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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. 55
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    49
  2. 30
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    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    64
  3. 50
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    49
  4. 66
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    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    47
  5. 120
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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
  6. 161
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    Rock music, Folk music, Country rock More
    36
    added by: looksharp
  7. 123
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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music More
    41
  8. 47
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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    50
  9. 79
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    46
    added by: PeteBoyle
  10. 189
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    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret More
    32
    added by: Juba
  11. 192
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    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock More
    32
  12. 226
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Peter Green

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    30
  13. 159
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    37
    added by: mrblond
    Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
  14. 139
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  15. 205
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    Pop music, Rock music, Country rock More
    32
  16. 31
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    62
  17. 143
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    40
  18. 114
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    42
  19. 155
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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    37
  20. 149
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly More
    40
  21. 187
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
  22. 89
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    44
  23. 62
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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    48
  24. 175
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    Joan Jett

    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    35
    added by: jets2008
  25. 6
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    83
  26. 11
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  27. 98
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    Pop music, Folk rock More
    43
  28. 92
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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    44
  29. 77
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    Down 90
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    46
  30. 127
    Up 42
    Down 49
    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    41
    added by: First L
  31. 110
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    42
  32. 78
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    46
  33. 217
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    31
  34. 126
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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country More
    41
  35. 107
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  36. 212
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    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  37. 144
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    Down 38
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    40
    added by: misterp01
  38. 201
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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music More
    32
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  39. 70
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    47
  40. 88
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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
  41. 186
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dee Snider

    Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal More
    33
  42. 90
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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    44
    added by: Sesel88
  43. 58
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    49
  44. 67
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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    47
    added by: Coolza
  45. 146
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    40
  46. 211
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    Crossover More
    31
    added by: Tunanorth
    Greatest new singer of her generation. 
  47. 167
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    36
  48. 193
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    Turkish pop music More
    32
    added by: Juba
  49. 197
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    Down 28

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  50. 225
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    30
    added by: Coolza
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