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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. 36
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    Karen Carpenter

    Pop music, Soft rock More
    64
  2. 122
    Up 14
    Down 5
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
    added by: Coolza
  3. 9
    Up 233
    Down 162
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    83
  4. 146
    Up 15
    Down 24
    Pop music, Country rock, Country More
    48
  5. 44
    Up 87
    Down 65
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    59
  6. 65
    Up 30
    Down 23
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    57
  7. 103
    Up 20
    Down 15
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    53
  8. 207
    Up 22
    Down 31
    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    38
  9. 28
    Up 98
    Down 70
    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    68
  10. 133
    Up 16
    Down 18
    Disco, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
    added by: hilly23
  11. 162
    Up 14
    Down 27
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul More
    45
  12. 16
    Up 157
    Down 122
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    77
  13. 181
    Up 8
    Down 6
    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  14. 6
    Up 267
    Down 191
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    86
  15. 147
    Up 11
    Down 6
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    47
    added by: Coolza
  16. 169
    Up 10
    Down 9
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  17. 21
    Up 154
    Down 115
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    73
  18. 79
    Up 24
    Down 13
    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music More
    55
  19. 80
    Up 35
    Down 32
    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    55
  20. 128
    Up 19
    Down 18
    Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    49
  21. 208
    Up 13
    Down 22
    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
    37
  22. 193
    Up 2
    Down 2
    Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues More
    41
    added by: threerockcove
  23. 203
    Up 14
    Down 18
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    39
    added by: misterp01
  24. 38
    Up 136
    Down 114
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  25. 164
    Up 14
    Down 7
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    45
    added by: Coolza
  26. 179
    Up 10
    Down 10
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  27. 166
    Up 19
    Down 35

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Björk

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    45
  28. 148
    Up 15
    Down 4

    ranked low on reranks
    Norah Jones

    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion More
    47
    added by: Coolza
  29. 172
    Up 21
    Down 16
    Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz More
    44
    added by: jets2008
  30. 171
    Up 8
    Down 17

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eva Cassidy

    Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  31. 130
    Up 17
    Down 13
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    49
  32. 49
    Up 23
    Down 5
    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music More
    58
    added by: Coolza
  33. 152
    Up 22
    Down 19
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    46
  34. 99
    Up 37
    Down 36
    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    53
  35. 97
    Up 31
    Down 33
    Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music More
    53
  36. 199
    Up 11
    Down 13
    Bubblegum pop, Music hall, Pop music More
    40
  37. 90
    Up 34
    Down 31
    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    53
  38. 39
    Up 86
    Down 83
    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    61
  39. 31
    Up 148
    Down 127
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    66
  40. 144
    Up 27
    Down 28
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    48
  41. 77
    Up 60
    Down 69
    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word More
    55
    added by: clash1977
  42. 120
    Up 25
    Down 30
    Indie pop, Celtic rock, Rock music More
    50
  43. 163
    Up 6
    Down 8
    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    45
    added by: Coolza
  44. 42
    Up 78
    Down 85
    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B More
    60
  45. 175
    Up 7
    Down 18
    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
    43
    added by: misterp01
  46. 70
    Up 69
    Down 62
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    56
  47. 108
    Up 32
    Down 27
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    52
  48. 132
    Up 21
    Down 15
    Rock music, Swing music, Folk music More
    49
  49. 57
    Up 55
    Down 47
    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    57
  50. 26
    Up 121
    Down 78
    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    69
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