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The Best Singers of All Time

Updated October 26, 2020 2.4m votes 287.1k 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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  • 1
    Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 2
    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 3
    Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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    Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 5
    Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 6
    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 7
    Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 8
    Adele is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 9
    Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 10
    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 11
    George Michael is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 12
    Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 13
    Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 14
    Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 15
    Prince is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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    Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 18
    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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    Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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    Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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    Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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    Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 23
    Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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  • 24
    Beyoncé is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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    John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
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