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The Best Singers of All Time

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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 Criteria: Individual singers in any genre. Not bands

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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
    Up 334
    Down 242
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    92
  3. 3
    Up 331
    Down 199
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band More
    89
  4. 4
    Up 347
    Down 306

    most listed
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    87
  5. 5
    Up 326
    Down 232
    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    86
  6. 6
    Up 267
    Down 191
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    86
  7. 7
    Up 250
    Down 184
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    84
  8. 8
    Up 260
    Down 195
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    84
  9. 9
    Up 233
    Down 161
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    83
  10. 10
    Up 266
    Down 201
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    83
  11. 11
    Up 222
    Down 164
    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music More
    83
  12. 12
    Up 223
    Down 139
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    82
  13. 13
    Up 224
    Down 174
    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    81
  14. 14
    Up 233
    Down 147
    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    80
  15. 15
    Up 180
    Down 126
    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    79
  16. 16
    Up 156
    Down 122
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    77
  17. 17
    Up 184
    Down 147
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    75
  18. 18
    Up 194
    Down 123
    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    74
  19. 19
    Up 163
    Down 113
    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    74
  20. 20
    Up 154
    Down 115
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    73
  21. 21
    Up 153
    Down 101
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    73
  22. 22
    Up 209
    Down 151
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    73
  23. 23
    Up 166
    Down 140
    Reggae More
    73
  24. 24
    Up 141
    Down 114
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    72
  25. 25
    Up 153
    Down 152
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    70
  26. 26
    Up 121
    Down 78
    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    69
  27. 27
    Up 173
    Down 160

    controversial
    Mariah Carey

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    68
  28. 28
    Up 98
    Down 70
    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    68
  29. 29
    Up 96
    Down 55

    ranked low on reranks
    Patsy Cline

    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly More
    68
  30. 30
    Up 130
    Down 128

    controversial
    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    67
  31. 31
    Up 148
    Down 127
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    66
  32. 32
    Up 70
    Down 35

    Roy Orbison

    66
  33. 33
    Up 181
    Down 147
    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    65
  34. 34
    Up 67
    Down 43
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz More
    65
  35. 35
    Up 89
    Down 70
    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    65
  36. 36
    Up 63
    Down 19

    ranked low on reranks
    Karen Carpenter

    Pop music, Soft rock More
    65
  37. 37
    Up 125
    Down 117
    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    64
  38. 38
    Up 136
    Down 114
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    62
  39. 39
    Up 86
    Down 83
    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    61
  40. 40
    Up 111
    Down 101
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  41. 41
    Up 36
    Down 23
    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    60
    added by: Coolza
  42. 42
    Up 78
    Down 85
    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B More
    60
  43. 43
    Up 48
    Down 43
    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    59
  44. 44
    Up 87
    Down 65
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    59
  45. 45
    Up 132
    Down 119
    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    59
  46. 46
    Up 99
    Down 103
    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    59
  47. 47
    Up 115
    Down 119
    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    59
  48. 48
    Up 81
    Down 58
    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    58
  49. 49
    Up 62
    Down 57
    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    58
    added by: PeteBoyle
  50. 50
    Up 23
    Down 5
    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music More
    58
    added by: Coolza
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