The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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List Criteria: 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.

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    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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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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    Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble


    Thom Yorke Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music

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    Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble


    Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble


    Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble


    Tom Petty Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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    Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble


    Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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    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

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    Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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    Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Sting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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    Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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    Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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    Shane MacGowan Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music

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    Blondie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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    Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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    Gerard Way Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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    Scott Weiland Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    Corey Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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    Corey Taylor Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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

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    Johnny Rotten

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    Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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    Maynard James Keenan Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    added by CourtneySchumm
    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk

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    John Martyn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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    John Martyn Traditional music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    J Mascis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble


    J Mascis Doom metal, Noise rock, Folk rock

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    Zakk Wylde is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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    Zakk Wylde Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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    Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

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    Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

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