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.
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 (Serbian Cyrillic: Шабан Шаулић; 6 September 1951 – 17 February 2019) was a Serbian-born 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").
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. Internationally, she is most notable for having represented FPR Yugoslavia at 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 a few weeks before her 81st birthday on 3 April 2016.
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, 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. Renowned for her raspy vocals and emotional delivery, she has sold millions of records and is recognized as one of the biggest Serbian singers of all time.She has two children with career criminal and commander in the Yugoslav Wars, Željko Ražnatović Arkan, who was assassinated in January 2000. Despite her popularity and success, Ceca has been known as the subject of controversies. During Operation Sabre, she was arrested for illegal firearm possession. In 2011, Ražnatović was also charged for embezzlement and sentenced with €1,5 million fine and to a year in house arrest.
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 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.
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; born 11 May 1953) is a prominent Serbian and former Yugoslav recording artist and singer-songwriter. Balašević started his career in the 1977 as a member of the pop rock band Žetva, before leaving to form the pop rock band Rani Mraz. After releasing two albums, Rani Mraz disbanded, and Balašević started a successful solo career, spanning up to the present. While his initial works were mostly pop rock-oriented, in his later career he often used elements of rock, chanson and folk music, and he is best understood as version of folksy country musician, while his lyrics often dealt with romantic, burlesque or political and social themes.
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: Марија Шерифовић, pronounced [mǎrija ʃerǐːfoʋitɕ]; born 14 November 1984) is a Serbian singer and record producer. She is best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with 'Molitva' (Prayer), making her Serbia's first and only Eurovision winner to date. Šerifović is recognised for her powerful and emotional vocal performances.
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. 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.
With an HPI of 58.83, Bora Đorđević is the 8th most famous Serbian Singer. His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.
Bora Đorđević may also refer to: Borivoje Đorđević 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 lead singer for the Serbian and Yugoslav rock band Riblja Čorba. Renowned for his brand of poetic lyrics and husky baritone voice, Đorđević is widely considered as one of the top and most influential authors of the Serbian and Yugoslav rock scene.
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; born 17 August 1978) is a Serbian singer and media personality. Born and raised in Belgrade, she rose to prominence in the mid-1990s upon her debut record Ogledalce. Collectively, Karleuša has released ten studio albums to date and has held two big scale concerts: All About Diva (2010) and Viva la Diva Show (2013); in front of 15,000 and 40,000 fans, respectively. Having sold over million records, while also being one of the highest-earning regional performers, she is regarded as one of the most popular Serbian artists. Additionally, Karleuša has been a judge and mentor on the popular televised singing contest Zvezde Granda since 2015. Recognized as a fashion icon, she has also developed a strong social media presence through her personal style, becoming the first Serbian woman, and second person overall after Novak Djokovic, to reach one million followers on Instagram. Outside music, Karleuša is also noted for her political opinions, specially for advocating LGBT rights, freedom of speech and social equality. Since 2008, she has been married to footballer Duško Tošić, with whom she has two daughters. Her private life alongside her outspoken views, have also received significant media coverage and have sparked occasional controversy. German magazine Focus referred to her as the "Madonna of the Balkans", while W magazine compared her to Lady Gaga.
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 with close to 10 million sold records. 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.