popular opinion The Best Singers of All Time  

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List Rules 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.
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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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17,751 11,876
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Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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12,367 11,554
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Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

3
11,190 12,272
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

4
10,896 10,667
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Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

5
8,532 9,614
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Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

6
6,674 8,636
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
5,385 8,095
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

8
7,636 9,640
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Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

9
5,735 8,810
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John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

10
5,410 8,865
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Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

11
5,895 7,616
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David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

12
5,038 7,599
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Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

13
4,782 6,559
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

14
5,209 7,295
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Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

15
3,784 4,874
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Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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6,411 7,236
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Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

17
4,474 5,982
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Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

18
4,791 6,309
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Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

19
6,305 8,157
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Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

20
4,653 6,938
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Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

21
4,326 6,412
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

22
2,742 4,030
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Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

23
5,669 7,645
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Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

24
3,639 4,632
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Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

25
5,981 6,237
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George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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3,630 3,872
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mwahahahaha added Luciano Pavarotti Opera

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3,254 4,940
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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4,005 4,993
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Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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3,083 5,012
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Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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3,430 4,520
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Coolza added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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3,508 4,826
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Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

32
2,769 3,369
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Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

33
3,401 5,234
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Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

34
2,433 3,745
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Coolza added Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

35
2,491 3,960
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Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

36
2,735 3,874
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Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

37
2,733 4,354
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Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

38
1,875 1,982
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tygreg1996 added Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

39
2,716 3,768
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Steve Perry Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

40
2,529 3,543
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Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

41
2,224 2,848
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Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

42
2,285 3,574
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

43
2,195 3,473
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Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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1,827 2,603
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Zaliste added Bing Crosby Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

45
1,841 2,521
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SarahBrignell added Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

46
1,787 2,249
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LeenaPhillips added Judy Garland

47
2,676 4,372
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Bob Marley Reggae

48
1,963 3,326
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Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

49
1,874 2,699
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Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

50
2,064 3,522
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Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave