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List Rules Individual singers in any genre. Not bands

Who are the best singers of all time? That's a tough question to ask. This list includes many of the greatest vocalists ever, from all genres of music. Whether it's the incomparable, late, great Whitney Houston with her extraordinary pop and R&B tones or rock icons like Freddie Mercury from Queen, Jim Morrison from The Doors or John Lennon and/or Paul McCartney from The Beatles, this list spans decades of incredible musicians. What singers do you feel are the greatest of all time? What are some of the greatest voices in music? Vote for your favorites, vote down any you don't like and feel free to rerank this list your way.
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Vote: The Best Rock Vocalists

Putting together the top singers in music history is a tall order. Everyone has an opinion. Some might lean more toward rock vocalists as their personal favorite (think Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks and Mick Jagger), while others might prefer excellent pop or R&B vocalists like the late Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, or even Stevie Wonder, James Brown or Aretha Franklin.

Rank: The Top Female Vocalists of the Last Decade

Country musicians could also easily be included on this list. Musicians like Johnny Cash and Keith Whitley gave new meaning to great vocals with outstanding country songs. Female country artists, including modern era vocalists like Carrie Underwood could also be included. If country's your thing, vote and add away!

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22,685 14,353
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Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
15,970 14,260
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Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

3
13,965 12,875
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Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

4
13,670 14,481
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
10,720 11,465
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Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

6
8,533 10,334
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
6,883 9,885
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

8
9,996 12,316
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Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

9
6,735 10,907
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Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
7,160 10,758
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John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

11
7,335 9,357
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David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

12
6,595 8,779
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Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

13
5,977 8,023
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

14
6,258 9,210
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Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

15
8,007 8,808
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Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

16
5,473 7,211
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Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

17
4,650 6,155
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Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

18
5,761 8,263
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Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

19
8,096 7,540
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George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

20
7,882 9,904
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Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

21
5,672 7,838
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Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

22
5,100 7,452
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

23
4,133 4,346
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Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

24
6,770 9,043
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Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

25
4,359 5,739
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Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

26
4,225 5,677
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Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

27
3,871 5,905
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

28
3,347 4,989
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Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

The Best Genres of Music

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4,470 4,730
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mwahahahaha added Luciano Pavarotti Opera

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3,729 6,010
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Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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4,435 5,548
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Coolza added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

32
3,262 4,302
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Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

33
3,067 4,665
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Coolza added Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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3,373 5,198
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Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

35
4,464 5,880
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Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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3,393 4,634
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Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

37
3,841 6,076
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Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

38
3,396 4,525
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Steve Perry Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

39
2,392 2,627
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tygreg1996 added Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

40
2,978 4,674
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Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

41
2,739 3,520
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Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

42
2,749 4,267
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

Wild Reba McEntire Stories That Will Make You Love Her Even More

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2,301 2,980
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Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

44
2,051 2,392
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Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

45
2,404 3,361
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Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

46
2,696 4,136
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Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

47
2,550 2,917
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Coolza added P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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3,266 5,116
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Bob Marley Reggae

49
2,154 2,214
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jozokatzzo added Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

50
2,008 2,565
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Bobikov1007 added Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music