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20 Greatest Singers

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? Vote for your favorites, vote down any you don't like and feel free to rerank this list your way.

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.

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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    #7 on the original list
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

  2. 2

    #16 on the original list
    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

  3. 3

    #19 on the original list
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

  4. 4

    #24 on the original list
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

  5. 5

    #14 on the original list
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

  6. 6

    #55 on the original list
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

  7. 7

    #10 on the original list
    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

  8. 8

    #1 on the original list
    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

  9. 9

    #25 on the original list
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

  10. 10

    #4 on the original list
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

  11. 11

    #141 on the original list
    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

  12. 12

    #30 on the original list
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

  13. 13

    #87 on the original list
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

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  15. 15

    #34 on the original list
    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

  16. 16

    #39 on the original list
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

  17. 17

    #54 on the original list
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

  18. 18

    #21 on the original list
    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

  19. 19

    #75 on the original list
    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

  20. 20

    #415 on the original list
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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