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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!
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 34
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    60
  2. 189
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: looksharp
  3. 84
    Up 72
    Down 99
    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    44
  4. 83
    Up 53
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    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
  5. 69
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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    45
    added by: Coolza
  6. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    61
  7. 29
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    63
  8. 96
    Up 51
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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music More
    43
  9. 135
    Up 28
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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country More
    40
  10. 157
    Up 26
    Down 45
    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
    36
  11. 48
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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    49
  12. 160
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    ranked low on reranks
    Sarah Brightman

    Rock music, Operatic pop, World music More
    36
  13. 97
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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    43
    added by: Sesel88
  14. 197
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    31
    added by: Coolza
  15. 200
    Up 3
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    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  16. 74
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    Ozzy Osbourne

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    45
  17. 225
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Slade

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    29
  18. 181
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    ranked low on reranks
    Susan Boyle

    Torch song, Pop music, Classical music More
    33
    added by: Coolza
  19. 202
    Up 4
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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music More
    31
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  20. 148
    Up 26
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    Disco, Pop music, Rock music More
    39
    added by: hilly23
  21. 14
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    72
  22. 111
    Up 45
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    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    41
    added by: First L
  23. 201
    Up 3
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    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  24. 122
    Up 51
    Down 67
    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music More
    41
  25. 80
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    44
  26. 87
    Up 46
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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music More
    44
  27. 203
    Up 4
    Down 4
    Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop More
    31
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  28. 25
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    67
  29. 132
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    Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz More
    40
    added by: jets2008
  30. 212
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    30
    added by: Juba
  31. 123
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    ranked low on reranks
    Phil Collins

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  32. 116
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  33. 177
    Up 29
    Down 70

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Nico

    Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    34
    added by: clash1977
  34. 219
    Up 26
    Down 39
    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    30
    added by: Coolza
  35. 145
    Up 62
    Down 84
    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    39
  36. 90
    Up 59
    Down 70
    Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass More
    44
  37. 6
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    Down 414
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    81
  38. 144
    Up 28
    Down 36
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    39
  39. 57
    Up 101
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    47
  40. 10
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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    77
  41. 36
    Up 127
    Down 56

    ranked low on reranks
    Donna Summer

    New Wave, Disco, Pop music More
    56
  42. 184
    Up 15
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    Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica More
    32
    added by: Jabapac
  43. 51
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bono

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    48
  44. 138
    Up 27
    Down 33
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  45. 82
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    44
  46. 170
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dionne Warwick

    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
    35
  47. 2
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    92
  48. 183
    Up 5
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    ranked low on reranks
    Shirley Manson

    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music More
    33
    added by: looksharp
  49. 158
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    36
  50. 103
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop More
    42
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