The Best Singers of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Best Singers of All Time

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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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  1. 1
    + 11459
    - 7254
    Freddie Mercury

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  2. 2
    + 6561
    - 6896
    Whitney Houston


    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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  3. 3
    + 5988
    - 6807
    Elvis Presley


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  4. 4
    + 4989
    - 5814
    Frank Sinatra


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

    ;
  5. 5
    + 6936
    - 7223
    Michael Jackson


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  6. 6
    + 3991
    - 5538
    Aretha Franklin


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  7. 7
    + 3248
    - 4981
    Stevie Wonder


    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  8. 8
    + 3137
    - 5277
    Paul McCartney

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  9. 9
    + 3399
    - 4364
    David Bowie


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  10. 10
    + 2781
    - 3942
    Marvin Gaye


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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  11. 11
    + 4502
    - 5418
    Adele


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

    ;
  12. 12
    + 3001
    - 4619
    Robert Plant


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

    ;
  13. 13
    + 3186
    - 4504
    Elton John


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  14. 14
    + 1957
    - 2552
    Nat King Cole


    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  15. 15
    + 2763
    - 4278
    Johnny Cash

    often listed
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  16. 16
    + 2617
    - 2709

    ranked low on reranks
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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  17. 17
    + 2597
    - 3672
    Ella Fitzgerald

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  18. 18
    + 4105
    - 4360
    Celine Dion


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  19. 19
    + 3452
    - 5508
    John Lennon

    often listed
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  20. 20
    + 2729
    - 4113
    Ray Charles

    often listed
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  21. 21
    + 2947
    - 3481
    Barbra Streisand


    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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  22. 22
    + 3990
    - 5075
    Mariah Carey


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    ;
  23. 23
    + 3952
    - 4517
    Christina Aguilera


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

    ;
  24. 24
    + 1925
    - 1967

    added by mwahahahaha
    Opera

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  25. 25
    + 1442
    - 1977
    Billie Holiday


    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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  26. 26
    + 2223
    - 2858
    Tina Turner


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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  27. 27
    + 1257
    - 1648

    added by Coolza
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  28. 28
    + 2365
    - 3168
    Annie Lennox


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  29. 29
    + 2059
    - 2552


    Pop music, Soft rock

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  30. 30
    + 1821
    - 2926
    Jim Morrison

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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  31. 31
    + 1516
    - 1901


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  32. 32
    + 1888
    - 3097
    Roy Orbison


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  33. 33
    + 1762
    - 2198

    added by Coolza
    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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  34. 34
    + 1618
    - 2579
    Janis Joplin

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  35. 35
    + 1493
    - 2317
    Otis Redding


    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  36. 36
    + 1665
    - 2602
    Bob Marley


    Reggae

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  37. 37
    + 1193
    - 1269

    ranked low on reranks
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  38. 38
    + 1431
    - 1861
    Stevie Nicks

    ranked low on reranks
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  39. 39
    + 1278
    - 1948


    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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  40. 40
    + 1375
    - 2314
    Sam Cooke

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  41. 41
    + 1140
    - 1371

    ranked low on reranks
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  42. 42
    + 1363
    - 2234
    Etta James

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

    ;
  43. 43
    + 927
    - 1241

    added by Zaliste
    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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  44. 44
    + 3558
    - 4240
    Madonna

    ranked low on reranks & added by malmrphy
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  45. 45
    + 1516
    - 2172
    Steve Perry

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  46. 46
    + 2279
    - 2350
    Donna Summer

    ranked low on reranks
    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

    ;
  47. 47
    + 1108
    - 1482


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

    ;
  48. 48
    + 1191
    - 1568


    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

    ;
  49. 49
    + 2196
    - 2615


    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

    ;
  50. 50
    + 1007
    - 1262

    added by SarahBrignell
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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