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The Most Famous

SINGERS from Serbia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Serbian Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,528 Singers, 22 of which were born in Serbia. This makes Serbia the birth place of the 36th most number of Singers behind Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece.

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 56.23, 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 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. Đorđe Balašević (1953 - 2021)

With an HPI of 55.85, Đorđe Balašević is the 2nd most famous Serbian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 28 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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3. Ceca (1973 - )

With an HPI of 53.61, 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 singer. Nicknamed the "Serbian mother", she is recognized as one of the most popular pop-folk singers in Serbia and Balkan, having sold seven million records. She is the widow of Željko "Arkan" Ražnatović, a career criminal and paramilitary commander in the Yugoslav Wars. During her Poziv Tour in 2013, she held a concert in Belgrade with over 150,000 attendants, making it one of the highest-attended concerts in the world.

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4. Šaban Bajramović (1936 - 2008)

With an HPI of 53.00, Šaban Bajramović is the 4th most famous Serbian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 16 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".

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5. Lola Novaković (1935 - 2016)

With an HPI of 52.96, Lola Novaković is the 5th most famous Serbian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 25 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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6. Bora Đorđević (1952 - )

With an HPI of 49.30, Bora Đorđević is the 6th most famous Serbian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 17 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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7. Sinan Sakić (1956 - 2018)

With an HPI of 48.62, Sinan Sakić is the 7th most famous Serbian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Sinan Sakić (Serbian Cyrillic: Синан Сакић; 13 October 1956 – 1 June 2018) was a Serbian pop-folk singer. Sakić first reached massive popularity as a member of the Yugoslav turbo-folk band, Južni Vetar (Southern Wind). He also went on to have a successful career as a solo artist. Sakić was one of the most successful artists in the ex-Yugoslavia region.

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8. Dragana Mirković (1968 - )

With an HPI of 48.50, Dragana Mirković is the 8th most famous Serbian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 21 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.

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9. Marija Šerifović (1984 - )

With an HPI of 47.66, Marija Šerifović is the 9th most famous Serbian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 53 different languages.

Marija Šerifović (Serbian Cyrillic: Марија Шерифовић, pronounced [mǎrija ʃerǐːfoʋitɕ]; born 14 November 1984) is a Serbian singer. Born in Kragujevac, she is arguably best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland with "Molitva", becoming Serbia's first and to date only winning entry. Šerifović made her recording debut in 1998 and has released five studio albums as well as numerous standalone singles. Additionally, she has served as a judge on the televised singing competition Zvezde Granda since 2015. She has won the Artistic Marcel Bezençon Award for "Molitva" and two regional MAC Awards. Predominately recognized for balladic songs, Šerifović is often regarded as one of the best female pop vocalists in Serbia.

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10. Emina Jahović (1982 - )

With an HPI of 47.48, Emina Jahović is the 10th most famous Serbian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 45 different languages.

Emilija "Emina" Jahović (Serbian Cyrillic: Емилија "Емина" Јаховић, pronounced [emǐːna jâːhovit͡ɕ]; born 15 January 1982), is a Serbian-Turkish singer-songwriter, actress and businesswoman of Bosniak origin. Born and raised in Novi Pazar, she made her recording debut in 2002 and has released five studio albums: Tačka (2002), Radije ranije (2005), Vila (2009), Metamorfoza (2014) and Dalje (2016) Outside her singing career, Jahović starred as Lale Taşkıran Ilgaz in the television series Lale Devri, between 2010 and 2014. She also served as a judge on the singing competitions X Factor Adria (2013) and Rising Star Türkiye (2016). Jahović was married to singer Mustafa Sandal with whom she has two sons.

Pantheon has 22 people classified as singers born between 1935 and 1993. Of these 22, 16 (72.73%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Ceca, Bora Đorđević, and Dragana Mirković. The most famous deceased singers include Šaban Šaulić, Đorđe Balašević, and Šaban Bajramović. As of April 2022, 1 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Sinan Sakić.

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