The Most Famous

SINGERS from Israel

Icon of occuation in country

This page contains a list of the greatest Israeli Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,541 Singers, 32 of which were born in Israel. This makes Israel the birth place of the 19th most number of Singers behind Ukraine and Belgium.

Top 10

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

Photo of Ofra Haza

1. Ofra Haza (1957 - 2000)

With an HPI of 70.19, Ofra Haza is the most famous Israeli Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 43 different languages on wikipedia.

Bat-Sheva Ofra Haza-Ashkenazi, known professionally as Ofra Haza (Hebrew: עפרה חזה‎; 19 November 1957 – 23 February 2000), was an Israeli singer, actress and Grammy Award-nominee recording artist, commonly known in the Western world as "The Israeli Madonna", or "Madonna of the East". Her voice has been described as a "tender" mezzo-soprano.Of Yemenite heritage, Haza's music is known as a mixture of traditional and commercial singing styles, fusing elements of Eastern and Western instrumentation, orchestration and dance-beat. She became successful in Europe and the Americas; during her singing career, she earned many platinum and gold discs. In Israel, Haza was an influential cultural figure that helped to popularize Mizrahi culture.

Photo of Esther Ofarim

2. Esther Ofarim (1941 - )

With an HPI of 65.08, Esther Ofarim is the 2nd most famous Israeli Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Esther Zaied, better known by her married name Esther Ofarim (Hebrew: אסתר עופרים‎; born June 13, 1941), is an Israeli singer. She came second in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "T'en va pas", representing Switzerland. After marrying Abi Ofarim in 1958, she was half of the husband-and-wife folk duo Esther & Abi Ofarim in the 1960s. After the couple divorced, she undertook a successful solo career.

Photo of Gali Atari

3. Gali Atari (1953 - )

With an HPI of 64.65, Gali Atari is the 3rd most famous Israeli Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Gali Atari (Hebrew: גלי עטרי‎; born December 29, 1953) is an Israeli singer and actress. Atari won the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 which was held in Jerusalem, as part of Milk and Honey.

Photo of Dana International

4. Dana International (1969 - )

With an HPI of 63.57, Dana International is the 4th most famous Israeli Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 50 different languages.

Sharon Cohen (Hebrew: שרון כהן‎; born 2 February 1969), professionally known as Dana International (Hebrew: דנה אינטרנשיונל‎), is an Israeli pop singer. She has released eight albums and three additional compilation albums. She was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 in Birmingham with the song "Diva". After consolidating her initial commercial success with the albums Umpatampa (1994) and Maganuna (1996), she was selected in 1998 to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest with her song "Diva". Placing first at the international competition, she came to public attention throughout Europe. Dana following up this success with the albums Free (1999), Yoter VeYoter (2001), HaHalom HaEfshari (2002) and Hakol Ze Letova (2007), she represented Israel in Eurovision a second time in 2011, this time with the song "Ding Dong", which failed to make it into the final. The same year, she became a judge on the Israeli television music talent contest Kokhav Nolad.

Photo of Naomi Shemer

5. Naomi Shemer (1930 - 2004)

With an HPI of 63.35, Naomi Shemer is the 5th most famous Israeli Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Naomi Shemer (Hebrew: נעמי שמר‎; July 13, 1930 – June 26, 2004) was a leading Israeli musician and songwriter, hailed as the "first lady of Israeli song and poetry." Her song "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav" ("Jerusalem of Gold") written in 1967, became an unofficial second anthem after Israel won the Six-Day War that year and reunited Jerusalem.

Photo of Achinoam Nini

6. Achinoam Nini (1969 - )

With an HPI of 63.03, Achinoam Nini is the 6th most famous Israeli Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Noa, born Achinoam Nini (Hebrew: אחינועם ניני‎; Aẖinóʻam Nini; born June 23, 1969), is an Israeli singer-songwriter, percussionist, poet, composer and activist working internationally. She is accompanied by guitarist Gil Dor and often plays the conga drums and percussions as she sings. Noa represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 together with singer Mira Awad, with the song "There Must Be Another Way". Her music is known to fuse languages and styles. She has performed in 52 countries and was the first Israeli artist to perform in the Vatican.

Photo of Izhar Cohen

7. Izhar Cohen (1951 - )

With an HPI of 62.88, Izhar Cohen is the 7th most famous Israeli Singer.  His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Izhar Cohen (Hebrew: יזהר כהן‎; born March 13, 1951) is an Israeli singer who won the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest.

Photo of Arik Einstein

8. Arik Einstein (1939 - 2013)

With an HPI of 62.24, Arik Einstein is the 8th most famous Israeli Singer.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Arieh Lieb "Arik" Einstein (Hebrew: אָרִיק אַייְנְשְׁטֵייְן‎, pronounced [ˈaʁik ˈainʃtein]; 3 January 1939 – 26 November 2013) was an Israeli singer, songwriter, actor, comedian and screenwriter. He was a pioneer of Israeli rock music and was named "the voice of Israel". Through both high public and critical acclamation, Einstein is regarded as the greatest, most popular, and the most influential Israeli artist of all time.An illustrious musical career that spanned over 50 years saw Einstein recording over 500 songs and releasing, collaborating, and featuring in 34 albums, far more than any other Israeli musician. Through the years he collaborated with many well-known Israeli singers and songwriters, including Shalom Hanoch Miki Gavrielov, Yoni Rechter, and Shmulik Kraus. Einstein wrote many of his own songs and was a vocalist with The Churchills, Batzal Yarok and The High Windows. Einstein was also part of, and wrote songs for the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement.

Photo of Ilanit

9. Ilanit (1947 - )

With an HPI of 58.79, Ilanit is the 9th most famous Israeli Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Hanna Dresner-Tzakh (Hebrew: חנה דרזנר‎; born 17 September 1947), better known by her stage name Ilanit (אילנית‎, Hebrew pronunciation: /ilaˈnit/), is a female Israeli singer who became one of the most popular singers in Israel from the late 1960s to the 1980s, both as a soloist and in the duo Ilan & Ilanit. Ilanit also represented Israel twice in the Eurovision Song Contest. In a career spanning over 4 decades, Ilanit recorded and produced over 600 songs and more than 30 best-selling albums.

Photo of Yardena Arazi

10. Yardena Arazi (1951 - )

With an HPI of 58.59, Yardena Arazi is the 10th most famous Israeli Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Yardena Shulamit Arazi (born Yardena Finebaum; Hebrew: ירדנה ארזי‎; September 25, 1951) is an Israeli singer and entertainer.

Pantheon has 32 people classified as singers born between 1930 and 2000. Of these 32, 29 (90.63%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Esther Ofarim, Gali Atari, and Dana International. The most famous deceased singers include Ofra Haza, Naomi Shemer, and Arik Einstein. As of October 2020, 3 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Idan Raichel, Aviv Geffen, and Eden Alene.

Living Singers

Go to all Rankings

Deceased Singers

Go to all Rankings

Newly Added Singers (2020)

Go to all Rankings

Which Singers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 3 most globally memorable Singers since 1700.