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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. 178
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    33
  2. 106
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
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  3. 111
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    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    41
    added by: First L
  4. 201
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    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  5. 70
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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    45
    added by: Coolza
  6. 158
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    36
  7. 107
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    42
  8. 228
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music More
    29
  9. 88
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  10. 57
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    47
  11. 93
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    Bette Midler

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  12. 112
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
    added by: noble220
  13. 31
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    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    62
  14. 191
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
  15. 17
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    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    71
  16. 152
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    Alternative rock More
    38
    added by: Coolza
  17. 127
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    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  18. 52
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    48
  19. 103
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop More
    42
  20. 73
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    45
    added by: PeteBoyle
  21. 67
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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music More
    46
  22. 16
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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    71
  23. 198
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ronnie Milsap

    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound More
    31
  24. 94
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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    43
  25. 34
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    60
  26. 123
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    ranked low on reranks
    Phil Collins

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  27. 56
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    47
  28. 218
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    30
    added by: looksharp
  29. 189
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: looksharp
  30. 82
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    44
  31. 114
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    41
  32. 72
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    45
  33. 159
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    36
    added by: mrblond
    Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
  34. 164
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    36
  35. 87
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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music More
    44
  36. 119
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    41
  37. 165
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul More
    36
  38. 116
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  39. 50
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    Steven Tyler

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    48
  40. 7
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    81
  41. 118
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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    added by: Coolza
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    68
  43. 216
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Peter Green

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    30
  44. 21
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
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  45. 78
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    45
  46. 80
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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  47. 29
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
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  48. 166
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
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  49. 105
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    42
  50. 9
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    78
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