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The Best Singers of All Time

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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 Criteria: Individual singers in any genre. Not bands

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      Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
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      Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
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    4. 203
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      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music More
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    5. 202
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      Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk More
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    6. 201
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      Christian music, Americana, Indie More
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    7. 200
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      Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
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    8. 199
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      Acoustic music, Jazz, Blues More
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    9. 198
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      Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
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    10. 197
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      Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
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    11. 196
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      Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
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    12. 195
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      Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
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      Peter Green

      Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
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    14. 193
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      Power metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
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      added by: mrblond
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      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
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      Country More
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    18. 189
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      Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country More
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      Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop More
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      Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
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      Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
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    23. 184
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      Crossover More
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      Greatest new singer of her generation. 
    24. 183
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      Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
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    25. 182
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      Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz More
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
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      Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
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    28. 179
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      Country More
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    29. 178
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      Torch song, Pop music, Classical music More
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      added by: Coolza
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      Indie pop, Rock music, Piano rock More
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      Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
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      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
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      Dionne Warwick

      Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
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      Bette Midler

      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Terri Nunn

      Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
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    36. 171
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      Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica More
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      Eva Cassidy

      Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music More
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      added by: Coolza
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      Joan Jett

      Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
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      added by: jets2008
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      Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
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      Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
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      Slade

      Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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      James Hetfield

      Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
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      Sarah Brightman

      Rock music, Operatic pop, World music More
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      Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music More
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      Ronnie Milsap

      Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound More
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      Diana Ross

      Disco, Pop music, Dance music More
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      Fish

      Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock More
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      Alternative rock More
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      Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
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      Dee Snider

      Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal More
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