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

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    new! & added by mara1lbp Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    added by GingerBoehne Pop music, Neo soul, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Soft rock

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    added by jozokatzzo Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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

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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Boogie-woogie

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

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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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  12. 110
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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  13. 195
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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  14. 48
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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    often listed & added by Purple Panther Gospel music

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    Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

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    added by IsabelKühn Pop music, Rock music

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    added by hilly23 Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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

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  20. 211
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul

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  21. 36
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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    ranked low on reranks & added by tygreg1996 New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by GraceMcCallum Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by Coolza Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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    added by jozokatzzo Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

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  27. 89
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    added by Coolza Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  28. 37
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  29. 135
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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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  30. 85
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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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  31. 82
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    Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    new! & added by bren911 Christian music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

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  34. 223
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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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  35. 158
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    added by misterp01 Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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  36. 46
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  37. 52
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  38. 113
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    added by Coolza Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  39. 90
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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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  40. 207
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    added by tygreg1996 Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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  41. 146
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    added by Coolza Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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  42. 163
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    added by jets2008 Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz

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    added by laustcawz Folk music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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  44. 161
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    added by Coolza Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music

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  45. 153
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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  46. 93
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    added by Coolza Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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  47. 172
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

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  48. 87
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    added by GraceMcCallum Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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  49. 219
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    ranked low on reranks & added by tygreg1996 Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

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