Entertainment 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
1,479 1,621
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
1,190 1,708
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

3
1,181 1,695
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

4
1,246 1,441
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

5
848 1,277
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

6
1,165 1,106
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

7
890 1,022
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
942 1,582
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
972 1,362
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

10
888 1,276
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

11
506 602
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

12
397 459
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

13
753 1,013
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

14
472 633
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
407 516
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
450 585
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

17
687 1,134
Prince is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

18
307 399
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Michael Strutt added Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

19
265 222
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
357 775
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

21
665 1,053
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

22
259 306
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

23
752 684
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Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

24
455 696
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

25
652 587
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Peter Lennodo

26
241 272
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Stripling added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

27
336 653
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kasir Radojica added Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

28
234 307
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

29
482 876
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

30
239 295
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

31
1,831 2,043
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Crossover

32
308 491
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

33
251 357
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
267 406
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

35
177 238
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Disco, Pop music, Dance music

36
251 349
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

37
259 445
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

38
202 368
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
thebigE added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

39
153 198
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

40
392 715
Sting is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

41
177 312
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
jay-dewberry-backroads added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

42
320 397
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

43
190 320
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

44
179 233
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

45
174 273
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

46
297 587
Bono is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

47
198 227
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

48
127 109
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

49
365 598
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

50
351 706
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock