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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. 183
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    ranked low on reranks
    Barry Gibb

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    34
  2. 124
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    Down 50
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    42
  3. 115
    Up 37
    Down 40
    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    43
    added by: First L
  4. 196
    Up 2
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    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
    31
    added by: abbylovescandy
  5. 107
    Up 33
    Down 39
    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  6. 161
    Up 26
    Down 39

    often listed
    k.d. lang

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    38
  7. 98
    Up 48
    Down 46
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    45
  8. 200
    Up 22
    Down 39
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music More
    30
  9. 76
    Up 29
    Down 19
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock More
    49
    added by: Coolza
  10. 44
    Up 86
    Down 71
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    54
  11. 132
    Up 28
    Down 26
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  12. 111
    Up 45
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
    added by: noble220
  13. 38
    Up 197
    Down 182
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    58
  14. 188
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    Down 25

    ranked low on reranks
    Carly Simon

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
  15. 31
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    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    64
  16. 154
    Up 14
    Down 26
    Alternative rock More
    39
    added by: Coolza
  17. 122
    Up 28
    Down 31
    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  18. 48
    Up 93
    Down 84
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    53
  19. 90
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    Down 38
    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop More
    46
  20. 72
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    Down 102
    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    49
    added by: PeteBoyle
  21. 57
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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music More
    51
  22. 13
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    Down 197
    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    79
  23. 184
    Up 15
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ronnie Milsap

    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound More
    34
  24. 94
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    Down 57
    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    46
  25. 35
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    59
  26. 147
    Up 39
    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Phil Collins

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  27. 56
    Up 72
    Down 79
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
  28. 87
    Up 40
    Down 44
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    47
  29. 99
    Up 36
    Down 27
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    45
  30. 69
    Up 78
    Down 85
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    49
  31. 153
    Up 40
    Down 62
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    39
    added by: mrblond
    Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
  32. 187
    Up 11
    Down 15
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    33
  33. 84
    Up 38
    Down 33
    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music More
    48
  34. 101
    Up 85
    Down 82
    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    45
  35. 157
    Up 18
    Down 44
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul More
    38
  36. 128
    Up 21
    Down 22
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  37. 54
    Up 131
    Down 121
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    52
  38. 8
    Up 391
    Down 311
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    84
  39. 117
    Up 25
    Down 23
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    43
    added by: Coolza
  40. 17
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    Down 242
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    74
  41. 190
    Up 13
    Down 42
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    33
  42. 26
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mick Jagger

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    68
  43. 73
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    49
  44. 71
    Up 89
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    49
  45. 27
    Up 212
    Down 195
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    66
  46. 155
    Up 17
    Down 37
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    39
  47. 137
    Up 25
    Down 37
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    41
  48. 11
    Up 362
    Down 303
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    82
  49. 112
    Up 43
    Down 64
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    44
  50. 116
    Up 33
    Down 48
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    43
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