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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    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  3. 3
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    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  4. 4
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    Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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


    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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  6. 6
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    - 6,355
    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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    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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    Adele is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  10. 10
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    Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  13. 13
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    Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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

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

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    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 15 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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    Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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    Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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

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  25. 25
    + 1,757
    - 2,574
    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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    Opera

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    - 3,227


    Pop music, Soft rock

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    Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  30. 30
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    Peter Lennodo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    added by Stardustmania
    Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music Baroque pop/rock

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    added by Coolza
    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    + 1,534
    - 2,400

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

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

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  35. 35
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    Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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  36. 36
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    Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  37. 37
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    - 2,390
    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Kaj Sel
    Ghazal, Filmi

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    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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

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    Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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    Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 1,410
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  44. 44
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    - 3,101
    Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed
    Reggae

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    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    added by malmrphy
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    - 1,630

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    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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    + 1,396
    - 1,937


    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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