The Most Famous

SINGERS from Serbia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Serbian Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,541 Singers, 20 of which were born in Serbia. This makes Serbia the birth place of the 35th most number of Singers behind Bosnia and Herzegovina and Estonia.

Top 10

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

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1. Šaban Šaulić (1951 - 2019)

With an HPI of 65.94, Šaban Šaulić is the most famous Serbian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages on wikipedia.

Šaban Šaulić (Serbo-Croatian Cyrillic: Шабан Шаулић; 6 September 1951 – 17 February 2019) was a Serbian Bosniak and former Yugoslavian folk singer. Renowned for his refined baritone vocals and performances characterised by emotional intensity and crowd interaction, his career spanning over five decades has enjoyed both critical and commercial success. He is referred to as the "King of Folk Music" ("kralj narodne muzike").

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2. Lola Novaković (1935 - 2016)

With an HPI of 63.99, Lola Novaković is the 2nd most famous Serbian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Zorana "Lola" Novaković (25 April 1935 – 3 April 2016) was a Serbian singer, hugely popular during the 1960s and to a lesser degree the 1970s. She was born in Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia. She represented FPR Yugoslavia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962, where she finished fourth.In 1962, she starred in Šeki snima, pazi se, a full-length comedy inspired by the public persona of football sensation Dragoslav Šekularac. She died on 3 April 2016, a few weeks before her 81st birthday.

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3. Ceca (1973 - )

With an HPI of 63.90, Ceca is the 3rd most famous Serbian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Svetlana Ražnatović (née Veličković; Serbian Cyrillic: Светлана Ражнатовић, née Величковић, pronounced [sʋětlana raʒnǎːtoʋit͡ɕ]; born 14 June 1973), better known by her stage name Ceca (Serbian Cyrillic: Цеца, pronounced [t͡sěːt͡sa]), is a Serbian pop-folk singer. Referred to as the "Serbian Mother", she is renowned for her raspy vocals and emotional delivery, and is recognized as the most successful Serbian singer of all time.

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4. Šaban Bajramović (1936 - 2008)

With an HPI of 63.69, Šaban Bajramović is the 4th most famous Serbian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Šaban Bajramović (Serbian Cyrillic: Шабан Бајрамовић, pronounced [ʃǎban bajrǎːmɔʋitɕ]; Romani: Shaban Bajramovičh; 16 April 1936 – 8 June 2008), nicknamed Šabi (Шаби), was a Serbian vocalist and recording artist of Arlije Romani ethnicity. He was one of the most internationally critically acclaimed Romani singer-songwriters. Due to his eminent impact on music in Eastern Europe, he was dubbed the "King of Romani music".During his career, which spanned over four decades, he recorded 50 singles and 20 albums, and he is believed to have written 700 songs.

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5. Đorđe Balašević (1953 - )

With an HPI of 63.21, Đorđe Balašević is the 5th most famous Serbian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Đorđe Balašević (Serbian Cyrillic: Ђорђе Балашевић; 11 May 1953 – 19 February 2021) was a Serbian singer and songwriter, writer, poet and director. He began his career in the late 1970s as a member of the band Rani Mraz, transitioning after two albums to a solo career. He first gained mainstream prominence for writing Rani Mraz's hit "Računajte na nas" (Count on Us), which was often described as an anthem of a generation. Noted for his vivid lyricism and poetry, Balašević was also known for weaving political commentary into his songs and live performance. Broadly supportive of South Slavic unity in late 1970s and early 1980s, in the lead up to the Yugoslav wars he began to criticise the authorities. During the Yugoslav wars, he became a prominent anti-war voice in the region, thanks to which he also became an UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Balašević was the first Serbian act to perform in Sarajevo following the siege of Sarajevo. Balašević became one of the most prominent critics of Slobodan Milošević's regime, at considerable personal risk. Balašević was a prolific singer and writer, he recorded 14 albums and 8 books during his career and has been characterised by media and commentators as "musical legend" and author of many "evergreen hits".

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6. Marija Šerifović (1984 - )

With an HPI of 59.92, Marija Šerifović is the 6th most famous Serbian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 52 different languages.

