The Best Singers of All Time

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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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    Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  3. 3
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    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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    Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Adele is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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

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    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Kaj Sel
    Ghazal, Filmi

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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    Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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    Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Opera

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    Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by tygreg1996
    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop music, Soft rock

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    Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  36. 36
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    Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  38. 38
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    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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    Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed
    Reggae

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    Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    - 2,824


    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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    + 1,423
    - 2,202

    often listed
    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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    - 1,472

    added by Zaliste
    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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    Crossover Greatest new singer of her generation. 

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