popular opinion The Best Singers of All Time  

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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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18,085 12,050
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Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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12,630 11,761
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Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

3
11,099 10,827
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Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

4
11,358 12,440
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
8,684 9,751
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Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

6
6,799 8,765
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
5,490 8,230
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

8
7,767 9,870
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Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

9
5,839 8,977
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John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

10
5,507 9,017
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Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

11
5,995 7,750
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David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

12
4,855 6,674
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

13
5,129 7,721
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Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

14
5,303 7,417
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Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

15
3,851 4,984
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Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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4,548 6,082
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Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

17
6,504 7,378
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Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

18
4,849 6,450
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Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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4,726 7,048
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Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

20
6,398 8,309
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Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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4,363 6,510
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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2,786 4,125
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Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

23
5,722 7,776
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Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

24
3,693 4,726
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Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

25
6,041 6,340
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George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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3,695 3,962
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mwahahahaha added Luciano Pavarotti Opera

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3,303 5,029
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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3,132 5,108
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Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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4,035 5,086
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Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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3,553 4,915
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Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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3,488 4,625
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Coolza added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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2,833 3,469
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Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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3,422 5,323
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Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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2,471 3,842
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Coolza added Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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2,779 4,438
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Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

36
1,948 2,017
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tygreg1996 added Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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2,765 3,967
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Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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2,522 4,042
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Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

39
2,763 3,851
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Steve Perry Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

40
2,575 3,626
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Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

41
2,263 2,925
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Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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2,312 3,656
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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1,915 2,772
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Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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1,997 3,418
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Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

45
2,224 3,546
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Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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1,851 2,662
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Zaliste added Bing Crosby Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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1,728 2,287
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Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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1,813 2,305
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LeenaPhillips added Judy Garland

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1,550 2,143
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PeteBoyle added Tom Jones Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

50
2,705 4,455
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Bob Marley Reggae