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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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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    added by Tunanorth Crossover Greatest new singer of her generation. 

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  4. 259
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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  5. 258
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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  6. 257
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    added by Coolza Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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  7. 256
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    added by Coolza Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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  8. 255
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    added by The Cincinnati Kid Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    new! & added by Coolza Synthpop, Pop music, Electro

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    added by Jabapac Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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    new! & added by Coolza Alternative hip hop, Dark ambient, Synthpop

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  13. 250
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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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  14. 249
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    added by tygreg1996 Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    new! & added by Coolza Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    added by tygreg1996 Folk music, Folk rock

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  17. 246
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    added by tygreg1996 Country pop, Rock music, Traditional pop music

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  18. 245
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    added by tygreg1996 Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop 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, Country

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    added by tygreg1996 Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Country rock, Country

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    added by laustcawz Urban contemporary, Synthpop, New Wave

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  24. 239
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    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

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  25. 238
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    added by tygreg1996 Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

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    added by aufa.madihah.fst Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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  27. 236
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    added by looksharp Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  28. 235
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    added by looksharp The Monkees.

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  29. 234
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    new! & added by Coolza New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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  30. 233
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    often listed & added by clash1977 Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  31. 232
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

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  32. 231
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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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    added by tygreg1996 Country

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    added by GingerBoehne Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    added by tygreg1996 Nashville sound, Country

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  36. 227
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    added by tygreg1996 Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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  37. 226
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    added by tygreg1996 Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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  38. 225
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    added by mwahahahaha Opera, Musical

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Latin American music, Heavy metal

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  40. 223
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    Bubblegum pop, Music hall, Pop music

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    added by tygreg1996 Pop music, Rockabilly, Country

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  42. 221
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by tygreg1996 Pop music

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  44. 219
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    added by mainpleine Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Indie pop, Rock music, Piano rock

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  46. 217
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    added by Coolza Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music

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    added by tygreg1996 Traditional pop music, Big band

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    added by looksharp Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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