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The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble  

Greg Stopera
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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
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock
2
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
3
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock
4
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
5
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
6
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
7
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock
8
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
9
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
10
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
11
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
FictionArtist added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music
12
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
13
Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music
14
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
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge
16
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock
17
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop
18
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
19
Sting is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
PeteBoyle added Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave
20
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tamis1966 added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
21
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word
22
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Johnny Rotten
23
Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
NoahMartin added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
24
Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia
25
Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Chris Nifong added Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock