The Most Famous

SINGERS from Argentina

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This page contains a list of the greatest Argentinean Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,541 Singers, 18 of which were born in Argentina. This makes Argentina the birth place of the 37th most number of Singers behind Serbia and Greece.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Argentinean Singers of all time. This list of famous Argentinean Singers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Argentinean Singers.

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1. Mercedes Sosa (1935 - 2009)

With an HPI of 73.33, Mercedes Sosa is the most famous Argentinean Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 46 different languages on wikipedia.

Haydée Mercedes Sosa (Spanish pronunciation: [meɾˈseðes ˈsosa]; 9 July 1935 – 4 October 2009), sometimes known as La Negra (literally: 'The Black One'), was an Argentine singer who was popular throughout Latin America and many countries outside the region. With her roots in Argentine folk music, Sosa became one of the preeminent exponents of La nueva canción. She gave voice to songs written by many Latin American songwriters. Her music made people hail her as the "voice of the voiceless ones".Sosa performed in venues such as the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Théâtre Mogador in Paris and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, as well as sell-out shows in New York's Carnegie Hall and the Roman Colosseum during her final decade of life. Her career spanned four decades and she was the recipient of six Latin Grammy awards (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011), including a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and two posthumous Latin Grammy Award for Best Folk Album in 2009 and 2011. She won the Premio Gardel in 2000, the main musical award in Argentina. She served as an ambassador for UNICEF.

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2. Atahualpa Yupanqui (1908 - 1992)

With an HPI of 66.84, Atahualpa Yupanqui is the 2nd most famous Argentinean Singer.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Atahualpa Yupanqui (Spanish pronunciation: [ataˈwalpa ʃuˈpaŋki]; born Héctor Roberto Chavero Aramburu; 31 January 1908 – 23 May 1992) was an Argentine singer, songwriter, guitarist, and writer. He is considered the most important Argentine folk musician of the 20th century.

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3. Facundo Cabral (1937 - 2011)

With an HPI of 66.24, Facundo Cabral is the 3rd most famous Argentinean Singer.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Facundo Cabral (May 22, 1937 – July 9, 2011) was an Argentine singer, songwriter and philosopher. He was best known as the composer of "No soy de aquí ni soy de allá" ("I'm not from here nor there"), which he improvised during one of his concerts. His songs have been covered by Spanish language interpreters such as Alberto Cortez, who was also a friend of his, Juan Luis Guerra and Joan Manuel Serrat. Cabral protested military dictatorships in Latin America through activism and song from the 1970s onward, and his music combined mysticism and spirituality with calls for social justice.After touring the world, Cabral enjoyed popularity in his home country during the early 1980s, when Argentine radio demanded local content after the Falklands War. He became a very popular singer throughout Latin America. Facundo Cabral was named a UNESCO Messenger of Peace in 1996.

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4. Sandro de América (1945 - 2010)

With an HPI of 60.90, Sandro de América is the 4th most famous Argentinean Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Roberto Sánchez-Ocampo (August 19, 1945 – January 4, 2010), better known by his stage names Sandro or Sandro de América, was an Argentine singer and actor. He is considered a pioneer of Argentine rock for being one of the first rock artists to sing in Spanish in Latin America. He edited 52 official records and sold eight million copies although other sources state that he sold over 22 million. Some of his most successful songs are "Dame fuego", "Rosa, Rosa", "Quiero llenarme de ti", "Penumbras", "Porque yo te amo", "Así", "Mi amigo el Puma", "Tengo", "Trigal", and "Una muchacha y una guitarra". The single "Rosa, Rosa" sold two million copies, being his most recognizable and famous song. Another of his hits, "Tengo" was given 15th place among the 100 best Argentine rock songs by both MTV and Rolling Stone magazine. Sandro was also the first Latin American artist to sing at the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden. In 2005, Sandro was awarded a Latin Grammy honoring his career.

