Find out what the best male singers of all time have that others don’t. Apart from their amazing vocals, these artists have the exceptional factor that separates them from the rest. Take a look at their individual stories and be inspired to take your music to greater heights like they did.
What Do These Best Male Singers of All Time Have in Common?
You’ll Be Amazed at What These Seven Artists Have Alike Aside From Their Fame
The best singers of all time come from different genres and have totally different sounds and styles, but they do have some things in common aside from their amazing voices. These male vocalists transcend generations, rise above disabilities, break boundaries and even challenge status quo. They like to march to the beat of their own drums making them not just music legends but cultural icons.
In no particular order, here are my top picks.
Freddie Mercury (1946 – 1991)
He was the main man of probably the best rock band of all time – Queen. He could belt out high octave pop rock anthems and get the audience into a crazy spirit, yet he could also silence the crowd and bring them to tears with his heartfelt rock ballads.
A flamboyant performer who’s known for his hand movements and intense vocal dynamics; Freddie wasn’t afraid to be different. Clearly, his songs and his voice remain unrivaled up to now making him one of the best male singers of all time.
Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, Love of My Life
Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977)
Hailed as “The King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley was not only one of the best male singers of all time but also a very important cultural icon of his era. He was Rock and Roll personified and has made popular countless songs, making him the best-selling solo artist to date.
Greatest Hits: Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Love Me Tender, Can’t Help Falling, Heartbreak Hotel
Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009)
When you inspire other artists to greatness, that’s reason enough to be hailed best of the best; that’s Michael Jackson. Take Usher and Justin Timberlake as some of today’s famous artists who’ve been vocal about how Jackson has played a huge role in their career. He is the “King of Pop” and holds the all-time bestselling album record for Thriller.
A revolutionary in the pop music genre, he’s the first black artist to be featured on MTV for his music video of Billy Jean. Whatever racial issues or barrier was present in the music industry during that has ended with Jackson.
Greatest Hits: Thriller, Billy Jean, Beat It, Heal the World, Man in The Mirror
John Lennon (1940 – 1980)
John Lennon’s rise to fame may have come from being part of the most popular band of all time – The Beatles. But even after they disbanded, Lennon’s simple yet distinct voice, paired with his masterful songwriting, is what landed him a place among the best male singers of all time.
He is proof that you don’t always need a big voice to be heard, you just need a strong message, and that’s what separated him from the rest.
Greatest Hits: Imagine, Stand By Me, Woman, Jealous Guy
Andrea Bocelli (1958 – present)
Andrea Bocelli made many people across the globe appreciate Opera and classical music. For him it’s not so much about the wild moves or gimmicks. His voice alone is enough to bring the house down. His album, Sacred Arias, is known to be the biggest selling classical crossover album of all time by a solo artist. He even made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for owning the top three places on the Classical Albums category (US) all at the same time.
Greatest Hits: The Prayer, Vivo Per Lei, Time to Say Goodbye, Ave Maria
Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998)
Frank Sinatra is one of the most influential singers of the 20th century with his sleek fashion and “devil may care” attitude, to his timeless vocal prowess that has shaped many of the musicians of today. His contribution to swing and jazz culture remain unprecedented. He’s not dubbed as “The Voice” for no reason. He’s also one of the few singers who put equal importance to how clearly the lyrics is heard and understood. He recognized that music is not just about the music but the message. He definitely is one of the best male singers of all time.
Greatest Hits: For Once In My Life, Fly Me To The Moon, My Way, The Way You Look Tonight
Stevie Wonder (1950 – present)
Aside from being an incredible singer, Stevie Wonder is a multi-instrumentalist despite his blindness. When he performs, his voice pierces right through the audience’s emotion. He has great influence in the RnB and Motown culture. He holds the record for the most Grammy awards by a solo artist, 25 to be exact.
Rolling Stone hailed him as the 9th greatest singer of all time in 2009, out of 100.
Greatest Hits: I Just Called To Say I Love You, Superstition, Lately, Isn’t She Lovely, Part Time Lover
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There may be varying standards on how to determine the best male singers of all time. But one thing we could learn from these singing legends; they don’t just follow what’s out there. They’re innovators who were not afraid to be different, and that’s exactly what separates them from the crowd.
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