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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. 30
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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    64
  2. 33
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    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    62
  3. 104
    Up 41
    Down 48
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    44
  4. 53
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    51
  5. 81
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    Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass More
    48
  6. 180
    Up 9
    Down 26
    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    34
    added by: Coolza
  7. 121
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    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  8. 106
    Up 37
    Down 35
    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  9. 80
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    48
  10. 34
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    59
  11. 6
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    85
  12. 103
    Up 40
    Down 29
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    45
  13. 144
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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
  14. 102
    Up 55
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    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    45
  15. 49
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    52
  16. 32
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    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    63
  17. 183
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    ranked low on reranks
    Barry Gibb

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    34
  18. 50
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    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    52
  19. 124
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    42
  20. 138
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  21. 140
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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    40
    added by: abbylovescandy
  22. 31
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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    63
  23. 182
    Up 28
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    34
  24. 55
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
  25. 97
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    Down 31
    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz More
    45
    added by: Zaliste
  26. 152
    Up 27
    Down 54
    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    39
  27. 135
    Up 25
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    41
  28. 24
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    Reggae More
    68
  29. 93
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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    46
  30. 137
    Up 31
    Down 34
    Rock music, Swing music, Folk music More
    41
  31. 116
    Up 33
    Down 48
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    43
  32. 98
    Up 36
    Down 26
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    45
  33. 46
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    53
  34. 36
    Up 108
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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    58
  35. 122
    Up 41
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    42
  36. 48
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    Down 84
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    52
  37. 96
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    45
  38. 45
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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    54
  39. 165
    Up 9
    Down 0
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    36
    added by: The Cincinnati Kid
  40. 188
    Up 18
    Down 25

    ranked low on reranks
    Carly Simon

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
  41. 89
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    Pop music, Folk rock More
    46
  42. 39
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    Down 182
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  43. 64
    Up 60
    Down 54
    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    50
  44. 51
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    Down 148
    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    51
  45. 190
    Up 15
    Down 34
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  46. 118
    Up 23
    Down 20
    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock More
    43
    added by: Coolza
  47. 47
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    Down 84

    ranked low on reranks
    Christina Aguilera

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    53
  48. 194
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    32
  49. 108
    Up 32
    Down 39
    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  50. 18
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    74
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