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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. 35
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    59
  2. 65
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    Down 69
    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    50
  3. 75
    Up 42
    Down 26
    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music More
    49
    added by: Coolza
  4. 67
    Up 97
    Down 91
    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    50
    added by: Coolza
  5. 28
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    66
  6. 27
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    Down 195
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    67
  7. 97
    Up 39
    Down 36
    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music More
    46
  8. 144
    Up 21
    Down 41
    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country More
    40
  9. 156
    Up 24
    Down 40
    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
    38
  10. 58
    Up 49
    Down 51
    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    51
  11. 160
    Up 47
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    Rock music, Operatic pop, World music More
    38
  12. 96
    Up 58
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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    46
    added by: Sesel88
  13. 181
    Up 9
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    35
    added by: Coolza
  14. 61
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ozzy Osbourne

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    51
  15. 193
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Slade

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    32
  16. 186
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    ranked low on reranks
    Susan Boyle

    Torch song, Pop music, Classical music More
    33
    added by: Coolza
  17. 141
    Up 23
    Down 35
    Disco, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
    added by: hilly23
  18. 18
    Up 292
    Down 228
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    74
  19. 115
    Up 37
    Down 40
    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    43
    added by: First L
  20. 108
    Up 46
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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music More
    44
  21. 71
    Up 89
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    49
  22. 84
    Up 38
    Down 33
    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music More
    48
  23. 20
    Up 199
    Down 182
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    73
  24. 125
    Up 30
    Down 31
    Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz More
    42
    added by: jets2008
  25. 147
    Up 39
    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Phil Collins

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  26. 128
    Up 21
    Down 22
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    42
    added by: Coolza
  27. 168
    Up 29
    Down 65
    Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    37
    added by: clash1977
  28. 198
    Up 22
    Down 32
    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    31
    added by: Coolza
  29. 138
    Up 58
    Down 80
    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    41
  30. 82
    Up 53
    Down 50
    Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass More
    48
  31. 6
    Up 384
    Down 299
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    86
  32. 142
    Up 24
    Down 33
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    40
  33. 44
    Up 86
    Down 71
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    54
  34. 9
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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    83
  35. 55
    Up 72
    Down 37

    ranked low on reranks
    Donna Summer

    New Wave, Disco, Pop music More
    51
  36. 176
    Up 14
    Down 34
    Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica More
    35
    added by: Jabapac
  37. 47
    Up 131
    Down 162

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bono

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    54
  38. 149
    Up 21
    Down 24
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  39. 87
    Up 40
    Down 44
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    47
  40. 180
    Up 31
    Down 32

    ranked low on reranks
    Dionne Warwick

    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
    35
  41. 4
    Up 510
    Down 339

    ranked low on reranks
    Whitney Houston

    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    89
  42. 161
    Up 26
    Down 39

    often listed
    k.d. lang

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    38
  43. 90
    Up 35
    Down 38
    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop More
    46
  44. 178
    Up 22
    Down 45
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    35
  45. 103
    Up 40
    Down 29
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    45
  46. 33
    Up 137
    Down 123
    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    62
  47. 116
    Up 33
    Down 48
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    43
  48. 3
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    most listed
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    91
  49. 143
    Up 36
    Down 58
    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
  50. 10
    Up 316
    Down 248
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    82
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