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The Best Singers of All Time

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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    the people's #1
    Freddie Mercury

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 662
    Down 439
    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    92
  3. 3
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    Down 545
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    90
  4. 4
    Up 660
    Down 628

    most listed
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    89
  5. 5
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    Down 455
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band More
    83
  6. 6
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    Down 429
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    81
  7. 7
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    Down 441
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    80
  8. 8
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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    80
  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    78
  10. 10
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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    77
  11. 11
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    76
  12. 12
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    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music More
    75
  13. 13
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    72
  14. 14
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    72
  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks
    Barbra Streisand

    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    71
  16. 16
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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    71
  17. 17
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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    71
  18. 18
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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    70
  19. 19
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    69
  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks
    Adele

    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    69
  21. 21
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    69
  22. 22
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    68
  23. 23
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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    66
  24. 24
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    Reggae More
    66
  25. 25
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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    66
  26. 26
    Up 227
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    65
  27. 27
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    65
  28. 28
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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    64
  29. 29
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    ranked low on reranks
    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    63
  30. 30
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    63
  31. 31
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    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    62
  32. 32
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    ranked low on reranks
    Christina Aguilera

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    61
  33. 33
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    60
  34. 34
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    60
  35. 35
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Billie Holiday

    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    59
  36. 36
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    Down 59

    ranked low on reranks
    Donna Summer

    New Wave, Disco, Pop music More
    57
  37. 37
    Up 117
    Down 67

    ranked low on reranks
    George Michael

    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop More
    55
  38. 38
    Up 97
    Down 66
    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock More
    54
  39. 39
    Up 159
    Down 202
    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    54
  40. 40
    Up 175
    Down 147
    Pop music, Soft rock More
    53
  41. 41
    Up 171
    Down 197
    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly More
    53
  42. 42
    Up 139
    Down 215

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Luther Vandross

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B More
    52
  43. 43
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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    51
  44. 44
    Up 121
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rod Stewart

    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    51
  45. 45
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
  46. 46
    Up 114
    Down 65

    ranked low on reranks
    Madonna

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    50
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  47. 47
    Up 202
    Down 267
    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    49
  48. 48
    Up 142
    Down 174
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz More
    48
  49. 49
    Up 151
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    48
  50. 50
    Up 72
    Down 111
    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    48
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