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The Best Singers of All Time

List Criteria: Individual singers in any genre. Not bands

Who are the best singers of all time? That's a tough question to ask. This list includes many of the greatest vocalists ever, from all genres of music. Whether it's the incomparable, late, great Whitney Houston with her extraordinary pop and R&B tones or rock icons like Freddie Mercury from Queen, Jim Morrison from The Doors or John Lennon and/or Paul McCartney from The Beatles, this list spans decades of incredible musicians. What singers do you feel are the greatest of all time? What are some of the greatest voices in music? Vote for your favorites, vote down any you don't like and feel free to rerank this list your way.

Vote: The Best Rock Vocalists

Putting together the top singers in music history is a tall order. Everyone has an opinion. Some might lean more toward rock vocalists as their personal favorite (think Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks and Mick Jagger), while others might prefer excellent pop or R&B vocalists like the late Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, or even Stevie Wonder, James Brown or Aretha Franklin.

Rank: The Top Female Vocalists of the Last Decade

Country musicians could also easily be included on this list. Musicians like Johnny Cash and Keith Whitley gave new meaning to great vocals with outstanding country songs. Female country artists, including modern era vocalists like Carrie Underwood could also be included. If country's your thing, vote and add away!
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Freddie Mercury

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 425
    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    92
  3. 3
    Up 584
    Down 531
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    90
  4. 4
    Up 641
    Down 612

    most listed
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    89
  5. 5
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    Down 437
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band More
    83
  6. 6
    Up 430
    Down 413
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    81
  7. 7
    Up 461
    Down 419
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    81
  8. 8
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    Down 333
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    80
  9. 9
    Up 416
    Down 406
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    78
  10. 10
    Up 371
    Down 356
    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    77
  11. 11
    Up 413
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    77
  12. 12
    Up 340
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    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music More
    75
  13. 13
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    72
  14. 14
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    72
  15. 15
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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    71
  16. 16
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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    71
  17. 17
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    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    71
  18. 18
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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    71
  19. 19
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    69
  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks
    Adele

    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    68
  21. 21
    Up 260
    Down 294
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    68
  22. 22
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    Down 332
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    68
  23. 23
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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    68
  24. 24
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    Reggae More
    67
  25. 25
    Up 223
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    67
  26. 26
    Up 284
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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    66
  27. 27
    Up 228
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    66
  28. 28
    Up 251
    Down 232
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    65
  29. 29
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    63
  30. 30
    Up 216
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    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    63
  31. 31
    Up 277
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    ranked low on reranks
    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    62
  32. 32
    Up 206
    Down 261

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    61
  33. 33
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    Down 116

    ranked low on reranks
    Christina Aguilera

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    60
  34. 34
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    60
  35. 35
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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    60
  36. 36
    Up 126
    Down 56

    ranked low on reranks
    Donna Summer

    New Wave, Disco, Pop music More
    56
  37. 37
    Up 153
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Al Green

    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    54
  38. 38
    Up 169
    Down 137

    ranked low on reranks
    Karen Carpenter

    Pop music, Soft rock More
    54
  39. 39
    Up 167
    Down 185
    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly More
    54
  40. 40
    Up 109
    Down 65
    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop More
    54
  41. 41
    Up 88
    Down 63
    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock More
    54
  42. 42
    Up 137
    Down 204

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Luther Vandross

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B More
    53
  43. 43
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    Down 144
    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    53
  44. 44
    Up 118
    Down 178
    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    52
  45. 45
    Up 206
    Down 236
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    52
  46. 46
    Up 196
    Down 257
    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    49
  47. 47
    Up 137
    Down 162
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz More
    49
  48. 48
    Up 71
    Down 102
    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    49
  49. 49
    Up 111
    Down 154
    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    48
  50. 50
    Up 148
    Down 158

    ranked low on reranks
    Steven Tyler

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    48
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