The tenor is a type of male singing voice and is the highest male voice within the modal register. The typical tenor voice lies between C3, the C one octave below middle C, to the high C (C5). The low extreme for tenors is roughly A2 (two octaves below middle C). At the highest extreme, some tenors can sing up to F one octave above middle C (F5).
The term tenor was developed in relation to classical and operatic voices, where the classification is based not merely on the singer's vocal range but also on the tessitura and timbre of the voice. For classical and operatic singers, their voice type determines the roles they will sing and is a primary method of categorization. In non-classical music, singers are primarily defined by their genre and their gender and not by their vocal range.When the terms soprano , mezzo-soprano , contralto , tenor, baritone , and bass are used as descriptors of non-classical voices, they are applied more loosely than they would be to those of classical singers and generally refer only to the singer's perceived vocal range.
The following is a list of singers in various music genres and styles (most of which can be found on the List of popular music genres)who have been described as tenors. Additionally, if the singer is known for being a member of a band, they are listed with the band's name.
|Olly Alexander||1990–||English||Years & Years|
|Rance Allen||1948–||American||The Rance Allen Group|
|Ted Ansani||American||Material Issue|
|Billie Joe Armstrong||1972–||American|
|Dan Auerbach||1979–||American||The Black Keys|
|Byun Baek-hyun||1992–||South Korean|
|Philip Bailey||1951–||American||Earth, Wind and Fire|
|Marty Balin||1942–2018||American||Jefferson Airplane|
|Ron Banks||1951–2010||American||The Dramatics|
|Bizzy Bone||1976–||American||Bone Thugs-n-Harmony|
|Jon Bon Jovi||1962–||American||Bon Jovi|
|Joe Bonsall||1948–||American||The Oak Ridge Boys|
|Gene Bricker||1938–1983||American||The Marcels|
|Lindsey Buckingham||1949–||American||Fleetwood Mac|
|Jeff Buckley||1966–1997||American||Gods and Monsters|
|Urs Bühler||1971–||Swiss||Il Divo|
|Solomon Burke||1936 or 1940 –2010||American|
|David Byrne||1952–||Scottish-American||Talking Heads|
|Tevin Campbell||1976– or 1978–||American|
|Javier Colon||1978–||American||The Derek Trucks Band|
|Billy Corgan||1967–||American||The Smashing Pumpkins|
|Kevin Cronin||1951–||American||REO Speedwagon|
|John Denver||1943–1997||American||The John Denver Band|
|Ronnie James Dio||1942–2010||American|
|Dennis Edwards||1943–2018||American||The Temptations|
|Phil Everly||1939–2014||American||The Everly Brothers|
|Neil Finn||1958–||New Zealander|
|Charlie Fink||1986–||English||Noah and the Whale|
|Brandon Flowers||1981–||American||The Killers|
|Caleb Followill||1982–||American||Kings of Leon|
|Art Garfunkel||1941–||American||Simon & Garfunkel|
|Boy George||1961–||English||Culture Club|
|Robin Gibb||1949–2012||English||Bee Gees|
|Corey Glover||1964–||American||Living Colour|
|Martin Gore||1961–||English||Depeche Mode|
|Cee Lo Green||1974– or 1975–||American|
|Daryl Hall||1946–||American||Hall & Oates|
|Larnelle Harris||1947–||American||Gaither Vocal Band|
|George Harrison [ dubious ]||1943–2001||English|
|Harry Hastilow||British||Out of the Blue|
|Bobby Hatfield||1940–2003||American||The Righteous Brothers|
|Colin Hay||1953–||Scottish-Australian||Men at Work|
|Darren Hayes||1972–||Australian||Savage Garden|
|Dexter Holland||1965–||American||The Offspring|
|Mark Hollis||1955–2019||English||Talk Talk|
|Ronald Isley||1941–||American||The Isley Brothers|
|Iyaz||1987–||British Virgin Islander|
