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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!
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    added by GingerBoehne Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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    new! & added by MartinAustin Pop music, Euro disco, Eurodance

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    new! & added by GregerNordstrom Swing music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

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    new! & added by MartinAustin Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Euro disco

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    added by Coolza Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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    new! & added by GregerNordstrom Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Soft rock

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    often listed & added by tygreg1996 Country pop, Country

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    new! & added by MartinAustin Steve Strange /visage

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    added by Coolza Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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    Pop music, Country rock, Country

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  14. 233
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    added by looksharp Rock music, Folk music, Country rock

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  15. 232
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    added by tygreg1996 Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  16. 231
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    added by mainpleine Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by tygreg1996 Pop music

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  18. 229
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    added by tygreg1996 Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by IsabelKühn Pop music, Rock music

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    added by Coolza Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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    added by AuntyKissy Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by tygreg1996 Traditional pop music, Big band

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza Torch song, Pop music, Classical music

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    added by Zaliste Country

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  25. 222
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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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    often listed & added by tygreg1996 Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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    ranked low on reranks & added by mwahahahaha Opera, Musical

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    ranked low on reranks & added by tygreg1996 Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    added by Purple Panther Gospel music

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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    added by tygreg1996 Country pop, Country

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    Rock music, Latin American music, Heavy metal

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    added by hilly23 Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

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  38. 209
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    added by tygreg1996 Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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  40. 207
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    added by looksharp Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  41. 206
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    added by tygreg1996 Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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  42. 205
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    added by Coolza Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    added by clash1977 Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul

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  45. 202
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    Indie pop, Celtic rock, Rock music

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  46. 201
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    added by tygreg1996 Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    added by tygreg1996 Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    new! & added by MartinAustin Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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  49. 198
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  50. 197
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    added by spiipanttz Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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