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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. 31
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  2. 231
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    added by looksharp Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  3. 214
    Up 12
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    added by Coolza Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

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  4. 82
    Up 123
    Down 187

    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  5. 225
    Up 15
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    added by tygreg1996 Pop music, Rockabilly, Country

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  6. 84
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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  7. 73
    Up 207
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    added by Coolza Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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  8. 36
    Up 353
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    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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  9. 37
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  10. 120
    Up 83
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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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  11. 154
    Up 40
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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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  12. 223
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

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  13. 51
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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  14. 131
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    Rock music, Operatic pop, World music

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  15. 119
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    added by Sesel88 Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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  16. 72
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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  17. 242
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  18. 194
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza Torch song, Pop music, Classical music

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  19. 187
    Up 39
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    added by hilly23 Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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  20. 13
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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  21. 107
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    added by First L Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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  22. 144
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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

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  23. 132
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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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  24. 99
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  25. 101
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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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  26. 97
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    added by tygreg1996 Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  27. 150
    Up 19
    Down 31

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  28. 216
    Up 1
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    new! Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  29. 26
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  30. 136
    Up 60
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    added by jets2008 Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz

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  31. 44
    Up 137
    Down 95

    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  32. 192
    Up 20
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    added by tygreg1996 New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  33. 118
    Up 60
    Down 84

    added by Coolza Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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  34. 219
    Up 35
    Down 109

    often listed & added by clash1977 Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  35. 236
    Up 48
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    added by Coolza Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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  36. 121
    Up 91
    Down 142

    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  37. 124
    Up 93
    Down 137

    Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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  38. 6
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  39. 130
    Up 52
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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  40. 47
    Up 182
    Down 228

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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  41. 12
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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  42. 29
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    ranked low on reranks New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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  43. 238
    Up 22
    Down 80

    added by Jabapac Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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  44. 53
    Up 236
    Down 421

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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  45. 153
    Up 58
    Down 88

    added by Coolza Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  46. 91
    Up 93
    Down 139

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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  47. 139
    Up 63
    Down 76

    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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  48. 2
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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  49. 186
    Up 44
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

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  50. 83
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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