bands/musicians The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years  

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List Rules Only singers who have made new music since the mid-'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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1,123 1,339
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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2
962 1,158
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

3
906 1,436
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

4
868 1,453
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

5
945 912
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

6
688 810
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

7
618 1,004
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

8
713 1,011
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
811 1,115
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

10
625 793
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

11
655 493
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Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

12
689 1,351
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

13
548 422
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Peter Lennodo

14
297 369
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

15
242 314
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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16
319 447
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

17
548 1,029
Prince is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

18
316 500
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

19
600 947
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

20
329 492
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

21
202 303
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Michael Strutt added Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

22
154 142
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

23
178 229
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

24
162 199
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

25
117 129
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

26
134 146
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

27
185 245
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

28
236 611
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

29
163 276
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
thebigE added Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

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30
350 588
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

31
1,660 1,947
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Jackie Evancho Crossover

32
88 84
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
gnicholls added Tony Bennett Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

33
157 165
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Stripling added Robert Plant Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

34
398 724
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

35
111 118
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

36
237 512
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kasir Radojica added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

37
113 168
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

38
144 237
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

39
164 254
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

40
260 497
Bono is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

41
247 407
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

42
147 225
Enya is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

43
144 168
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Jon Bon Jovi Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

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44
187 229
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

45
120 104
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Neil Diamond Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

46
195 368
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

47
342 638
Sting is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

48
108 140
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

49
138 155
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

50
258 536
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock