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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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    often listed & added by tygreg1996 Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    ranked low on reranks Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    new! & added by MartinAustin Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by bence9998 Hip hop music, Swing music, Rock music

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

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    added by PetkoKolev Indie pop, Neo soul, Alternative rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by tygreg1996 New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    new! & added by MartinAustin Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Euro disco

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