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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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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Genre: Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Genre: Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America
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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Genre: Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly; Nationality: Zanzibar, United Kingdom
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Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hannah Rebora added
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Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
gnicholls added Genre: Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening; Nationality: United States of America
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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Genre: Ballad, Country pop, Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
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Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
MartyMJJ777 added Genre: Opera; Nationality: Italy
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Genre: Crossover; Nationality: United States of America
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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Genre: Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana; Nationality: United States of America
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Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Montserrat Caballé... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop; Nationality: United Kingdom, England
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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Stripling added Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock; Nationality: United Kingdom, England
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Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Genre: Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Genre: Disco, Pop music, Dance music; Nationality: United States of America
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Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
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P!nk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Genre: Pop punk, R&B; Nationality: United States of America
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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Genre: Pop, Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America
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Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Genre: Pop, Folk; Nationality: England
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Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Genre: Pop music, Rock music, Folk music; Nationality: United States of America
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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
gnicholls added Genre: Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music; Nationality: Canada, Italy