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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26,613 16,460
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Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
19,223 16,241
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Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

3
16,528 14,695
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Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

4
12,595 12,835
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Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

5
15,834 16,180
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Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

6
10,295 11,608
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Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
8,161 11,249
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Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

8
8,446 12,186
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Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

9
11,820 14,371
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Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

10
7,945 12,389
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Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

11
8,436 10,658
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Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

12
7,809 9,831
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Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

13
6,989 9,033
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Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

14
7,228 10,324
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

15
9,481 9,831
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

16
6,275 8,084
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Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

17
9,256 11,164
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Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

18
5,396 6,981
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Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

19
6,647 9,204
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Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

20
5,279 5,168
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Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

21
5,816 8,188
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Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

22
6,427 8,862
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Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

23
8,864 8,466
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Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

24
7,644 10,092
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Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

25
4,983 6,495
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Pop music, Soft rock

26
3,831 5,620
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Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

27
5,117 6,368
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Coolza added Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

28
4,429 6,546
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

29
4,839 6,374
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Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

30
4,277 6,720
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

31
5,142 5,276
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mwahahahaha added Opera

32
3,925 4,923
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Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

33
3,897 5,887
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

34
4,022 5,222
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Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

35
3,599 5,303
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Coolza added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

36
4,063 5,038
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

37
3,364 5,147
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Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

38
4,914 6,412
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Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

39
4,192 6,601
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Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

40
3,160 3,942
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Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

41
3,143 4,716
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Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

42
2,702 3,122
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tygreg1996 added Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

43
2,836 3,536
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Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

44
3,085 4,561
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Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

45
3,786 5,617
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Reggae

46
2,697 3,372
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Bobikov1007 added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

47
2,485 2,841
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Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

48
2,820 3,847
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Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

49
2,640 3,375
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SarahBrignell added Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

50
2,737 4,594
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock