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
472 161
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock
2
368 136
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
3
322 108
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock
4
211 100
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
5
201 111
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
6
168 87
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
7
183 86
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
8
167 65
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
170 87
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
10
181 92
Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music
11
147 76
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
12
98 36
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
FictionArtist added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music
13
144 75
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
14
91 25
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
113 91
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock
16
83 48
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
98 66
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
69 30
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop
19
103 85
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
66 49
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
21
63 49
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
64 50
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
54 44
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Johnny Rotten
24
55 49
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
44 26
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana