popular opinion The Best Singers of All Time  

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List Rules 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.
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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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Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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+ - 4,739 6,185
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Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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+ - 4,256 6,316
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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+ - 2,704 3,933
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Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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+ - 5,618 7,494
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Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

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George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Steve Perry Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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+ - 2,249 3,487
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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Bing Crosby Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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+ - 1,802 2,445
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Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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+ - 2,630 4,275
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Bob Marley Reggae

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Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock