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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    added by looksharp Folk music, Country

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

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    new! & added by mainpleine Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  6. 307
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    added by looksharp Americana, Alternative country

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    added by tygreg1996 Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  8. 294
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    added by tygreg1996 Country

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    added by tygreg1996 Pop music, Folk music, Country

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  10. 269
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    added by tygreg1996 Pop music, Rockabilly, Country

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    added by Coolza Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  15. 121
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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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  16. 275
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    Folk music, Country, Blues

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  17. 202
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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

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    new! & added by mainpleine Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Delta blues

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    Rock music, Operatic pop, World music

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    added by Sesel88 Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    added by looksharp Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    added by Coolza Torch song, Pop music, Classical music

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    added by hilly23 Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  30. 100
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    added by First L Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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

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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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    added by Justmax360 Jazz, Blues

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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    Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

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    added by tygreg1996 Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music

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    added by jets2008 Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz

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    added by tygreg1996 Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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

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    added by tygreg1996 New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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

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

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    added by Coolza Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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