Best Singers of All Time

Pick who you think is the greatest singer of all time.

The Top TenXW

1Michael Jackson

No one is giving MJ a sympathy vote... Are you crazy? Anyone saying something like that does not know what an amazing range he had, how he could control his voice, or what he could do with it. His vocal range was a 4 octave of a tenor, he had an amazing vibrato and sang across just about every genre of music... It is one of the things he is known for. It's sad that some just don't know enough yet comment or merely dismiss him because he was a fantastic dancer as well and somehow they forget what he was originally known for, which was singing from a very young age with the soul of an experienced adult. The emotion and passion he sang with was so authentic and palpable. I am tired of seeing some people discount him when he was both a fantastic singer as well as dancer. He was the complete package as an artist.

Just because your favorite is someone else doesn't mean that it's right to belittle an artist that clearly was an amazing singer or ignore facts that have been in evidence ...more

Michael Jackson was great. His death was horrible and sad but some say he could still be alive. He was still awesome. - Kittensarecute

Michael Jackson is the best singer in the world. No doubt about that but people are loving Justin Bieber. This is just foolishness. You have to vote Michael Jackson. He is the greatest ever ever ever king of every thing in music. He is dead so what he is still alive in our hearts. This I am saying to every Michael Jackson fan. I am the greatest Michael Jackson fan ever in the history of the world. I love Michael Jackson very very very much. Michael Jackson is the greatest singer of all the time. His name will be remember ever in the history of all the centuries. His all songs were very very very nature loving and very very very sweet. I love them very much.

I agree. Michael jACKSON HAS really cool songs. His quality is awesome. Literally! - SuperBacca

Started in the Jackson 5 being a superstar then and then going on to sing songs such as thriller and billie jean, you can't go against him! The King of Pop

Self proclaim don't leave that out. That's what he called himself and demanded MTV to address him as so, no one gave him that title he gave it to himself. Where in Elvis's case it was given to him by other singers and entertainers and he never care for it and denounce it many times. Of all the great compliments given to Elvis by all the great people in the business all your boy and I do mean BOY had to say was they call him the king why not me. So there you go a little history lesson for you. And one more thing Bill Bailey created the moon walk not your boy just an impersonator nothing of his own. - buckles

Never heard him sing

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2Freddie Mercury

How could you not vote for Freddie Mercury? Just imagine his lovely, bright character, his sweet sense of humor and is adorable, unique voice. He is the idol of a whole bunch of now beloved musicians like Lady Gaga..
So come on Darlings..

Perfect Singer! I never even heard of the guys at number 3 and 2. Every Queen song blows me away!

Yeah it's a shame he liked to hold something besides the mic he might still be singing. - buckles

Freddie Mercury is the greatest vocalist and singer of all time. Why? That is because he has a unique voice that can simply not be replicated. The most unique and most beautiful voice that has ever graced this earth. There is no vocalist before or after him, that I could think of, that can sing the song "The Show Must Go On" or "Who Wants to Live Forever". What makes him so special is beyond my understanding. Maybe its his tone, or maybe its his accent. Whatever it is, it is the most amazing thing ever recorded and nobody will ever be able to pull it off.

Amazing voice. Sang with passion

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3Elvis Presley

I was a teen when Elvis Presley began singing, but very few of his songs appealed to me: I grew up in a family of classical music lovers. Last year I found a station that played nothing but Mr. Presley's music, including the several takes required to make a master that satisfied him, his live concerts, and informal recordings of his in-studio and at-home jam sessions. I'm 64 years old, and I've never heard anything like Mr. Presley's voice. I still don't "like" everything he sang, but he has no equal among recorded singers. He could, and did, sing anything. When I read that the great tenor, Placido Domingo said, "He had the voice I wish I had gotten", I listened a little harder. Musicians themselves still place Mr. Presley at the top of their lists of excellent singers. If you don't, you haven't listened to the whole body of his work. Frank Sinatra sang for 60 years and recorded three times as many songs as Mr. Presley did in his scant 23 years-career, but even his ...more

I couldn't say it as nice as you did... he will always be the king no matter what

Elvis Made Music As it is today, Without his great moves, Looks and Music, What Would Today's Music Be Like, a No1 Single By Rebecca Black's Friday.

