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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. 234
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    Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop More
    30
    added by: abbylovescandy
  2. 122
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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
  3. 110
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    42
  4. 210
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    Rock music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  5. 33
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    ranked low on reranks
    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  6. 142
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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz More
    40
    added by: mal1
  7. 158
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    37
  8. 93
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    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word More
    43
    added by: clash1977
  9. 89
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    44
  10. 76
    Up 39
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock More
    46
    added by: Coolza
  11. 232
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    Indie pop, Downtempo, Dubstep More
    30
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  12. 212
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    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  13. 114
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    42
  14. 225
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    31
    added by: Coolza
  15. 197
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  16. 112
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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  17. 143
    Up 42
    Down 61
    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    40
  18. 204
    Up 16
    Down 34
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  19. 185
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    33
  20. 85
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    45
  21. 84
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    45
  22. 15
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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    72
  23. 71
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    47
  24. 79
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    ranked low on reranks
    George Harrison

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    46
    added by: jets2008
  25. 160
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    37
    added by: mrblond
    Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
  26. 80
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    46
  27. 6
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    83
  28. 90
    Up 63
    Down 79
    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    44
    added by: Sesel88
  29. 209
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    31
    added by: Juba
  30. 77
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    Down 151

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ozzy Osbourne

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    46
  31. 144
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    40
    added by: misterp01
  32. 179
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    Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica More
    33
    added by: Jabapac
  33. 42
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rod Stewart

    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    54
  34. 61
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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    49
  35. 165
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    36
  36. 49
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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    50
  37. 75
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Thom Yorke

    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music More
    46
  38. 189
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    Down 1
    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret More
    33
    added by: Juba
  39. 173
    Up 29
    Down 57
    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    35
  40. 177
    Up 29
    Down 67
    Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    34
    added by: clash1977
  41. 155
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    Down 57
    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    37
  42. 133
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    Indie pop, Celtic rock, Rock music More
    41
  43. 54
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bono

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    49
  44. 132
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  45. 184
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    33
  46. 102
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    ranked low on reranks
    Luciano Pavarotti

    Opera More
    42
    added by: mwahahahaha
  47. 190
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    Down 1
    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    33
    added by: BobJames
  48. 24
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    Reggae More
    68
  49. 213
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    Ska, Reggae More
    31
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  50. 229
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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady More
    30
    added by: lightbarrywhite
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