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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. 123
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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
  2. 111
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    41
  3. 212
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    Rock music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  4. 29
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    ranked low on reranks
    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    63
  5. 138
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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz More
    40
    added by: mal1
  6. 157
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    37
  7. 91
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    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word More
    44
    added by: clash1977
  8. 94
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    44
  9. 88
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  10. 205
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    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  11. 86
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    44
  12. 219
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    30
    added by: Coolza
  13. 198
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    31
    added by: Coolza
  14. 104
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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  15. 144
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    39
  16. 193
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  17. 194
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    32
  18. 82
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    44
  19. 77
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    45
  20. 17
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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    71
  21. 80
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    45
  22. 84
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    ranked low on reranks
    George Harrison

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    44
    added by: jets2008
  23. 159
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    36
    added by: mrblond
    Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
  24. 72
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    45
  25. 7
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    80
  26. 99
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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    43
    added by: Sesel88
  27. 214
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    30
    added by: Juba
  28. 74
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ozzy Osbourne

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    45
  29. 147
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    39
    added by: misterp01
  30. 184
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    PJ Harvey

    Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica More
    32
    added by: Jabapac
  31. 44
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rod Stewart

    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    51
  32. 59
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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    47
  33. 164
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    36
  34. 47
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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    49
  35. 83
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Thom Yorke

    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music More
    44
  36. 195
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    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret More
    32
    added by: Juba
  37. 174
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    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    34
  38. 177
    Up 29
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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    34
    added by: clash1977
  39. 153
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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    38
  40. 130
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    Indie pop, Celtic rock, Rock music More
    41
  41. 53
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    48
  42. 118
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  43. 179
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    33
  44. 108
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    ranked low on reranks
    Luciano Pavarotti

    Opera More
    42
    added by: mwahahahaha
  45. 189
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    32
    added by: BobJames
  46. 24
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    Reggae More
    66
  47. 227
    Up 3
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    Ska, Reggae More
    29
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  48. 50
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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    48
  49. 196
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fish

    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock More
    32
  50. 185
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    Shirley Manson

    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music More
    32
    added by: looksharp
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