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5. Luis Alberto Spinetta (1950 - 2012)

With an HPI of 60.45, Luis Alberto Spinetta is the 5th most famous Argentinean Singer.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Luis Alberto Spinetta (23 January 1950 – 8 February 2012), nicknamed "El Flaco" (Spanish for "the skinny [one]"), was an Argentine singer, guitarist, composer and poet. One of the most influential rock musicians of Argentina, he is regarded as one of the founders of Argentine rock, considered the first incarnation of Spanish-language rock. Born in Buenos Aires in the residential neighbourhood of Belgrano, he was the founder of iconic rock bands including Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, Invisible, Spinetta Jade, and Spinetta y Los Socios del Desierto. Spinetta devoted himself fully to his own music. In his lyrics, there are influences of multiple writers, poets and artists like Arthur Rimbaud, Vincent van Gogh, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Carlos Castaneda and Antonin Artaud, who has his name in the album Artaud.In December 2011 he announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. He died on 8 February 2012 at the age of 62. His ashes were scattered in Buenos Aires in the waters of the Río de la Plata, according to his last wish.

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6. Ricardo Montaner (1957 - )

With an HPI of 59.89, Ricardo Montaner is the 6th most famous Argentinean Singer.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Héctor Eduardo Reglero Montaner (born September 8, 1956), better known as Ricardo Montaner (Spanish pronunciation: [riˈkaɾðo montaˈneɾ]), is an Argentine-Venezuelan singer and songwriter. Since starting his career in the late 1970s, he has already released more than 24 albums, and many successful singles. He has sold an estimated sales of 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists.

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7. Roberto Goyeneche (1926 - 1994)

With an HPI of 58.96, Roberto Goyeneche is the 7th most famous Argentinean Singer.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Roberto Goyeneche (January 29, 1926 in Saavedra, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires – August 27, 1994 in Buenos Aires) was an Argentine tango singer of Basque descent, who epitomized the archetype of 1950s Buenos Aires' bohemian life, and became a living legend in the local music scene.He was known as El Polaco ("the Pole") due to his blond hair, and thinness, like the Polish immigrants of the time. He is identified with the neighborhood of Saavedra, where he grew up.

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8. Gilda (1961 - 1996)

With an HPI of 56.25, Gilda is the 8th most famous Argentinean Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Miriam Alejandra Bianchi (11 October 1961 – 7 September 1996), known by her stage name Gilda (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈʃil.da]) was an Argentine cumbia singer and songwriter.

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9. León Gieco (1951 - )

With an HPI of 55.79, León Gieco is the 9th most famous Argentinean Singer.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Raúl Alberto Antonio Gieco, better known as León Gieco (born on November 20, 1951 in Cañada Rosquín, Argentina) is an Argentine folk rock performer, composer and interpreter. He is known for mixing popular folkloric genres with Argentinian rock and roll, and lyrics with social and political connotations. This has led to him being called "The Argentine Bob Dylan".

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10. Andrés Calamaro (1961 - )

With an HPI of 54.76, Andrés Calamaro is the 10th most famous Argentinean Singer.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Andrés Calamaro (Andrés Calamaro Massel, August 22, 1961), is an Argentine musician, composer and Latin Grammy winner. His former band Los Rodríguez was a major success in Spain and throughout Latin America mainly during the 1990s. He is multi-instrumentalist and became one of the main icons of Argentine rock, selling over 1.3 million records to date.

Pantheon has 18 people classified as singers born between 1908 and 2000. Of these 18, 11 (61.11%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Ricardo Montaner, León Gieco, and Andrés Calamaro. The most famous deceased singers include Mercedes Sosa, Atahualpa Yupanqui, and Facundo Cabral. As of October 2020, 5 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Ricardo Montaner, Marcelo Álvarez, and Paulo Londra.

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Deceased Singers

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Newly Added Singers (2020)

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Which Singers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 7 most globally memorable Singers since 1700.