|Sébastien Izambard||1973–||French||Il Divo|
|Michael Jackson||1958–2009||American||Jackson 5|
|Michael Jagmin||1985–||American||A Skylit Drive|
|Roydel Johnson||1943–||Jamaican||The Congos|
|Tyler Joseph||1988–||American||Twenty One Pilots|
|R. Kelly||1967–||American||Public Announcement|
|Eddie Kendricks||1939–1992||American||The Temptations|
|Joshua "Joe" Keogh||British||Amber Run|
|Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan||1948–1997||Pakistani|
|Rahat Fateh Ali Khan||1974–||Pakistani|
|Josh Klinghoffer||1979–||American||Red Hot Chili Peppers|
|James LaBrie||1963–||Canadian||Dream Theater|
|Nick Lachey||1973–||American||98 Degrees|
|Adam Lambert||1982–||American||Queen + Adam Lambert|
|Simon Le Bon||1958–||British|
|Swae Lee||1995–||American||Rae Sremmurd|
|Adam Levine||1979–||American||Maroon 5|
|Gary LeVox||1970–||American||Rascal Flatts|
|Meat Loaf||1947–||American||Neverland Express|
|Billy Mackenzie||1957–1997||Scottish||The Associates|
|Zayn Malik||1993–||English||One Direction|
|Mitch Margo||1947–2017||American||The Tokens|
|Bob Marley||1945–1981||Jamaican||Bob Marley and the Wailers|
|Bruno Mars||1985–||American||The Smeezingtons|
|Ricky Martin||1971–||Puerto Rican||Menudo|
|Brian McKnight||1969– or 1970–||American|
|David Miller||1973–||American||Il Divo|
|Steve Miller||1943–||American||Steve Miller Band|
|Shay Mooney||1991–||American||Dan + Shay|
|Wanya Morris||1973–||American||Boyz II Men|
|Ronald "Bingo" Mundy||1940–2017||American||The Marcels|
|Rory Naylor||British||Out of the Blue|
|Ne-Yo||1979– or 1982–||American|
|Vince Neil||1961–||American||Mötley Crüe|
|Nikolai Noskov||1956–||Russian||Gorky Park|
|Ric Ocasek||1944–2019 or 1949–2019||American||The Cars|
|Leslie Odom Jr.||1981–||American|
|Roy Orbison||1936–1988||American||Traveling Wilburys|
|Benjamin Orr||1947–2000||American||The Cars|
|Kevin Parker||1986–||Australian||Tame Impala|
|Alan Paul||1949–||American||The Manhattan Transfer|
|Tom Petty||1950–2017||American||Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers|
|David Phelps||1969–||American||Gaither Vocal Band|
|Tom Pigram||British||Out of the Blue|
|Gerry Polci||1954–||American||The Four Seasons|
|Gary Puckett||1942–||American||Gary Puckett & The Union Gap|
|Kellin Quinn||1984–||American||Sleeping with Sirens|
|Little Richard||1932– or 1935–||American|
|Tyson Ritter||1984–||American||The All-American Rejects|
|Smokey Robinson||1940–||American||The Miracles|
|Timothy B. Schmit||1947–||American|
|Charlie Shan||British||Out of the Blue|
|Grant Maloy Smith||1957–||American|
|Paul Smith||1979–||English||Maxïmo Park|
|J. D. Souther||1945–||American|
|Toby Steel||British||Out of the Blue|
|Shawn Stockman||1972–||American||Boyz II Men|
|Patrick Stump||1984–||American||Fall Out Boy|
|Kim Tae-woo||1981–||South Korean||g.o.d|
|Pete Townshend||1945–||English||The Who|
|Ralph Tresvant||1968–||American||New Edition|
|Keith Urban||1967–||New Zealand-Australian||The Ranch|
|Brendon Urie||1987–||American||Panic! at the Disco|
|Frankie Valli||1934–||American||The Four Seasons|
|Gerard Way||1977–||American||My Chemical Romance|
|Maurice White||1941–2016||American||Earth, Wind and Fire|
|Andy Williams||1927–2012||American||The Williams Brothers|
|John Gary Williams||1945 or 1946–2019||American||The Mad Lads|
|Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson||1943–1970||American||Canned Heat|
|Jackie Wilson||1934-1984||American||Billy Ward and his Dominoes|
|Robin Zander||1953–||American||Cheap Trick|
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Soft Cell AND tenor.
U2 AND tenor.
sam cooke AND tenor.