bands/musicians The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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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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Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music Rock music

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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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music Rockabilly

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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music Electronic music

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop Rock music

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul Rock music

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Madonna Pop music, Rock music 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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Prince is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop New Wave

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music Neo soul

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music Pop music

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music Rock music

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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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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Elton John Pop music, Rock music Piano rock

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Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Jackie Evancho Crossover

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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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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music Heavy metal

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music Contemporary Christian music

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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock Blue-eyed 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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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B Soul music

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Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music Rock music

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

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Enya is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 32 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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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop Electronic music

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock New Wave

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul Pop music

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Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Vince Gill Blue-eyed soul, Country pop Bluegrass

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music Neo soul

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Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Garth Brooks Country pop, Rock music Country rock

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music Experimental rock

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music Heavy metal

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Huey Lewis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Huey Lewis Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul Pop music

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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Don Henley Pop music, Rock music Country rock

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music Rock music

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music Rock music

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Taylor Swift Country pop, Pop music Rock music

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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop Pop music

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LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
LeAnn Rimes Adult contemporary music, Country pop Pop music

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Michael Bolton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Michael Bolton Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul Pop music

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Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Adam Lambert Pop music, Rock music Electronic music