The Most Famous

SINGERS from Bulgaria

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This page contains a list of the greatest Bulgarian Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,541 Singers, 24 of which were born in Bulgaria. This makes Bulgaria the birth place of the 30th most number of Singers behind Thailand and Mexico.

Top 10

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

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1. Sylvie Vartan (1944 - )

With an HPI of 71.97, Sylvie Vartan is the most famous Bulgarian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 30 different languages on wikipedia.

Sylvie Vartan (French pronunciation: ​[silvi vaʁtɑ̃]; born Sylvie Georges Vartanian, Bulgarian: Силви Жорж Вартанян; Armenian: Սիլվի Վարդան; 15 August 1944) is an Armenian-Bulgarian-French singer and actress. She is known as one of the most productive and tough-sounding yé-yé artists. Her performances often featured elaborate show-dance choreography, and she made many appearances on French and Italian TV. With 50 million records and CD's sold worldwide, 2000 magazine covers (number one French female artist before Bardot and Deneuve) and being the number one French female singer with concerts and audience worldwide, Sylvie Vartan is considered a true icon. Yearly shows with then-husband Johnny Hallyday attracted full houses at the Olympia and the Palais des congrès de Paris throughout the 1960s and mid-1970s. In 2004, after a break in performances, she began recording and giving concerts of jazz ballads in francophone countries.

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2. Nicolai Ghiaurov (1929 - 2004)

With an HPI of 70.83, Nicolai Ghiaurov is the 2nd most famous Bulgarian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Nicolai Ghiaurov (or Nikolai Gjaurov, Nikolay Gyaurov, Bulgarian: Николай Гяуров) (September 13, 1929 – June 2, 2004) was a Bulgarian opera singer and one of the most famous basses of the postwar period. He was admired for his powerful, sumptuous voice, and was particularly associated with roles of Mussorgsky and Verdi. Ghiaurov married the Bulgarian pianist Zlatina Mishakova in 1956 and Italian soprano Mirella Freni in 1978, and the two singers frequently performed together. They lived in Modena until Ghiaurov's death in 2004 of a heart attack.

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3. Boris Christoff (1914 - 1993)

With an HPI of 69.20, Boris Christoff is the 3rd most famous Bulgarian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 40 different languages.

Boris Christoff (Bulgarian: Борис Кирилов Христов, romanized: Boris Kirilov Hristov, IPA: [boˈris ˈkiriɫof ˈxristof]; 18 May 1914 – 28 June 1993) was a Bulgarian opera singer, widely considered one of the greatest basses of the 20th century.

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4. Ghena Dimitrova (1941 - 2005)

With an HPI of 65.87, Ghena Dimitrova is the 4th most famous Bulgarian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Ghena Dimitrova (Bulgarian: Гeна Димитpова, 6 May 1941 – 11 June 2005) was a Bulgarian operatic soprano. Her voice was known for its power and extension used in operatic roles such as Turandot in a career spanning four decades.

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5. Raina Kabaivanska (1934 - )

With an HPI of 65.47, Raina Kabaivanska is the 5th most famous Bulgarian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Raina Kabaivanska (Bulgarian: Райна Кабаиванска; born Raina Yakimova (Bulgarian: Якимова); born 15 December 1934) is a Bulgarian opera singer, one of the leading lirico-spinto sopranos of her generation, particularly associated with Verdi and Puccini, although she sang a wide range of roles.

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6. Lili Ivanova (1939 - )

With an HPI of 65.11, Lili Ivanova is the 6th most famous Bulgarian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Lilyana Ivanova Petrova (Bulgarian: Лиляна Иванова Петрова, born April 24, 1939 in Kubrat), known professionally as Lili Ivanova (Bulgarian: Лили Иванова) is a Bulgarian singer. In tribute to her contribution to the culture of the country, she is often referred to as the "Prima of Bulgarian popular music" Since 1961 she has developed continuous performing and concert activities, recorded songs and albums, made media appearances, participated in television programs, and made videos.

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7. Anna Tomowa-Sintow (1941 - )

With an HPI of 63.26, Anna Tomowa-Sintow is the 7th most famous Bulgarian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Anna Tomowa-Sintow (Bulgarian: Анна Томова-Синтова, by official transliteration Anna Tomova-Sintova; born 22 September 1941, in Stara Zagora) is a Bulgarian soprano who has sung to great acclaim in all the major opera houses around the world in a repertoire that includes Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, and Strauss. She enjoyed a particularly close professional relationship with conductor Herbert von Karajan from 1973 until the conductor's death in 1989.

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8. Philipp Kirkorov (1967 - )

With an HPI of 63.13, Philipp Kirkorov is the 8th most famous Bulgarian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 59 different languages.

Philipp Bedros Kirkorov PAR (Russian: Филипп Бедрос Киркоров; Bulgarian: Филип Бедросов Киркоров, romanized: Filip Bedrosov Kirkorov; born 30 April 1967) is a Bulgarian-born Russian pop singer. He is a five-time winner of the "Best Selling Russian Artist" title at the World Music Awards ceremonies.

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9. Azis (1978 - )

With an HPI of 59.05, Azis is the 9th most famous Bulgarian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Vasil Troyanov Boyanov (Bulgarian: Васил Троянов Боянов; born 7 March 1978), professionally known as Azis (Bulgarian: Азис), is a Bulgarian recording artist, of Romani ethnicity. Azis initially rose to prominence in Eastern Europe performing songs mostly in chalga, a genre which can be described as the Bulgarian rendition of pop-folk. Azis has collaborated with other Bulgarian pop-folk singers, such as Gloria, Malina, Sofi Marinova, Toni Storaro, and with Bulgarian rap artists – Ustata and Vanko 1. Other than that, his repertoire includes duets with Serbian singers, including Indira Radić, Marta Savić and Jelena Karleuša. Boyanov performed "Let Me Cry" at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with Mariana Popova, staying in the semi-finals.Other than his acclaimed career as a vocalist, he competed unsuccessfully in the 2005 Bulgarian parliamentary election as a member of the Euroroma party.Azis remains a prominent figure in the Bulgarian music scene.

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10. Andrea (1987 - )

With an HPI of 52.26, Andrea is the 10th most famous Bulgarian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Teodora Rumenova Andreeva (Bulgarian: Теодора Руменова Андреева; born January 23, 1987), better known by her stage name Andrea (Bulgarian: Андреа), is a Bulgarian pop-folk singer. She and the Romanian singer Costi Ioniță performed together and released music as Sahara. In 2013, BBC and Payam Forghani described her as a "pop-folk superstar".

Pantheon has 24 people classified as singers born between 1914 and 1997. Of these 24, 21 (87.50%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Sylvie Vartan, Raina Kabaivanska, and Lili Ivanova. The most famous deceased singers include Nicolai Ghiaurov, Boris Christoff, and Ghena Dimitrova. As of October 2020, 3 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Ivana, Anelia, and Victoria Georgieva.

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Newly Added Singers (2020)

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