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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
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    Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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

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  2. 2
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    Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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  3. 3
    + 5,268
    - 6,063
    Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  4. 4
    + 6,316
    - 7,071
    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  5. 5
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    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  6. 6
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    - 5,712
    Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  7. 7
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    - 5,156
    Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  8. 8
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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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

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  9. 9
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    Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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  10. 10
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    - 4,571
    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  11. 11
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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  12. 12
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    - 5,677
    Adele is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  13. 13
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    Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  14. 14
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    Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  15. 15
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    Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  16. 16
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    Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  17. 17
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    - 4,250
    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  18. 18
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    - 5,679
    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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

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  19. 19
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    - 4,494
    Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    - 2,872

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

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  21. 21
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    - 3,595
    Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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  22. 22
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    - 4,665
    Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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  23. 23
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    - 5,267
    Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  24. 24
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    - 2,086

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    Opera

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  25. 25
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    - 2,088
    Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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  27. 27
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    - 3,301
    Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  28. 28
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    - 2,665


    Pop music, Soft rock

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  29. 29
    + 1,605
    - 2,037


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  30. 30
    + 1,912
    - 3,059
    Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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

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

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  32. 32
    + 1,902
    - 2,342

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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  33. 33
    + 1,966
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    Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  34. 34
    + 1,707
    - 2,706
    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  35. 35
    + 1,571
    - 2,428
    Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  36. 36
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    - 1,411

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

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  37. 37
    + 1,761
    - 2,726
    Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Reggae

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  38. 38
    + 1,509
    - 1,975
    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  39. 39
    + 1,345
    - 2,077


    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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  40. 40
    + 1,590
    - 2,280
    Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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  42. 42
    + 1,443
    - 2,418
    Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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

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  43. 43
    + 1,231
    - 1,478

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

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  44. 44
    + 3,663
    - 4,389
    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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

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  45. 45
    + 1,441
    - 2,333
    Etta James is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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

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  46. 46
    + 2,293
    - 2,681


    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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  47. 47
    + 1,249
    - 1,646


    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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  48. 48
    + 2,372
    - 2,408
    Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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  49. 49
    + 1,162
    - 1,574


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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  50. 50
    + 822
    - 1,098


    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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