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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!
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  1. 39
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  2. 226
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    added by looksharp Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  3. 213
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    added by Coolza Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

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  4. 87
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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  5. 225
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    added by tygreg1996 Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  6. 223
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    added by tygreg1996 Pop music, Rockabilly, Country

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  7. 81
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    added by Coolza Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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  8. 70
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    added by Coolza Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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  9. 35
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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  10. 31
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  11. 108
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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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  12. 156
    Up 38
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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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  13. 227
    Up 31
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    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

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  14. 170
    Up 7
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    added by CostinMoraru Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  15. 55
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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  16. 123
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    Rock music, Operatic pop, World music

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  17. 109
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    added by Sesel88 Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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  18. 74
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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  19. 245
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  20. 204
    Up 49
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    added by Coolza Torch song, Pop music, Classical music

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  21. 206
    Up 34
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    added by hilly23 Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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  22. 9
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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  23. 111
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    added by First L Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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  24. 177
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    added by looksharp Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

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  25. 132
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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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  26. 97
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  27. 105
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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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  28. 94
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    added by tygreg1996 Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  29. 146
    Up 15
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    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  30. 20
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  31. 138
    Up 54
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    added by jets2008 Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz

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  32. 85
    Up 111
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  33. 175
    Up 18
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    added by tygreg1996 New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  34. 116
    Up 53
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    added by Coolza Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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  35. 219
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    often listed & added by clash1977 Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  36. 242
    Up 40
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    added by Coolza Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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  37. 130
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  38. 129
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    Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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  39. 6
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  40. 121
    Up 48
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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  41. 196
    Up 7
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    added by tygreg1996 Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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  42. 61
    Up 158
    Down 207

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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  43. 14
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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  44. 38
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    ranked low on reranks New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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  45. 239
    Up 21
    Down 69

    added by Jabapac Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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  46. 54
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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  47. 134
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    Down 76

    added by Coolza Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  48. 84
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    Down 119

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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  49. 137
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    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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  50. 2
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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