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
1,198 1,391
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
1,031 1,215
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
957 1,503
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
941 1,503
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
1,001 954
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
728 866
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
659 1,079
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 1,190
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
654 852
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 1,068
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
753 1,398
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
708 559
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Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

13
271 356
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
351 477
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

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15
348 522
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

16
608 479
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Peter Lennodo

17
320 417
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
584 1,058
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
353 519
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
613 978
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
227 325
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

The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

22
181 157
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
271 651
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
192 248
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
175 220
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

26
133 148
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
203 245
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
175 182
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

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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

30
201 277
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
169 180
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
150 168
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

33
420 748
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

34
372 613
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
262 536
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

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199 276
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
but chickens double d added Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

37
1,681 1,970
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
bugnutsrunnels added Jackie Evancho Crossover

38
174 300
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
97 101
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
263 426
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
275 515
Bono is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

42
126 195
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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43
154 258
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

44
355 654
Sting is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

45
253 336
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

46
156 244
Enya is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Coolza added Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

47
144 256
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
jay-dewberry-backroads added Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

48
211 385
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
131 121
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
119 154
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years
Cohen0816 added Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock