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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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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    #6 on the ultimate list
  2. 2
    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    #15 on the ultimate list
  3. 3
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    #8 on the ultimate list
  4. 4
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    #7 on the ultimate list
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    #9 on the ultimate list
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    #20 on the ultimate list
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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    #13 on the ultimate list
  8. 8
    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    #1 on the ultimate list
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    #10 on the ultimate list
  10. 10
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    #2 on the ultimate list
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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    #48 on the ultimate list
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    #17 on the ultimate list
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    #25 on the ultimate list
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    Reggae More
    #22 on the ultimate list
  15. 15
    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    #19 on the ultimate list
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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    #16 on the ultimate list
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    #24 on the ultimate list
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    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music More
    #11 on the ultimate list
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    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    #30 on the ultimate list
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More

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