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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!
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  1. 114
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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  2. 48
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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  3. 68
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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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  4. 226
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    added by GingerBoehne Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  5. 50
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    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  6. 303
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    added by tygreg1996 Country pop, Country rock, Country

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  7. 19
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    ranked low on reranks Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  8. 98
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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  9. 289
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    added by tygreg1996 Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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  10. 233
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    new! & added by looksharp Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

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  11. 271
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    added by tygreg1996 Country

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  12. 196
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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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  13. 83
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    added by misterp01 New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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  14. 194
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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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  15. 234
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    Shock rock, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  16. 151
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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  17. 162
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  18. 172
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    added by Coolza Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  19. 102
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    added by Coolza Alternative rock, Alternative metal

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  20. 90
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    added by jets2008 Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  21. 15
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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  22. 165
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    added by tygreg1996 Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country

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  23. 291
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    added by tygreg1996 Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

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  24. 121
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    added by misterp01 Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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  25. 184
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    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  26. 270
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    added by tygreg1996 Pop music, Folk music, Country

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  28. 82
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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  29. 24
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  30. 34
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    ranked low on reranks Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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  31. 62
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    added by Coolza Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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  32. 38
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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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  33. 186
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    added by jets2008 Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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  34. 110
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    Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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  35. 43
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  36. 145
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    Rock music, Swing music, Folk music

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  37. 201
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    added by IsabelKühn Pop music, Rock music

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  38. 63
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    added by Coolza Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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  40. 136
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    added by mal1 Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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  41. 255
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    Rhythm and blues, Gospel music, Blues

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  42. 76
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  44. 107
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    added by First L Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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  45. 109
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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  46. 100
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    Pop music, Folk rock

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  47. 56
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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    added by looksharp Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

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  49. 54
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    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    added by aufa.madihah.fst Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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