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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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      Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
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    2. 27
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      Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
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    3. 46
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      Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
      56
    4. 110
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      Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
      50
    5. 128
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      Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
      47
    6. 96
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      Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music More
      51
    7. 54
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      Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
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    8. 43
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      Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
      58
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    9. 160
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      Fish

      Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock More
      43
    10. 193
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      Peter Green

      Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
      38
    11. 114
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      Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
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      added by: mrblond
      Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
    12. 129
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      Minnie Riperton

      Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
      46
      added by: Coolza
    13. 30
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      James Brown

      Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
      65
    14. 115
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      Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
      49
    15. 117
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      Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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    16. 149
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      Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
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    17. 140
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      Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly More
      45
    18. 191
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      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
      38
    19. 84
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      Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
      52
    20. 52
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      Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
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      Joan Jett

      Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
      41
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    22. 7
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      Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
      84
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      Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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    24. 92
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      Pop music, Folk rock More
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    25. 116
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      Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
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    26. 187
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      Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
      38
      added by: abbylovescandy
    27. 65
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      Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
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    28. 198
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      Acoustic music, Jazz, Blues More
      35
    29. 70
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      Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
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    30. 104
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      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
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    31. 75
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      Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
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      Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
      37
    33. 134
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      Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country More
      46
    34. 105
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      Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
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      Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
      50
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    36. 87
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
      52
    37. 120
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      Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
      48
    38. 154
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      Dee Snider

      Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal More
      43
    39. 118
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      Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
      48
      added by: Sesel88
    40. 55
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      Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
      55
    41. 44
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      Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
      58
      added by: Coolza
    42. 83
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      Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
      52
    43. 184
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      Crossover More
      39
      added by: Tunanorth
      Greatest new singer of her generation. 
    44. 181
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
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    45. 176
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      Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
      40
      added by: Coolza
    46. 195
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      Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
      37
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      Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
      51
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    48. 113
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      Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop More
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    49. 196
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      Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
      37
    50. 151
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      Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
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      added by: clash1977
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