Very attractive and sexy for his time. Beautiful voice, good entertainment. Would be in top 10

Would be in the top ten? Have you ever really listen to any of Elvis's music I mean really listen not just hound dog and don't be cruel. I mean the guy has more gold records than anyone charted more than anyone photography more than anyone copied more anyone never made a movie that didn't make a profit and the freak they got as number 1 was nothing but a poor Elvis imitation. People what's up with this crap you know who's number 1 I know who's number 1 and everyone on this list know's who's number 1 so stop insulting ELVIS he deserves better. These one dimensional singers don't belong on the same list with a three dimensional singer. I hope the blinders have been removed. - buckles

No one can beat the one and only King

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4Robert Plant

Robert Plant had a true quality of Rock in his voice, like he sung Rock itself. He could sound crazy, beautiful, disturbed... whatever he needed to fit the song, and the passion he sung with is unbeatable. Certainly the greatest singer in the Rock Genre and probably the greatest vocalist of all time.

It's really sad that Plant didn't get on the top ten...
he is by far the greatest rock and roll singer of all time, and will always be emulated, but never surpassed. He is much too original to ever be forgotten for his contributions.

I think that Robert Plant is good but still he has a good band to follow him, jimmy page and john bonham, but still Led Zeppelin is the best band of all time

The ultimate rock other compares.

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5Whitney Houston

I love the range and how good you can control the pitches so well

She's the best singer I've ever heard! The most beautiful voice to listen!

I her. She was not only a great singer but she had passhion for it. If only she didn't do drugs. Just because she dose them doesn't mean she wasnt the greatest singer of all time. Love her

I love her music she should be number 1

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6Paul McCartney

great vocals.... great songwriter!

The Beatles changes music forever. Paul McCartney also has a much better voice than MJ. He really should be higher up on this list, if not #1.

Why isn't he top, he has an enormous range, but not only that, he has got an extremely good voice, the best singer of all time in my opinion

As always, the Beatles have to be in the top 10 of every list, even if they don't deserve to. I love the Beatles but come on, they weren't top 10 or even top 100 material when it comes down to vocals.

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7John Lennon

he should be number one
listen to 'girl', 'a day in the life', 'imagine', especially 'mother'
all very emotional
really grips your mind

Great person, good vocals, Innovator

When you listen to lennon's voice in the early beatles like twist and shout and help his voice is like none other. Then later there's come together and jealous guy and he doesn't even sound the same but he still sounds awesome. John lennon obviously deserves to be in the top 5 alongside paul or the beatles weren't the best band ever

Don't think any of the Beatles were great singers but John was an amazing songwriter. A true 'Working Class Hero'...

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8Frank Sinatra

A lot of clueless people out there. Frank is hands down the greatest entertainer of all time

Should be number one. The was he brought a story into a song and put emotion into it is unrivaled. His vibrato control is the best of any singer past or present. The beauty of his breathing technique is so subtle and unappreciated. My vote for top 3 of all time.

Beautiful smooth. This describes the man and the voice. Would definitely make the top ten

For the people that think that great music started with the Beatles, you're so wrong.

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9Steve Perry

"The Voice" is none other than Steve Perry, one of the greatest singers of our time! His vocal range is second to none and he can sing anything! Steve's talent seems to be appreciated more and more as time goes on by his generation, as well as new generations. Timeless and awesome - that's the voice of Steve Perry!

Steve Perry is the consummate performer! He can sing ANYTHING; he's not boxed in by one particular kind of music. Remember, Steve Perry is "The Voice" and he will go down in music history as one of the very best singers of our time, bar none!

