The Best Singers of All Time

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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!
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    Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

  2. 2
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    Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

  3. 3
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    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

  4. 4
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    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  6. 6
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    Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  7. 7
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    Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

  8. 8
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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

  9. 9
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    Adele is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

  10. 10
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    Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

  12. 12
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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed
    Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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    Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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    Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

  18. 18
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    Hariharan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by Kaj Sel
    Hariharan Ghazal, Filmi

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    Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    Opera

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    Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop music, Soft rock

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    Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    added by Coolza
    Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Prince is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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    Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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    Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by tygreg1996
    Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

  38. 38
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    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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    Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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    Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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    Reggae

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    Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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    Crossover Greatest new singer of her generation. 

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    Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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    Judy Garland

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    Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    added by Zaliste
    Bing Crosby Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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    Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    added by malmrphy
    Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    added by Coolza
    Sade Adu

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    Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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