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The Most Famous

SINGERS from Austria

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This page contains a list of the greatest Austrian Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,528 Singers, 32 of which were born in Austria. This makes Austria the birth place of the 25th most number of Singers behind Croatia and Brazil.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Austrian Singers of all time. This list of famous Austrian 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 Austrian Singers.

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1. Mercédès Jellinek (1889 - 1929)

With an HPI of 62.77, Mercédès Jellinek is the most famous Austrian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 23 different languages on wikipedia.

Mercédès Adrienne Ramona Manuela Jellinek (16 September 1889 – 23 February 1929) was the daughter of Austrian automobile entrepreneur Emil Jellinek and his first wife Rachel Goggmann Cenrobert. She was born in Vienna. She is best known for her father having Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft's line of Mercedes cars named after her, beginning with the Mercedes 35 hp model of 1901.In addition, her father hung a large picture of her at the 1902 Paris Automobile exhibition. He even legally changed his name to Jellinek-Mercedes in 1903 after Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft registered Mercedes as a trademark in 1902. Mercedes is a Spanish female name meaning mercies (Spanish: merced f sg, "mercy", mercedes f pl, "mercies").

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2. Falco (1957 - 1998)

With an HPI of 61.47, Falco is the 2nd most famous Austrian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 45 different languages.

Johann "Hans" Hölzel (German: [ˈjoːhan hans ˈhœltsl̩]; 19 February 1957 – 6 February 1998), better known by his stage name Falco, was an Austrian singer and musician. He had several international hits including "Der Kommissar" (1981), "Rock Me Amadeus", "Vienna Calling", "Jeanny", "The Sound of Musik", "Coming Home (Jeanny Part II, One Year Later)", and posthumously "Out of the Dark". "Rock Me Amadeus" reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1986, making Falco the only artist in history to score a number-one hit with a German language song in the United States. According to his estate, he has sold 20 million albums and 40 million singles, which makes him the best-selling Austrian singer of all time. Also notable was his very early creation of a successful non-English language rap music song (Der Kommissar), recorded in December 1981.

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3. Udo Jürgens (1934 - 2014)

With an HPI of 60.53, Udo Jürgens is the 3rd most famous Austrian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 51 different languages.

Jürgen Udo Bockelmann (30 September 1934 – 21 December 2014), better known as Udo Jürgens, was an Austrian-born composer and singer of popular music whose career spanned over 50 years. He won the Eurovision Song Contest 1966 for Austria, composed close to 1,000 songs, and sold over 104 million records. In 2007, he additionally obtained Swiss citizenship. In 2010, he legally changed his name to Udo Jürgens Bockelmann. He is credited with broadening German-language pop music beyond the traditional post-war "Schlager" (hit song) in the 1950s by infusing it with a modern pop appeal and French chanson style. His compositions and arrangements attracted fans of all ages, and he continued to fill venues in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland until his death at age 80.

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4. Freddy Quinn (1931 - )

With an HPI of 55.23, Freddy Quinn is the 4th most famous Austrian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Freddy Quinn (born Franz Eugen Helmut Manfred Nidl; 27 September 1931) is an Austrian singer and actor whose popularity in the German-speaking world soared in the late 1950s and 1960s. As Hans Albers had done two generations before him, Quinn adopted the persona of the rootless wanderer who goes to sea but longs for a home, family and friends. Quinn's Irish family name comes from his Irish-born salesman father, Johann Quinn. His mother, Edith Henriette Nidl, was an Austrian journalist. He is often associated with the Schlager scene.

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5. Solomiya Krushelnytska (1872 - 1952)

With an HPI of 55.16, Solomiya Krushelnytska is the 5th most famous Austrian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Solomiya Amvrosiivna Krushelnytska (Ukrainian: Соломія Амвро́сіївна Крушельницька; September 23 (O.S. September 11), 1872 — November 16, 1952) was a Ukrainian lyric-dramatic soprano, considered to be one of the brightest opera stars of the first half of the 20th century.During her life, Krushelnytska was recognized as the most outstanding singer in the world. Among her numerous awards and distinctions, in particular, the title of "Wagner's diva" of the 20th century. Singing with her on the same stage was considered an honor for Enrico Caruso, Titta Ruffo, Fedor Chaliapin. Italian composer Giacomo Puccini presented the singer with his portrait with the inscription "The most beautiful and charming Butterfly". In the modern Ukrainian tradition, she is included in the list of most famous women of ancient and modern Ukraine.

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6. Marianna Martines (1744 - 1812)

With an HPI of 54.18, Marianna Martines is the 6th most famous Austrian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Marianna Martines, also Marianne von Martinez (4 May 1744 – 13 December 1812), was a composer, pianist, and singer of the classical period, based in Vienna, Austria who knew Mozart and Haydn.

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7. Conchita Wurst (1988 - )

With an HPI of 54.02, Conchita Wurst is the 7th most famous Austrian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 77 different languages.

Thomas Neuwirth (born 6 November 1988) is an Austrian singer and drag queen who is known for his stage persona Conchita Wurst (or simply Conchita). Neuwirth came to international attention after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 as Austria's entrant with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix". Neuwirth has stated that he is not a trans woman. He is gay, and has also described himself as a drag queen.Born in Gmunden, Neuwirth moved to Graz to do his matura exam with a focus on fashion, before embarking on a singing career through the 2007 casting show Starmania. He subsequently became a founding member of the short-lived boy band Jetzt Anders!. In 2011, Neuwirth began appearing as Conchita—a female character noted for her beard—and came second in the Austrian pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Two years later, Neuwirth was selected to represent Austria as Conchita at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Conchita's performance received the most points and resulted in her winning the contest. It brought international attention to Conchita and established Neuwirth as a gay icon, resulting in invitations to perform at various pride parades, the European Parliament, and the United Nations Office in Vienna.

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8. Walter Berry (1929 - 2000)

With an HPI of 50.19, Walter Berry is the 8th most famous Austrian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Walter Berry (8 April 1929 – 27 October 2000) was an Austrian lyric bass-baritone who enjoyed a prominent career in opera. He has been cited as one of several exemplary operatic bass-baritones of his era.

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9. Johann Michael Vogl (1768 - 1840)

With an HPI of 49.78, Johann Michael Vogl is the 9th most famous Austrian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Johann Michael Vogl (August 10, 1768 – November 19, 1840), was an Austrian baritone singer and composer. Though famous in his day, he is remembered mainly for his close professional relationship and friendship with composer Franz Schubert. Vogl was born in Steyr. As a young man he enrolled at the Gymnasium at Kremsmünster, where he studied languages, philosophy, and sang in several musical productions by his friend Franz Süßmayr (the same man who completed Mozart's Requiem). In 1786 Vogl went to Vienna to study, and later to practice law. In 1795 he debuted at the Vienna Hofoper, and quickly attracted a following for both his acting capability and the beauty of his voice. In 1813, Franz Schubert attended a performance of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride in which Vogl sang the role of Orestes; Schubert never forgot the experience and determined to write for Vogl. The following year, when Vogl sang the role of Pizarro at the premiere of the final version of Beethoven's Fidelio, it is said that the 17-year-old Schubert actually sold his schoolbooks in order to afford a ticket. When composer and singer finally met, in 1817, Vogl was as impressed with the quality of Schubert's music as Schubert was with Vogl's singing. Schubert wrote many of his subsequent songs with Vogl in mind. One of their early successes was an 1821 performance of Erlkönig, prior to its publication and to significant popular acclaim. Rarely in music history has the relationship of a composer and a specific singer been so musically productive. Vogl continued to sing Schubert's music after the death of his friend in 1828, famously singing a complete performance of Winterreise accompanied by the pianist Emanuel Mikschik shortly before his own death on the twelfth anniversary of the death of his friend. He died in Vienna.

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10. Anna von Mildenburg (1872 - 1947)

With an HPI of 47.15, Anna von Mildenburg is the 10th most famous Austrian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Anna Bellschan von Mildenburg (29 November 1872 – 27 January 1947) was an eminent Wagnerian soprano of Austrian nationality. Known as Anna Bahr-Mildenburg after her 1909 marriage, she had been a protégé of the composer/conductor Gustav Mahler during his musical directorship at the Hamburg State Opera. In 1898, Mahler took her to the Vienna State Opera, where she established herself as one of the great stars during his celebrated tenure there as music director.

Pantheon has 32 people classified as singers born between 1744 and 1996. Of these 32, 21 (65.63%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Freddy Quinn, Conchita Wurst, and Hansi Hinterseer. The most famous deceased singers include Mercédès Jellinek, Falco, and Udo Jürgens. As of April 2022, 4 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Johann Michael Vogl, Ferry Graf, and Eleonore Schwarz.

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