People must be blind if they don't vote for steve perry, one of the great majestic singers of all time. He still writing and producing music till this day. Don't stop believing hold on to that feeling, put him the top 2 make him #1 HE DESERVES THIS. I WILL BE A FAN FOREVER.

You are so very totally correct! He is the best singer of ALL TIME!

Steve Perry Can Still Give You Chill Bumps On Certain Songs He Sings With Such Passion And Emotion No Auto Tune Sounded Great Live Back In The Day Why Has He Not Been Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?

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10Axl Rose

Axl should be number 1! How can you compare welcome to the jungle and Chinese democracy to michael jackson? Both are really powerful songs. Axl still has it!

Axel is no doubt the greatest front man in history. He had an amazing voice which is sadly overshadowed by his disputes with Guns N' Roses. Still doesn't take away the fact that he is up there with the Rock Gods. 20 years later he still is the best!

I've heard many 1000's rock bands, and I'm sure "Axl is the best singer ever"

How can you possibly sing as high as Axl does? Amazing voice

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The Newcomers

?Childish Gambino

Without doubt better than MJ

?Eric Lumiere

The Contenders


I LOVE Madonna. Singing is not all about how good your voice is. But what you do with your voice.



Sarah Geronimo can sing in different genres... And she's good at all of them. And when she can't do something, she'll admit it and not struggle to do it because she know she can't unlike Charice. - feiy_o6

Girl You Are the QUEEN of music. I don't see why you haven't got the top ten hammered down. Your Great! Just keep the great music comming. Love Ya! Madonna - Cort2011Spenc

An artist who has stood the test of time and had an unbelievable impact on the music world. Will surely go down in history as one of our time's greatest performers. She is better now than when she started 30 years ago.

Madonna is the best singer ever.

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12Katy Perry

No offense, but I think Katy's voice can get a little robotic after a while, unlike others on here. I respect the many achievements she has done and made but that's just my main problem with her.

Katy perry is my favorite singer she is so pretty and I LOVED her tour outfits they look so cool and cute on her and now Katy perry is little different that's how she talks too much on the show and concert all of people are waiting to her singing all of singers NEVER talk on the concert but I really love her songs and outfits

My favorite songs by Katy Perry are
1. Firework. (I wrote this comment on July 4th 2012)
2. Teenage dream
3. I kissed a girl
4. Part of me
5. ET
6. Wide Awake
7. The One That Got Away
8. California Girls
9. Last Friday Night
10. Hot n' cold

You seems like a fan who only pays attention to her singles, ignoring completely her really good songs... Most of those not even stand on my Katy Perry TOP 50... Those songs are great, but she has far better songs... My opinion, of course...

She is the best

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Justin bieber, shakira and britney spears better than Eminem?
Who vote for them don't know nothing about music.

Eminem is above Sinatra, Beyoncé, Aretha, Adele, Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi. I mean, he's good, but his voice just can't be compared to those music legends.

I love every single song eminem has wrote favorite would have to be NOT AFRAID, STAN, CRACK A BOTTLE, LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE, AND MOCKING BIRD

These guys don't really know the music! How can shakira be better than eminem? Come on

Eminem is the best

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14Celine Dion

hey, celine dion must be in top 1..
because she has the greatest voice ever!
no one can bet her! and her song my heart will go on is hte greatest song ever!

Surprised that Celine is not in this. One of the power house voices to be reckoned with.
Top 5. With Whitney, Mariah

As THE best selling female artist ever, her voice speaks for itself and is far superior to Mariah's or Whitney's

She has the most beautiful voice in the world

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15Bruno Mars

he is the best! his voice is amazing and he is really pretty and nice. so I think, that he is on of the best. Bruno Mars YOU ARE my special singer!

Why is he not in this list? He should be ranked higher, seriously. He can sing high notes AND he was the youngest Elvis Presley impersonator professionally at the age of 2. Later in his teen years he started impersonating Michael Jackson (which means he can moonwalk) He's also a songwriter, producer and many more! He has a good personality and good sense of humour ;) And his performances are never boring!

