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 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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1
1,245 1,439
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

2
1,075 1,261
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
1,002 1,552
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
983 1,548
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
1,037 982
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
698 1,121
Adele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

7
766 895
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

8
791 1,437
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

9
797 1,110
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

10
865 1,238
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

11
676 894
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

12
376 545
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

13
378 503
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

14
337 435
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

The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

15
296 384
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

16
737 592
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Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

17
637 502
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18
607 1,075
Prince is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

19
248 340
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Michael Strutt added Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

20
373 534
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
627 993
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

The Best Survival Games of All Time

22
196 169
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
292 670
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

24
206 257
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

25
197 192
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Stripling added Robert Plant Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

26
216 259
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

27
187 235
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

28
381 626
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

Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

29
141 163
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

30
132 142
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

31
213 297
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

32
429 760
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

33
278 551
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kasir Radojica added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

34
176 196
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Jon Bon Jovi Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

35
1,699 1,983
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Jackie Evancho Crossover

The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

36
154 186
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

37
180 319
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
thebigE added Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

38
207 294
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

39
271 438
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

40
139 209
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

41
164 268
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

42
279 528
Bono is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

43
101 115
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
gnicholls added Tony Bennett Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

44
362 666
Sting is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

45
168 254
Enya is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

46
265 394
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
MChi added Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

47
147 125
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Neil Diamond Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

48
263 347
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

49
220 395
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

50
151 265
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
jay-dewberry-backroads added Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop