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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1,194 1,389
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
1,028 1,211
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
954 1,500
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
935 1,502
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
1,001 950
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
727 863
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
658 1,077
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
845 1,187
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
654 849
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
764 1,064
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

11
752 1,395
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

12
707 556
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Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

13
270 354
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

14
349 475
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

15
607 476
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Peter Lennodo

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16
346 522
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

17
319 417
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

18
583 1,057
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
351 518
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
612 977
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

21
226 325
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
178 157
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
271 648
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
191 248
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
133 146
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
175 219
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

27
202 244
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

28
174 182
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Stripling added Robert Plant Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

29
125 131
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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30
200 275
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

31
168 180
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Jon Bon Jovi Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

32
419 748
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
148 168
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

34
372 612
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

35
262 534
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kasir Radojica added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

36
1,680 1,968
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Jackie Evancho Crossover

37
198 275
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

38
173 299
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
thebigE added Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

39
94 101
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
gnicholls added Tony Bennett Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

40
262 426
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

41
126 194
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

42
274 515
Bono is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

43
153 257
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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44
253 335
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

45
355 654
Sting is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

46
144 254
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
jay-dewberry-backroads added Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

47
156 243
Enya is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

48
210 385
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
130 121
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Neil Diamond Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

50
153 172
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music