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
486 169
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock
2
378 142
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
3
334 112
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock
4
177 90
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
5
218 107
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
6
209 116
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
7
174 67
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
185 89
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
9
175 90
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
10
184 96
Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music
11
149 78
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
12
148 79
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
13
100 40
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
99 28
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
115 96
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock
16
103 68
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge
17
85 51
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word
18
72 51
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
73 34
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop
20
105 89
Sting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
PeteBoyle added Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave
21
66 52
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tamis1966 added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
22
67 54
Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
NoahMartin added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
23
57 47
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Johnny Rotten
24
48 29
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana
25
57 53
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
kiara-l-hudson added Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave