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The Best Singers of All Time

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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 Criteria: Individual singers in any genre. Not bands

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  1. 68
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    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    56
  2. 51
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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    58
  3. 100
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    53
  4. 6
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    86
  5. 130
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    49
  6. 53
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    58
  7. 13
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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    81
  8. 28
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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    68
  9. 208
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    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
    37
  10. 128
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    Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    49
  11. 195
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    Glam metal, Doom metal, Heavy metal More
    41
  12. 49
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    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music More
    58
    added by: Coolza
  13. 116
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    51
    added by: Coolza
  14. 150
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    Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop More
    47
    added by: Coolza
  15. 179
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  16. 96
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    Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz More
    53
  17. 146
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    Pop music, Country rock, Country More
    48
  18. 2
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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    92
  19. 12
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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    82
  20. 137
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    49
  21. 127
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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country More
    49
  22. 106
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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    52
    added by: Sesel88
  23. 173
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    Torch song, Pop music, Classical music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  24. 133
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    Disco, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
    added by: hilly23
  25. 22
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    73
  26. 83
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    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    54
    added by: First L
  27. 59
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    Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock More
    57
  28. 135
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    49
  29. 118
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock More
    50
    added by: Coolza
  30. 108
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    52
  31. 40
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  32. 77
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    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word More
    56
    added by: clash1977
  33. 152
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    46
  34. 151
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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    46
  35. 115
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    51
  36. 103
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    53
  37. 134
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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz More
    49
    added by: mal1
  38. 98
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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music More
    53
  39. 162
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul More
    45
  40. 200
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    about to drop off
    Grace Slick

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
    added by: MariaVitóriaSantos
  41. 24
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    72
  42. 147
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    47
    added by: Coolza
  43. 129
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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    49
    added by: clash1977
  44. 55
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    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    58
  45. 171
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eva Cassidy

    Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  46. 178
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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    43
    added by: mrblond
  47. 58
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    57
  48. 90
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    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    53
  49. 187
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  50. 181
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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    42
    added by: Coolza
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