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The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble 

Greg Stopera
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Updated December 1, 2019 10k votes 1.6k voters 53.3k views 67 items

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.

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