganzio. I wish I could vote for more than one. When Piero sings those long extended high notes with such ease in songs like Ole Solo Mio, I just get thrilled! I met him and his two Il Volo "brothers" twice, and they are all so nice. When they smile, they light up the world! And when they sing, separately, or together, it "takes me to another place." Piero has a lot of stage presence, is very comfortable, and is very funny and entertaining, as well. Caio. Irene

21 Nicolai Gedda

For me he is the best tenor and the most beautiful voice. Of course he didn't died at 35, falling down the stairs, as one of the comments said. He is still alive today.

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

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

I am surprised that Gedda isn't at least in the top 10.

22 Jon Vickers

Perhaps the greatest singing-actor ever to grace the opera stage. His voice was not beautiful - at least not by conventional standards - but my god the man was riveting to watch and to listen to. I first saw him at the MET in 1978 at Otello. His smoldering intensity and total immersion into the role was electrifying and, at times, even frightening. An iconic tenor to be sure.

His vocal technique and his total connection to the characters he played made him one of the best opera singers of all time.

One of the greatest dramatic tenors. Great Siegmund and Othello.

23 Wes Hampton

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

Wes has an Awesome talent!

He is the best

24 Jonas Kaufmann

This guy is the best in the World today. Besides having a great voice he has the matching personality. Can only explain his position at number 26 as him not being heard as frequently as some of the so-called popular tenors.

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.

His singing perfectly expresses his brilliant interpretation of each role. His versatility is amazing. A beautiful dusky voice.

25 Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, led him to both great success and initial controversy. 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.

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

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

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