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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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    Madonna

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    28
    added by: malmrphy
  2. 220
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    Chris Martin

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    28
    added by: Coolza
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Tori Amos

    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
    34
  4. 218
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    Aimee Mann

    Rock music, Folk music More
    34
    added by: shaydie
  5. 217
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    ranked high on reranks
    Randy Travis

    Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country More
    34
    added by: Zaliste
  6. 216
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    often listed &about to drop off
    Dusty Hill

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    35
  7. 215
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    No image
    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    36
    added by: Zaliste
  8. 214
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    Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk More
    36
  9. 213
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music More
    36
  10. 212
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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    37
    added by: shaydie
  11. 211
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    about to drop off
    Elvis Costello

    New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock More
    37
  12. 210
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    37
    added by: misterp01
  13. 209
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    Peter Green

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    38
  14. 208
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    about to drop off
    Beyoncé

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    38
  15. 207
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    about to drop off
    Robbie Williams

    Hip hop music, Swing music, Rock music More
    38
    added by: Coolza
  16. 206
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    about to drop off
    Glen Campbell

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    38
  17. 205
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    about to drop off
    David Allan Coe

    Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    38
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    about to drop off
    Billy Corgan

    Gothic rock, Groove metal, Grunge More
    38
  19. 203
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    38
  20. 202
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    about to drop off
    Janet Jackson

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    38
    added by: Coolza
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    about to drop off
    Joe Strummer

    New Wave, Ska, Rock music More
    38
    added by: clash1977
  22. 200
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    Bubblegum pop, Music hall, Pop music More
    38
  23. 199
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    38
    added by: chester
  24. 198
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    39
  25. 197
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music More
    39
  26. 196
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    Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues More
    39
    added by: threerockcove
  27. 195
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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal More
    39
  28. 194
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    39
    added by: Coolza
  29. 193
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    39
    added by: MariaVitóriaSantos
  30. 192
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    Country More
    39
  31. 191
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    Glam metal, Doom metal, Heavy metal More
    39
  32. 190
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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    39
  33. 189
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    often listed
    Fiona Apple

    Indie pop, Rock music, Piano rock More
    39
  34. 188
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    39
  35. 187
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    often listed &about to drop off
    Tim 'Ripper' Owens

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal More
    39
  36. 186
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    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
    39
  37. 185
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
    39
    added by: Coolza
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    often listed
    Bette Midler

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    39
    added by: Coolza
  39. 183
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    often listed &about to drop off
    Kris Kristofferson

    Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music More
    40
  40. 182
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    ranked low on reranks
    Barry Gibb

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    40
  41. 181
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joe Lynn Turner

    Power metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    40
    added by: mrblond
  42. 180
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    Joss Stone

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul More
    40
    added by: Coolza
  43. 179
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    Rock music More
    41
    added by: JasonWrayAnderson
  44. 178
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Terri Nunn

    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
    41
    added by: misterp01
  45. 177
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eva Cassidy

    Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  46. 176
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
  47. 175
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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    41
    added by: Coolza
  48. 174
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues More
    42
  49. 173
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    42
    added by: jets2008
  50. 172
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    Torch song, Pop music, Classical music More
    42
    added by: Coolza
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