Scorpios—people born between October 23 and November 21—carry an air of mystery and magic. The Scorpio zodiac sign is one of three water signs, and those born under this sign excel at facing and expressing emotions.
Water signs generally are thought of as artistic and creative; however, those born under a Scorpio sun are often known for their boldness, passion, and determination. They are also dedicated, disciplined, hard-working problem solvers.
The following 11 of the greatest and most famous Scorpio singers of all time have brought their creativity and fearless curiosity to their art and the music world at large. Read on to learn more about them.
1. Neil Young
First on the list is Neil Young, who was born in Toronto, Canada, on November 12, 1945. At a young age, he experimented with musical instruments and singing and, in 1966, moved to California, where he forged his name in the rock group Buffalo Springfield.
Shortly after that, Young stepped out on his own to make a couple of solo records. He later joined Crosby, Stills, and Nash to form Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. They released an album by the name of Deja Vu in 1970, which proved popular, especially the song “Ohio,” which served as a march against the happenings at Kent State University that spring.
This work established Young’s position for and with the youth of the American counter-culture movement, an ideology that he is still passionate about today.
Born Aubrey Drake Graham in Toronto, Canada, on October 24, 1986, Drake started his career in 2001 as an actor in the teen drama series Degrassi. He was a constant cast member for seven years until Degrassi producers overhauled the entire cast.
At the time, Graham was trying to get a career in hip-hop started, though it was off to a slow start. He released a couple of mix-tape albums, but neither was very successful. Finally, after hearing his work, Lil’ Wayne called Graham directly and asked him to join him on tour in 2008.
Graham released his first studio album, Thank Me Later, in 2010, and it became certified platinum. He has gone on to record and produce five more full-length studio records.
3. Joni Mitchell
On November 7, 1943, Joni Mitchell was born in Fort Macleod, Canada. When she was young, she suffered from polio. During her recovery, Mitchell turned her suffering into art as she painted and learned to sing. Upon graduating, she went to college and was quickly lauded as one of the top folk singer-songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1968, Mitchell released her first hyponymous album, produced by David Crosby, of the Crosby, Stills, and Nash fame. She released several more hit albums; some of her most famous songs include “Big Yellow Taxi,” famously covered in 2002 by the Counting Crows.
Mitchell has won nine Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
4. Bonnie Raitt
Next in our list of Scorpios is Bonnie Lynn Raitt, who was born on November 8, 1949, in Burbank, California. She attended college in Massachusetts, though she did not graduate.
Instead, in 1969, Raitt joined the East Coast folk scene and became a blues singer. She had a unique sensibility as a songwriter with a feminist stance and was an accomplished slide guitar player.
After her third studio album in 1974, she switched up her tune to focus on a more pop-music sound. For several years, she released back to back to back albums.
In the late 1980s, she struggled with alcoholism and thought of retiring altogether. In 1989, she released Nick of Time, which proved to be a bit of a comeback in her career. She continues to make music today.
Born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor in Takapuna, New Zealand, on November 7, 1996, Lorde was discovered after singing at a middle school talent show and signed a contract with Universal Music Group. She showed tremendous talent both with singing and the written word.
She and her producer put out her first EP, The Love Club, in 2012. Her first single, “Royals,” climbed the charts in 2013 when she released her first album, Pure Heroine.
A year later, she won two Grammys; one for Song of the Year (“Royals”) and another for Best Pop Solo Performance. She has released two more albums in 2017 and 2021.
6. Frank Ocean
Born Christopher Edwin Breaux in Long Beach, California, on October 28, 1987, Frank Ocean moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, with his family as a young child.
There, he experienced southeast Louisiana’s jazz and music culture and enrolled at the University of New Orleans after graduating from high school in 2005. Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, and college plans went on indefinite hold.
Ocean moved back to California and favored himself as a vocalist and songwriter. He worked with several other artists before getting a recording deal as a solo artist.
He put out his first full-length album, Channel Orange, in 2011, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and garnered him his first Grammy in 2012. He release his second album, Blonde, in 2016, which became platinum in 2018.
7. Katy Perry
Born in Santa Barbara, California, into a conservative religious family on October 25, 1984, Katy Perry sang in the church choir at a young age. She even recorded a gospel album under her given name, Katy Hudson, in 2001.
She shocked most of her community when her first single off her first studio album explored homosexuality in “I Kissed A Girl” in 2008.
She has released five full-length studio albums: One of the Boys (2008), Teenage Dream (2010), PRISM (2013), Witness (2017), and Smile (2020).
Perry is considered one of the best-selling artists of all time and is a current host for the hit TV show American Idol.
8. Willow Smith
The youngest child of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith was born in Los Angeles, California, on October 31, 2000. Willow held an early career as an actor in live-action and animated films.
In 2009, at the age of 9, Willow released her first single, “Whip My Hair.” The song was a hit and reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Whip My Hair” also won Willow the Most Viral Video award from the O Music Awards.
She has since released five studio albums and continues to write, record, and perform. Willow is also a youth ambassador for Project Zambi, a program that helps raise awareness for children in Africa affected by AIDS.
9. Weird Al Yankovic
Born Alfred Matthew Yankovic, Weird Al, was born in Los Angeles, California, on October 23, 1959, and began his musical interest and subsequent career as an accordion player.
Yankovic watched a significant amount of television and movies, which fueled his later career as a parodist. He went to college for architecture, and he earned the nickname Weird Al by disc-jockeying on the college radio station.
He released 14 studio albums over the years. His first top 10 Billboard album came for Straight Outta Lynwood in 2006. Yankovic has released several remarkable studio albums of parodies, including Dare to be Stupid (1985) and Bad Hair Day (1996). These parodies of radio hits and pop culture have earned him five Grammys and many more nominations.
Born Björk Guðmundsdóttir in Reykjavik, Iceland, on November 21, 1965, Bjork was the lead singer and founding member of the band the Sugarcubes.
They released their first album, Life’s Too Good, in 1988, and it became an international hit. The band’s reign was a short-lived six years, but it propelled her into a solo career.
She released her first solo album, Debut, in 1993. This album sold nearly 5 million copies worldwide and was certified platinum in the United States, where it remains her bestselling album.
She has released 15 studio albums with several live versions accompanying them and continues to make music and act to this day.
Our last but not the least Scorpio in this list is Ciara Princess Wilson Harris, simply known as Ciara. She was born in Austin, Texas, on October 25, 1985, and raised in Georgia.
As a child, she wrote poetry and stories, and as a young woman, she joined the girl group Hearsay, where her poetry was used for song lyrics.
Striking out on her own, she made a name for herself as a solo artist. In 2004, Harris released Goodies, which went triple platinum and earned her two Grammy nominations. Her second album, Ciara: The Evolution, was also certified platinum and reached #1 in the United States.
She has released six more studio albums: The Evolution (2006), Fantasy Ride (2009), Basic Instinct (2010), Ciara (2013), Jackie (2015), and Beauty Marks (2019).
Summing Up Our List Of The Greatest Scorpio Singers
Scorpios show their creativity and passion in a myriad of ways. Spanning decades, the artists on this list quite impressively exemplify what it means to be born Scorpios—their bold outspokenness, curiosity, and depth.
Interestingly, each Scorpio singer has found a different way to express themselves through music, acting, and other pursuits—all of which we appreciate and love.