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List Rules 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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Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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2
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Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

3
+ - 10,840 12,002
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

4
+ - 10,492 10,410
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Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

5
+ - 8,221 9,410
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Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

6
+ - 6,439 8,429
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
+ - 7,378 9,310
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Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

8
+ - 5,184 7,889
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

9
+ - 5,553 8,566
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John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

10
+ - 5,716 7,395
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David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

11
+ - 5,224 8,696
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Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

12
+ - 4,638 6,396
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

13
+ - 4,870 7,457
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Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

14
+ - 5,069 7,100
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Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

15
+ - 3,656 4,723
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Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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16
+ - 4,341 5,840
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Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

17
+ - 6,208 7,040
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Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

18
+ - 4,676 6,122
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Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

19
+ - 4,502 6,789
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Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

20
+ - 6,108 7,963
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Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

21
+ - 4,198 6,288
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

22
+ - 2,658 3,894
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Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

23
+ - 5,554 7,452
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Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

24
+ - 5,833 6,029
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George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

25
+ - 3,515 4,499
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

26
+ - 3,521 3,723
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

27
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

28
+ - 3,925 4,866
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

29
+ - 2,987 4,893
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Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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30
+ - 3,427 4,694
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Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

31
+ - 3,304 4,368
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

32
+ - 2,642 3,209
Prince is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

33
+ - 3,331 5,092
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Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

34
+ - 2,352 3,597
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

35
+ - 2,429 3,827
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Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

36
+ - 2,657 3,735
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

37
+ - 2,658 4,221
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Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

38
+ - 2,163 2,714
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

39
+ - 2,629 3,637
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Steve Perry Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

40
+ - 2,219 3,450
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

41
+ - 2,445 3,416
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Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

42
+ - 2,088 2,654
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

43
+ - 2,147 3,353
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Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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44
+ - 1,702 1,983
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

45
+ - 1,773 2,486
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Bing Crosby Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

46
+ - 1,775 2,387
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

47
+ - 1,739 2,113
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

48
+ - 2,596 4,214
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Bob Marley Reggae

49
+ - 2,014 3,392
Sting is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

50
+ - 1,343 2,093
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret