The Best Singers of All Time

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List Criteria: 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 
	is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  2. 2
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    - 8,650
    Michael Jackson 
	is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  3. 3
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    - 8,103
    Elvis Presley 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  4. 4
    + 6,010
    - 6,923
    Frank Sinatra 
	is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  5. 5
    + 7,810
    - 8,192
    Whitney Houston 
	is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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  6. 6
    + 4,820
    - 6,498
    Aretha Franklin 
	is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  7. 7
    + 5,577
    - 6,709
    Adele 
	is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  8. 8
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    - 5,935
    Stevie Wonder 
	is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  9. 9
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    Paul McCartney 
	is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  10. 10
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    David Bowie 
	is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  11. 11
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    - 5,336
    Celine Dion 
	is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  12. 12
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    - 4,846
    Marvin Gaye 
	is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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  13. 13
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    - 5,469
    Elton John 
	is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  14. 14
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    - 5,624
    Robert Plant 
	is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    - 6,608
    John Lennon 
	is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    - 3,353
    Nat King Cole 
	is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  17. 17
    + 3,588
    - 4,521
    Barbra Streisand 
	is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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  18. 18
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    - 5,609
    Christina Aguilera 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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  19. 19
    + 4,638
    - 6,112
    Mariah Carey 
	is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  20. 20
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    - 5,315
    Johnny Cash 
	is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  21. 21
    + 3,150
    - 4,538
    Ella Fitzgerald 
	is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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  22. 22
    + 3,220
    - 4,995
    Ray Charles 
	is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  23. 23
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    - 3,693


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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  24. 24
    + 1,192
    - 1,108

    ranked low on reranks & added by tygreg1996
    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  25. 25
    + 1,812
    - 2,655
    Billie Holiday 
	is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    - 2,716

    added by mwahahahaha
    Opera

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  27. 27
    + 2,476
    - 3,312


    Pop music, Soft rock

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  28. 28
    + 2,565
    - 3,638
    Tina Turner 
	is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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  29. 29
    + 2,641
    - 3,969
    Annie Lennox 
	is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  30. 30
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    - 3,060

    added by Coolza
    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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  31. 31
    + 1,655
    - 2,087


    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    + 1,826
    - 2,714


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 1,587
    - 2,504

    added by Coolza
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  34. 34
    + 2,250
    - 3,732
    Roy Orbison 
	is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    - 3,682
    Jim Morrison 
	is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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  36. 36
    + 1,746
    - 2,468
    Stevie Nicks 
	is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  37. 37
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    - 168
    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

  38. 38
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    - 2,870
    Otis Redding 
	is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  39. 39
    + 1,962
    - 3,230
    Janis Joplin 
	is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singers of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  40. 40
    + 1,456
    - 1,915

    ranked low on reranks
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  41. 41
    + 2,527
    - 2,844
    Donna Summer 
	is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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  42. 42
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    - 1,246

    added by Juba
    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

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  43. 43
    + 1,255
    - 1,630

    added by SarahBrignell
    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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  44. 44
    + 1,167
    - 1,675

    added by Zaliste
    Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

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  45. 45
    + 2,009
    - 3,176
    Bob Marley 
	is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singers of All Time

    often listed
    Reggae

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  46. 46
    + 1,034
    - 1,448


    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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  47. 47
    + 911
    - 1,107


    Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening

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    + 988
    - 1,232

    added by noble220
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  49. 49
    + 2,420
    - 3,067


    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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  50. 50
    + 1,442
    - 1,972


    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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