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The Best Singers of All Time

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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 Criteria: Individual singers in any genre. Not bands

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
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    added by: malmrphy
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
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    added by: Coolza
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    Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk More
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    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
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    about to drop off
    Dusty Hill

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    38
  6. 208
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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    38
    added by: shaydie
  7. 207
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    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    39
    added by: Zaliste
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    39
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    about to drop off
    Joe Strummer

    New Wave, Ska, Rock music More
    40
    added by: clash1977
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    about to drop off
    Janet Jackson

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  11. 203
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    New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock More
    40
  12. 202
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
  13. 201
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    40
    added by: misterp01
  14. 200
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    Bubblegum pop, Music hall, Pop music More
    40
  15. 199
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    40
    added by: chester
  16. 198
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    40
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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    added by: MariaVitóriaSantos
  18. 196
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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal More
    40
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    Glam metal, Doom metal, Heavy metal More
    41
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Peter Green

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    41
  21. 193
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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    41
  22. 192
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    Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues More
    41
    added by: threerockcove
  23. 191
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music More
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
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    added by: Coolza
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    41
  26. 188
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  27. 187
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    Country More
    41
  28. 186
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    41
  29. 185
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    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
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  30. 184
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul More
    41
    added by: Coolza
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    Rock music More
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    added by: JasonWrayAnderson
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    Tim 'Ripper' Owens

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal More
    42
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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock More
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    added by: Coolza
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
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  35. 179
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
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    added by: Coolza
  36. 178
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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
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    added by: mrblond
  37. 177
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    43
  38. 176
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    Indie pop, Rock music, Piano rock More
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
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    added by: misterp01
  40. 174
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    43
    added by: jets2008
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    44
    added by: Coolza
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    Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz More
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    added by: jets2008
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    Torch song, Pop music, Classical music More
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    added by: Coolza
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    Eva Cassidy

    Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music More
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    Sarah Brightman

    Rock music, Operatic pop, World music More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
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    added by: Coolza
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Björk

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
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    Diana Ross

    Disco, Pop music, Dance music More
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    Slade

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Country More
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