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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. 24
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    ranked low on reranks
    Adele

    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    68
  2. 36
    Up 147
    Down 170

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Al Green

    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    56
  3. 114
    Up 45
    Down 62
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    42
  4. 56
    Up 72
    Down 82
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    50
  5. 87
    Up 59
    Down 67
    Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass More
    45
  6. 198
    Up 9
    Down 28

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  7. 117
    Up 33
    Down 35
    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  8. 112
    Up 44
    Down 51
    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  9. 74
    Up 70
    Down 86
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    47
  10. 224
    Up 1
    Down 3
    Jazz More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  11. 34
    Up 201
    Down 204

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    60
  12. 8
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    81
  13. 88
    Up 49
    Down 44
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
  14. 123
    Up 40
    Down 63
    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
  15. 98
    Up 63
    Down 85
    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    43
  16. 55
    Up 113
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    50
  17. 21
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    ranked low on reranks
    Barbra Streisand

    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    68
  18. 184
    Up 25
    Down 31
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    33
  19. 54
    Up 108
    Down 105
    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    50
  20. 110
    Up 55
    Down 55
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    42
  21. 200
    Up 2
    Down 2
    32
    added by: looksharp
  22. 99
    Up 39
    Down 31
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    43
    added by: Coolza
  23. 153
    Up 11
    Down 19
    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    37
    added by: abbylovescandy
  24. 186
    Up 3
    Down 2
    Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    33
    added by: looksharp
  25. 32
    Up 166
    Down 173
    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    62
  26. 182
    Up 30
    Down 56
    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    33
  27. 52
    Up 86
    Down 108
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
  28. 97
    Up 32
    Down 47
    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz More
    43
    added by: Zaliste
  29. 155
    Up 28
    Down 57
    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    37
  30. 100
    Up 36
    Down 50
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    42
  31. 22
    Up 240
    Down 266
    Reggae More
    68
  32. 92
    Up 52
    Down 76
    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    44
  33. 130
    Up 36
    Down 41
    Rock music, Swing music, Folk music More
    41
  34. 118
    Up 36
    Down 53
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    41
  35. 121
    Up 39
    Down 42
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    41
  36. 53
    Up 140
    Down 195
    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    50
  37. 39
    Up 139
    Down 124
    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    56
  38. 143
    Up 42
    Down 61
    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    40
  39. 48
    Up 110
    Down 126
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    50
  40. 111
    Up 52
    Down 62
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    42
  41. 47
    Up 107
    Down 135
    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    51
  42. 210
    Up 2
    Down 3
    Rock music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  43. 127
    Up 16
    Down 10
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
    added by: The Cincinnati Kid
  44. 187
    Up 21
    Down 25
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
  45. 95
    Up 72
    Down 94
    Pop music, Folk rock More
    43
  46. 33
    Up 252
    Down 206

    ranked low on reranks
    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  47. 58
    Up 71
    Down 64
    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    49
  48. 63
    Up 129
    Down 166
    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    49
  49. 188
    Up 3
    Down 1
    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    33
    added by: BobJames
  50. 204
    Up 16
    Down 34
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
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