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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 Criteria: Individual singers in any genre. Not bands

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  1. 181
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    Down 6
    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  2. 149
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    ranked high on reranks
    Avril Lavigne

    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    47
  3. 109
    Up 32
    Down 27
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    52
  4. 40
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  5. 135
    Up 24
    Down 28

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joni Mitchell

    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz More
    49
    added by: mal1
  6. 152
    Up 22
    Down 18

    ranked low on reranks
    k.d. lang

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    47
  7. 77
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    Down 69

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Leonard Cohen

    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word More
    55
    added by: clash1977
  8. 103
    Up 20
    Down 15

    ranked low on reranks
    Neil Young

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    53
  9. 118
    Up 12
    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    Sarah McLachlan

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock More
    50
    added by: Coolza
  10. 115
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    Down 29

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alanis Morissette

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    51
  11. 188
    Up 10
    Down 10
    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  12. 173
    Up 5
    Down 8

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  13. 120
    Up 17
    Down 13

    ranked high on reranks
    Amy Winehouse

    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    50
    added by: Coolza
  14. 96
    Up 34
    Down 35

    ranked high on reranks
    Bruce Dickinson

    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    53
  15. 212
    Up 8
    Down 13

    ranked low on reranks
    Chris Martin

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
    added by: Coolza
  16. 189
    Up 21
    Down 23
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    41
  17. 63
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    Down 72

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    David Gilmour

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    57
  18. 65
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    Down 23

    ranked high on reranks
    Dusty Springfield

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    57
  19. 14
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    Down 146

    ranked low on reranks
    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    80
  20. 203
    Up 13
    Down 16
    New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock More
    40
  21. 76
    Up 37
    Down 31

    ranked low on reranks
    Eric Clapton

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    56
  22. 161
    Up 22
    Down 13

    ranked low on reranks
    George Harrison

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    46
    added by: jets2008
  23. 88
    Up 39
    Down 42

    ranked high on reranks
    Glenn Hughes

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    54
    added by: mrblond
    Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
  24. 69
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    Down 62

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    Joe Cocker

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    56
  25. 8
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    Down 194

    ranked high on reranks
    John Lennon

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    84
  26. 184
    Up 8
    Down 7
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  27. 107
    Up 49
    Down 43

    ranked low on reranks
    Kate Bush

    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    52
    added by: Sesel88
  28. 75
    Up 74
    Down 93

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ozzy Osbourne

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    56
  29. 201
    Up 14
    Down 17
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    40
    added by: misterp01
  30. 140
    Up 13
    Down 12

    ranked high on reranks
    PJ Harvey

    Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica More
    49
    added by: Jabapac
  31. 43
    Up 48
    Down 43
    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    59
  32. 46
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    Down 119

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Roger Waters

    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    59
  33. 208
    Up 3
    Down 6
    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    38
    added by: shaydie
  34. 45
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    Down 119

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    Sting

    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    59
  35. 91
    Up 51
    Down 63

    often listed
    Thom Yorke

    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music More
    53
  36. 199
    Up 11
    Down 13
    Bubblegum pop, Music hall, Pop music More
    40
  37. 86
    Up 29
    Down 30

    ranked high on reranks
    Klaus Meine

    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    54
  38. 129
    Up 29
    Down 38

    ranked high on reranks
    Nico

    Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    49
    added by: clash1977
  39. 167
    Up 19
    Down 34

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Björk

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    45
  40. 121
    Up 25
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    ranked high on reranks
    Dolores O'Riordan

    Indie pop, Celtic rock, Rock music More
    50
  41. 47
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    Down 103

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bono

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    59
  42. 168
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    often listed
    Sinéad O'Connor

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    45
    added by: Coolza
  43. 202
    Up 18
    Down 22
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
  44. 186
    Up 13
    Down 13
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    41
  45. 114
    Up 26
    Down 6

    ranked low on reranks
    Luciano Pavarotti

    Opera More
    51
    added by: mwahahahaha
  46. 23
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    Down 139

    often listed
    Bob Marley

    Reggae More
    73
  47. 54
    Up 33
    Down 26

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Van Morrison

    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    58
  48. 155
    Up 22
    Down 33

    ranked high on reranks
    Fish

    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock More
    47
  49. 92
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bon Scott

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    53
  50. 37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    64
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