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The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble 

Greg Stopera
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Updated December 1, 2019 10.5k votes 1.7k voters 54.9k views 59 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
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Sting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
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Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble