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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!
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 931
    Down 389

    the people's #1
    Freddie Mercury

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 488
    Down 401
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    91
  3. 3
    Up 545
    Down 457

    most listed
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 504
    Down 335

    ranked low on reranks
    Whitney Houston

    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    89
  5. 5
    Up 455
    Down 318
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band More
    87
  6. 6
    Up 382
    Down 295
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    85
  7. 7
    Up 371
    Down 291
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    84
  8. 8
    Up 389
    Down 305
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    84
  9. 9
    Up 317
    Down 251
    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    83
  10. 10
    Up 315
    Down 243
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    83
  11. 11
    Up 362
    Down 299
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    83
  12. 12
    Up 301
    Down 238
    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music More
    82
  13. 13
    Up 309
    Down 230
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    79
  14. 14
    Up 326
    Down 215
    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    79
  15. 15
    Up 259
    Down 194
    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    79
  16. 16
    Up 216
    Down 191
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    75
  17. 17
    Up 246
    Down 237
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    74
  18. 18
    Up 291
    Down 226
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    74
  19. 19
    Up 242
    Down 201
    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    73
  20. 20
    Up 199
    Down 179
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    73
  21. 21
    Up 206
    Down 179
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    71
  22. 22
    Up 227
    Down 166
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    70
  23. 23
    Up 256
    Down 201
    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    70
  24. 24
    Up 214
    Down 214
    Reggae More
    69
  25. 25
    Up 257
    Down 240
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    69
  26. 26
    Up 198
    Down 230

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mick Jagger

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    68
  27. 27
    Up 212
    Down 193
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    67
  28. 28
    Up 185
    Down 128

    ranked low on reranks
    Nat King Cole

    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    66
  29. 29
    Up 175
    Down 192

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    66
  30. 30
    Up 282
    Down 216
    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    65
  31. 31
    Up 148
    Down 127
    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    64
  32. 32
    Up 180
    Down 151
    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    63
  33. 33
    Up 137
    Down 122
    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    62
  34. 34
    Up 162
    Down 175
    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    59
  35. 35
    Up 143
    Down 115
    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly More
    59
  36. 36
    Up 134
    Down 67

    ranked low on reranks
    Karen Carpenter

    Pop music, Soft rock More
    58
  37. 37
    Up 187
    Down 171
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    58
  38. 38
    Up 193
    Down 182
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    58
  39. 39
    Up 94
    Down 107
    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    57
  40. 40
    Up 117
    Down 143

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Luther Vandross

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B More
    57
  41. 41
    Up 119
    Down 103
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz More
    56
  42. 42
    Up 103
    Down 79
    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    55
  43. 43
    Up 175
    Down 187
    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    55
  44. 44
    Up 86
    Down 71
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    55
  45. 45
    Up 113
    Down 83
    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    54
  46. 46
    Up 91
    Down 98
    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    54
  47. 47
    Up 130
    Down 162
    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    54
  48. 48
    Up 92
    Down 84
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    53
  49. 49
    Up 106
    Down 103
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    52
  50. 50
    Up 57
    Down 48
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    52
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