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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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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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  3. 48
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    Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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  4. 47
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    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  5. 46
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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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  6. 45
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    Etta James is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  7. 44
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    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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  8. 43
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  9. 42
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    Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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  11. 40
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    Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  12. 39
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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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  13. 38
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    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  14. 37
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    Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Reggae

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  15. 36
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  16. 35
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    Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  17. 34
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    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  23. 28
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    Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    Pop music, Soft rock

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    Opera

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    Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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    Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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  32. 19
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    Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  35. 16
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    Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Adele is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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    Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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

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