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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!
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  1. 30
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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    65
  2. 33
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    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    63
  3. 105
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    45
  4. 49
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    52
  5. 82
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    Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass More
    48
  6. 178
    Up 9
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    35
    added by: Coolza
  7. 121
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    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    43
    added by: Coolza
  8. 106
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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    45
    added by: Coolza
  9. 80
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    48
  10. 34
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    59
  11. 6
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    86
  12. 100
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    ranked low on reranks
    Art Garfunkel

    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    45
  13. 144
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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
  14. 101
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    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    45
  15. 48
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    53
  16. 32
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    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    63
  17. 180
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    35
  18. 50
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    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    52
  19. 125
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    42
  20. 140
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  21. 138
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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    41
    added by: abbylovescandy
  22. 31
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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    64
  23. 182
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    35
  24. 56
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
  25. 98
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    Bing Crosby

    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz More
    46
    added by: Zaliste
  26. 151
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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    40
  27. 131
    Up 25
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    42
  28. 24
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    Reggae More
    69
  29. 93
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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    46
  30. 136
    Up 31
    Down 33
    Rock music, Swing music, Folk music More
    41
  31. 118
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    Down 47
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    43
  32. 97
    Up 36
    Down 25
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    46
  33. 45
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    54
  34. 60
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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    51
  35. 123
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    42
  36. 47
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    53
  37. 96
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    46
  38. 44
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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    54
  39. 189
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    34
  40. 89
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    Pop music, Folk rock More
    47
  41. 39
    Up 191
    Down 176
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  42. 66
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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    50
  43. 55
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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    51
  44. 192
    Up 15
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
    added by: Coolza
  45. 117
    Up 23
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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock More
    43
    added by: Coolza
  46. 46
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    ranked low on reranks
    Christina Aguilera

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    54
  47. 199
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    32
  48. 108
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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  49. 18
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    74
  50. 177
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    35
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