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The Best Singers of All Time

Updated November 16, 2020 2.4m votes 288.5k voters 2.0m views739 items

List RulesIndividual 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, most famous vocalists ever, from all genres of music. From the old guard to new legends in the making, these talented singers are among the most popular in the world thanks to their commanding live performance and powerful singing voices. 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? Who's the best singer alive today? Which late powerhouse has cemented their place in history? Vote for your favorites, vote down any you don't like and feel free to rerank this list your way.

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! Now, help decide who are the greatest singers of all time.

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    Freddie Mercury
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    Michael Jackson
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    Whitney Houston
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    Aretha Franklin
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  • 5
    Frank Sinatra
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    Elvis Presley
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    Luciano Pavarotti
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    Adele
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  • 9
    Celine Dion
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    Elton John
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    Mariah Carey
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    Prince
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    George Michael
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    Ella Fitzgerald
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    Stevie Wonder
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    David Bowie
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    Andrea Bocelli
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    John Lennon
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    Louis Armstrong
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    Nat King Cole
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    Lady Gaga
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    Dolly Parton
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    Diana Ross
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    Beyoncé
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    Marvin Gaye
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