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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!
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 201
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    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  2. 38
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    Down 137

    ranked low on reranks
    Karen Carpenter

    Pop music, Soft rock More
    54
  3. 118
    Up 31
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  4. 8
    Up 381
    Down 333
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    80
  5. 180
    Up 22
    Down 52

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Don Williams

    Pop music, Country rock, Country More
    33
  6. 54
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    Down 143
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    47
  7. 82
    Up 51
    Down 62
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    44
  8. 91
    Up 43
    Down 57
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    44
  9. 186
    Up 30
    Down 59
    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    32
  10. 35
    Up 170
    Down 189
    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    60
  11. 218
    Up 3
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    30
    added by: looksharp
  12. 148
    Up 26
    Down 37
    Disco, Pop music, Rock music More
    39
    added by: hilly23
  13. 223
    Up 2
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    Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    30
    added by: Coolza
  14. 165
    Up 19
    Down 49
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul More
    36
  15. 23
    Up 244
    Down 284
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    68
  16. 6
    Up 430
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    81
  17. 116
    Up 30
    Down 28
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  18. 138
    Up 26
    Down 33
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  19. 27
    Up 228
    Down 249
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    66
  20. 96
    Up 51
    Down 53
    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music More
    43
  21. 64
    Up 76
    Down 81
    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    46
  22. 108
    Up 36
    Down 47
    Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    42
  23. 200
    Up 3
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    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  24. 157
    Up 26
    Down 45
    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
    36
  25. 147
    Up 25
    Down 40
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    39
    added by: misterp01
  26. 45
    Up 206
    Down 236
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    52
  27. 123
    Up 50
    Down 23

    ranked low on reranks
    Phil Collins

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  28. 93
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bette Midler

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  29. 155
    Up 30
    Down 59
    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    37
  30. 172
    Up 30
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    ranked low on reranks
    Norah Jones

    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion More
    35
    added by: Coolza
  31. 132
    Up 34
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    Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz More
    40
    added by: jets2008
  32. 187
    Up 13
    Down 43

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eva Cassidy

    Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  33. 144
    Up 28
    Down 36
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    39
  34. 83
    Up 53
    Down 48
    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  35. 158
    Up 30
    Down 44
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    36
  36. 94
    Up 53
    Down 78
    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    43
  37. 125
    Up 19
    Down 12
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
    added by: The Cincinnati Kid
  38. 163
    Up 14
    Down 27
    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    36
  39. 99
    Up 53
    Down 62
    Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music More
    43
  40. 104
    Up 51
    Down 68
    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    42
  41. 17
    Up 259
    Down 198
    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    71
  42. 29
    Up 242
    Down 262
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    63
  43. 151
    Up 38
    Down 47
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    39
  44. 92
    Up 74
    Down 114
    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word More
    44
    added by: clash1977
  45. 224
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    Down 4
    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm More
    30
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  46. 190
    Up 5
    Down 4
    Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    32
    added by: looksharp
  47. 128
    Up 33
    Down 54
    Indie pop, Celtic rock, Rock music More
    41
  48. 197
    Up 9
    Down 30

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    31
    added by: Coolza
  49. 42
    Up 137
    Down 204

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Luther Vandross

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B More
    53
  50. 210
    Up 11
    Down 39

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Terri Nunn

    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
    31
    added by: misterp01
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