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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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  1. 186
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
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  2. 139
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
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  3. 85
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    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
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    added by: First L
  4. 112
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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
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    added by: Coolza
  5. 151
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
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  6. 109
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    52
  7. 191
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music More
    41
  8. 118
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock More
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  9. 53
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    58
  10. 179
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
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    added by: Coolza
  11. 73
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
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    added by: noble220
  12. 40
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
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  13. 180
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
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  14. 39
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    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
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  15. 119
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    Alternative rock More
    50
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  16. 104
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    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
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  17. 58
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    57
  18. 95
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop More
    53
  19. 49
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
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  20. 72
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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music More
    56
  21. 15
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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
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  22. 145
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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound More
    48
  23. 100
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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
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  24. 37
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
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  25. 184
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul More
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  26. 163
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
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  27. 83
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    54
  28. 65
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    57
  29. 192
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    Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues More
    41
    added by: threerockcove
  30. 143
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    48
  31. 69
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
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  32. 89
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    54
    added by: mrblond
    Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
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    Dusty Hill

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    38
  34. 98
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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music More
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  35. 84
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
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  36. 162
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Donny Hathaway

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul More
    46
  37. 147
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
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  38. 50
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
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  39. 197
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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  40. 8
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
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    Peter Green

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
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  45. 25
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
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  46. 62
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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  48. 31
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
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