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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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  1. 1
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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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  2. 2
    + 6,783
    - 7,092
    Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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  3. 3
    + 6,186
    - 6,975
    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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  4. 4
    + 5,152
    - 5,964
    Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  5. 5
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    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  6. 6
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    - 5,653
    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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  7. 7
    + 3,376
    - 5,098
    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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  8. 8
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    - 5,429
    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 8 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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  9. 9
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    - 4,050
    Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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  10. 10
    + 3,528
    - 4,488
    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  11. 11
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    - 5,573
    Adele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  12. 12
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    - 4,616
    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  13. 13
    + 2,043
    - 2,645
    Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  14. 14
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    - 4,742
    Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  15. 15
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    - 4,398
    Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  16. 16
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    - 5,618
    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  17. 17
    + 4,264
    - 4,445
    Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  18. 18
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    - 3,763
    Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  19. 19
    + 2,806
    - 4,208
    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    - 2,812

    ranked low on reranks
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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  21. 21
    + 3,077
    - 3,546
    Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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  22. 22
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    - 4,599
    Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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  23. 23
    + 4,098
    - 5,199
    Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  24. 24
    + 1,501
    - 2,060
    Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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  25. 25
    + 1,992
    - 2,047

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    Opera

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    + 2,277
    - 2,946
    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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  27. 27
    + 2,412
    - 3,258
    Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  28. 28
    + 2,123
    - 2,628


    Pop music, Soft rock

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  29. 29
    + 1,882
    - 3,012
    Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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

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  30. 30
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    - 1,756

    added by Coolza
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 1,845
    - 2,291

    added by Coolza
    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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  32. 32
    + 1,567
    - 1,992


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  33. 33
    + 1,936
    - 3,186
    Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  34. 34
    + 1,671
    - 2,663
    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  35. 35
    + 1,532
    - 2,398
    Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 35 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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  36. 36
    + 1,275
    - 1,366

    ranked low on reranks
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  37. 37
    + 1,722
    - 2,686
    Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Reggae

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  38. 38
    + 1,477
    - 1,937
    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  39. 39
    + 1,194
    - 1,445

    ranked low on reranks
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  40. 40
    + 1,317
    - 2,034

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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  41. 41
    + 3,632
    - 4,326
    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    added by malmrphy
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  42. 42
    + 1,407
    - 2,389
    Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  43. 43
    + 1,403
    - 2,302
    Etta James is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  44. 44
    + 2,352
    - 2,382
    Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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  45. 45
    + 2,270
    - 2,648

    ranked low on reranks
    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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  46. 46
    + 1,564
    - 2,241
    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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  47. 47
    + 963
    - 1,306

    added by Zaliste
    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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  48. 48
    + 2,405
    - 2,916
    George Michael is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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  49. 49
    + 1,221
    - 1,626


    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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  50. 50
    + 1,044
    - 1,307

    added by SarahBrignell
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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