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
474 163
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock
2
371 139
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
3
325 109
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock
4
214 101
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
5
203 111
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
6
170 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
184 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
169 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
171 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
148 76
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
11
181 93
Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music
12
99 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
145 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
94 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
114 92
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock
16
100 66
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
84 48
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
71 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
68 49
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
20
103 86
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
63 50
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 51
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
55 44
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Johnny Rotten
24
46 26
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
55 50
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