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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!
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 52
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    51
  2. 29
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    ranked low on reranks
    Nat King Cole

    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    65
  3. 48
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    52
  4. 83
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    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    47
  5. 144
    Up 36
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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
  6. 107
    Up 46
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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music More
    44
  7. 45
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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    54
  8. 72
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    49
    added by: PeteBoyle
  9. 179
    Up 24
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    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock More
    34
  10. 191
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Peter Green

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    32
  11. 153
    Up 40
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    39
    added by: mrblond
    Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
  12. 123
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  13. 28
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    65
  14. 122
    Up 41
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    42
  15. 104
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    44
  16. 152
    Up 27
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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    39
  17. 141
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly More
    40
  18. 188
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    Carly Simon

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
  19. 78
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    48
  20. 51
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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    51
  21. 173
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    Joan Jett

    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    35
    added by: jets2008
  22. 8
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    84
  23. 7
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    84
  24. 89
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    Pop music, Folk rock More
    46
  25. 93
    Up 46
    Down 56
    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    46
  26. 197
    Up 2
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    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
    31
    added by: abbylovescandy
  27. 80
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    Down 70
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    48
  28. 114
    Up 37
    Down 40
    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    43
    added by: First L
  29. 96
    Up 48
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    45
  30. 68
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    49
  31. 194
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    32
  32. 139
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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country More
    40
  33. 101
    Up 22
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    45
    added by: Coolza
  34. 129
    Up 23
    Down 36
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    41
    added by: misterp01
  35. 70
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    49
  36. 103
    Up 40
    Down 29
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    45
  37. 174
    Up 17
    Down 50
    Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal More
    35
  38. 94
    Up 58
    Down 61
    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    46
    added by: Sesel88
  39. 53
    Up 57
    Down 48
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    51
  40. 69
    Up 96
    Down 91
    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    49
    added by: Coolza
  41. 136
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    41
  42. 192
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    Down 24

    ranked low on reranks
    Jackie Evancho

    Crossover More
    32
    added by: Tunanorth
    Greatest new singer of her generation. 
  43. 159
    Up 21
    Down 40
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    38
  44. 180
    Up 9
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    34
    added by: Coolza
  45. 195
    Up 22
    Down 30
    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  46. 121
    Up 28
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    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  47. 99
    Up 53
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop More
    45
  48. 171
    Up 9
    Down 24
    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    35
  49. 167
    Up 29
    Down 65
    Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    36
    added by: clash1977
  50. 147
    Up 38
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    ranked low on reranks
    Phil Collins

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
    added by: Coolza
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