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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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    the people's #1 Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    most listed Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Reggae

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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    ranked low on reranks Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    ranked low on reranks Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    ranked low on reranks New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    ranked low on reranks Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

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    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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    Pop music, Soft rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by malmrphy Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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