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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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

2
1,204 1,366
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
1,128 1,661
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
1,110 1,646
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
812 1,225
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

6
1,133 1,062
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Michael 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
Barbra Streisand 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
Mariah Carey 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 Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

10
948 1,304
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Christina Aguilera 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
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

12
466 573
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
359 434
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
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 Elton John 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
Paul McCartney 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 Stevie Nicks 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
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

18
415 564
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
752 661
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Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

20
335 728
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
DJ Terrible added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

21
243 200
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

22
650 1,037
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

23
652 562
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Peter Lennodo

24
242 290
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
441 667
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

26
221 265
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
233 225
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
George Stripling added Robert Plant Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

28
321 598
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kasir Radojica added Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

29
240 305
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

30
457 825
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

31
214 265
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
1,791 2,027
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Jackie Evancho Crossover

33
253 389
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bruno Mars 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
Bruce Springsteen 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 Debbie Harry 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 Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

37
238 336
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
170 299
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
jay-dewberry-backroads added Chris Cornell 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
Steven Tyler 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
P!nk 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 Joe Cocker 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
Sting 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 Rod Stewart 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 Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

45
358 587
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Luther Vandross Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

46
122 149
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
gnicholls added Tony Bennett Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

47
180 306
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

48
343 689
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Kurt Cobain 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 Don Henley 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 Ed Sheeran Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music