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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 GingerBoehne Pop music, Neo soul, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    added by IsabelKühn Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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    added by Coolza Alternative rock, Alternative metal

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    added by Coolza Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    added by tygreg1996 Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

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  11. 119
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    new! & added by Coolza Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    added by tygreg1996 Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    added by Coolza Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by abbylovescandy Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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    new! & added by miriam Rhythm and blues, Texas blues

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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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    new! & added by Coolza New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by Zaliste Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Reggae

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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Swing music, Folk music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    added by tygreg1996 Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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    added by tygreg1996 Pop music, Rockabilly, Country

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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    new! Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    added by The Cincinnati Kid Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by tygreg1996 Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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