bands/musicians The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble  

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List Rules Famous Musicians Regular Folks Can't Understand - don't vote up or rerank those you don't think are mumblers

This is a list of the best singers who kind of mumble while singing, as ranked by experts and fans like you.

Many of the musicians on this list are among the most famous in the world. Others are up-and-coming artists building and expanding a fan base. All of them are beloved and revered by millions around the world, yet sometimes, it is hard to figure out what they are singing. It's not that their songs are written poorly or that metaphors are so dense that they are going over people's heads. No, it's because these notable singers are mumbling.

Believe it or not, mumbling is not a bad tool to use in music. A singer's voice box is an instrument in itself, one that blends with the strings, woodwinds, percussions, and everything else that goes into performing a song. You don't need necessarily need lyrics – just ask jazz singers who scat and folks who whistle. It just has to be melodic. The greatest singers who mumble, like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Janis Joplin, still perform a service to entertain and move you. You might not understand what they are singing, even mishearing the lyrics, but you're touched nonetheless.

Please check out this list of top mumbling singers and rank them. And if you don't see your favorite incoherent musician here, feel free to add them so that the rest of the world can vote on their undecipherableness.

list ordered by

1
275 78
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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2
208 81
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

3
182 59
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

4
131 41
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Mark Knopfler Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

5
107 41
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Petty Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

6
111 59
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

7
98 52
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

8
120 56
Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Thom Yorke Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music

9
61 16
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

10
90 47
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Waits Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

11
68 30
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

12
98 57
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

13
69 48
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Michael Stipe Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

14
35 13
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
FictionArtist added Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

15
47 21
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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16
59 38
Sting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
PeteBoyle added Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

17
37 20
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
22 7
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
kiara-l-hudson added Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

19
23 14
Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Scott Weiland Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

20
34 40
Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Shane MacGowan Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music

21
17 10
Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
NoahMartin added Gerard Way Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

22
13 6
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tamis1966 added John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

23
9 8
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

24
20 18
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Johnny Rotten

25
27 31
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jerry Garcia Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

26
9 9
Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Chris Nifong added Maynard James Keenan Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

27
12 13
Zakk Wylde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
leif-erik-skjevik added Zakk Wylde Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

28
16 19
Corey Taylor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
RobAspiranteDandy added Corey Taylor Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

29
20 26
John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
CourtneySchumm added John Frusciante Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk

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30
5 9
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

31
19 30
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

32
4 1
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

33
4 2
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

34
7 17
J Mascis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
J Mascis Doom metal, Noise rock, Folk rock

35
12 26
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
alex-crowe added Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

36
2 10
John Martyn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
christoentes added John Martyn Traditional music, Folk music, Folk jazz

37
4 22
Stuart A. Staples is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

38
3 19
Ed Droste is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

39
2 16
Carl Bell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Carl Bell