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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. 33
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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    65
  2. 35
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    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    65
  3. 115
    Up 28
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    51
  4. 105
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    52
  5. 78
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    Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass More
    55
  6. 163
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    45
    added by: Coolza
  7. 104
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    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    53
    added by: Coolza
  8. 124
    Up 17
    Down 14
    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    50
    added by: Coolza
  9. 69
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    56
  10. 37
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    64
  11. 6
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    86
  12. 131
    Up 29
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    ranked low on reranks
    Art Garfunkel

    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
  13. 151
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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    46
  14. 88
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    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    54
  15. 44
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    59
  16. 39
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    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    61
  17. 185
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    41
  18. 48
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    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    58
  19. 137
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    49
  20. 179
    Up 10
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  21. 28
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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    68
  22. 207
    Up 22
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    38
  23. 84
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    54
  24. 86
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    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz More
    54
    added by: Zaliste
  25. 166
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    Björk

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    45
  26. 197
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    40
  27. 23
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    Reggae More
    73
  28. 99
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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    53
  29. 132
    Up 21
    Down 15
    Rock music, Swing music, Folk music More
    49
  30. 92
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    53
  31. 142
    Up 26
    Down 12
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    48
  32. 46
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    59
  33. 81
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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    55
  34. 95
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    53
  35. 58
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    57
  36. 108
    Up 32
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    52
  37. 57
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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    57
  38. 180
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    42
  39. 68
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    Pop music, Folk rock More
    56
  40. 40
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  41. 80
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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    55
  42. 60
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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    57
  43. 209
    Up 8
    Down 14
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  44. 123
    Up 14
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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock More
    50
    added by: Coolza
  45. 67
    Up 64
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    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    56
  46. 177
    Up 14
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    43
  47. 112
    Up 14
    Down 18
    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    51
    added by: Coolza
  48. 193
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    Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues More
    41
    added by: threerockcove
  49. 22
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    73
  50. 188
    Up 21
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    41
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