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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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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Bob Marley Reggae

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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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Dusty Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20 Greatest Singers
Dusty Hill Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music