He is my favorite singer... Bruno Mars! YOU ARE THE BEST! I loved his songs. Just the way you are, Grenade, lazy son'

He is an awesome singer and really cute

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16Chester Bennington

Chester=the best. PERIOD. No one even comes close to chester, he can sing everything and has the ability to scream better than anyone and can just straight up sing... Go Chester, go LP, go Dead by Sunrise(name of Chester's side project)!

I think chester bennington is by far the best singer of modern day. He gives LP songs the edge that no other song has. No one can really compare to Chester Bennington. His voice is the most unique and powerful voice I have ever heard... Chester Rules!

Chester is "THE BEST. " He is absolutely the best. It does not matter how many albums sold; how many concerts attended; whatever. His voice is so much better and he really gives it emotion. He's also a great person, too. Listen to "Given Up. " Its like a 15 second huge scream. Its amazing. This guy deserves #1, no doubt.

His scream has its music of its own

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17Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is an inspiring singer! I'd love to be like her. She has many hit singles including 'always be my baby', 'bye bye', 'I'll be there' and hit Christmas single 'all I want for Christmas is you'. Although my favorite song of Mariah Carey is 'Hero' because every time I listen to that song it reminds me to never give up no matter what. Also it shows, the soldiers in war are all really having a hard time. But the most amazing thing is she actually wrote the song. When I listen to Mariah singing it(on You Tube)she shows great emotion and I believe she actually means what she is saying.

Mariah Carey is not like many other singers today- she doesn't just create an 'upbeat' song to make a lot of money and to have fame but because she wants to show why she is singing and why she became a singer in the first place.

Mariah can really sing her songs

Have any of you people heard her sing? She has a range like nobody else, and she is also HOT HOT HOT!

She's hot ;) and her voice is beautiful!

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Beautiful voice and amazing music. One of the best artists of the new millennium.

What the-
Why isn't Adele at the top? In my opinion, she deserves to be number 1! Adele is amazing, for she puts soul, heart, and feeling into her music. She inspired me to sing, so bring her to the top people!

With the people already on here adele definitely deserves a spot

She had beautiful voice

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19Layne Staley

Layne's voice was one of a kind. He sang with such emotion and such soul. He delivered all the time. He should be number one. Not 13. There is not another singer that can match the power and conviction of Layne Staley.

So unique. Gives me chills to hear him sing. He left way before his time.

Layne Staley belted out lyrics with pure emotion. You can actually feel it in every note. His music touched souls and changed lives. His live performances were stellar as he gave 100 ~~ of himself... Body and soul! He may be gone, however his music will always live on.

Hands down greatest singer of all time. Absolute legend.

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20Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is easily top ten material. No offense to people ranked higher, such as Elvis, who had a more profound impact on the music industry than Aretha Franklin but she is a much better singer than Elvis. It is also completely ludicrous that people such as Justin Bieber and Eminem are ranked higher than Aretha Franklin simply because of popularity. Those two have barely any singing talent whatsoever. People need to vote on these lists based on criteria and not popularity.

Whoever voted for Justin Bieber rather than this amazing singer should probably seriously consider jumping off of a very, very steep cliff. Rolling Stone magazine voted Ms. Franklin as the number one singer of all time. Justin Bieber (who is FOUR spots HIGHER on this list) was not even mentioned in the conversation. There goes my little rant about you dumbasses that make me vomit.

Now on a more positive note, Aretha belted out notes better than any other artist ever could. She was a role model not only for all women in the singing business, but also, all singers. She sang with all her heart and soul, not holding anything back. Aretha was, and forever will be, an icon of what actual music can be. Beautiful voice, unbelievable passion, and limitless soul is what made Aretha the greatest singer of all time.

There is no one on the planet that can sing like this woman and I doubt there ever will be. Her songs are instantly recognizable and provoke a mad scramble to the dance floor. There will be be no one like her for a long time to come. Her only equivalent would be Michael Jackson.

She is amazing. everybody wanna party with aretha

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