singers The Best Singers of All Time

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List Rules Individual singers in any genre. Not bands

Who are the best singers of all time? That's a tough question to ask. This list includes many of the greatest vocalists ever, from all genres of music. Whether it's the incomparable, late, great Whitney Houston with her extraordinary pop and R&B tones or rock icons like Freddie Mercury from Queen, Jim Morrison from The Doors or John Lennon and/or Paul McCartney from The Beatles, this list spans decades of incredible musicians. What singers do you feel are the greatest of all time? What are some of the greatest voices in music? Vote for your favorites, vote down any you don't like and feel free to rerank this list your way.

Vote: The Best Rock Vocalists

Putting together the top singers in music history is a tall order. Everyone has an opinion. Some might lean more toward rock vocalists as their personal favorite (think Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks and Mick Jagger), while others might prefer excellent pop or R&B vocalists like the late Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, or even Stevie Wonder, James Brown or Aretha Franklin.

Rank: The Top Female Vocalists of the Last Decade

Country musicians could also easily be included on this list. Musicians like Johnny Cash and Keith Whitley gave new meaning to great vocals with outstanding country songs. Female country artists, including modern era vocalists like Carrie Underwood could also be included. If country's your thing, vote and add away!

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Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music Rockabilly

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Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music Electronic music

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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music Rock music

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Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music Big band

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Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop Contemporary R&B

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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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Adele Southern soul, Neo soul Rock music

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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul Pop music

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Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music Experimental rock

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David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop Electronic music

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Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music Rock music

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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound Rock music

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Elton John Pop music, Rock music Piano rock

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Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music Folk rock

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John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music Rock music

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Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music Traditional pop music

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Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune Traditional pop music

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Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop Rock music

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Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music Contemporary R&B

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Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music Americana

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Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music Traditional pop music

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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music Rock music

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Dean Martin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Dean Martin Swing music, Traditional pop music Vocal jazz

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Paul Simon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music Folk rock

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Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad Swing music

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Luciano Pavarotti 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

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Karen Carpenter 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

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Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop Rhythm and blues

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Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave Pop music

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Amy Winehouse 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music Neo soul

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Prince 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop New Wave

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Billy Joel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

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Phil Collins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music Rock music

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Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music Acid rock

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Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music Rock music

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Peter Lennodo 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music Baroque pop/rock

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Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues Rock music

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Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music Folk music

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Bee Gees 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul Disco

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Donna Summer New Wave, Disco Pop music

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Édith Piaf 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson Cabaret

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Louis Armstrong 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music Jazz

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Bing Crosby 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Bing Crosby Traditional pop music, Easy listening Jazz

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Bob Marley Reggae

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Art Garfunkel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Art Garfunkel Popular music, Pop music Rock music

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Tony Bennett 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Tony Bennett Pop music, Traditional pop music Easy listening

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Lionel Richie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music Rock music

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Olivia Newton-John 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music Soft rock

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Patsy Cline 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singers of All Time
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music Rockabilly