bands/musicians 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
287 86
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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2
221 83
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

3
193 64
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

4
135 46
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Mark Knopfler Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

5
122 44
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Petty Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

6
105 55
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

7
118 66
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

8
71 19
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

9
124 61
Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Thom Yorke Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music

10
95 49
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Waits Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

11
75 34
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

12
104 60
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

13
43 16
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
FictionArtist added Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

14
74 55
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Michael Stipe Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

15
49 25
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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16
42 25
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

17
63 46
Sting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
PeteBoyle added Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

18
28 9
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
kiara-l-hudson added Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

19
22 10
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tamis1966 added John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

20
28 17
Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Scott Weiland Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

21
21 13
Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
NoahMartin added Gerard Way Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

22
36 43
Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Shane MacGowan Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music

23
24 20
Johnny Rotten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Johnny Rotten

24
14 13
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

25
28 34
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Jerry Garcia Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

26
11 9
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

27
26 28
John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
CourtneySchumm added John Frusciante Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk

28
11 11
Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Chris Nifong added Maynard James Keenan Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

29
14 16
Zakk Wylde is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
leif-erik-skjevik added Zakk Wylde Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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30
9 4
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

31
9 5
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Tom Islava added Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

32
16 23
Corey Taylor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
RobAspiranteDandy added Corey Taylor Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

33
10 18
J Mascis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
J Mascis Doom metal, Noise rock, Folk rock

34
19 33
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

35
3 12
John Martyn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
christoentes added John Martyn Traditional music, Folk music, Folk jazz

36
15 29
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
alex-crowe added Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

37
5 23
Stuart A. Staples is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

38
4 20
Ed Droste is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble

39
3 17
Carl Bell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble
StacyWolfe added Carl Bell