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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18,770 12,448
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Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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2
13,075 12,228
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Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

3
11,469 11,186
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Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

4
11,650 12,810
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
8,947 10,069
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Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

6
7,026 9,072
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
5,668 8,547
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

8
8,046 10,317
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Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

9
6,187 8,080
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David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

10
5,990 9,333
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John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

11
5,664 9,369
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Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

12
4,995 6,973
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

13
5,278 8,056
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Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

14
5,452 7,722
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Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

15
3,957 5,261
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Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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4,656 6,349
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Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

17
6,674 7,684
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Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

18
7,189 6,515
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George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

19
4,956 6,733
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Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

20
4,842 7,324
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Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

21
6,564 8,635
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Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

22
4,445 6,722
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

23
2,854 4,333
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Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

24
3,778 4,916
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Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

25
5,811 8,025
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Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

26
3,795 4,139
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mwahahahaha added Luciano Pavarotti Opera

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3,372 5,203
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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3,197 5,283
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Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

29
3,080 3,611
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Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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3,610 4,779
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Coolza added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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4,083 5,246
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Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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3,621 5,062
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Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

33
3,473 5,460
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Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

34
2,534 3,992
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Coolza added Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

35
2,849 4,578
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Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

36
2,041 2,108
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tygreg1996 added Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

37
2,819 4,103
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Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

38
2,563 4,169
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Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

39
2,642 3,743
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Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

40
2,828 3,976
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Steve Perry Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

41
2,319 3,036
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Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

42
2,353 3,770
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

43
2,283 3,658
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Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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2,037 3,554
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Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

45
1,949 2,896
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Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

46
1,899 2,756
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Zaliste added Bing Crosby Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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1,800 2,385
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Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

48
1,865 2,382
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LeenaPhillips added Judy Garland

49
2,779 4,568
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Bob Marley Reggae

50
4,461 6,473
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malmrphy added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music