bands/musicians The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years  

Ranker Music
Originally by
94k votes 7.2k voters 68.8k views 337 items Embed

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.
list ordered by

1
1,159 1,366
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

The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

2
992 1,187
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
921 1,475
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
975 936
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

5
897 1,483
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

6
711 837
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
636 1,044
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
825 1,153
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
741 1,036
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

10
637 828
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
721 1,372
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
683 530
Ranker Video
Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

13
580 451
Ranker Video
Peter Lennodo

14
307 394
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
333 459
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters 15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

16
250 338
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

17
329 512
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

18
562 1,047
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
604 964
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

20
339 505
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
219 312
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
166 149
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
185 240
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

24
165 210
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

25
165 173
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Stripling added Robert Plant Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

26
123 138
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

27
250 625
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

28
115 127
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

29
140 160
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

The Best Christian Songs of 2018 The Silliest Fights Every Couple Has at Some Point

30
192 261
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

31
407 739
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

32
1,670 1,958
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Jackie Evancho Crossover

33
155 174
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Jon Bon Jovi Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

34
357 601
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
168 290
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
thebigE added Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

36
175 265
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

37
90 95
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
247 527
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kasir Radojica added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

39
253 419
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

40
149 249
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
117 184
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
265 508
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
193 239
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

The Best Rap Songs of 2018 The Best Wineries in France

44
151 236
Enya is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

45
204 379
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

46
125 114
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Neil Diamond Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

47
236 330
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

48
349 648
Sting is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

49
114 149
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

50
144 165
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