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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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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock

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    added by looksharp Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, 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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    Gospel music, Blues

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    Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

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    Pop music, Country rock, Country

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

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

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    added by PaulCollins Neo-progressive rock, New Wave, Pop music

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