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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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1,045 1,257
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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2
850 1,358
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

3
894 1,091
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

4
786 1,387
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

5
564 932
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

6
642 747
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

7
859 865
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

8
661 953
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
644 1,305
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

10
775 1,057
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

11
585 736
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

12
570 422
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Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

13
273 321
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

14
209 279
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

15
578 918
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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16
502 1,001
Prince is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

17
295 421
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
491 360
Ranker Video
Peter Lennodo

19
282 481
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

20
298 473
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

21
207 579
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

22
181 281
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Michael Strutt added Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

23
154 202
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

24
217 485
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kasir Radojica added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

25
150 252
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
thebigE added Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

26
332 558
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

27
138 179
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

28
166 227
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

29
115 126
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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30
375 714
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

31
137 151
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Stripling added Robert Plant Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

32
323 623
Sting is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

33
138 203
Enya is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

34
140 229
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

35
244 477
Bono is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

36
280 590
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

37
127 116
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

38
249 518
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

39
1,631 1,919
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Jackie Evancho Crossover

40
127 221
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

41
100 109
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

42
100 100
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

43
175 354
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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44
103 188
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Sade Adu

45
78 68
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
gnicholls added Tony Bennett Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

46
246 596
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

47
232 390
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

48
118 223
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
jay-dewberry-backroads added Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

49
303 514
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Luther Vandross Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

50
109 236
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music