Singers 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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25,841 16,113
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Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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18,689 15,832
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Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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16,105 14,371
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Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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15,472 15,864
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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12,275 12,546
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Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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9,995 11,346
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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7,948 10,958
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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11,509 14,018
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Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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8,232 11,873
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John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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7,738 12,083
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Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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8,248 10,370
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David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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7,602 9,574
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Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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6,818 8,797
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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7,072 10,072
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Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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9,217 9,609
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Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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6,131 7,876
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Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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9,002 10,904
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Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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5,272 6,800
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Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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6,494 8,998
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Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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5,073 4,957
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Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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6,297 8,658
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Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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5,702 8,020
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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8,718 8,268
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George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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7,489 9,868
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Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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4,877 6,330
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Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

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3,755 5,456
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Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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4,749 6,204
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Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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4,311 6,403
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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4,984 6,187
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Coolza added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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5,005 5,160
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mwahahahaha added Luciano Pavarotti Opera

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4,177 6,566
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Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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3,814 4,775
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Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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3,921 5,064
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Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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3,503 5,159
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Coolza added Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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3,812 5,737
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Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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3,946 4,908
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Steve Perry Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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4,833 6,293
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Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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3,294 5,030
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Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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4,138 6,475
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Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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3,098 3,838
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Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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3,077 4,604
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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2,636 3,025
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tygreg1996 added Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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2,746 3,396
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Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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3,705 5,481
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Bob Marley Reggae

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2,563 3,196
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Bobikov1007 added Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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3,011 4,455
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Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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2,755 3,734
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Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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2,567 3,272
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SarahBrignell added Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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2,405 2,739
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Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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2,678 4,465
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Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock