The Best Singers of All Time Bands/Musicians

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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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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    + 1120
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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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  3. 48
    + 1285
    - 2142
    Etta James

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  4. 47
    + 2132
    - 2528


    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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  5. 46
    + 1445
    - 2062
    Steve Perry


    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  6. 45
    + 800
    - 923

    added by LeenaPhillips

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  7. 44
    + 2213
    - 2270
    Donna Summer


    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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  8. 43
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    - 4108
    Madonna

    added by malmrphy
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  9. 42
    + 1308
    - 2215
    Sam Cooke

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  10. 41
    + 1040
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  11. 40
    + 1214
    - 1837

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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  12. 39
    + 1344
    - 1759
    Stevie Nicks


    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  13. 38
    + 871
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    added by Zaliste
    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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  14. 37
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  15. 36
    + 1572
    - 2497
    Bob Marley

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Reggae

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  16. 35
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    - 2219
    Otis Redding

    often listed
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  17. 34
    + 1529
    - 2467
    Janis Joplin

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  18. 33
    + 1640
    - 2077

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

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  19. 32
    + 1742
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    Jim Morrison


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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  20. 31
    + 1820
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    Roy Orbison


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  21. 30
    + 1964
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    Pop music, Soft rock

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  22. 29
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    - 1782


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    Annie Lennox


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  25. 26
    + 2131
    - 2747
    Tina Turner


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    + 1354
    - 1874
    Billie Holiday


    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    - 1840

    added by mwahahahaha
    Opera

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  28. 23
    + 3809
    - 4366
    Christina Aguilera


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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    Mariah Carey


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    + 2615
    - 3974
    Ray Charles

    often listed
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  31. 20
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    Barbra Streisand


    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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  32. 19
    + 3310
    - 5366
    John Lennon

    often listed
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  33. 18
    + 2470
    - 3535
    Ella Fitzgerald


    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  34. 17
    + 3923
    - 4201
    Celine Dion


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  35. 16
    + 2999
    - 4345
    Elton John


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  36. 15
    + 1828
    - 2397
    Nat King Cole

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    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  37. 14
    + 2623
    - 4113
    Johnny Cash

    often listed
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    - 2554

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

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    + 2864
    - 4436
    Robert Plant


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  40. 11
    + 2972
    - 5068
    Paul McCartney

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  41. 10
    + 2632
    - 3778
    Marvin Gaye


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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  42. 9
    + 4218
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    Adele


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  43. 8
    + 3229
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    David Bowie


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  44. 7
    + 3073
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    Stevie Wonder


    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  45. 6
    + 3791
    - 5367
    Aretha Franklin


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Michael Jackson


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    + 4732
    - 5583
    Frank Sinatra


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  48. 3
    + 5705
    - 6571
    Elvis Presley


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  49. 2
    + 6231
    - 6634
    Whitney Houston


    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    - 7036
    Freddie Mercury

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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