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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 HelenNguyen New Wave, Rock music, Electro

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    added by tygreg1996 Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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    added by tygreg1996 Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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    added by IsabelKühn Pop music, Rock music

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

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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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    ranked low on reranks Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by mal1 Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

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    added by clash1977 Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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    added by Coolza Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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    added by tygreg1996 Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    added by tygreg1996 Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    added by tygreg1996 Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by Coolza Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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    added by Coolza Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    new! & added by mainpleine Pop music, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    added by jets2008 Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    added by mrblond Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by misterp01 Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music

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    Bubblegum pop, Music hall, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

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