The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Azerbaijani Singers of all time. This list of famous Azerbaijani 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 Azerbaijani Singers.
With an HPI of 57.50, Muslim Magomayev is the most famous Azerbaijani Singer. His biography has been translated into 39 different languages on wikipedia.
Muslim Muhammad oghlu Magomayev (Azerbaijani: Müslüm Məhəmməd oğlu Maqomayev / Мүслүм Мәһәммәд оғлу Магомајев) or Muslim Magometovich Magomayev (Russian: Муслим Магометович Магомаев; 17 August 1942 – 25 October 2008), known simply as Muslim Magomayev and dubbed the "Soviet Sinatra", was a Soviet, Azerbaijani and Russian opera and pop singer. He achieved iconic status in Russia and the post-Soviet countries for his vocal talent and charisma. People's Artist of the USSR (1973).
With an HPI of 55.61, Zeynab Khanlarova is the 2nd most famous Azerbaijani Singer. Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages.
Zeynab Yahya qizi Khanlarova (Azerbaijani: Zeynəb Yəhya qızı Xanlarova) (born 28 December 1936, Baku) is a Soviet and Azerbaijani singer (soprano), People's Artist of the USSR (1980), Azerbaijan (1975), Armenia (1978).
With an HPI of 50.80, Polad Bülbüloğlu is the 3rd most famous Azerbaijani Singer. His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.
Polad Bulbuloghlu (Azerbaijani: Polad Bülbüloğlu; born February 4, 1945) is a Soviet and Azerbaijani singer, actor, politician, and diplomat. Bulbuloghlu became famous in the Soviet Union with composing jazz-influenced pop songs which has heavy Azerbaijani folk feelings in Azerbaijani and Russian languages. He also sang his own songs. Three of his songs became Songs of the Year and he received numerous prestigious awards in the Soviet Union. Bulbuloghlu is a lyrical tenor. In the late 1990s, despite having a huge success with a new version arranged by Paul Buckmaster of his old song Gəl Ey Səhər (Come, Hey Morning!) in Turkey and sold-out concerts in Russia, Bulbuloghlu started a political career. He became the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan and is currently the Azerbaijani ambassador to Russia.In 2017, he was a candidate to the post of Director-General of UNESCO. He withdrew his candidacy on October 10 after getting only 2 votes in the first round of the election.
With an HPI of 47.75, Alim Qasimov is the 4th most famous Azerbaijani Singer. His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.
Alim Hamza oghlu Qasimov (Azerbaijani: Alim Həmzə oğlu Qasımov; born August 14, 1957) is an Azerbaijani musician and one of the foremost mugham singers in Azerbaijan. He was awarded the International Music Council-UNESCO Music Prize in 1999, one of the highest international accolades for music. His music is characterized by his vocal improvisation and represents a move away from the traditional style of mugham. Qasimov has recorded nine albums, three of which are mugham albums with his daughter, Farghana Qasimova. According to The New York Times, "Alim Qasimov is simply one of the greatest singers alive, with a searing spontaneity that conjures passion and devotion, contemplation and incantation."He joined fellow Azerbaijani Sabina Babayeva on stage at the Grand Finale of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku to sing back vocals for her entry, "When the Music Dies." Additionally, Qasimov was featured as part of the opening act of the Grand Final.
With an HPI of 46.60, Aygün Kazımova is the 5th most famous Azerbaijani Singer. Her biography has been translated into 39 different languages.
Aygun Alasgar gizi Kazimova (Azerbaijani: Aygün Ələsgər qızı Kazımova) (born 26 January 1971) is an Azerbaijani singer, songwriter, pop musician, and actress. She is a well known singer in Azerbaijan, Turkey and Russia. Her 2006 and 2007 solo concerts in Moscow and Baku brought her fame. During 2002 – 2006 she was president of the "Best Model of Azerbaijan" competition. Her "Hayat Ona Guzel" single was the most popular in Turkey on iTunes. Kazimova wrote and sang the anthem of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012. Her duet with Snoop Dogg Coffee from Colombia was a number one hit on the Azerbaijani, Turkish, Czech Republic, Colombian, Georgian and Russian charts. Kazimova has recorded ten albums.
With an HPI of 45.23, Larisa Dolina is the 6th most famous Azerbaijani Singer. Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Larisa Aleksandrovna Dolina (Russian: Лариса Александровна Долина, IPA: [ɫɐˈrʲisə ˈdolʲinə], née Kudelman, Кудельман, formerly Mionchinskaya, Миончинская; born 10 September 1955) is an Azerbaijani-born prominent Russian (former Soviet) jazz and pop singer and actress. She was awarded the Order of Honour in 2005.
With an HPI of 43.12, Brilliant Dadashova is the 7th most famous Azerbaijani Singer. Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Brilliant Suleyman gyzy Dadashova (Azerbaijani: Brilliant Süleyman qızı Dadaşova [bɾiˈljɑnt sylejˈmɑn ɡɯˈzɯ dɑˈdɑʃovɑ]; born 15 September 1959 or 1965, according to other sources) is an Azerbaijani pop singer.
With an HPI of 41.51, Nigar Jamal is the 8th most famous Azerbaijani Singer. Her biography has been translated into 35 different languages.
Nigar Aydin qizi Jamal (née Mutallibzadeh; Azerbaijani: Nigar Aydın qızı Camal (Mütəllibzadə), IPA: [niˈɟɑɾ ɑjˈdən ɡəˈzə dʒɑˈmɑl (mytæˈlibzɑdæ)]; born 7 September 1980), sometimes known as Nikki Jamal, is an English-Azerbaijani singer. Born and raised in Baku, she has resided in London since 2005. She won the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with Eldar Gasimov with the song "Running Scared". She and Gasimov have since performed as a duo on various occasions under the name Ell & Nikki.
With an HPI of 41.05, Sabina Babayeva is the 9th most famous Azerbaijani Singer. Her biography has been translated into 37 different languages.
Sabina Babayeva (Azerbaijani: Səbinə Babayeva; born 2 December 1979, Baku) is an Azerbaijani singer. She represented Azerbaijan in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26 May 2012, with the song "When the Music Dies", as the 13th act, and finished 4th overall.
With an HPI of 39.62, Aysel Teymurzadeh is the 10th most famous Azerbaijani Singer. Her biography has been translated into 35 different languages.
Aysel Teymurzadeh (Azerbaijani: Aysel Məhəmməd qızı Teymurzadə; born 25 April 1989, Baku) is an Azerbaijani pop and R&B singer. She has become well known after singing the song "Always" along with Arash during the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow finishing third.
Pantheon has 19 people classified as singers born between 1936 and 1994. Of these 19, 18 (94.74%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Zeynab Khanlarova, Polad Bülbüloğlu, and Alim Qasimov. The most famous deceased singers include Muslim Magomayev. As of April 2022, 2 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Alim Qasimov and Brilliant Dadashova.
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