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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
    Up 945
    Down 407

    the people's #1
    Freddie Mercury

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 497
    Down 416
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    91
  3. 3
    Up 558
    Down 476

    most listed
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 521
    Down 343

    ranked low on reranks
    Whitney Houston

    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    89
  5. 5
    Up 466
    Down 329
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band More
    87
  6. 6
    Up 386
    Down 307
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    85
  7. 7
    Up 382
    Down 305
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    84
  8. 8
    Up 396
    Down 320
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    84
  9. 9
    Up 323
    Down 264
    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    82
  10. 10
    Up 319
    Down 254
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    82
  11. 11
    Up 364
    Down 310
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    82
  12. 12
    Up 304
    Down 248
    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music More
    82
  13. 13
    Up 312
    Down 241
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    78
  14. 14
    Up 263
    Down 203
    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    78
  15. 15
    Up 329
    Down 232
    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    77
  16. 16
    Up 220
    Down 201
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    74
  17. 17
    Up 248
    Down 248
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    74
  18. 18
    Up 294
    Down 234
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    73
  19. 19
    Up 248
    Down 210
    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    73
  20. 20
    Up 202
    Down 186
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    72
  21. 21
    Up 208
    Down 186
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    70
  22. 22
    Up 229
    Down 173
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    70
  23. 23
    Up 259
    Down 209
    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    70
  24. 24
    Up 272
    Down 244
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    69
  25. 25
    Up 218
    Down 222
    Reggae More
    68
  26. 26
    Up 204
    Down 236

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mick Jagger

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    68
  27. 27
    Up 215
    Down 199
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    66
  28. 28
    Up 180
    Down 199

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    66
  29. 29
    Up 188
    Down 134

    ranked low on reranks
    Nat King Cole

    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    65
  30. 30
    Up 291
    Down 219

    ranked low on reranks
    Adele

    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    65
  31. 31
    Up 194
    Down 154
    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    64
  32. 32
    Up 150
    Down 134
    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    63
  33. 33
    Up 137
    Down 127
    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    61
  34. 34
    Up 117
    Down 83
    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    59
  35. 35
    Up 149
    Down 122
    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly More
    58
  36. 36
    Up 206
    Down 184
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    58
  37. 37
    Up 164
    Down 181
    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    58
  38. 38
    Up 139
    Down 73

    ranked low on reranks
    Karen Carpenter

    Pop music, Soft rock More
    57
  39. 39
    Up 100
    Down 110
    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    57
  40. 40
    Up 189
    Down 177
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  41. 41
    Up 119
    Down 147

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Luther Vandross

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B More
    55
  42. 42
    Up 128
    Down 86
    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    55
  43. 43
    Up 121
    Down 108
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz More
    55
  44. 44
    Up 177
    Down 192
    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    54
  45. 45
    Up 89
    Down 74
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    54
  46. 46
    Up 94
    Down 103
    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    54
  47. 47
    Up 76
    Down 80
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
  48. 48
    Up 132
    Down 167
    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    53
  49. 49
    Up 97
    Down 87
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    53
  50. 50
    Up 109
    Down 105
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    52
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