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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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  1. 208
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    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music More
    32
    added by: looksharp
  2. 38
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    ranked low on reranks
    Karen Carpenter

    Pop music, Soft rock More
    57
  3. 116
    Up 26
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    43
    added by: Coolza
  4. 10
    Up 319
    Down 253
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    82
  5. 178
    Up 21
    Down 47
    Pop music, Country rock, Country More
    35
  6. 50
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    Down 105
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    52
  7. 88
    Up 42
    Down 44
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    47
  8. 77
    Up 36
    Down 35
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    48
  9. 194
    Up 28
    Down 56

    often listed
    Billie Joe Armstrong

    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    33
  10. 32
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    Down 134
    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    63
  11. 189
    Up 1
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
    added by: looksharp
  12. 145
    Up 23
    Down 35
    Disco, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
    added by: hilly23
  13. 163
    Up 18
    Down 45
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul More
    37
  14. 16
    Up 220
    Down 201
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    74
  15. 6
    Up 386
    Down 306
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    85
  16. 123
    Up 23
    Down 22
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  17. 147
    Up 22
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  18. 21
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    70
  19. 93
    Up 42
    Down 36
    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music More
    46
  20. 65
    Up 62
    Down 56
    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    49
  21. 127
    Up 27
    Down 39
    Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    42
  22. 195
    Up 1
    Down 1
    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    33
    added by: looksharp
  23. 158
    Up 24
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    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
    38
  24. 134
    Up 24
    Down 36
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    41
    added by: misterp01
  25. 40
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    Down 177
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  26. 148
    Up 39
    Down 21

    ranked low on reranks
    Phil Collins

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  27. 137
    Up 29
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  28. 219
    Up 2
    Down 5
    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
    30
    added by: abbylovescandy
  29. 153
    Up 27
    Down 55
    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    38
  30. 168
    Up 29
    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Norah Jones

    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion More
    37
    added by: Coolza
  31. 132
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    Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz More
    41
    added by: jets2008
  32. 179
    Up 13
    Down 38
    Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music More
    35
    added by: Coolza
  33. 141
    Up 25
    Down 33
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    40
  34. 76
    Up 43
    Down 27
    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music More
    48
    added by: Coolza
  35. 164
    Up 27
    Down 40
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    37
  36. 80
    Up 49
    Down 57
    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    48
  37. 111
    Up 12
    Down 2
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    43
    added by: The Cincinnati Kid
  38. 172
    Up 10
    Down 25
    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    35
  39. 115
    Up 43
    Down 54
    Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music More
    43
  40. 97
    Up 46
    Down 51
    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    45
  41. 31
    Up 194
    Down 154
    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    64
  42. 157
    Up 4
    Down 12
    Jazz, Blues More
    38
    added by: Justmax360
  43. 27
    Up 215
    Down 199
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    66
  44. 146
    Up 37
    Down 46
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    40
  45. 89
    Up 68
    Down 91
    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word More
    47
    added by: clash1977
  46. 205
    Up 1
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    Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    32
    added by: looksharp
  47. 149
    Up 29
    Down 48
    Indie pop, Celtic rock, Rock music More
    39
  48. 186
    Up 9
    Down 26

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    34
    added by: Coolza
  49. 41
    Up 119
    Down 147

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Luther Vandross

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B More
    55
  50. 202
    Up 11
    Down 36

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Terri Nunn

    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
    32
    added by: misterp01
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