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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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1,066 1,274
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
864 1,378
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

3
910 1,110
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

4
807 1,399
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
872 883
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
652 771
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
579 951
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
673 976
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
786 1,070
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
595 748
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
602 432
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Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

12
654 1,321
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
495 370
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Peter Lennodo

14
279 334
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
219 291
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
304 425
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
586 927
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
517 1,008
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
290 487
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

20
308 476
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
189 285
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
162 209
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

23
225 492
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kasir Radojica added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

24
136 120
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
155 258
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
thebigE added Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

26
336 567
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

27
146 181
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
214 589
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
1,641 1,926
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Jackie Evancho Crossover

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30
122 131
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
143 210
Enya is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

32
145 155
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Stripling added Robert Plant Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

33
174 234
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

34
384 717
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
107 116
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

36
105 105
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

37
82 72
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
gnicholls added Tony Bennett Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

38
146 237
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
250 486
Bono is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

40
134 227
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
333 627
Sting is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

42
252 526
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

43
238 396
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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44
309 518
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Luther Vandross Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

45
108 194
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Sade Adu

46
285 598
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

47
182 359
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

48
89 122
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Bette Midler Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

49
252 601
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

50
177 220
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal