The Most Famous

SINGERS from Thailand

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This page contains a list of the greatest Thai Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,541 Singers, 25 of which were born in Thailand. This makes Thailand the birth place of the 28th most number of Singers behind Australia and Portugal.

Top 10

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

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1. Lisa (1997 - )

With an HPI of 63.88, Lisa is the most famous Thai Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 52 different languages on wikipedia.

Lalisa Manoban (Thai: ลลิษา มโนบาล; born Pranpriya Manoban (Thai: ปราณปรียา มโนบาล) on March 27, 1997), better known by the mononym Lisa (Hangul: 리사), is a Thai rapper, singer, and dancer based in South Korea. She is a member of the South Korean girl group Blackpink under YG Entertainment.

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2. Suraphol Sombatcharoen (1930 - 1968)

With an HPI of 60.73, Suraphol Sombatcharoen is the 2nd most famous Thai Singer.  His biography has been translated into 37 different languages.

Suraphol Sombatcharoen (September 25, 1930 – August 16, 1968) (Thai: สุรพล สมบัติเจริญ) was a Thai luk thung singer. Dubbed the "King of Luk Thung", he was one of the first major stars of Thailand's own country music genre. He was fatally shot while seated in his own car after a live performance in Nakhon Pathom.

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3. Thongchai McIntyre (1958 - )

With an HPI of 59.61, Thongchai McIntyre is the 3rd most famous Thai Singer.  His biography has been translated into 36 different languages.

Thongchai McIntyre (Thai: ธงไชย แมคอินไตย์, pronounced [tʰōŋ.tɕʰāj]; born Albert Thongchai McIntyre; December 8, 1958) is a Thai singer and actor. He is also sometimes known as Bird Thongchai, Phi Bird ("elder brother Bird") or simply Bird. He finished high diploma management major from Thonburi Commercial College. Considered to be Thailand's No.1 superstar, he is one of the most successful singers in Thailand's history, having sold more than 25 million albums. He is best known for his string (Thai pop) and luk thung music. He has also acted in numerous films, on television, musicals, and in commercials. He is of Mon, Scottish and Thai descent.

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4. Pumpuang Duangjan (1961 - 1992)

With an HPI of 59.15, Pumpuang Duangjan is the 4th most famous Thai Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 70 different languages.

Pumpuang Duangjan (Thai: พุ่มพวง ดวงจันทร์; RTGS: Phumphuang Duangchan), also known by the nickname Pueng (Thai: ผึ้ง; RTGS: Phueng; "Bee") (August 4, 1961 – June 13, 1992), was a Thai megastar singer, actress who pioneered electronic Luk Thung. She is considered one of the most important Luk Thung vocalists in Thailand. The child of poor farmers, Pumpuang had only two years of primary education before her family's plight forced her to take to the fields as a sugar cane cutter. Although illiterate, she was adept at memorising lyrics and participated in many local singing competitions. At age 15, she came to the notice of a visiting band, and from the late 1970s onwards her fame skyrocketed.

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5. Jintara Poonlarp (1969 - )

With an HPI of 58.96, Jintara Poonlarp is the 5th most famous Thai Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 71 different languages.

Jintara Poonlarp (Thai: จินตหรา พูนลาภ, [ʨintàrǎː pʰuːnlâːp], RTGS: Chintara Phunlap) (b. 6 March 1969, Kaset Wisai District, Roi Et Province, Thailand —) is a Thai mor lam, luk thung and pop music singer. She is one of the most popular and prolific of the artists in the mor lam (Thai country) and luk thung (Thai pop-country) genres, having released 50 original albums and 47 singles as well as many compilations. She records roughly equal amounts of mor lam and luk thung, but two of her best-known songs are the string (Thai pop) hits "Ma Tammai" and "Faen Ja," recorded with Thongchai McIntyre. She is also sometimes known by her nickname Jin or the epithet sao siang pin (Thai: สาวเสียงพิณ, meaning "lute-voiced girl"), and she has a unique identity is short hair with bangs. She has performed on stage for 33 years.

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6. Dao Bandon (1947 - )

With an HPI of 55.36, Dao Bandon is the 6th most famous Thai Singer.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Dao Bandon (Thai: ดาว บ้านดอน) (born 4 January 1947 -), is a Thai Luk thung and Mor lam singer-songwriter. He became popular with his song Khon Khee Lang Kway (Thai: คนขี่หลังควาย, English: A Man On A Buffalo), released in 1977. He has composed many songs for the Thai superstar singer, Jintara Poonlarp, including Rak Salai Dokfai Ban, Jao Bao Hai and Pha Mai Ai Lueam.

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7. Sayan Sanya (1953 - 2013)

With an HPI of 53.36, Sayan Sanya is the 7th most famous Thai Singer.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Sayan Deesamer (Thai: สายัณห์ ดีเสมอ) better known by his stage name Sayan Sanya (Thai: สายัณห์ สัญญา) was a famous Thai music singer.

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8. Yodrak Salakjai (1956 - 2008)

With an HPI of 53.33, Yodrak Salakjai is the 8th most famous Thai Singer.  His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Police corporal Niphon Plaiwan (Thai: สิบตำรวจโทนิพนธ์ ไพรวัลย์) or stage name Yodrak Salakjai (Thai: ยอดรัก สลักใจ) was a famous Luk thung singer.

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9. Siriporn Ampaipong (1964 - )

With an HPI of 52.96, Siriporn Ampaipong is the 9th most famous Thai Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Siriporn Ampaipong (Alternative spelling: Siriporn Umpaipong; Thai: ศิริพร อำไพพงษ์; RTGS: Siriphon Amphaiphong, birth name Sirima Amken; Thai: ศิริมา อำเคน; RTGS: Sirima Amkhen ; born Monday December 7, 1964) is a mor lam and luk thung singer from the Isan region of Thailand. Siriporn Ampaipong was born into a family of mor lam singers in Udon Thani Province. Most of her songs are sentimental ballads. She has released eight hit albums between 2001 and 2004, and is regarded as one of Thailand's most popular folk singers.

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10. Chalermpol Malakham (1962 - )

With an HPI of 52.30, Chalermpol Malakham is the 10th most famous Thai Singer.  His biography has been translated into 37 different languages.

Chalermpol Malakham (also written Malakam, Thai: เฉลิมพล มาลาคำ) (b. 10 October 1962 in Surin Province — ), is a singer from the Isan area of Thailand. Known mostly for the Luk Thung and Mor lam styles, he is also considered a talented performer of Kantrum. Although the majority of Chalermpol's songs are in Thai, he often sings in Northern Khmer as well.

Pantheon has 25 people classified as singers born between 1930 and 1997. Of these 25, 20 (80.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Lisa, Thongchai McIntyre, and Jintara Poonlarp. The most famous deceased singers include Suraphol Sombatcharoen, Pumpuang Duangjan, and Sayan Sanya. As of October 2020, 11 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Dao Bandon, Siriporn Ampaipong, and Chalermpol Malakham.

Living Singers

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Deceased Singers

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Newly Added Singers (2020)

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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.