Silly 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
346 107
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

2
263 99
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

3
228 78
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

4
143 60
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

5
144 61
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
143 76
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

7
97 28
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
123 62
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

9
142 69
Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music

10
94 42
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

11
118 66
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

12
105 57
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

13
50 24
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
83 63
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

15
62 33
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
56 31
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
40 19
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tamis1966 added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

18
75 56
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
38 20
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
kiara-l-hudson added Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

20
36 23
Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
NoahMartin added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

21
28 19
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

22
22 4
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Euan Muir added Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

23
36 26
Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

24
26 8
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

25
34 28
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Johnny Rotten

26
39 34
John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
CourtneySchumm added Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk

27
22 17
Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Chris Nifong added Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

28
39 50
Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music

29
23 11
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

30
19 16
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

31
33 39
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

32
21 21
Zakk Wylde is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
leif-erik-skjevik added Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

33
24 26
Corey Taylor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
RobAspiranteDandy added Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

34
13 8
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Ampersanda added Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

35
7 2
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
KaitlynBurris added Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

36
5 1
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

37
5 2
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

38
5 3
Patrick Stump is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
KaitlynBurris added Pop punk, Synthpop, Dance-punk

39
3 1
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

40
2 0
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Blues-rock, Blues

41
5 4
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
ofthecosmos added Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

42
13 23
J Mascis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Doom metal, Noise rock, Folk rock

43
26 39
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
alex-crowe added Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

44
1 0
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

45
1 0
Bear Rinehart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Bear Rinehart

46
1 0
Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

47
3 3
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
ofthecosmos added Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

48
7 16
John Martyn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
christoentes added Traditional music, Folk music, Folk jazz

49
21 37
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

50
6 26
Stuart A. Staples is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble