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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!

The Best Singers of All Time Bands/Musicians
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  4. 4
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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    - 1993

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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    often listed
    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Opera

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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    Pop music, Soft rock

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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    Reggae

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    Sophisti-pop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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