The Best Singers of All Time Bands/Musicians

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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  1. 1
    + 10922
    - 7041
    Freddie Mercury

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

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  2. 2
    + 6237
    - 6642
    Whitney Houston


    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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  3. 3
    + 5707
    - 6578
    Elvis Presley


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  4. 4
    + 4736
    - 5591
    Frank Sinatra


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  5. 5
    + 6595
    - 7003
    Michael Jackson


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  6. 6
    + 3795
    - 5374
    Aretha Franklin


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  7. 7
    + 3075
    - 4811
    Stevie Wonder


    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  8. 8
    + 3233
    - 4175
    David Bowie


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  9. 9
    + 4223
    - 5160
    Adele


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  10. 10
    + 2634
    - 3785
    Marvin Gaye


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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  11. 11
    + 2977
    - 5073
    Paul McCartney

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  12. 12
    + 1831
    - 2403
    Nat King Cole


    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  13. 13
    + 3004
    - 4351
    Elton John


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  14. 14
    + 2870
    - 4442
    Robert Plant


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  15. 15
    + 2490
    - 2559

    ranked low on reranks
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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  16. 16
    + 2625
    - 4120
    Johnny Cash

    often listed
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  17. 17
    + 3925
    - 4208
    Celine Dion


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  18. 18
    + 2471
    - 3542
    Ella Fitzgerald


    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  19. 19
    + 3313
    - 5370
    John Lennon

    often listed
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  20. 20
    + 2800
    - 3347
    Barbra Streisand


    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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  21. 21
    + 2616
    - 3981
    Ray Charles

    often listed
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  22. 22
    + 3850
    - 4896
    Mariah Carey


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  23. 23
    + 3813
    - 4371
    Christina Aguilera


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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  24. 24
    + 1796
    - 1846

    added by mwahahahaha
    Opera

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  25. 25
    + 1355
    - 1880
    Billie Holiday


    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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  26. 26
    + 2133
    - 2753
    Tina Turner


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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  27. 27
    + 2291
    - 3055
    Annie Lennox


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  28. 28
    + 1176
    - 1533

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

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  29. 29
    + 1968
    - 2454


    Pop music, Soft rock

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  30. 30
    + 1425
    - 1787


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  31. 31
    + 1822
    - 2995
    Roy Orbison


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  32. 32
    + 1743
    - 2811
    Jim Morrison


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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  33. 33
    + 1642
    - 2084

    added by Coolza
    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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  34. 34
    + 1530
    - 2472
    Janis Joplin

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  35. 35
    + 1409
    - 2224
    Otis Redding

    often listed
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  36. 36
    + 1574
    - 2500
    Bob Marley

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Reggae

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  37. 37
    + 873
    - 1140

    added by Zaliste
    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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  38. 38
    + 1060
    - 1269

    ranked low on reranks
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  39. 39
    + 1345
    - 1762
    Stevie Nicks


    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  40. 40
    + 1042
    - 1175


    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  41. 41
    + 1214
    - 1840

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

    ;
  42. 42
    + 1308
    - 2218
    Sam Cooke

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

    ;
  43. 43
    + 3465
    - 4111
    Madonna

    added by malmrphy
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  44. 44
    + 801
    - 925

    added by LeenaPhillips

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  45. 45
    + 2214
    - 2272
    Donna Summer

    ranked low on reranks
    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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  46. 46
    + 1449
    - 2064
    Steve Perry


    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ;
  47. 47
    + 2133
    - 2530


    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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  48. 48
    + 1285
    - 2145
    Etta James

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  49. 49
    + 950
    - 1175

    added by SarahBrignell
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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  50. 50
    + 1120
    - 1481


    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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