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The Best Singers of All Time

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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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  1. 1
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    Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  2. 2
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    Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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  3. 3
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    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  4. 4
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    - 5,956
    Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  6. 6
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    - 5,645
    Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  7. 7
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    - 5,092
    Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  8. 8
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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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  10. 10
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    - 4,482
    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  11. 11
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    Adele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  12. 12
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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  13. 13
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    - 2,639
    Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  16. 16
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    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    - 4,443
    Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    - 3,759
    Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    + 2,677
    - 2,806

    ranked low on reranks
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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  20. 20
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    - 4,204
    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  21. 21
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    - 3,543
    Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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  22. 22
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    - 4,594
    Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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  23. 23
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    - 5,190
    Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  24. 24
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    - 2,054
    Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    - 2,044

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    Opera

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    - 2,942
    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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  27. 27
    + 2,407
    - 3,254
    Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    - 2,624


    Pop music, Soft rock

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    Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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    - 2,287

    added by Coolza
    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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  32. 32
    + 1,565
    - 1,988


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  33. 33
    + 1,934
    - 3,182
    Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  34. 34
    + 1,667
    - 2,659
    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  35. 35
    + 1,530
    - 2,395
    Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  36. 36
    + 1,267
    - 1,361

    ranked low on reranks
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  37. 37
    + 1,716
    - 2,683
    Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Reggae

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    + 1,473
    - 1,934
    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 1,191
    - 1,440

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

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  40. 40
    + 1,314
    - 2,031

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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  41. 41
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    - 4,323
    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    added by malmrphy
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  42. 42
    + 1,405
    - 2,385
    Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  43. 43
    + 1,401
    - 2,298
    Etta James is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  44. 44
    + 2,348
    - 2,381
    Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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  45. 45
    + 1,561
    - 2,237
    Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  46. 46
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    - 2,647

    ranked low on reranks
    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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  47. 47
    + 961
    - 1,303

    added by Zaliste
    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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  48. 48
    + 1,221
    - 1,622


    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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  49. 49
    + 2,401
    - 2,915
    George Michael is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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    - 1,305

    added by SarahBrignell
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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