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
358 111
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

2
267 103
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

3
232 81
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

4
145 64
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

5
146 63
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
98 29
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

7
144 78
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

8
123 64
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

9
143 72
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 46
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

11
119 68
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

12
106 60
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

13
51 26
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
84 65
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

15
63 35
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 33
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
77 58
Sting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
PeteBoyle added Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

18
41 23
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tamis1966 added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

19
38 24
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
39 25
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
30 21
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
28 9
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

23
24 6
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Euan Muir added Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

24
36 27
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
34 29
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Johnny Rotten

26
24 18
Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Chris Nifong added Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

27
40 35
John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
CourtneySchumm added Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk

28
39 51
Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music

29
19 17
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

30
22 22
Zakk Wylde is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
leif-erik-skjevik added Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

31
23 15
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

32
33 40
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk 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
15 9
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
8 3
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
7 2
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

37
5 1
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

38
4 1
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

39
3 0
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Blues-rock, Blues

40
6 4
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
ofthecosmos added Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

41
2 0
Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

42
5 4
Patrick Stump is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
KaitlynBurris added Pop punk, Synthpop, Dance-punk

43
13 23
J Mascis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Doom metal, Noise rock, Folk rock

44
27 41
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
alex-crowe added Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

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
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
starwarssuperfan added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

47
4 4
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
0 0
Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
DrewPuckett added Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

49
7 16
John Martyn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
christoentes added Traditional music, Folk music, Folk jazz

50
21 37
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music