The Most Famous

SINGERS from Austria

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This page contains a list of the greatest Austrian Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,541 Singers, 28 of which were born in Austria. This makes Austria the birth place of the 25th most number of Singers behind Finland 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. Falco (1957 - 1998)

With an HPI of 69.86, Falco is the most famous Austrian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 44 different languages on wikipedia.

Johann "Hans" Hölzel (German: [ˈjoːhan ˈhœlt͡sl̩]; 19 February 1957 – 6 February 1998), better known by his stage name Falco, was an Austrian singer and musician. Falco 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 him the only artist in history whose principal language was German, to score a vocal number-one hit 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 of 1981.

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2. Udo Jürgens (1934 - 2014)

With an HPI of 69.80, Udo Jürgens is the 2nd most famous Austrian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 49 different languages.

Udo Jürgens (born Jürgen Udo Bockelmann; 30 September 1934 – 21 December 2014) was an Austrian 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 100 million records. In 2007, he additionally obtained Swiss citizenship.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. Until his death at age 80, he continued to fill venues in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

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3. Mercédès Jellinek (1889 - 1929)

With an HPI of 69.70, Mercédès Jellinek is the 3rd most famous Austrian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Mercédès Adrienne Ramona Manuela Jellinek (September 16, 1889 – February 23, 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. Her name is a Spanish name meaning mercy.Jellinek lived in Vienna, and married twice. She had an elaborate wedding in 1909 in Nice, on the Côte d'Azur, with Baron von Schlosser. The couple lived in Vienna until World War I, which ruined them. They had two children; Elfriede (b. 1912) and Hans-Peter (b. 1916). In 1918, she was begging for food in the streets. A little later, leaving her husband and two children, she married Baron Rudolf von Weigl, a talented, but poor, sculptor. She played music and had a good soprano voice. She never shared her father's passion for automobiles. Jellinek died in Vienna, from bone cancer, in 1929, at the age of 39, and was buried in Vienna in the family grave near her grandfather, the former chief rabbi of Vienna, Adolf Jellinek.In 1926, Daimler merged with Benz & Cie; although the company traded as Daimler-Benz, it gave the name Mercedes-Benz to its cars to preserve the respected Mercedes marque.

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4. Freddy Quinn (1931 - )

With an HPI of 65.35, Freddy Quinn is the 4th most famous Austrian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Freddy Quinn (born Franz Eugen Helmut Manfred Nidl; 27 September 1931, in Niederfladnitz, Austria) 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 65.13, Solomiya Krushelnytska is the 5th most famous Austrian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Solomiya Amvrosiivna Krushelnytska (Ukrainian: Соломія Амвро́сіївна Крушельницька; September 23 [11], 1872 — November 16, 1952) was a Ukrainian soprano, considered to be one of the brightest opera stars of the first half of the 20th century.During her life, Solomiya 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 64.71, Marianna Martines is the 6th most famous Austrian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 16 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 62.74, 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". 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, Conchita was selected to represent Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, where her performance received the most points and resulted in her winning the contest. It brought her international attention and established her 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 62.34, Walter Berry is the 8th most famous Austrian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 15 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. Hansi Hinterseer (1954 - )

With an HPI of 59.36, Hansi Hinterseer is the 9th most famous Austrian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Johann Ernst "Hansi" Hinterseer (born 2 February 1954) is an Austrian singer, actor, entertainer and former alpine skier.

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10. Anna von Mildenburg (1872 - 1947)

With an HPI of 58.74, Anna von Mildenburg is the 10th most famous Austrian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 15 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 28 people classified as singers born between 1744 and 1996. Of these 28, 19 (67.86%) 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 Falco, Udo Jürgens, and Mercédès Jellinek. As of October 2020, 7 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Marianna Martines, Walter Berry, and Hansi Hinterseer.

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Which Singers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 9 most globally memorable Singers since 1700.