2 Jackie Evancho(Singer)
Jackie Evancho is an American singer who achieved popularity at the age of ten when she finished second in the fifth season of the popular talent show, America's Got Talent. Subsequently, she became the youngest solo artist to release a platinum-certified album in the US. She is also the youngest person to give a solo concert at New York City's Lincoln Center.
3 Monali Thakur(Singer)
National Award- and Filmfare-winning singer Monali Thakur is best known for her hit tracks such as Moh Moh Ke Dhaage and Sawaar Loon. She first gained fame with Indian Idol 2 and later also acted in movies such as Lakshmi. She later secretly married a Swiss restaurateur she met on a trip.
4 M. S. Subbulakshmi(Carnatic Musician)
M.S. Subbulakshmi was an Indian singer. Dubbed the Queen of Music, Subbulakshmi was the leading exponent of Carnatic music. In 1966, she became the first Indian to perform in UN General Assembly. In 1974, she became the first Indian musician to be awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award. In 1998, Subbulakshmi became the first musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna.
5 Dimash Kudaibergen(Singer)
6 Noor Jehan(Singer and Actress)
Noor Jehan was a Pakistani actress and playback singer. In a career spanning over 60 years, she is estimated to have sung around 20,000 songs. One of the most important Pakistani singers of all time, Noor Jehan is also widely regarded as one of the most influential and greatest South Asian singers of all time.
7 Adnan Sami(First Musician to Have Played the Santoor and Indian Classical Music on the Piano)
Adnan Sami is an Indian musician, singer, pianist, and music composer. Best known for his skills as a piano player, Sami was named the world's fastest keyboard player by Keyboard magazine. He is also widely regarded as the first person to have played Indian classical music on the piano. In 2020, he was awarded India's fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri.
8 Bhimsen Joshi(Hindustani Classical Vocalist)
Bhimsen Joshi was an Indian vocalist best known for recording devotional songs. Widely regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of all time, Bhimsen Joshi was the first Indian musician whose concerts were promoted through posters in New York City, New York. Over the course of his career, Joshi received prestigious honors, such as the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.
9 Amira Willighagen(Singer)
10 Sadhana Sargam(Playback singer who got immense popularity after her song 'Saat Samundar Paar' in the film Vishwatma)
Sadhana Sargam is an Indian playback singer best known for recording nearly 15,000 songs in 34 Indian languages. In 2002, Sadhana Sargam became the first non-South Indian singer to receive the National Award for a song composed by a South Indian. She has also won other prestigious awards like Maharashtra State Film Awards, Lata Mangeshkar Award, and Gujarath State Film Award.
11 Kathleen Ferrier(Singer)
13 Dolores Gray(Actress)
14 Sibel Can(Singer)
15 Kumar Gandharva(Hindustani classical singer)
Kumar Gandharva was an Indian singer best remembered for his unique vocal style. In spite of fighting a personal battle in the late 40s, Gandharva went on to become one of the finest classical singers of his generation. In 1990, Kumar Gandharva was honored with India's second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.
16 Zeki Müren(Singer)
18 Mohammed Abdel Wahab(Singer)
19 Nexhmije Pagarusha(Vocalist)
20 Sílvia Pérez Cruz(Singer)
21 Dorival Caymmi(Singer-Songwriter)
Dorival Caymmi was a Brazilian singer-songwriter. He played a major role in the birth of Brazil's bossa nova movement. He gained much fame for his ballads celebrating the fishermen and women of Bahia. In an extensive career spanning more than 70 years, he composed around 100 songs and influenced Brazil's image in the eyes of both Brazilians and foreigners.
22 Victor Rathnayake(Singer)
24 Georg Ots(Singer)
25 Abdul Rahim Sarban(Singer)
26 Gangubai Hangal(Singer)
Gangubai Hangal was an Indian singer best remembered for her powerful and deep voice. Since Hangal's mother's family was regarded as people belonging to low social status, Gangubai Hangal had to fight against this prejudice to become one of the most revered female Hindustani classical singers of her generation. In 1996, she was honored with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship.
27 Nawal El Kuwaitia(Singer)
28 Mohammad Hussain Sarahang(Singer)
29 Muazzez Ersoy(Singer)
30 Hakan Altun(Singer)
31 Iqbal Bano(Singer)
32 Âşık Veysel(Writer, Singer)
33 Olavi Virta(Singer)
34 Gulden Karabocek(Musician)
35 Siobhan Owen(Soprano)
36 Anne Queffélec(French classical pianist)
37 Hamlet Gonashvili(Singer)
38 Zeynab Khanlarova(Singer)
39 Ruth Fernández(Contralto)
Greek poet and musician from Lesbos, Terpander was best known for his songs accompanied by his music on the kithara, or cithara, a forerunner of the modern guitar. He also won a music competition at the Sparta Olympiad. He is also regarded as the pioneer of Greek classical music and lyric poetry.
41 Evelyn Lear(Operatic Soprano)
42 Tanja Carovska(Singer)
43 Shobha Gurtu(Singer)
Shobha Gurtu was an Indian singer best known for her fame achieved by sticking to light Hindustani classical style, although she had indistinguishable control over pure classical style. Dubbed the Thumri Queen, Shobha Gurtu went on to win prestigious awards like Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Bhushan, and Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar.