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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. 49
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  3. 52
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  5. 130
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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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  6. 173
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    added by looksharp Rock music, Folk music, Country rock

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  7. 119
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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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  8. 54
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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  9. 70
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    added by PeteBoyle Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  10. 189
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    added by Juba Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

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  11. 195
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    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock

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  12. 204
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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  13. 161
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    added by mrblond Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock

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  14. 135
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    added by Coolza Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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  16. 134
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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  17. 92
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  18. 151
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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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  19. 147
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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  20. 191
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

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  23. 152
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    added by IsabelKühn Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by jets2008 Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  27. 105
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    Pop music, Folk rock

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  28. 106
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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  29. 84
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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  30. 111
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    added by First L Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  33. 202
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    ranked low on reranks Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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  34. 129
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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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  35. 128
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    added by Coolza Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

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

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  37. 144
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    added by misterp01 Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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  38. 57
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  39. 75
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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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  40. 186
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal

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  41. 110
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    added by Sesel88 Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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  42. 61
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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    added by Coolza Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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  44. 113
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  45. 209
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    added by Tunanorth Crossover Greatest new singer of her generation. 

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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  47. 200
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    added by Coolza Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    added by Coolza Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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    added by Coolza Alternative rock, Alternative metal

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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