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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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    Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

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    Rock and roll, Blues, Delta blues

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    Country blues, Delta blues

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    Indie pop, Adult contemporary music, Synthpop

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    Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

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    Blues

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    added by Tunanorth Crossover Greatest new singer of her generation. 

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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues

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    Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Blues, Country blues, Delta blues

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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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    new! & added by hob06ver Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock Folk, Rock

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    often listed & added by looksharp Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music Berlin

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    added by tygreg1996 Chicano rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

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    St. Louis blues, Jazz blues, Piedmont blues

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    Chicago blues, Folk music, Spiritual

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    added by tygreg1996 Country pop, Country rock, Country

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    added by The Cincinnati Kid Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by tygreg1996 Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by tygreg1996 Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

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    Gospel music, Blues

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    added by tygreg1996 Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

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