Singers 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.

list ordered by

1
453 150
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

2
358 127
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

3
305 102
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

4
195 103
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

5
201 96
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

6
161 84
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

7
175 82
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

8
156 62
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

9
175 87
Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music

10
143 72
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

11
161 85
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

12
137 70
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

13
92 35
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
FictionArtist added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

14
84 23
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Euan Muir added Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

15
106 88
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

16
78 46
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

17
89 64
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
98 83
Sting is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
PeteBoyle added Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

19
60 45
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

20
55 27
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

21
59 45
Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
NoahMartin added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

22
51 40
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Johnny Rotten

23
57 47
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tamis1966 added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

24
52 46
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
kiara-l-hudson added Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

25
50 63
Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music