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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. 20
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    Adele

    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    69
  2. 39
    Up 159
    Down 202
    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    54
  3. 88
    Up 49
    Down 67
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    44
  4. 60
    Up 77
    Down 103
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    47
  5. 95
    Up 59
    Down 71
    Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass More
    43
  6. 198
    Up 9
    Down 30

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    31
    added by: Coolza
  7. 124
    Up 35
    Down 37
    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  8. 104
    Up 48
    Down 52
    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  9. 81
    Up 72
    Down 99
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    44
  10. 34
    Up 215
    Down 213
    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    60
  11. 6
    Up 442
    Down 429
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    81
  12. 90
    Up 52
    Down 47
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
  13. 123
    Up 41
    Down 65
    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
  14. 101
    Up 69
    Down 91
    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    43
  15. 57
    Up 118
    Down 145
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    47
  16. 15
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    ranked low on reranks
    Barbra Streisand

    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    71
  17. 179
    Up 28
    Down 32
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    33
  18. 56
    Up 115
    Down 126
    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    47
  19. 108
    Up 58
    Down 57
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    42
  20. 220
    Up 2
    Down 5
    30
    added by: looksharp
  21. 92
    Up 49
    Down 35

    ranked low on reranks
    Bette Midler

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  22. 165
    Up 11
    Down 24
    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    36
    added by: abbylovescandy
  23. 192
    Up 5
    Down 4
    Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    32
    added by: looksharp
  24. 35
    Up 173
    Down 201

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Billie Holiday

    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    59
  25. 188
    Up 30
    Down 59
    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    32
  26. 55
    Up 94
    Down 131
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    47
  27. 89
    Up 37
    Down 49
    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz More
    44
    added by: Zaliste
  28. 153
    Up 32
    Down 59
    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    38
  29. 103
    Up 39
    Down 54
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    42
  30. 24
    Up 254
    Down 297
    Reggae More
    66
  31. 96
    Up 53
    Down 79
    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    43
  32. 131
    Up 38
    Down 43
    Rock music, Swing music, Folk music More
    41
  33. 126
    Up 37
    Down 55
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    41
  34. 119
    Up 41
    Down 43
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    41
  35. 50
    Up 149
    Down 226
    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    48
  36. 43
    Up 144
    Down 154
    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    51
  37. 144
    Up 42
    Down 63
    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    39
  38. 53
    Up 117
    Down 151
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    48
  39. 111
    Up 55
    Down 66
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    41
  40. 52
    Up 113
    Down 162
    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    48
  41. 212
    Up 3
    Down 5
    Rock music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  42. 128
    Up 19
    Down 12
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
    added by: The Cincinnati Kid
  43. 187
    Up 23
    Down 27
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
  44. 102
    Up 73
    Down 98
    Pop music, Folk rock More
    42
  45. 29
    Up 292
    Down 217

    ranked low on reranks
    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    63
  46. 58
    Up 78
    Down 81
    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    47
  47. 61
    Up 134
    Down 190
    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    47
  48. 189
    Up 6
    Down 3

    ranked low on reranks
    Chris Isaak

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    32
    added by: BobJames
  49. 193
    Up 18
    Down 36
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  50. 132
    Up 28
    Down 28
    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock More
    40
    added by: Coolza
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