He is best known internationally for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2001. In 2000, Padar was one of the backing vocalists for Ines – who at the time was also his girlfriend – at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000. In 2001, he, along with the boyband 2XL and Aruba born Dave Benton claimed the spotlight by winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 with the song "Everybody".
Padar performs in a band called Tanel Padar & The Sun, one of the most popular bands in Estonia.
In 2006, Tanel Padar & The Sun had the following positions in the Estonian 2006 chart (top 40): #1, #4, #12, #23, #29, #31. One of their songs also claimed the R2 Hit of the Year prize.
The song "Hopelessness You" made it to the Music Television World Chart Express.