Marija Šerifović (Serbian Cyrillic: Марија Шерифовић, pronounced [mǎrija ʃerǐːfoʋitɕ]; born 14 November 1984) is a Serbian singer, talent show judge, and YouTuber. Best known for representing Serbia and winning at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with "Molitva", she is also recognized as one of the most powerful vocalists in the country. Additionally, she has served as a judge on the televised singing competition Zvezde Granda (2015-present).

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7. Emina Jahović (1982 - )

With an HPI of 59.43, Emina Jahović is the 7th most famous Serbian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 45 different languages.

Emina Jahović (Serbian Cyrillic: Емина Јаховић, pronounced [emǐːna jâːhovit͡ɕ]; born 15 January 1982), recently also known as just Emina, is a Serbian-Turkish singer-songwriter, actress and businesswoman of Bosniak origin. Born and raised in Novi Pazar, she rose to prominence through music festivals. Jahović released her debut album in 2002, but acquired commercial success with her third record Vila in 2008. Arguably one of the most popular pop performers in the Slavic-speaking territories in the Balkans, she has been referred to as "pop princeza" (Pop Princess).Between 2010 and 2014, she starred as Lale Taşkıran Ilgaz in Lale Devri. Jahović also served as a judge on the first season of the X Factor Adria in 2013 and the second season of the Rising Star Turkey in 2016. She released her own perfume called Closer in 2014 and founded beauty brand, Yaemina Beauty, in 2020. Emina is a recognized style icon both in Serbia and Turkey and has been featured in magazines such as Cosmopolitan Serbia, Elele and Vogue Türkiye. Between 2008 and 2018, she was married to singer Mustafa Sandal with whom she has two sons.

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8. Bora Đorđević (1952 - )

With an HPI of 58.83, Bora Đorđević is the 8th most famous Serbian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Borisav "Bora" Đorđević (Serbian Cyrillic: Борисав, Бора Ђорђевић; born 1 November 1952), also known as Bora Čorba (Serbian Cyrillic: Бора Чорба), is a Serbian singer, songwriter, and poet. He is best known as the frontman of the rock band Riblja Čorba. Renowned for his brand of poetic lyrics and husky baritone voice, Đorđević is widely considered one of the top and most influential authors of the Serbian and Yugoslav rock scene.

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9. Jelena Karleuša (1978 - )

With an HPI of 58.65, Jelena Karleuša is the 9th most famous Serbian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 46 different languages.

Jelena Karleuša Tošić (Serbian Cyrillic: Јелена Карлеуша Тошић; born 17 August 1978) is a Serbian singer and media personality. Referred to as the "Madonna of the Balkans" and "Lady Gaga of Serbia" by Focus and W magazine, respectively, she is noted for her often controversial public persona and provocative appearance.Rose to prominence in the mid-nineties, Karleuša established herself as one of the leading regional performers during the following decades with a series of successful albums, including Samo za tvoje oči (2002), Magija (2005), JK Revolution (2008) and Diva (2012), and two headline Belgrade concerts: All About Diva (2010) and Viva la Diva Show (2013). Subsequently, she managed to gain in social media following and influence through her fashion style, becoming the first Serbian celebrity after Novak Djokovic to reach one million followers on Instagram. Karleuša also served as a judge and mentor on the popular televised singing competition Zvezde Granda (2015–2021).

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10. Dragana Mirković (1968 - )

With an HPI of 58.52, Dragana Mirković is the 10th most famous Serbian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Dragana Mirković (Serbian Cyrillic: Драгана Мирковић, pronounced [drǎɡana mǐːrkɔ̝v̞it͡ɕ]; born 18 January 1968) is a Serbian pop-folk singer and entrepreneur. She rose to prominence in the eighties as a member of the popular collective Južni Vetar. Today, Mirković is recognised as one of the best-selling artists from the former Yugoslavia. Alongside her husband, she also founded a satellite music channel called DM SAT.

Pantheon has 20 people classified as singers born between 1935 and 1993. Of these 20, 16 (80.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Ceca, Đorđe Balašević, and Marija Šerifović. The most famous deceased singers include Šaban Šaulić, Lola Novaković, and Šaban Bajramović. As of October 2020, 4 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Šaban Bajramović, Bora Đorđević, and Stoja.

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Which Singers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 4 most globally memorable Singers since 1700.