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The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years 

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List Rules Only singers who have made new music since the late-'80s. Vote on their vocal ability, regardless of the genre.

One of the most debated topics in music is who are the greatest singers of the past 30 years. Whether you're a huge Whitney Houston fan, or you've never missed one of Mariah Carey's live Christmas concerts, the best modern singers of the last 30 years are some of the greatest talents the world has ever seen. From Michael Jackson's perfect performances, to Freddie Mercury's incredible vocal range, music fans have gathered a list of the best singers of the last 30 years for you to rank.   

Who's one of the best singers of the past 30 years? For many, Madonna tops the list. When Madge arrived on the scene in the early '80s, she completely rocked the world of pop music with her third single, "Holiday," and blew everyone away. She followed that up with hit classics like "Lucky Star," "Like a Virgin," and "Material Girl," and the rest was history. Although his time on earth was short, Kurt Cobain revolutionized the grunge music scene with his gravely vocals and unruly guitar sounds. Cobain's unique combination of singing and screaming earned him a spot among the best on this list.  

Other favorite singers on this list include Celine Dion, Prince, Sting, Billy Corgan, and many others. Vote up the best singers of the past 30 years below, and be sure to add any you feel belong in the discussion for the great singers of the past 30 years.
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Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Montserrat Caballé... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years