The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Macedonian Singers of all time. This list of famous Macedonian 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 Macedonian Singers.
With an HPI of 70.13, Esma Redžepova is the most famous Macedonian Singer. Her biography has been translated into 39 different languages on wikipedia.
Esma Redžepova-Teodosievska (Macedonian: Есма Реџепова-Теодосиевска, pronounced [ˈɛsma rɛˈd͡ʒɛpɔva tɛɔdɔˈsiɛfska]; 8 August 1943 – 11 December 2016) was a Macedonian Romani vocalist, songwriter and humanitarian. Because of her prolific repertoire, which included hundreds of songs, and because of her contribution to Roma culture and its promotion, she was nicknamed Queen of the Gypsies.She started to sing while she was a teenager in the 1950s, and her career spans over five decades. Esma Redžepova is not related to Usnija Redžepova, another prominent Macedonian Romani singer, but the two were close friends and released an album together in 1994, Songs of a Macedonian Gypsy, which gathers their main successes. Her musical success was closely linked to her marriage with Stevo Teodosievski, who was a composer, arranger and director of a musical ensemble Ansambl Teodosievski. He wrote many of her songs and fully managed her career until his death in 1997. Her musical style was mostly inspired by traditional Romani and Macedonian music. Some other influences are also noticeable, such as pop music. Esma Redžepova started her career at a period when Romani music was very denigrated in Yugoslavia and Romani people considered it shameful for women to sing in public. Redžepova was one of the first singers to sing in Romani language on radio and television.Redžepova was particularly noted for her powerful and emotional voice. In 2010, she was cited among the 50 Great Voices in the world by NPR. Redžepova was also noted for her extravagant attires and her turbans, as well as the use she made of typical stereotypes about Romani women, such as sensuality and happiness. In 2010, she was awarded the Macedonian Order of Merit; and in 2013, she was named National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia by President of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov.With her husband Stevo Teodosievski, she fostered 47 children and received numerous accolades for her humanitarian work. She supported Roma and women rights and was also involved in local politics in her hometown of Skopje. Redžepova, together with Vlatko Lozanoski, represented Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden.She died on 11 December 2016 after a short illness.
With an HPI of 64.31, Kaliopi is the 2nd most famous Macedonian Singer. Her biography has been translated into 60 different languages.
Kaliopi Bukle (Macedonian: Калиопи Букле; pronounced [kaliˈɔpi ˈbuklɛ] (listen), born 28 December 1966 in Ohrid), known professionally as Kaliopi, is a Macedonian singer-songwriter. In her career, Kaliopi has progressed from singing lead vocal with her eponymous band in 1980s Yugoslavia to being an established vocalist and composer working in North Macedonia and across former Yugoslavia. She represented then Republic of Macedonia twice in the Eurovision Song Contest, first in 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan with "Crno i belo" and a second time in 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden with the song "Dona".
With an HPI of 60.37, Toše Proeski is the 3rd most famous Macedonian Singer. His biography has been translated into 46 different languages.
Todor "Toše" Proeski (Macedonian: Тодор "Тоше" Проески, pronounced [ˈtɔʃɛ ˈprɔɛski] (listen); 25 January 1981 – 16 October 2007) was a Macedonian multi-genre singer, songwriter and actor. Considered a top act of the local Macedonian and Balkan music scene, Proeski's music was popular across multitude of countries of Southeast Europe. He was dubbed the "Elvis Presley of the Balkans" by BBC News. He died in a car crash on the Zagreb–Lipovac A3 highway, near Nova Gradiška in Croatia, on the morning of 16 October 2007, aged 26.
With an HPI of 53.83, Tijana Dapčević is the 4th most famous Macedonian Singer. Her biography has been translated into 31 different languages.
Tijana Dapčević (née Todevska; Macedonian: Тијана Дапчевиќ née Тодевска; Serbian Cyrillic: Тијана Дапчевић née Тодевска, pronounced [tǐjana dâptʃeʋitɕ], born 3 February 1976) also known as simply Tijana, is a Macedonian-Serbian singer who has achieved popularity in Balkan countries, mainly in Serbia.
