singers The Best Singers of All Time

776k votes 50k voters 649k views 1,041 items Embed

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.

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!

1
+ - 14,854 9,152
Ranker Video v
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

The Best Female Rock Singers The Best Music Festivals In The World

2
+ - 7,853 8,841
Ranker Video v
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

3
+ - 6,624 7,515
Ranker Video v
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

4
+ - 9,150 9,326
Ranker Video v
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

5
+ - 8,517 8,718
Ranker Video v
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

6
+ - 5,325 6,936
Ranker Video v
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
+ - 4,361 6,380
Ranker Video v
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

8
+ - 6,233 7,455
Ranker Video v
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

9
+ - 4,222 6,908
Ranker Video v
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
+ - 4,607 5,913
Ranker Video v
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

11
+ - 4,550 7,056
Ranker Video v
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

12
+ - 3,786 5,186
Ranker Video v
Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

13
+ - 4,239 5,849
Ranker Video v
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

14
+ - 3,984 6,000
Ranker Video v
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

15
+ - 5,308 5,817
Ranker Video v
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

The Greatest Dancing Singers The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

16
+ - 2,803 3,643
Ranker Video v
Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

17
+ - 3,506 4,802
Ranker Video v
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

18
+ - 3,882 4,939
Ranker Video v
Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

19
+ - 3,687 5,619
Ranker Video v
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

20
+ - 5,003 6,678
Ranker Video v
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

21
+ - 4,831 6,133
Ranker Video v
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

22
+ - 3,500 5,254
Ranker Video v
Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

23
+ - 2,055 2,919
Ranker Video v
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

24
+ - 2,790 3,571
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

25
+ - 2,749 2,926
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

26
+ - 3,219 3,982
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

27
+ - 2,003 2,345
Prince is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

28
+ - 2,428 3,933
Ranker Video v
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

29
+ - 2,646 3,445
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

The Best Male Country Singers of All Time Jobs That Are the Most Beneficial to Society

30
+ - 2,793 3,883
Ranker Video v
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

31
+ - 2,508 3,953
Ranker Video v
Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

32
+ - 2,840 4,270
Ranker Video v
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

33
+ - 1,343 1,427
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

34
+ - 2,081 2,974
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

35
+ - 1,801 2,803
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

36
+ - 2,187 3,455
Ranker Video v
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

37
+ - 1,988 3,127
Ranker Video v
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

38
+ - 1,990 2,699
Ranker Video v
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

39
+ - 2,107 2,905
Ranker Video v
Steve Perry Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

40
+ - 1,782 2,831
Ranker Video v
Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

41
+ - 1,085 1,233
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

42
+ - 2,879 3,514
Ranker Video v
George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

43
+ - 1,339 1,872
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Bing Crosby Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

The 50+ Best Lesbian Singers of All Time The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime

44
+ - 998 1,478
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

45
+ - 1,648 2,138
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

46
+ - 1,646 2,162
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

47
+ - 1,746 2,762
Ranker Video v
Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

48
+ - 1,056 1,317
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Tony Bennett Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

49
+ - 1,670 2,707
Sting is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

50
+ - 1,433 1,893
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz