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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1,101 1,302
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
930 1,145
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
894 1,400
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
846 1,418
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
914 901
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
660 797
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
603 974
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
801 1,094
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

9
612 764
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

10
632 458
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Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

11
689 1,001
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

12
674 1,339
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
525 390
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Peter Lennodo

14
290 350
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
235 299
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
314 436
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
595 943
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

18
308 498
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
540 1,021
Prince is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

20
323 485
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
196 299
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
156 197
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

23
172 226
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
150 135
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

25
114 124
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
1,654 1,941
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Jackie Evancho Crossover

27
159 267
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
thebigE added Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

28
346 578
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

29
227 605
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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30
131 141
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

31
233 506
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kasir Radojica added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

32
108 115
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

33
150 163
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
394 723
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
180 243
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

36
86 80
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
gnicholls added Tony Bennett Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

37
145 221
Enya is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

38
156 247
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

39
184 227
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

40
138 235
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

41
256 495
Bono is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

42
107 162
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

43
340 636
Sting is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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44
255 534
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

45
244 405
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

46
114 201
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Sade Adu

47
314 526
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Luther Vandross Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

48
191 366
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

49
140 166
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Jon Bon Jovi Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

50
93 132
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Bette Midler Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music