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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. 52
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    58
  2. 26
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    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    69
  3. 58
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    57
  4. 109
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    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    52
  5. 151
    Up 23
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    controversial
    Avril Lavigne

    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    46
  6. 93
    Up 36
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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music More
    53
  7. 57
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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    57
  8. 49
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    58
    added by: PeteBoyle
  9. 154
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    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock More
    46
  10. 194
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Peter Green

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    41
  11. 89
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    54
    added by: mrblond
    Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
  12. 181
    Up 8
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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  13. 135
    Up 10
    Down 5
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    49
    added by: Coolza
  14. 30
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    controversial
    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    67
  15. 205
    Up 13
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    about to drop off
    Elvis Costello

    New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock More
    39
  16. 95
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    53
  17. 115
    Up 28
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    51
  18. 167
    Up 19
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Björk

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    45
  19. 160
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly More
    45
  20. 180
    Up 10
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    42
  21. 103
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    53
  22. 60
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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    57
  23. 174
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    43
    added by: jets2008
  24. 200
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    about to drop off
    Grace Slick

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
    added by: MariaVitóriaSantos
  25. 8
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    84
  26. 7
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    84
  27. 67
    Up 59
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    Pop music, Folk rock More
    56
  28. 100
    Up 37
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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    53
  29. 68
    Up 51
    Down 49
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    56
  30. 85
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    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    54
    added by: First L
  31. 108
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    52
  32. 69
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    56
  33. 177
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    43
  34. 117
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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country More
    50
  35. 116
    Up 10
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    51
    added by: Coolza
  36. 203
    Up 14
    Down 18
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    39
    added by: misterp01
  37. 62
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    57
  38. 131
    Up 29
    Down 13

    ranked low on reranks
    Art Garfunkel

    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
  39. 149
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dee Snider

    Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal More
    47
  40. 105
    Up 49
    Down 43
    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    52
    added by: Sesel88
  41. 106
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    52
  42. 41
    Up 36
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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    60
    added by: Coolza
  43. 73
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    56
  44. 153
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    46
  45. 163
    Up 6
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    45
    added by: Coolza
  46. 187
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  47. 104
    Up 14
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    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    52
    added by: Coolza
  48. 113
    Up 35
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop More
    51
  49. 129
    Up 29
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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    49
    added by: clash1977
  50. 164
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    45
    added by: Coolza
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