Music is one of the most widely consumed forms of entertainment for people from all around the world. Since English has become an international language, English songs have gained extensive popularity in other countries as well. As a result, talented American singers have become world stars, with their hits charting everywhere and stadium world tours being sold out in the blink of an eye.
Even so, popularity comes and goes, with one-hit wonders making headlines for a couple of months and then chasing the high for the rest of their career with mixed results. Not to worry – that’s not the case for the talented men populating our list. These artists have enjoyed the spotlight for years and continue to come out with quality albums that are streamed and bought everywhere. If you’re not familiar with them yet, now’s the perfect time to give them a listed. Without further ado, here are the most popular male singers in 2019, in no specific order.
11. Shawn Mendes
With only three albums released so far, Shawn Mendes is already making waves on the international pop scene, thanks to his growing fanbase and incredible talent. Mendes was born in Canada and released his debut studio album Handwritten in 2015, with single Stitches topping the charts. His big break, however, came after Treat You Better, which was included on the artist’s second material, Illuminate and became a worldwide hit.
His self-titled third studio album dropped in 2018, earning him even more accolades. In 2019, Mendes’ collaboration with Camila Cabello, Señorita, reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as in thirty-five other countries. We’re betting he’ll reach even more impressive milestones in the near future.
10. Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is a British songwriter and singer who was brought up in Framlingham, Suffolk and didn’t even finish high school, dropping out at the ripe age of sixteen. He moved to London in order to pursue his musical dreams, which turned out to be a risk worth taking. Sheeran caught his big musical break in 2012, when he was featured on Taylor Swift’s album Red and his single A Team started to gain some traction.
In 2014, Sheeran’s album X hit number 1 in both the United States and the UK. His third album, ÷ (Divide), was released in 2017 to great worldwide success, with No.6 Collaborations Project following in 2019. All in all, Sheeran is one of the world’s best-selling music artists. We guarantee he won’t disappear from the charts anytime soon.
9. Kanye West
Born in 1977, Kanye West is a brilliant, yet slightly controversial American rapper. Additionally, he has also worked as a director, painter, and fashion designer, among many other endeavors. West showed his artistic side from an early age, kicking off his rapping career when he was in third grade. He always manages to make headlines, whether it’s because of his quality albums or bizarre statements.
Backing up to his earlier career, it was 2001 when West caught the public’s attention as a producer on The Blueprint by Jay Z. Since then, his career went on an upward spiral, with popular albums including My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus, and, more recently, Ye.
Born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, Eminem is one of the most influential rappers of all time. Plus, he also worked as an actor, songwriter, and producer. Born in 1972 and discovering his rapping talent from an early age, Eminem debuted with album Infinite in 1996, kicking off a lucrative career. Nevertheless, it was actually his second material, The Slim Shady LP, that gained him wide popularity in the United States.
His musical abilities help him thrive today, as he continues to live out his passion. More recently, Eminem released Revival in 2017 and Kamikaze in 2018. If you want to learn more about him, you should check out the movie 8 Mile, where he plays a semi-fictionalized version of himself.
Pitbull is the stage name of famous rapper Armando Christian Pérez. He started his singing career in early 2000, but the big turning point came years later, when Give Me Everything became his first US number one single in the US. Once the public finally noticed him, though, international fame was a given.
The artist has been featured numerous popular songs as the years went by, with his resume including collaborations with Jennifer Lopez, Kesha, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Jon, and more. He was also selected in 2014 to write and sing the official World Cup Song, We Are One. Needless to say, his addictive beats make him incredibly popular.
A few years ago, Drake was only known in small circles due to his role on Canadian series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Things changed for the better when he kicked off a musical career, impressing the audience with catchy tunes and memorable lyrics.
Born in 1986, Drake can sing, act, rap, and write his own music – which he has done for years. His debut mixtape, Room for Improvement, was received well. In 2009, Drake signed to Young Money Entertainment and dropped his first studio album Thank Me Later, to great success. Not only that, but the artist has been featured on hits signed by household names like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, further advancing his career.
Drake’s fifth album Scorpion came out in 2018 and debuted atop the US Billboard 200, performing well from a commercial standpoint.
5. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber was discovered when he was only 13 years old and released his first EP in 2009. Ever since, he has become a teen heartthrob with a successful career under his belt and plenty of platinum discs to support his talent.
His debut studio album, My World 2.0, reached number one in several countries, was certified triple Platinum in the US, and featured Baby, which is to this day one of Bieber’s most beloved hits. Other popular tunes include What Do You Mean?, Sorry, and Love Yourself. Bieber is also the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views on Vevo.
4. Adam Levine
Adam Levine was born in 1979 and is not only a singer, but an actor, songwriter, and judge/coach on the popular television show The Voice, where he helps wannabe singers learn what it takes to become a household name. Levine is the lead vocalist for the group Maroon 5, which he co-founded in 1994.
The band was originally Kara’s Flowers, but only gained international success following the release of their first album, Songs About Jane, in 2002. While Maroon 5’s hits include Payphone, Moves Like Jagger, and Girls Like You, Levine has also been featured solo on the popular hit Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes. Furthermore, he collaborated on tunes with The Lonely Island, R. City, and 50Cent, among others.
3. Justin Timberlake
Born in 1981, Justin Timberlake is showing no signs of slowing down. His talent continues to shine brightly, with Timberlake enjoying widespread success both as a musician and actor.
His career kicked off when he was a small kid, being featured in the TV Series Star Search. However, he gained international acclaim as a lead vocalist for the N’SYNC boy band. He then embarked on a solo career, which proved to be a fruitful endeavor.
Timberlake’s top-charting albums include Justified, FutureSex/LoveSounds, The 20/20 Experience, and Man of the Woods. The pop icon also starred in several movies, most notably Friends with Benefits, The Social Network, and In Time.
Undoubtedly, the world is already familiar with Usher’s incredible talent and amazing voice. Born in 1978, Usher is a dancer, actor, and songwriter who rose to fame in the late ‘90s thanks to his second album, My Way.
Since then, he gained worldwide acclaim thanks to materials like Confessions, Here I Stand, Raymond v. Raymond, Hard II Love, and, more recently, A. Usher also showed his acting chops in movies Light It Up, She’s All That, Incredibles 2, and the upcoming Hustlers.
1. Bruno Mars
Peter Gene Hernandez is the real name behind the Bruno Mars we all know and love. An American singer, songwriter, record producer, and choreographer, Bruno Mars is known for his slick dance moves, funky beats, and upbeat lyrics.
Just the Way You Are, Billionaire, Uptown Funk, and When I Was Your Man are some of the most popular tunes Mars ever released, earning him a spot among the most popular male singers of all time. Not only that, but the artist is constantly listed among the most influential celebrities, proving that his fanbase is as loyal and dedicated as any star could hope.