Top Ten Singers Whose Real Names Will Surprise You

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The Top Ten

1 Bruno Mars (Peter Gene Hernandez) Bruno Mars (Peter Gene Hernandez) Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. ...read more.
2 The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was born on 16 February 1990 in Toronto, Ontario. He used to upload songs on YouTube in 2010, now he has 3 studio albums. He has won 3 Grammy awards and 9 Juno Awards
3 Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. ...read more.
4 Katy Perry (Katheryn Hudson) Katy Perry (Katheryn Hudson) Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. ...read more.
5 Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.
6 Olivia Wilde (Olivia Cockburn) Olivia Wilde (Olivia Cockburn)

And then she accidentally slipped and changed her name to Cockburn, oops I said cockborn, I didn't really mean to say Cockburn but since we talking about Cockburn all you singers say hi to her. - AlphaQ

This made me lol. Wait, is she even a singer?

7 Steven Tyler (Steven Tallarico) Steven Tyler (Steven Tallarico) Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.
8 Tina Fey (Elizabeth Fey) Tina Fey (Elizabeth Fey) Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.
9 Alvin Stardust (Bernard Jewry)
10 Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.

The Contenders

11 Cliff Richard (Harry Webb)
12 Courtney Love (Courtney Michelle Harrison) Courtney Love (Courtney Michelle Harrison) Courtney Michelle Love is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and visual artist. A notable figure in the punk and grunge scenes of the 1990s, Love's career has spanned four decades.
13 David Bowie (David Jones) David Bowie (David Jones) David Robert Jones (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. ...read more.
14 Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian) Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian) Cher is an American singer and actress. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long ...read more.
15 Drake (Aubrey Graham) Drake (Aubrey Graham) Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".
16 Dido (Florian Armstrong) Dido (Florian Armstrong) Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong, known as Dido, is a British singer and songwriter.

Am I The only one who thought her name was Dildo? - AlphaQ

17 Lil Wayne (Dwayne Carter) Lil Wayne (Dwayne Carter) Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop artist and is often referred to as one of the worst rappers of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The Hot Boys, ...read more.

So that's where the Wayne part of Lil Wayne comes from. - AlphaQ

18 Cat Stevens (Steven Georgiou)
19 Elton John (Reginald Dwight) Elton John (Reginald Dwight) Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.
20 Pink (Alecia Moore) Pink (Alecia Moore) Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.

Nice name! - Userguy44

21 Eminem (Marshall Mathers III) Eminem (Marshall Mathers III) Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Meh. It's actually pretty obvious because he has a song called Marshall Mathers and an album called The Marshall Mathers LP and MMLP 2 - AlphaQ

22 Joni Mitchell (Roberta Anderson) Joni Mitchell (Roberta Anderson) Roberta Joan Mitchell, professionally known as Joni Mitchell, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy.
23 Stevie Wonder (Stevland Judkins) Stevie Wonder (Stevland Judkins) Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
24 Kid Rock (Robert Ritchie) Kid Rock (Robert Ritchie) Robert James Ritchie Sr., known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, record producer, activist, minister and actor.
25 Loretta Lynn (Loretta Webb) Loretta Lynn (Loretta Webb) Loretta Lynn is an American country music singer-songwriter with multiple gold albums in a career spanning almost 60 years.
26 Crystal Gayle (Brenda Webb)
27 Boz Scaggs (William Scaggs)
28 Maria Muldaur (Maria D'Amato)
29 Wendy Waldman (Wendy Steiner) Wendy Waldman (Wendy Steiner) Wendy Waldman is an American singer-songwriter, primarily known for her songwriting and record production.
30 Gene Simmons (Chaim Witz) Gene Simmons (Chaim Witz) Chaim Witz, known professionally by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor and television personality.
31 Paul Stanley (Stanley Eisen) Paul Stanley (Stanley Eisen) Stanley Bert Eisen, known professionally by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss.
32 Madonna (Madonna Ciccone) Madonna (Madonna Ciccone) Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.
33 Geddy Lee (Gary Weinrib) Geddy Lee (Gary Weinrib) Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.
34 Del Shannon (Charles Westover)
35 Lou Christie (Lugee Sacco)
36 Al Kooper (Alan Kuperschmidt)
37 Marty Balin (Martyn Buchwald)
38 Norah Jones (Geetali Shankar) Norah Jones (Geetali Shankar) Norah Jones is an American singer, songwriter, pianist & actress. She won several awards and sold more than 45 million records worldwide. Billboard named her as the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 years.
39 John Denver (Henry Deutschendorf, Jr.)
40 Donna Summer (LaDonna Gaines) Donna Summer (LaDonna Gaines) LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by her stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter.
41 Chaka Khan (Yvette Stevens) Chaka Khan (Yvette Stevens) Chaka Khan is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus.
42 Jackson Browne (Clyde Browne III) Jackson Browne (Clyde Browne III) Clyde Jackson Browne is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 18 million albums in the United States.
43 Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus, Jr.) Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus, Jr.) Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., (born, October 20, 1971) known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and television personality from Long Beach, California.
44 Fiona Apple (Fiona McAfee-Maggart)
45 Jewel (Jewel Kilcher) Jewel (Jewel Kilcher)
46 Lonnie Mack (Lon McIntosh) Lonnie Mack (Lon McIntosh) Lonnie McIntosh, better known by his stage name Lonnie Mack, was an American Texas-blues guitarist who had influenced the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan. He died on April 21, 2016.
47 Prince (Prince Nelson) Prince (Prince Nelson) Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .
48 Billy Paul (Paul Williams)
49 Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart)
50 Jerry Jeff Walker (Ronald Crosby)
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Top Remixes

1. Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman)
2. Steven Tyler (Steven Tallarico)
3. Alvin Stardust (Bernard Jewry)
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1. Bruno Mars (Peter Gene Hernandez)
2. The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye)
3. Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta)
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