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
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    - 7222
    Freddie Mercury

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

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  2. 2
    + 6537
    - 6863
    Whitney Houston


    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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  3. 3
    + 5953
    - 6774
    Elvis Presley


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  4. 4
    + 4965
    - 5784
    Frank Sinatra


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

    ;
  5. 5
    + 6903
    - 7193
    Michael Jackson


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  6. 6
    + 3974
    - 5510
    Aretha Franklin


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  7. 7
    + 3233
    - 4955
    Stevie Wonder


    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  8. 8
    + 3122
    - 5250
    Paul McCartney

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  9. 9
    + 3389
    - 4333
    David Bowie


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  10. 10
    + 2773
    - 3915
    Marvin Gaye


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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  11. 11
    + 4486
    - 5388
    Adele


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  12. 12
    + 2990
    - 4592
    Robert Plant

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

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  13. 13
    + 3171
    - 4476
    Elton John


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  14. 14
    + 1950
    - 2527
    Nat King Cole


    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  15. 15
    + 2750
    - 4252
    Johnny Cash

    often listed
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  16. 16
    + 2610
    - 2685

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

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  17. 17
    + 2590
    - 3647
    Ella Fitzgerald

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  18. 18
    + 3436
    - 5485
    John Lennon

    often listed
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  19. 19
    + 4077
    - 4352
    Celine Dion


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  20. 20
    + 2715
    - 4094
    Ray Charles

    often listed
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  21. 21
    + 2924
    - 3472
    Barbra Streisand


    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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  22. 22
    + 3978
    - 5054
    Mariah Carey


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  23. 23
    + 3930
    - 4509
    Christina Aguilera


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

    ;
  24. 24
    + 1920
    - 1945

    added by mwahahahaha
    Opera

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  25. 25
    + 1439
    - 1957
    Billie Holiday


    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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  26. 26
    + 2219
    - 2840
    Tina Turner


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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  27. 27
    + 1250
    - 1632

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

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  28. 28
    + 2056
    - 2533


    Pop music, Soft rock

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  29. 29
    + 2356
    - 3152
    Annie Lennox


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  30. 30
    + 1510
    - 1883


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  31. 31
    + 1816
    - 2908
    Jim Morrison


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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  32. 32
    + 1884
    - 3081
    Roy Orbison


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  33. 33
    + 1753
    - 2179

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

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  34. 34
    + 1611
    - 2562
    Janis Joplin

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

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  35. 35
    + 1487
    - 2300
    Otis Redding


    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  36. 36
    + 1658
    - 2584
    Bob Marley


    Reggae

    ;
  37. 37
    + 1181
    - 1250

    ranked low on reranks
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  38. 38
    + 1426
    - 1842
    Stevie Nicks

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

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  39. 39
    + 1273
    - 1927


    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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  40. 40
    + 1371
    - 2295
    Sam Cooke


    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

    ;
  41. 41
    + 1134
    - 1353


    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

    ;
  42. 42
    + 925
    - 1221

    added by Zaliste
    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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  43. 43
    + 1358
    - 2216
    Etta James

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

    ;
  44. 44
    + 1510
    - 2150
    Steve Perry


    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ;
  45. 45
    + 3536
    - 4232
    Madonna

    added by malmrphy
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  46. 46
    + 1101
    - 1461


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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  47. 47
    + 1185
    - 1550


    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

    ;
  48. 48
    + 2264
    - 2344
    Donna Summer

    ranked low on reranks
    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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  49. 49
    + 843
    - 1005

    added by LeenaPhillips

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  50. 50
    + 1002
    - 1243

    added by SarahBrignell
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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