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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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    Steven Tyler

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    48
  2. 31
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    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    62
  3. 51
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    48
  4. 67
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    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    46
  5. 122
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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. 117
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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music More
    41
  8. 50
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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    48
  9. 66
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    46
    added by: PeteBoyle
  10. 195
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    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret More
    32
    added by: Juba
  11. 196
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fish

    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock More
    32
  12. 218
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    Peter Green

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    30
  13. 159
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    36
    added by: mrblond
    Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
  14. 134
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    40
    added by: Coolza
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    Pop music, Rock music, Country rock More
    31
  16. 33
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    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    60
  17. 144
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    39
  18. 88
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    44
  19. 153
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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    38
  20. 145
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly More
    39
  21. 186
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
  22. 93
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    44
  23. 61
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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    47
  24. 175
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    Joan Jett

    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    34
    added by: jets2008
  25. 7
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    80
  26. 11
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    76
  27. 102
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    Pop music, Folk rock More
    42
  28. 96
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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    43
  29. 81
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    44
  30. 112
    Up 45
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    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
    41
  32. 72
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    45
  33. 204
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    31
  34. 136
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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country More
    40
  35. 116
    Up 29
    Down 42
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  36. 203
    Up 4
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    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  37. 147
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    39
    added by: misterp01
  38. 205
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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music More
    31
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  39. 76
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    45
  40. 90
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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
  41. 181
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    Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal More
    33
  42. 99
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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    43
    added by: Sesel88
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    32
    added by: dsheffield
  44. 60
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    47
  45. 68
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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    46
    added by: Coolza
  46. 201
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    No image
    New Wave, New Age, New Age music More
    31
    added by: dsheffield
  47. 143
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    39
  48. 213
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    Crossover More
    30
    added by: Tunanorth
    Greatest new singer of her generation. 
  49. 169
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    35
  50. 225
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    Turkish pop music More
    29
    added by: Juba
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