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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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    new! & added by HarperGranvilleGrimmJr Jazz

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

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    added by Tunanorth Crossover Greatest new singer of her generation. 

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    new! & added by HarperGranvilleGrimmJr Folk music, Country

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    ranked low on reranks & added by BobJames Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    ranked low on reranks Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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    often listed & added by misterp01 Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    new! & added by IsabelKühn Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Smooth soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    often listed & added by Coolza Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

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    added by looksharp Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal

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

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    added by looksharp Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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

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    ranked low on reranks Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    often listed & added by clash1977 Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by jets2008 Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Piano rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    added by looksharp Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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    added by looksharp Rock music, Folk music, Country rock

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    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    added by abbylovescandy Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    ranked low on reranks Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul

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    Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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