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
1,448 1,604
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
1,170 1,690
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
1,233 1,417
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

4
1,158 1,679
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
834 1,260
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

6
1,156 1,090
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

7
879 1,009
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
925 1,565
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
962 1,343
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
881 1,251
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
745 1,004
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
384 450
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
492 596
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

14
456 625
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
398 507
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
438 576
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
300 390
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Michael Strutt added Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

18
681 1,129
Prince is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

19
258 215
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
660 1,047
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

21
347 760
Beyoncé 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
752 676
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Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

23
253 300
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

24
652 578
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Peter Lennodo

25
450 690
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
238 265
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
230 294
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

28
330 640
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
470 865
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
1,824 2,037
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Crossover

31
246 343
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

32
228 280
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

33
304 483
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

34
265 398
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
174 232
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
246 344
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
201 361
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
thebigE added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

38
151 193
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

39
255 439
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
318 389
Pink is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

41
388 710
Sting is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

42
175 307
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
jay-dewberry-backroads added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

43
176 228
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
187 314
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

45
171 261
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
196 221
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

47
295 581
Bono is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

48
127 156
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
gnicholls added Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

49
363 593
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
117 99
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music