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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
      61
    2. 143
      Up 25
      Down 21
      Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
      45
      added by: Coolza
    3. 11
      Up 310
      Down 239
      Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
      82
    4. 138
      Up 21
      Down 41

      ranked high on reranks
      Don Williams

      Pop music, Country rock, Country More
      45
    5. 57
      Up 106
      Down 99
      Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
      55
    6. 72
      Up 40
      Down 42
      Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
      54
    7. 84
      Up 34
      Down 32
      Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
      52
    8. 203
      Up 27
      Down 52
      Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
      33
    9. 31
      Up 146
      Down 124
      Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
      65
    10. 132
      Up 23
      Down 33
      Disco, Pop music, Rock music More
      46
      added by: hilly23
    11. 155
      Up 18
      Down 41
      Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul More
      43
    12. 16
      Up 214
      Down 187
      Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
      75
    13. 6
      Up 375
      Down 286
      Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
      85
    14. 157
      Up 21
      Down 20
      Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
      43
      added by: Coolza
    15. 168
      Up 21
      Down 22
      Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
      42
      added by: Coolza
    16. 21
      Up 205
      Down 175
      Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
      71
    17. 99
      Up 38
      Down 34
      Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music More
      51
    18. 59
      Up 57
      Down 53
      Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
      55
    19. 145
      Up 24
      Down 37
      Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
      44
    20. 185
      Up 24
      Down 37
      Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
      39
    21. 109
      Up 23
      Down 34
      Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
      50
      added by: misterp01
    22. 37
      Up 184
      Down 167
      Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
      61
    23. 137
      Up 35
      Down 18

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      Phil Collins

      Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
      45
      added by: Coolza
    24. 173
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      Bette Midler

      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
      41
      added by: Coolza
    25. 187
      Up 1
      Down 1
      Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
      38
      added by: abbylovescandy
    26. 149
      Up 27
      Down 51
      Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
      44
    27. 150
      Up 29
      Down 16
      Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion More
      44
      added by: Coolza
    28. 122
      Up 30
      Down 29
      Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz More
      48
      added by: jets2008
    29. 170
      Up 13
      Down 32

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      Eva Cassidy

      Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music More
      42
      added by: Coolza
    30. 158
      Up 23
      Down 32
      Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
      43
    31. 73
      Up 42
      Down 24

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      Gladys Knight

      Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music More
      54
      added by: Coolza
    32. 175
      Up 26
      Down 36
      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
      40
    33. 116
      Up 46
      Down 54
      Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
      49
    34. 196
      Up 8
      Down 21
      Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
      37
    35. 101
      Up 41
      Down 52
      Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music More
      51
    36. 100
      Up 45
      Down 48
      Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
      51
    37. 32
      Up 170
      Down 146
      Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
      64
    38. 28
      Up 210
      Down 187
      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
      67
    39. 139
      Up 37
      Down 44
      Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
      45
    40. 82
      Up 66
      Down 89
      Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word More
      53
      added by: clash1977
    41. 130
      Up 28
      Down 46
      Indie pop, Celtic rock, Rock music More
      46
    42. 176
      Up 9
      Down 21
      Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
      40
      added by: Coolza
    43. 41
      Up 114
      Down 138
      Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B More
      58
    44. 172
      Up 11
      Down 32

      ranked high on reranks
      Terri Nunn

      Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
      41
      added by: misterp01
    45. 188
      Up 1
      Down 1
      Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop More
      38
      added by: abbylovescandy
    46. 75
      Up 78
      Down 83
      Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
      53
    47. 104
      Up 48
      Down 43
      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
      50
    48. 147
      Up 31
      Down 32
      Rock music, Swing music, Folk music More
      44
    49. 201
      Up 1
      Down 4
      Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
      36
    50. 53
      Up 89
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      Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
      55
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