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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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    Ska, Reggae More
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    added by: lightbarrywhite
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music More
    29
  3. 225
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    Turkish pop music More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Slade

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    30
  5. 223
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    Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    30
    added by: Coolza
  6. 222
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    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm More
    30
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  7. 221
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    No image
    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Smooth soul More
    30
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  8. 220
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    30
    added by: looksharp
  9. 219
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    30
    added by: Coolza
  10. 218
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    Peter Green

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    30
  11. 217
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    New Wave, Ska, Rock music More
    30
    added by: lightbarrywhite
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    Joe Lynn Turner

    Power metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    30
    added by: mrblond
  13. 215
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    30
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  14. 214
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    30
    added by: Juba
  15. 213
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    Crossover More
    30
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    Greatest new singer of her generation. 
  16. 212
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    Rock music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  17. 211
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  18. 210
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
    31
    added by: Coolza
  19. 209
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    Terri Nunn

    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
    31
    added by: misterp01
  20. 208
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    Pop music, Rock music, Country rock More
    31
  21. 207
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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music More
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    added by: lightbarrywhite
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    31
  23. 205
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    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
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    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  25. 203
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    No image
    New Wave, New Age, New Age music More
    31
    added by: dsheffield
  26. 202
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    Torch song, Pop music, Cool jazz More
    31
    added by: looksharp
  27. 201
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    Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop More
    31
    added by: Coolza
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    R. Kelly

    Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop More
    31
    added by: lightbarrywhite
  29. 199
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    Western music, Pop music, Traditional music More
    31
    added by: looksharp
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alison Moyet

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    31
    added by: Coolza
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ronnie Milsap

    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound More
    31
  32. 196
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fish

    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock More
    32
  33. 195
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    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret More
    32
    added by: Juba
  34. 194
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    32
  35. 193
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  36. 192
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    Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    32
    added by: looksharp
  37. 191
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
    added by: looksharp
  38. 190
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    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    32
    added by: looksharp
  39. 189
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    Chris Isaak

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    32
    added by: BobJames
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    32
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eva Cassidy

    Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music More
    32
    added by: Coolza
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    PJ Harvey

    Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica More
    32
    added by: Jabapac
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    Shirley Manson

    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music More
    32
    added by: looksharp
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    Torch song, Pop music, Classical music More
    33
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    added by: dsheffield
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    Dee Snider

    Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal More
    33
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    Don Williams

    Pop music, Country rock, Country More
    33
  49. 179
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    33
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    Opera More
    33
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