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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.

list ordered by

1
318 96
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
243 87
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
214 71
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
141 54
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Mark Knopfler Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

5
132 54
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Petty Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

6
134 72
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

7
117 59
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

8
86 26
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
135 67
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
86 39
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
103 54
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
113 62
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
49 21
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
80 60
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

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15
54 30
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
55 29
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
71 53
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
33 16
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
kiara-l-hudson added Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

19
33 17
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tamis1966 added John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

20
35 24
Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Scott Weiland Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

21
30 19
Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
NoahMartin added Gerard Way Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

The Greatest Dancing Singers

22
24 18
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

23
31 27
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Johnny Rotten

24
39 50
Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Shane MacGowan Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music

25
37 33
John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
CourtneySchumm added John Frusciante Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk

26
20 7
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

27
17 14
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

28
31 38
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jerry Garcia Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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29
12 3
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Euan Muir added Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

30
16 16
Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Chris Nifong added Maynard James Keenan Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

31
17 9
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

32
17 20
Zakk Wylde is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
leif-erik-skjevik added Zakk Wylde Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

33
21 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 22
J Mascis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
J Mascis Doom metal, Noise rock, Folk rock

35
2 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
22 36
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
alex-crowe added Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

37
3 3
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
ofthecosmos added Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

38
20 37
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

39
3 4
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
ofthecosmos added John Mellencamp Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

40
6 16
John Martyn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
christoentes added John Martyn Traditional music, Folk music, Folk jazz

41
0 1
Patrick Stump is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
KaitlynBurris added Patrick Stump Pop punk, Synthpop, Dance-punk

42
5 23
Ed Droste is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

43
6 26
Stuart A. Staples is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

44
4 20
Carl Bell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Carl Bell