singers The Best Singers of All Time

748k votes 638k views 1,053 items Embed

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!

1
+ - 14,280 8,937
Ranker Video v
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music Rockabilly

The Best Female Rock Singers The Funniest Shows Streaming on Netflix

2
+ - 7,603 8,534
Ranker Video v
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music Rock music

3
+ - 8,842 9,045
Ranker Video v
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music Electronic music

4
+ - 6,370 7,320
Ranker Video v
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music Big band

5
+ - 8,272 8,520
Ranker Video v
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop Contemporary R&B

6
+ - 5,135 6,759
Ranker Video v
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music Rhythm and blues

7
+ - 5,987 7,181
Ranker Video v
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul Rock music

8
+ - 4,205 6,202
Ranker Video v
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul Pop music

9
+ - 4,397 5,752
Ranker Video v
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop Electronic music

10
+ - 4,041 6,710
Ranker Video v
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music Experimental rock

11
+ - 3,630 5,049
Ranker Video v
Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound Rock music

12
+ - 4,370 6,888
Ranker Video v
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music Rock music

13
+ - 5,132 5,644
Ranker Video v
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music Rock music

14
+ - 4,071 5,704
Ranker Video v
Elton John Pop music, Rock music Piano rock

15
+ - 3,836 5,855
Ranker Video v
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music Folk rock

The Greatest Dancing Singers The 36 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

16
+ - 2,683 3,530
Ranker Video v
Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music Traditional pop music

17
+ - 3,759 4,786
Ranker Video v
Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune Traditional pop music

18
+ - 3,375 4,703
Ranker Video v
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music Traditional pop music

19
+ - 4,874 6,499
Ranker Video v
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music Contemporary R&B

20
+ - 4,700 5,969
Ranker Video v
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop Rock music

21
+ - 3,549 5,516
Ranker Video v
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music Americana

22
+ - 3,395 5,160
Ranker Video v
Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music Rock music

23
+ - 1,964 2,831
Ranker Video v
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad Swing music

24
+ - 2,651 3,481
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

25
+ - 3,119 3,895
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music Vocal jazz

26
+ - 2,613 2,863
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

27
+ - 1,860 2,246
Prince is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop New Wave

28
+ - 2,520 3,310
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music Neo soul

29
+ - 2,703 3,799
Ranker Video v
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop Rhythm and blues

The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst

30
+ - 2,309 3,834
Ranker Video v
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music Acid rock

31
+ - 2,761 4,187
Ranker Video v
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave Pop music

32
+ - 1,292 1,331
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music Folk rock

33
+ - 2,403 3,878
Ranker Video v
Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music Rock music

34
+ - 1,713 2,704
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
+ - 1,966 2,890
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

36
+ - 1,906 2,612
Ranker Video v
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music Rock music

37
+ - 1,901 3,053
Ranker Video v
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues Rock music

38
+ - 2,103 3,373
Ranker Video v
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music Folk music

39
+ - 1,020 1,159
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music Latin American music

40
+ - 2,782 3,422
Ranker Video v
George Michael Synthpop, New Wave Dance-pop

41
+ - 1,969 2,835
Ranker Video v
Steve Perry Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

42
+ - 1,699 2,761
Ranker Video v
Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues Jazz

43
+ - 1,274 1,809
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Bing Crosby Traditional pop music, Easy listening Jazz

The 50+ Best Lesbian Singers of All Time The Best Dogs for City Living

44
+ - 1,563 2,061
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul Disco

45
+ - 1,572 2,106
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music Rockabilly

46
+ - 944 1,405
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson Cabaret

47
+ - 992 1,252
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Tony Bennett Pop music, Traditional pop music Easy listening

48
+ - 1,426 1,964
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music Heavy metal

49
+ - 1,682 2,700
Ranker Video v
Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues Rock and roll

50
+ - 2,112 3,406
Ranker Video v
Bob Marley Reggae