The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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List Criteria: 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.
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Peter Lennodo 
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    Peter Lennodo Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock

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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    Peter Lennodo 
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    Peter Lennodo

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    the people's #1 & added by bugnutsrunnels
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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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