15 Of The Greatest And Most Famous Taurus Singers

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Written by Laura Macmillan
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Did you know that some of the world’s best and most influential singers have been Taureans? The star sign of Taurus applies to people born between April 20 and May 20. The symbol of Taurus is the bull, which is an earth sign. Taureans are known for being strong-headed and for enjoying the finer things in life. Maybe that’s why they make such great singers!

We’ve compiled this list of 15 of the greatest and most famous Taurus singers of all time so you can find out which of your favorite artists were born under this auspicious sign. Let’s begin!

1. James Brown

First on our list is soul singer James Brown, who was born May 3, 1933, in Barnwell, South Carolina. He grew up during the Great Depression, and even then, his musical talent shone.

As a child, he appeared in many local talent shows forming a gospel band in his teens. It was from there that he started to rise to fame.

Brown is known as the “Godfather of Soul” and is best known for pioneering the soul music genre during the ’60s and ’70s. One of his greatest albums is Live at the Apollo (1963), which stayed top of the charts for a whopping 66 weeks!

In 1986, Brown was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 1992.

His career lasted over 50 years, during which time he influenced the development of several musical genres and released 17 #1 singles.

2. Adele

Another Taurus you undoubtedly know is Adele, who was born May 5, 1988, in London, England. She was raised by her mother and began singing at the young age of 4.

She spent a lot of time during her youth playing the guitar and singing in Brockwell park with her friends. After graduating in arts from the BRIT School, she was signed to XL Records at age 19.

Adele is one of the world’s best-selling artists, with over 120 million records. Her second album, 21, became the world’s best-selling album of the twentieth century and was awarded platinum status 17 times. Adele has 15 Grammys and 12 Brit Awards.

3. Barbra Streisand

Many know the rich, beautiful voice of this Taurus. Barbra Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother had been a soprano singer in her youth but gave up music to become a teacher. She started singing in school assemblies as a child despite her mother being very critical of her.

Streisand’s career spans over 60 years, and she has found success as a singer and actress.

She is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with over 150 million records sold, and is the second-highest certified female artist in the United States.

4. Kelly Clarkson

Our next Taurus was born on April 24, 1982, in Fort Worth, Texas. She is Kelly Brianne, better known as Kelly Clarkson.

Throughout highschool, Clarkson received formal vocal lessons. Upon graduating, she was offered scholarships to several prestigious universities, but she turned them down to pursue a career in music instead.

Clarkson rose to fame as a contestant on the inaugural season of American Idol. Her first single, “A Moment Like This,” was released just two weeks after she won the competition and debuted at #60 before ascending to #1 only a week later.

The single broke the 38-year-old record for the biggest jump to #1 on the Billboard charts, which was initially set by the Beatles.  

5. Bono

Fifth on our list is Bono, who was born Paul David Hewson on May 10, 1960, in Dublin, Ireland.

His mother died when he was young, and he was raised by his Catholic father. Many of the songs he later wrote would focus on the loss of his mother and religious imagery from his Christian upbringing.

Bono is best known as the frontman for the Irish rock band U2, especially their #1 single “With or Without You.”

Having sold over 165 million records, the band is considered one of the world’s best-selling artists. U2 has also received 22 Grammys and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

6. Iggy Pop

James Newell Osterger Jr., better known by his stage name, Iggy Pop, was born April 24, 1947, in Muskegon, Michigan. He started playing the drums at age 11 and began playing in high school bands as a teenager.

Pop is known for his raw, bare-bones style of rock-and-roll, as well as for controversial performances that included acts of self-mutilation. He became famous as the frontman for the band the Stooges.

Despite never achieving mainstream success, he was a cult favorite and influencer of many successive bands, including Nirvana, the Sex Pistols, and the Smiths.

7. Stevie Wonder

Considered one of the most creative singers of the late twentieth century, Stevie Wonder was born May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan.

He was born six weeks premature with retinopathy of prematurity, a condition in which the eyes do not form correctly. As a result, Wonder has been blind since birth.

He was considered a child prodigy and signed with his first label at the tender age of 11. His first song, “Fingertips,” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 when he was only 13 years old. He is the youngest artist ever to top the chart.

Wonder’s career has spanned over 50 years, having won 25 Grammys, including 3 Album of the Year. With sales of more than 100 million records, he is also one of the best-selling artists of all time.

8. Billy Joel

Nicknamed “Piano Man,” Billy Joel is an American singer-songwriter born May 9, 1949, in the Bronx, New York City. Joel’s father was a classical pianist, and he began taking piano lessons at age 4.

After his parents divorced, he spent his teenage years playing piano in a piano bar to help support his mother.

