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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. 187
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    Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop More
    34
    added by: abbylovescandy
  2. 144
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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
  3. 96
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    46
  4. 39
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  5. 127
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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz More
    42
    added by: mal1
  6. 162
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    38
  7. 86
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    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word More
    47
    added by: clash1977
  8. 78
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    49
  9. 75
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock More
    49
    added by: Coolza
  10. 105
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    45
  11. 196
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    33
    added by: Coolza
  12. 178
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    35
    added by: Coolza
  13. 106
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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    45
    added by: Coolza
  14. 123
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    42
  15. 192
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
    added by: Coolza
  16. 177
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    35
  17. 74
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    49
  18. 85
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    47
  19. 13
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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    79
  20. 76
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    49
  21. 87
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    ranked low on reranks
    George Harrison

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    47
    added by: jets2008
  22. 152
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    39
    added by: mrblond
    Hard rock, Funk rock, Soul, Blues rock
  23. 70
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    50
  24. 7
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    84
  25. 95
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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    46
    added by: Sesel88
  26. 62
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ozzy Osbourne

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    51
  27. 130
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    42
    added by: misterp01
  28. 173
    Up 14
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    Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica More
    36
    added by: Jabapac
  29. 38
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    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    57
  30. 53
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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    51
  31. 183
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    34
  32. 42
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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    55
  33. 71
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Thom Yorke

    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music More
    49
  34. 164
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    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    38
  35. 167
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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    37
    added by: clash1977
  36. 151
    Up 27
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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    40
  37. 149
    Up 28
    Down 47
    Indie pop, Celtic rock, Rock music More
    40
  38. 45
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    54
  39. 147
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  40. 180
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    35
  41. 101
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    Down 14

    ranked low on reranks
    Luciano Pavarotti

    Opera More
    45
    added by: mwahahahaha
  42. 24
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    Reggae More
    69
  43. 51
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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    52
  44. 179
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fish

    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock More
    35
  45. 118
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    43
  46. 34
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    59
  47. 186
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    ranked low on reranks
    Susan Boyle

    Torch song, Pop music, Classical music More
    34
    added by: Coolza
  48. 22
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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    70
  49. 146
    Up 37
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    ranked low on reranks
    Phil Collins

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  50. 72
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    49
    added by: PeteBoyle
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