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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!
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music More
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
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    added by: Coolza
  3. 219
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    Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop More
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    added by: abbylovescandy
  4. 218
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    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
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  5. 217
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    Slade

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    31
  6. 216
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    Lauryn Hill

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
    31
    added by: Coolza
  7. 215
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Peter Green

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    32
  8. 214
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    32
  9. 213
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    Joe Lynn Turner

    Power metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    32
    added by: mrblond
  10. 212
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    Crossover More
    32
    added by: Tunanorth
    Greatest new singer of her generation. 
  11. 211
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  12. 210
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
  13. 209
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    Pop music, Jazz More
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    added by: looksharp
  14. 208
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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music More
    32
    added by: looksharp
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    Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
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    Traditional pop music, Jazz More
    32
    added by: looksharp
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    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music More
    32
    added by: looksharp
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
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    added by: looksharp
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    Terri Nunn

    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
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    added by: misterp01
  21. 201
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ronnie Milsap

    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound More
    33
  22. 200
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    33
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
    added by: looksharp
  24. 198
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    Rock music More
    33
    added by: looksharp
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    Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music More
    33
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    Torch song, Pop music, Cool jazz More
    33
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    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    33
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    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    33
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    Billie Joe Armstrong

    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    33
  30. 192
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    Jazz More
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    Jazz-funk, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    33
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
    added by: looksharp
  33. 189
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    33
    added by: Coolza
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    Glenn Frey

    Pop music, Rock music, Country rock More
    33
  35. 187
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    Susan Boyle

    Torch song, Pop music, Classical music More
    33
    added by: Coolza
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fish

    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock More
    33
  37. 185
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    John Denver

    Western music, Pop music, Traditional music More
    33
    added by: looksharp
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    Sandy Denny

    Folk music, Electric folk, Folk rock More
    34
  39. 183
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    34
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    George Strait

    Country More
    34
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    Dee Snider

    Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal More
    34
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    Katy Perry

    Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music More
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  43. 179
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    Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music More
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    added by: Coolza
  44. 178
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    Pop music, Country rock, Country More
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  45. 177
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    Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica More
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    Joan Jett

    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    35
    added by: jets2008
  47. 175
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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
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    added by: clash1977
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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    35
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    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
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    Country More
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