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
337 99
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
255 93
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
223 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
138 55
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 55
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
122 60
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
138 74
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
92 27
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
140 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
91 40
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
104 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
116 64
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 22
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
82 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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59 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
56 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
73 54
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
37 18
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
36 18
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
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
32 21
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

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26 19
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
22 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
32 27
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Johnny Rotten

25
38 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
17 4
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Euan Muir added Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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
18 15
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time

29
33 38
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jerry Garcia Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

30
18 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
19 10
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
18 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
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
5 1
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
KaitlynBurris added Billie Joe Armstrong Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

35
11 8
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Ampersanda added Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

The Greatest Latin American Artists of All Time

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
2 1
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

39
2 1
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

40
24 38
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
alex-crowe added Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

41
1 0
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Canned Heat Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

42
1 0
Bear Rinehart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Bear Rinehart

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1 0
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Alan Wilson Blues-rock, Blues

44
1 0
Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Joe Walsh Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

45
4 4
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
ofthecosmos added John Mellencamp Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

46
3 3
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
ofthecosmos added Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

47
7 16
John Martyn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
christoentes added John Martyn Traditional music, Folk music, Folk jazz

48
20 37
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

49
1 2
Patrick Stump is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
KaitlynBurris added Patrick Stump Pop punk, Synthpop, Dance-punk

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