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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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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music More
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    Slade

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    30
  3. 234
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    Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop More
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    added by: abbylovescandy
  4. 233
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    Reggae, Dub, Lovers rock More
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    added by: lightbarrywhite
  5. 232
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    Indie pop, Downtempo, Dubstep More
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    added by: lightbarrywhite
  6. 231
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    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm More
    30
    added by: lightbarrywhite
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    No image
    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Smooth soul More
    30
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  8. 229
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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady More
    30
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  9. 228
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    30
    added by: looksharp
  10. 227
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    Pop music, Jazz More
    30
    added by: looksharp
  11. 226
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    Peter Green

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    30
  12. 225
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    30
    added by: Coolza
  13. 224
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    Jazz More
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    added by: looksharp
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    Jazz-funk, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
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    added by: looksharp
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    Joe Lynn Turner

    Power metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    31
    added by: mrblond
  16. 221
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    31
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  17. 220
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    Crossover More
    31
    added by: Tunanorth
    Greatest new singer of her generation. 
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
    31
    added by: Coolza
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    Terri Nunn

    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
    31
    added by: misterp01
  20. 217
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age More
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    added by: lightbarrywhite
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    31
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    New Wave, Ska, Rock music More
    31
    added by: lightbarrywhite
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    Traditional pop music, Jazz More
    31
    added by: looksharp
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    Ska, Reggae More
    31
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  25. 212
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    Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    31
    added by: Coolza
  26. 211
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    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  27. 210
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    Rock music More
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    added by: looksharp
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    31
    added by: Juba
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    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    31
    added by: looksharp
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    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    31
    added by: looksharp
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: looksharp
  32. 205
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    Pop music, Rock music, Country rock More
    32
  33. 204
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music More
    32
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  35. 202
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    Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop More
    32
    added by: lightbarrywhite
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    Western music, Pop music, Traditional music More
    32
    added by: looksharp
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    Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop More
    32
    added by: Coolza
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    Kenny Loggins

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: looksharp
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    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
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    Ronnie Milsap

    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound More
    32
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    Julie London

    Torch song, Pop music, Cool jazz More
    32
    added by: looksharp
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    Sandy Denny

    Folk music, Electric folk, Folk rock More
    32
  44. 193
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    Turkish pop music More
    32
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    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock More
    32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sam Moore

    Rhythm and blues More
    32
    added by: looksharp
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
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    added by: BobJames
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    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret More
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    Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    33
    added by: looksharp
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    Carly Simon

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
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