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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. 35
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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    65
  2. 33
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    often listed
    Al Green

    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    65
  3. 114
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alanis Morissette

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    51
  4. 106
    Up 30
    Down 33

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alicia Keys

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    52
  5. 77
    Up 43
    Down 33
    Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass More
    55
  6. 172
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    Down 8

    ranked high on reranks
    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  7. 103
    Up 14
    Down 13

    ranked high on reranks
    Amy Lee

    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    53
    added by: Coolza
  8. 118
    Up 17
    Down 13

    ranked high on reranks
    Amy Winehouse

    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    50
    added by: Coolza
  9. 66
    Up 51
    Down 49

    often listed
    Ann Wilson

    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    56
  10. 37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    63
  11. 6
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    Down 187
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    86
  12. 135
    Up 28
    Down 13
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
  13. 152
    Up 22
    Down 37

    ranked high on reranks
    Avril Lavigne

    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    46
  14. 84
    Up 43
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Axl Rose

    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    54
  15. 41
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    Down 64

    ranked low on reranks
    B.B. King

    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    60
  16. 40
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    often listed
    Barbra Streisand

    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    60
  17. 185
    Up 13
    Down 13
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    41
  18. 49
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    Down 57

    ranked low on reranks
    Barry White

    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    58
  19. 133
    Up 38
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bee Gees

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    49
  20. 182
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    often listed
    Bette Midler

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  21. 27
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    Down 70

    ranked low on reranks
    Billie Holiday

    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    68
  22. 206
    Up 22
    Down 30
    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    39
  23. 81
    Up 44
    Down 42

    often listed
    Billy Joel

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    55
  24. 95
    Up 7
    Down 10

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bing Crosby

    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz More
    53
    added by: Zaliste
  25. 164
    Up 19
    Down 34

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Björk

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    45
  26. 197
    Up 12
    Down 14
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    40
  27. 22
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    Down 138

    often listed
    Bob Marley

    Reggae More
    73
  28. 97
    Up 37
    Down 36

    ranked low on reranks
    Bob Seger

    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    53
  29. 130
    Up 21
    Down 15

    ranked low on reranks
    Bobby Darin

    Rock music, Swing music, Folk music More
    49
  30. 90
    Up 29
    Down 28
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    53
  31. 143
    Up 25
    Down 12

    ranked low on reranks
    Bonnie Raitt

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    48
  32. 48
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    Down 102

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bono

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    59
  33. 79
    Up 60
    Down 58
    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    55
  34. 93
    Up 34
    Down 35

    ranked high on reranks
    Bruce Dickinson

    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    53
  35. 60
    Up 39
    Down 30

    ranked high on reranks
    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    57
  36. 112
    Up 30
    Down 27

    ranked low on reranks
    Bryan Adams

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    51
  37. 55
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    often listed
    Buddy Holly

    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    57
  38. 179
    Up 10
    Down 8
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    42
  39. 65
    Up 59
    Down 52
    Pop music, Folk rock More
    56
  40. 39
    Up 107
    Down 100
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    60
  41. 82
    Up 33
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cher

    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    54
  42. 56
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    Down 120

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chris Cornell

    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    57
  43. 212
    Up 8
    Down 13

    ranked low on reranks
    Chris Martin

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
    added by: Coolza
  44. 125
    Up 13
    Down 4

    ranked low on reranks
    Chrissie Hynde

    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock More
    49
    added by: Coolza
  45. 72
    Up 61
    Down 48

    ranked low on reranks
    Christina Aguilera

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    56
  46. 177
    Up 14
    Down 11
    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    43
  47. 111
    Up 14
    Down 18

    ranked high on reranks
    Cyndi Lauper

    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    51
    added by: Coolza
  48. 203
    Up 1
    Down 2
    Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues More
    40
    added by: threerockcove
  49. 21
    Up 204
    Down 149
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    73
  50. 186
    Up 21
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    41
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