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The Most Famous

SINGERS from Thailand

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This page contains a list of the greatest Thai Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,528 Singers, 29 of which were born in Thailand. This makes Thailand the birth place of the 27th most number of Singers behind Austria and Australia.

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 55.38, Lisa is the most famous Thai Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 60 different languages on wikipedia.

Lalisa Manobal (also spelled Manoban; born Pranpriya Manobal; March 27, 1997), known mononymously as Lisa, is a Thai rapper, singer and dancer. She is a member of the South Korean girl group Blackpink formed by YG Entertainment.Lisa made her solo debut with her single album Lalisa in September 2021. The album sold over 736,000 copies in its release week in South Korea, making her the first female artist to do so. The music video for its lead single of the same name recorded 73.6 million views on YouTube in first 24 hours of its release, becoming the most-viewed music video in the first 24 hours on the platform by a solo artist. Both "Lalisa" and the album's second single "Money" were top-ten hits on the Billboard Global 200. Lisa has earned several accolades, including five Guinness World Records, a Mnet Asian Music Award, a Gaon Chart Music Award, and the first MTV Video Music Award and MTV Europe Music Award ever won by a K-pop soloist. She is one of the most influential K-pop idols globally, and has been the most-followed K-pop idol on Instagram since 2019.

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2. Suraphol Sombatcharoen (1930 - 1968)

With an HPI of 48.81, Suraphol Sombatcharoen is the 2nd most famous Thai Singer.  His biography has been translated into 37 different languages.

Suraphol Sombatcharoen (15 September 1930 – 16 August 1968) (Thai: สุรพล สมบัติเจริญ) was a Thai luk thung singer. Dubbed the "King of Luk Thung", he was one of the first and most important stars of the genre. He was fatally shot while seated in his own car after a live performance in Nakhon Pathom.

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3. Pumpuang Duangjan (1961 - 1992)

With an HPI of 48.02, Pumpuang Duangjan is the 3rd most famous Thai Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 78 different languages.

Pumpuang Duangjan (Thai: พุ่มพวง ดวงจันทร์; RTGS: Phumphuang Duangchan), also known by the nickname Pueng (Thai: ผึ้ง; RTGS: Phueng; "Bee") (4 August 1961 – 13 June 1992), was a Thai megastar. She was the symbol of Thai songs culture. She was the 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 by Waiphot Phetsuphan, and from the late 1970s onwards her fame skyrocketed.

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4. Thongchai McIntyre (1958 - )

With an HPI of 47.69, Thongchai McIntyre is the 4th most famous Thai Singer.  His biography has been translated into 38 different languages.

Thongchai McIntyre (Thai: ธงไชย แมคอินไตย์, pronounced [tʰōŋ.tɕʰāj mɛ́k.ʔīn.tāj]; born Albert Thongchai McIntyre; 8 December 1958) is a Thai singer and actor. He is also sometimes known as Bird Thongchai, Phi Bird ("elder brother Bird") or simply Bird (Thai pronunciation: [bɤ́ːt]). 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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5. Jintara Poonlarp (1969 - )

With an HPI of 43.61, Jintara Poonlarp is the 5th most famous Thai Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 73 different languages.

Jintara Poonlarp (Thai: จินตหรา พูนลาภ, RTGS: Chintara Phunlap, pronounced [t͡ɕīn.tā.rǎː pʰūːn.lâːp]; 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 which is short hair with bangs. She has performed on stage for 33 years.

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6. Pornsak Songsaeng (1960 - 2021)

With an HPI of 43.51, Pornsak Songsaeng is the 6th most famous Thai Singer.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Pornsak Songsaeng (Thai: พรศักดิ์ ส่องแสง; born Boonsao Prajantasen; 2 November 1960 – 15 October 2021) was a Thai luk thung and mor lam singer. He was known for the song "Sao Jan Kang Koab".

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7. Sayan Sanya (1953 - 2013)

With an HPI of 40.96, Sayan Sanya is the 7th most famous Thai Singer.  His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Sayan Deesamer (Thai: สายัณห์ ดีเสมอ) better known by his stage name Sayan Sanya (Thai: สายัณห์ สัญญา, 31 January 1953 – 11 September 2013) was a famous Thai music singer. His popular songs include Kai Ja, Look Sao Phoo Karn, Ai Num Rod Thay, etc.

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8. Yodrak Salakjai (1956 - 2008)

With an HPI of 39.85, Yodrak Salakjai is the 8th most famous Thai Singer.  His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

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

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9. Dao Bandon (1947 - )

With an HPI of 39.73, Dao Bandon is the 9th most famous Thai Singer.  His biography has been translated into 21 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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10. Siriporn Ampaipong (1964 - )

With an HPI of 38.04, Siriporn Ampaipong is the 10th 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.

Pantheon has 29 people classified as singers born between 1930 and 1997. Of these 29, 22 (75.86%) 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 Pornsak Songsaeng. As of April 2022, 4 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Ten, Santi Duangsawang, and Sorn.

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Which Singers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 6 most globally memorable Singers since 1700.