Joel’s solo career began in 1971. His “Piano Man” became his signature song, thus the nickname. During the 20 years that he was active as a solo artist, he wrote and recorded 33 number one hits. 

He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with over 160 million records sold worldwide.

9. Enrique Iglesias

If you’re a fan of the Latin pop song “Bailamos,” then you should know our next Taurus. Nicknamed the “King of Latin Pop,” Enrique Iglesias was born May 8, 1975, in Madrid, Spain.

Though his father is well-known, singer Julio Iglesias, he did not want to ride on his dad’s coattails and rose to fame on his own.

He began his career in the mid-90s on a Mexican indie label and successfully crossed into the mainstream English-language market in the early 2000s.

His second English album, Escape, was certified Diamond, with its first single, “Hero” landing #1 in the UK charts. Iglesias has five top-five singles on the Billboard Top 100, including two number ones.

10. Lizzo

Our next Tauris is Melissa Vivianne Jefferson, born on April 27, 1988, in Detroit, Michigan, but she is professionally known as Lizzo.

She started playing the flute at the age of 10 and was classically trained on the instrument until she graduated high school. She also began rapping during that time and formed her first musical group at age 14.

Lizzo began her career in 2013 with the release of her first album Lizzobangers. She was signed in 2016 and released her first major-label EP, Coconut Oil, that year.

She received 8 nominations at the Grammy Awards and was named Time magazine’s 2019 Artist of the Year.

11. Machine Gun Kelly

Colson Baker, known better as Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) was born April 22, 1990, in Houston. His parents were missionaries, and when he was a child, they moved all over the world doing missionary work.

After his parents’ divorce, Kelly found an outlet by listening to hip-hop music. He dropped out of school to pursue music and made a name for himself by performing live at the Apollo theatre.

Kelly is known for blending elements of hip-hop and rock. He self-released four mixtapes before signing with Badboy Records. His debut studio album reached #4 on the Billboard charts, and his subsequent four albums have achieved similar success. 

12. Pete Townshend

English singer-songwriter and musician Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend was born May 19, 1945, in London, England.

His father was a professional saxophonist, and his mother was a singer, so it would not be surprising to learn that Townshend began playing guitar as a child and formed his first band in grade school.

Townshend is best known as the guitar player and backup singer for the Who, a legendary British rock band of the 1960s and ’70s. The band’s album Who’s Next was #1 in UK charts, along with their singles “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again .”

He began going solo in the early ’70s. Townshend’s breakthrough was in 1980 with his album Empty Glass. He has since received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to music. 

13. Ritchie Valens

This Taurus is a rock and roll pioneer, and if you know “La Bamba,” then you certainly know Richard Steven Valenzuela, better known as Ritchie Valens (born May 13, 1941).

He was raised listening to traditional Mexican mariachi music, as well as flamenco guitar and rhythm and blues. He joined his first band, the Silhouettes, at age 16.

Valens was a forefather of the Chicano rock movement. In his incredibly short eight-month career, he wrote several hits, most notably the song mentioned earlier.

Sadly, he died at age 17, less than a year into his musical career, in a plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and J. P. Richardson. 

14. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Known for his gentle, haunting voice and his talent in playing the ukulele, Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole was born May 20, 1959, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His parents worked at a Waikiki nightclub, and his uncle Moe Keale was a notable Hawaiin musician who influenced much of his early life.

He formed his first band, the Mahaka Sons of Ni’ihau, at age 15. The band toured Hawaii and the US and released 15 successful albums. Kamakawiwoʻole’s group became Hawaii’s most popular band.

After the band separated, Kamakawiwoʻole started a solo career in 1990 with his album Ka ʻAnoʻi, which won awards for Album of the Year in Hawaii. The album contained Kamakawiwoʻole’s interpretation of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which remains his most popular song to date.

15. Ghostface Killah

Most people might not know Dennis Coles, but they most likely know Ghostface Killah, Coles’ stage name. He was born on May 9, 1970, in Staten Island, New York, where he grew up and helped raise his two younger brothers.

Killah is best known as a member of the Wu-Tang Clan and for his loud, fast-paced rap flow. He has also collaborated with other hip-hop stars like RZA and The LOX.

He’s been called one of the top MCs of all time and has released several successful solo albums, including Supreme Clientele (2000) and Fishscale (2006).

Summing Up Our List Of The Greatest Taurus Singers

As you can see, April and May contain the birthdays of many talented people.

Whether it’s a trait that all these people share or just a happy astrological coincidence, it’s easy to see that Taureans make great singers and performers!

Have we missed any singers off this list that you think should be on here? Let us know, and we’ll add them!

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Laura has over 12 years experience teaching both classical and jazz saxophone and clarinet. She now resides in California where she works as a session and live performer.