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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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 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) 2 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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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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Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, 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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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian 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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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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Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Jackie Evancho Crossover

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Vince Gill Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Bluegrass

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

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Enya is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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Huey Lewis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Huey Lewis Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Garth Brooks Country pop, Rock music, Country rock

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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Shania Twain Country pop, 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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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 48 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) 49 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) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Michael Bolton Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music