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List of the all-time best singers, based on a 1999 Mojo Magazine poll. Mojo readers chose the top popular music singers and vocalists from the 20th Century - with a focus largely on rock and roll - for the magazine's 66th issue. Included are a number of obvious choices, such as Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, along with some less conventional voices, such as Bob Dylan or Neil Young. Nonetheless, each vocalist brings his or her unique style to their songs, and can give a variety of material a unique spin. (Consider vocalists such as Ray Charles or Smokie Robinson, as well, equally adept at performing their own original compositions as well as covers of other classic songs from different artists and genres.)

See if you agree with the Mojo Readers' poll... Are these really the greatest singers in history? Or are their picks a little pitchy?

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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Sandy Denny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Sandy Denny Folk music, Electric folk, Folk rock

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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

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Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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Captain Beefheart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Captain Beefheart

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Eric Burdon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Eric Burdon Rock music, Latin American music, Heavy metal

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Howlin’ Wolf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Howlin’ Wolf

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Tom Waits Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Roger Daltry Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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Steve Marriott is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Steve Marriott Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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Richard Manuel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Richard Manuel Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Morrissey Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Michael Stipe Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Smokey Robinson Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Jeff Buckley Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Ray Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Tim Buckley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Tim Buckley Traditional music, Folk music, Experimental rock

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Emmylou Harris Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Little Richard Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
k.d. lang Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Peter Green Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Singers of All Time Poll
Thom Yorke Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental music