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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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    added by mara1lbp Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    added by GraceMcCallum Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    added by tygreg1996 Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by GraceMcCallum Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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