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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. 185
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    41
  2. 133
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    Bee Gees

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    49
  3. 100
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    Kelly Clarkson

    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    53
    added by: First L
  4. 112
    Up 14
    Down 18

    ranked high on reranks
    Cyndi Lauper

    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    51
    added by: Coolza
  5. 156
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    Down 18

    ranked low on reranks
    k.d. lang

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    46
  6. 110
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    Down 27

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    Bryan Adams

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    52
  7. 196
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    Down 15
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music More
    40
  8. 118
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    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    Sarah McLachlan

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock More
    50
    added by: Coolza
  9. 58
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    Smokey Robinson

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    57
  10. 182
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    often listed
    Bette Midler

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  11. 70
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    ranked high on reranks
    Lionel Richie

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    56
    added by: noble220
  12. 39
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    60
  13. 179
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    42
  14. 40
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    often listed
    Barbra Streisand

    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    60
  15. 119
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    Down 6
    Alternative rock More
    50
    added by: Coolza
  16. 103
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    ranked high on reranks
    Amy Lee

    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    53
    added by: Coolza
  17. 60
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    ranked high on reranks
    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    57
  18. 92
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    John Fogerty

    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop More
    53
  19. 47
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    ranked high on reranks
    Tom Jones

    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    59
    added by: PeteBoyle
  20. 75
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    Dolly Parton

    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music More
    56
  21. 15
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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    79
  22. 145
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    Down 20

    ranked high on reranks
    Ronnie Milsap

    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound More
    48
  23. 97
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    Down 36

    ranked low on reranks
    Bob Seger

    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    53
  24. 37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    63
  25. 184
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  26. 170
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    Down 6
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  27. 81
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    often listed
    Billy Joel

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    55
  28. 69
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    56
  29. 203
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    Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues More
    40
    added by: threerockcove
  30. 144
    Up 25
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bonnie Raitt

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    48
  31. 67
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    Joe Cocker

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    56
  32. 87
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    ranked high on reranks
    Glenn Hughes

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    54
    added by: mrblond
    Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
  33. 208
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    often listed &about to drop off
    Dusty Hill

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    38
  34. 107
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    Down 14

    ranked low on reranks
    James Taylor

    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music More
    52
  35. 83
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Petty

    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    54
  36. 160
    Up 14
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Donny Hathaway

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul More
    46
  37. 148
    Up 10
    Down 6

    ranked low on reranks
    Tracy Chapman

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    47
    added by: Coolza
  38. 54
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    58
  39. 194
    Up 9
    Down 10
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
    added by: MariaVitóriaSantos
  40. 8
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    Down 194

    ranked high on reranks
    John Lennon

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    84
  41. 200
    Up 18
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
  42. 122
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    ranked low on reranks
    Sheryl Crow

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
    added by: Coolza
  43. 17
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    Down 145

    often listed
    Jim Morrison

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    75
  44. 192
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    Down 25

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Peter Green

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    41
  45. 25
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mick Jagger

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    70
  46. 61
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    Down 28

    ranked low on reranks
    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    57
  47. 62
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    57
  48. 31
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    Down 127

    often listed
    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    66
  49. 132
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tom Waits

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    49
  50. 197
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    40
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