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
+ - 266 75
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
+ - 202 79
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
+ - 176 58
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
+ - 127 40
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
+ - 105 40
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
+ - 109 58
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
+ - 95 50
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
+ - 119 53
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
+ - 89 46
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Waits Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

10
+ - 58 15
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

11
+ - 66 29
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
+ - 97 55
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 46
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
+ - 33 12
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

15
+ - 47 19
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
+ - 57 37
Sting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

17
+ - 35 19
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
+ - 22 5
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

19
+ - 34 38
Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Shane MacGowan Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music

20
+ - 22 13
Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Scott Weiland Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

21
+ - 9 6
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

22
+ - 11 5
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

23
+ - 14 9
Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Gerard Way Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

24
+ - 20 16
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Johnny Rotten

25
+ - 26 30
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
+ - 8 8
Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Maynard James Keenan Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

27
+ - 15 18
Corey Taylor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Corey Taylor Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

28
+ - 10 12
Zakk Wylde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Zakk Wylde Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

29
+ - 19 24
John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
John Frusciante Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk

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30
+ - 4 7
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

31
+ - 12 21
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

32
+ - 2 8
John Martyn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
John Martyn Traditional music, Folk music, Folk jazz

33
+ - 17 30
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

34
+ - 2 2
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

35
+ - 6 17
J Mascis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
J Mascis Doom metal, Noise rock, Folk rock

36
+ - 1 1
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

37
+ - 4 21
Stuart A. Staples is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

38
+ - 3 18
Ed Droste is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

39
+ - 2 15
Carl Bell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble