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
1,381 1,566
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
1,204 1,367
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

3
1,129 1,661
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

4
1,110 1,646
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

5
812 1,226
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

6
1,133 1,063
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

7
859 979
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

8
891 1,539
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

9
871 1,209
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

10
948 1,305
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

11
725 982
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

12
467 573
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
360 434
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

14
436 612
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

15
389 489
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

16
290 374
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Michael Strutt added Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

17
663 1,110
Prince is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

18
416 564
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

19
244 200
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

20
752 661
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Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

21
335 728
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

22
650 1,038
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

23
652 562
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24
242 290
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

25
441 667
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

26
221 266
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

27
234 226
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Stripling added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

28
321 600
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kasir Radojica added Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

29
240 307
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

30
457 826
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

31
214 267
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

32
1,792 2,027
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Crossover

33
253 390
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

34
299 473
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

35
198 354
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
thebigE added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

36
172 221
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Disco, Pop music, Dance music

37
239 336
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

38
170 299
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
jay-dewberry-backroads added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

39
249 430
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

40
308 382
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

41
146 187
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

42
386 702
Sting is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

43
173 221
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

44
165 250
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

45
181 306
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

46
358 587
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

47
122 149
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
gnicholls added Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

48
343 689
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

49
147 197
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

50
168 256
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music