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List Rules Only singers who have made new music since the mid-'80s. Vote on their vocal ability, regardless of the genre.

One of the most debated topics in music is who are the greatest singers of the past 30 years. Whether you're a huge Whitney Houston fan, or you've never missed one of Mariah Carey's live Christmas concerts, the best modern singers of the last 30 years are some of the greatest talents the world has ever seen. From Michael Jackson's perfect performances, to Freddie Mercury's incredible vocal range, music fans have gathered a list of the best singers of the last 30 years for you to rank.   

Who's one of the best singers of the past 30 years? For many, Madonna tops the list. When Madge arrived on the scene in the early '80s, she completely rocked the world of pop music with her third single, "Holiday," and blew everyone away. She followed that up with hit classics like "Lucky Star," "Like a Virgin," and "Material Girl," and the rest was history. Although his time on earth was short, Kurt Cobain revolutionized the grunge music scene with his gravely vocals and unruly guitar sounds. Cobain's unique combination of singing and screaming earned him a spot among the best on this list.  
  
Other favorite singers on this list include Celine Dion, Prince, Sting, Billy Corgan, and many others. Vote up the best singers of the past 30 years below, and be sure to add any you feel belong in the discussion for the great singers of the past 30 years.
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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

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Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Peter Lennodo

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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Enya is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Jackie Evancho Crossover

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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+ - 74 64
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Tony Bennett Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

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+ - 94 107
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

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Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Luther Vandross Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

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+ - 115 220
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock