Silly The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble  

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List Rules Famous Musicians Regular Folks Can't Understand - don't vote up or rerank those you don't think are mumblers

This is a list of the best singers who kind of mumble while singing, as ranked by experts and fans like you.

Many of the musicians on this list are among the most famous in the world. Others are up-and-coming artists building and expanding a fan base. All of them are beloved and revered by millions around the world, yet sometimes, it is hard to figure out what they are singing. It's not that their songs are written poorly or that metaphors are so dense that they are going over people's heads. No, it's because these notable singers are mumbling.

Believe it or not, mumbling is not a bad tool to use in music. A singer's voice box is an instrument in itself, one that blends with the strings, woodwinds, percussions, and everything else that goes into performing a song. You don't need necessarily need lyrics – just ask jazz singers who scat and folks who whistle. It just has to be melodic. The greatest singers who mumble, like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Janis Joplin, still perform a service to entertain and move you. You might not understand what they are singing, even mishearing the lyrics, but you're touched nonetheless.

Please check out this list of top mumbling singers and rank them. And if you don't see your favorite incoherent musician here, feel free to add them so that the rest of the world can vote on their undecipherableness.

1
344 103
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

2
258 96
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

3
226 73
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

4
139 59
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Petty Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

5
143 59
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Mark Knopfler Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
123 61
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

7
140 75
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

8
94 28
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

9
142 68
Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Thom Yorke Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music

10
92 41
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

11
105 55
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Waits Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

12
117 65
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

13
50 23
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
FictionArtist added Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

14
83 61
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Michael Stipe Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

The Best Singers of All Time

15
59 31
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

16
56 30
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

17
73 55
Sting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
PeteBoyle added Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

18
39 19
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tamis1966 added John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

19
37 19
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
kiara-l-hudson added Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

20
33 22
Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
NoahMartin added Gerard Way Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

21
26 19
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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22
35 25
Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Scott Weiland Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

23
23 7
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

24
19 4
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Euan Muir added Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

25
33 27
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Johnny Rotten

26
38 33
John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
CourtneySchumm added John Frusciante Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk

27
39 50
Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Shane MacGowan Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music

28
20 16
Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Chris Nifong added Maynard James Keenan Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

The Best Female Rock Singers

29
18 16
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

30
21 20
Zakk Wylde is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
leif-erik-skjevik added Zakk Wylde Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

31
33 39
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jerry Garcia Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

32
20 11
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

33
22 26
Corey Taylor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
RobAspiranteDandy added Corey Taylor Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

34
13 8
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Ampersanda added Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

35
6 1
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
KaitlynBurris added Billie Joe Armstrong Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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36
4 0
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Shaggy Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

37
13 22
J Mascis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
J Mascis Doom metal, Noise rock, Folk rock

38
3 1
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

39
3 2
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

40
1 0
Bear Rinehart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Bear Rinehart

41
1 0
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Alan Wilson Blues-rock, Blues

42
1 0
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Canned Heat Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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43
1 0
Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Joe Walsh Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

44
4 4
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
ofthecosmos added John Mellencamp Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

45
3 3
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
ofthecosmos added Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

46
24 39
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
alex-crowe added Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

47
2 2
Patrick Stump is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
KaitlynBurris added Patrick Stump Pop punk, Synthpop, Dance-punk

48
7 16
John Martyn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
christoentes added John Martyn Traditional music, Folk music, Folk jazz

49
20 37
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

50
6 26
Stuart A. Staples is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble