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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!
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    ranked low on reranks Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  3. 180
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    added by tygreg1996 Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  4. 195
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    added by looksharp Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  5. 229
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    added by GingerBoehne Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  6. 111
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    added by First L Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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  7. 234
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    added by aufa.madihah.fst Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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    added by tygreg1996 Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Country

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    added by looksharp Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

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  10. 103
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    added by Coolza Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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  11. 190
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

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  12. 101
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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  13. 230
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

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    added by Coolza Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    added by Coolza Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by noble220 Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  20. 28
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    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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    new! & added by Coolza Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    new! & added by Coolza Alternative hip hop, Dark ambient, Synthpop

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    added by CostinMoraru Alternative hip hop, Nu metal, Emo

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    added by Coolza Alternative rock

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    added by Coolza Alternative rock, Alternative metal

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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  28. 176
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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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  29. 70
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    added by PeteBoyle Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  30. 65
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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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  31. 12
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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  32. 241
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    added by tygreg1996 Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

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  33. 246
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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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  34. 113
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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  38. 238
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    added by looksharp Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  39. 84
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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  40. 141
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  41. 56
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  42. 152
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  44. 104
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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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  45. 184
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    added by tygreg1996 Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  46. 126
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  47. 202
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul

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  48. 110
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    added by Coolza Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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    added by tygreg1996 Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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