The Best Singers of All Time Bands/Musicians

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

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

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  2. 2
    + 6258
    - 6662
    Whitney Houston


    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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  3. 3
    + 5728
    - 6595
    Elvis Presley


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  4. 4
    + 4755
    - 5605
    Frank Sinatra


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  5. 5
    + 6623
    - 7019
    Michael Jackson


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  6. 6
    + 3805
    - 5390
    Aretha Franklin


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  7. 7
    + 3084
    - 4827
    Stevie Wonder


    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  8. 8
    + 3244
    - 4189
    David Bowie


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  9. 9
    + 2990
    - 5086
    Paul McCartney

    often listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  10. 10
    + 4248
    - 5182
    Adele


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  11. 11
    + 2641
    - 3801
    Marvin Gaye


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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  12. 12
    + 2881
    - 4457
    Robert Plant


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  13. 13
    + 3017
    - 4365
    Elton John


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  14. 14
    + 1836
    - 2418
    Nat King Cole


    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  15. 15
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    - 2575


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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  16. 16
    + 2637
    - 4132
    Johnny Cash

    often listed
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  17. 17
    + 3933
    - 4227
    Celine Dion


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  18. 18
    + 2478
    - 3557
    Ella Fitzgerald


    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  19. 19
    + 3325
    - 5383
    John Lennon

    often listed
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  20. 20
    + 2806
    - 3367
    Barbra Streisand


    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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  21. 21
    + 2623
    - 3995
    Ray Charles

    often listed
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  22. 22
    + 3858
    - 4917
    Mariah Carey


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  23. 23
    + 3821
    - 4387
    Christina Aguilera


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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  24. 24
    + 1808
    - 1857

    added by mwahahahaha
    Opera

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  25. 25
    + 1360
    - 1887
    Billie Holiday


    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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  26. 26
    + 2142
    - 2764
    Tina Turner


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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  27. 27
    + 1184
    - 1540

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

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  28. 28
    + 2294
    - 3067
    Annie Lennox


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  29. 29
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    - 1796


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  30. 30
    + 1976
    - 2463


    Pop music, Soft rock

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  31. 31
    + 1749
    - 2819
    Jim Morrison


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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  32. 32
    + 1829
    - 3003
    Roy Orbison


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  33. 33
    + 1650
    - 2094

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

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  34. 34
    + 1535
    - 2482
    Janis Joplin


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  35. 35
    + 1418
    - 2228
    Otis Redding


    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  36. 36
    + 1585
    - 2505
    Bob Marley

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Reggae

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  37. 37
    + 1351
    - 1769
    Stevie Nicks

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

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  38. 38
    + 1220
    - 1847


    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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  39. 39
    + 1056
    - 1181

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

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  40. 40
    + 878
    - 1147

    added by Zaliste
    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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  41. 41
    + 1067
    - 1278


    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  42. 42
    + 1315
    - 2222
    Sam Cooke

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  43. 43
    + 3476
    - 4125
    Madonna

    added by malmrphy
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  44. 44
    + 2218
    - 2279
    Donna Summer

    ranked low on reranks
    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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  45. 45
    + 804
    - 934

    added by LeenaPhillips

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  46. 46
    + 1454
    - 2072
    Steve Perry


    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  47. 47
    + 1051
    - 1384


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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  48. 48
    + 2139
    - 2535


    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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  49. 49
    + 1290
    - 2152
    Etta James

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  50. 50
    + 956
    - 1182

    added by SarahBrignell
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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