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The Best Singers of All Time

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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!

List Criteria: Individual singers in any genre. Not bands

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Freddie Mercury

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    100
  2. 2
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Elvis Presley

    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    92
  3. 3
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    Down 197

    ranked low on reranks
    Frank Sinatra

    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band More
    89
  4. 4
    Up 343
    Down 302

    most listed
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    87
  5. 5
    Up 322
    Down 230

    ranked low on reranks
    Whitney Houston

    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    86
  6. 6
    Up 265
    Down 189
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    86
  7. 7
    Up 249
    Down 183
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    84
  8. 8
    Up 259
    Down 194

    ranked high on reranks
    John Lennon

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    83
  9. 9
    Up 231
    Down 160

    ranked low on reranks
    Ray Charles

    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    83
  10. 10
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    Down 199

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Robert Plant

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    83
  11. 11
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    Down 164

    often listed
    Marvin Gaye

    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music More
    82
  12. 12
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    Down 139

    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Cash

    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    81
  13. 13
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Stevie Wonder

    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    81
  14. 14
    Up 230
    Down 146

    ranked low on reranks
    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    80
  15. 15
    Up 180
    Down 126
    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    79
  16. 16
    Up 156
    Down 122

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Otis Redding

    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    77
  17. 17
    Up 182
    Down 146

    often listed
    Jim Morrison

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    75
  18. 18
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tina Turner

    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    74
  19. 19
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    Down 113

    ranked low on reranks
    Roy Orbison

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    74
  20. 20
    Up 154
    Down 115

    often listed
    Etta James

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    73
  21. 21
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    Down 150
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    73
  22. 22
    Up 166
    Down 139

    often listed
    Bob Marley

    Reggae More
    73
  23. 23
    Up 150
    Down 101
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    73
  24. 24
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sam Cooke

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    72
  25. 25
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    Down 152

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mick Jagger

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    70
  26. 26
    Up 119
    Down 78

    ranked low on reranks
    Nat King Cole

    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    68
  27. 27
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    Down 70

    ranked low on reranks
    Billie Holiday

    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    68
  28. 28
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    Down 159

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mariah Carey

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    68
  29. 29
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    Down 55

    ranked low on reranks
    Patsy Cline

    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly More
    67
  30. 30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    67
  31. 31
    Up 148
    Down 127

    often listed
    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    66
  32. 32
    Up 70
    Down 35

    Roy Orbison

    66
  33. 33
    Up 89
    Down 69

    often listed
    Al Green

    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    65
  34. 34
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    Down 147

    ranked low on reranks
    Adele

    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    65
  35. 35
    Up 66
    Down 43
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz More
    65
  36. 36
    Up 62
    Down 19

    ranked low on reranks
    Karen Carpenter

    Pop music, Soft rock More
    64
  37. 37
    Up 125
    Down 117

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    64
  38. 38
    Up 136
    Down 114
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  39. 39
    Up 109
    Down 100
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  40. 40
    Up 83
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    often listed
    Barbra Streisand

    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    60
  41. 41
    Up 35
    Down 23
    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    60
    added by: Coolza
  42. 42
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Luther Vandross

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B More
    60
  43. 43
    Up 48
    Down 43

    often listed
    Rod Stewart

    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    59
  44. 44
    Up 87
    Down 65

    ranked low on reranks
    B.B. King

    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    59
  45. 45
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Roger Waters

    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    58
  46. 46
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    Down 119
    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    58
  47. 47
    Up 80
    Down 57

    ranked low on reranks
    Barry White

    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    58
  48. 48
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bono

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    58
  49. 49
    Up 62
    Down 57

    ranked high on reranks
    Tom Jones

    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    58
    added by: PeteBoyle
  50. 50
    Up 22
    Down 4

    ranked low on reranks
    Gladys Knight

    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music More
    58
    added by: Coolza
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