With an HPI of 53.31, Karolina Gočeva is the 5th most famous Macedonian Singer. Her biography has been translated into 37 different languages.
Karolina Gočeva, often credited as Karolina Gocheva (Macedonian: Каролина Гочева, pronounced [ karɔˈlina ˈɡɔtʃɛva] (listen); born 28 April 1980), is a Macedonian recording artist. She represented F.Y.R. Macedonia in the 2002 and 2007 Eurovision Song Contests, ranking 19th and 14th.
With an HPI of 51.95, Tamara Todevska is the 6th most famous Macedonian Singer. Her biography has been translated into 33 different languages.
Tamara Todevska (Macedonian: Тамара Тодевска, pronounced [ˈtamara ˈtɔdɛvska] (listen), born 1 June 1985), also known mononymously as Tamara, is a Macedonian singer, songwriter and recording artist. Tamara began her music career in 2003 following the release of her debut studio album Sino. She has won on various music competitions throughout her career such as MAKFest in 2006 and Skopje Fest in 2007. She has represented the Republic of North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions; in 2008, whereas she failed to qualify for the finals, performing the song "Let Me Love You" with Vrčak and Adrian Gaxha, and in 2019, she placed first in jury votes, twelfth in televoting, and seventh overall in the final with the song "Proud", earning the country their best result in the contest ever.Todevska is the younger sister of Macedonian-Serbian singer Tijana Dapčević, and they have collaborated several times.
With an HPI of 50.87, Vlado Janevski is the 7th most famous Macedonian Singer. His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.
Vladimir Vlado Janevski (Macedonian: Владимир Владо Јаневски [ˈvlaːdɔ ˈjanɛfski] (listen)) is a popular Macedonian singer. He was North Macedonia's first Eurovision contestant, finishing 19th in Birmingham at the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Ne Zori, Zoro".
With an HPI of 48.61, Elena Risteska is the 8th most famous Macedonian Singer. Her biography has been translated into 29 different languages.
Elena Risteska (Macedonian: Елена Ристеска, [ˈɛlɛna ˈristɛska] (listen); born 27 April 1986), sometimes known as simply Elena, is a Macedonian recording artist. She represented North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens with the song "Ninanajna", and finished in 12th place; this was the highest ever finish for the country until Risteska's record was beaten in 2019. Risteska is also an occasional songwriter, writing for artists such as 4Play, Lambe Alabakoski, and Aleksandra Pileva. She took part in the second season of the Serbian version of Your Face Sounds Familiar, where she placed second in the final as Beyoncé.
With an HPI of 48.35, Gjoko Taneski is the 9th most famous Macedonian Singer. His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.
Gjoko Taneski (Macedonian: Ѓоко Танески) (born 2 March 1977) is a Macedonian singer. Taneski was born in Ohrid, SR Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia. He won the National final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, after which he represent Macedonia with the song "Jas ja imam silata" at Eurovision Song Contest 2010.
With an HPI of 47.02, Vlatko Ilievski is the 10th most famous Macedonian Singer. His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.
Vlatko Ilievski (Macedonian: Влатко Илиевски; 2 July 1985 – 6 July 2018) was a Macedonian pop rock singer and actor. He was the runner-up to be the Macedonian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and represented Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with the song Rusinka in Düsseldorf, Germany. He was previously a member of the rock band "Moral". He was a student of acting at the faculty of Dramatic Arts, Skopje, where he graduated in 2010 with the drama "Anger" from Stephen King (The Rage).
Pantheon has 17 people classified as singers born between 1943 and 1993. Of these 17, 14 (82.35%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Kaliopi, Tijana Dapčević, and Karolina Gočeva. The most famous deceased singers include Esma Redžepova, Toše Proeski, and Vlatko Ilievski. As of October 2020, 1 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Vasil Garvanliev.
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