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Rolling Stone's list of the 100 best singers of all-time includes some of the greatest vocalists in the history of recording. These top singers of all time range from rock to blues to soul and even pop music, and this list is a round-up of some of the greatest singers ever to approach a microphone. The Rolling Stone 100 greatest singers is a definitive list of the greatest vocalists of all time and includes many popular artists you're sure to recognize.

Who are the 100 greatest singers of all time? Among the notable singers of the current generation are singers like Kurt Cobain and Bono as well as some of the all time greatest vocalists the world has ever heard like Elvis Presley and Freddie Mercury. This is the way that Rolling Stone Magazine ranked these talented top 100 singers of all time, but feel free to make your own list of the top singers ever. Some of these talented singers may also be the richest singers in the world or even one of the greatest performers of all time. Check out the full article here.
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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

2
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

3
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

4
Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

5
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

6
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

7
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

8
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

9
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

10
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

11
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

12
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

14
Al Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

15
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

16
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

17
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

18
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

19
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Reggae

20
Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

21
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

22
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

23
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

24
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

25
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

26
Jackie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

27
Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

28
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

29
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

30
Prince is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

31
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

32
Bono is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

33
Steve Winwood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

34
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

35
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

36
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

37
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

38
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

39
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

40
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

41
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

42
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

43
George Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Country

44
Bobby Bland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Soul blues, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

45
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

46
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

47
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

48
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

49
Donny Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul

50
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music