Best Singers of All Time

The Contenders: Page 7

121 Jessie J Jessie J Jessica Ellen Cornish, better known by her stage name Jessie J, is an English singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, she began her career on stage, aged 11, with a role in the West End musical Whistle Down the Wind.

Has a beautiful tone of voice, as well as an amazing control and technique. Above all she has, in my opinion, one of the best emotional connection to the song; when she sings you can feel her soul pour out. She as well has a marvelous stage presence. Although she does have her fun and playful songs like Bang Bang(which I don't have anything against), she also has deeply emotional songs with beautiful messages like Stand Up or even Price Tag. Yet through all her success she manages to remain humble and down to earth.

There are a lot of people missing from this list. I think Jessie J is one of the biggest ones. She has such amazing control of her voice. It's crazy.

WHY? Of all time? Jessie J should AT LEAST be in the top 200. She may have only released 1 album, but that was one of the BEST albums of 2011. She has a wide range of music styles from pop to urban to a bit of reggae. AMAZING and UNIQUE voice live and in my opinion the BEST British female singer since Amy Winehouse.

This disgusting that I am forced to look at while I watch the voice, she is crap at singing and is fake as hell

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122 Ian Gillan Ian Gillan Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).

Going solo seems to be a labor of love more often than not, and it's an opportunity for an artist (frontman or otherwise) to delve into unexpected genres or styles. Deep Purple's Ian Gillan is no stranger to the solo project, with many of his personal endeavors of the past 20 years taking a more watered-down approach to the Deep Purple tradition. Gillan's latest album One Eye To Morocco, shows that the singer is perfect & might be returning to form. Gillan is still a capable vocalist, but the edge that was present in songs like Highway Star is gone at this point. At the age 60+, this shouldn't be a huge shocker and edginess probably wasn't the singer's intention anyhow. For me, he is the No. 1!

why did I have to scroll so far down, I mean he's not even on the first page!
i was gonna vote for Robert Plant or Freddy Mercury, but seeing Ian so low on the list ill just vote for him

come on, no one can sing Child In Time exept for Gillan
he's also one of the best live singers

he also performed the role of Jesus in the original Jesus Christ super star btw

The number of singers that had the chops of Ian Gillian in the early 70's are very few in numbers. Showboating a powerful, masculine voice Ian also had screaming high notes, the likes of which had never been heard before. While the few other male singers that could hit high notes sang like girls (i.e. Robert Plant) Ian had a strong hold over the low notes as much as the high notes and he delivered them both with machismo. - GuitarZero

Most underrated metal singer of all time,he started metal vocals,his screaming on sweet child in time was epic - zxm

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123 Nat King Cole Nat King Cole Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist.

There's lots of singers on this list whose music I prefer over Nat King Cole's but that wasn't the question, now was it? Yes, he should be number 1 or at least very close to it!

Trying to claim anyone as "the greatest singer of all time" is extremely arrogant--I'm voting for Nat not as the greatest singer (how could anyone ever presume to know that? ), but because he is certainly much better than everyone listed above him.

Nat King Cole has the most beautifully opened tone EVER! He is, of course, pre-rock... Nat, Ella, Billie, Nancy, Sarah, Frank, Vic, Bing and Pops are on a planet of their own... Only Lennon and McCartney has the jet fuel to get THERE! Miles, Benny, Duke, Glen, Brubeck, George, Ira and Cole dwell there TOO! - frank

Nat King Cole should be in the top five...120...

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124 Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he has fronted since its inception in 1983.

A! red hot chilli peppers is the best! I was at their concert last month and it was awesome! ALL YOU Bieber FANS AND Bieber GO TO HELL!

He's great I can't believe he's in the 60's TOP 10 BABY! I love his songs like dosed and under the bridge and don't even get me started on scar tissue. This guy is a singing god and deserves to be past all those random singers I've never heard of!

Just to say something to what the last person said; Anthony is not the only original member Flea is too.

Even though I'm a huge fan of his and the band, I will admit he was not the best singer when the Peppers started out, but he has evolved and he is amazing. He also performs like no one on stage, with the movements and dancing.Plus he exerts so much energy and passion when he sings.

Haven't heard anything quite like Kiedis. This guy's just incredible.

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125 Benjamin Burnley Benjamin Burnley Benjamin Jackson Burnley IV is an American musician, composer, and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the American rock band Breaking Benjamin.

Can't beat him. No one knows him so therefore he's this far down on the list. Don't let metal suffocate in pop and hip-hop, and look up Breaking Benjamin in your spare time. - Giusti97

In my mind, Ben one of my favorite male singers, along with Roy Khan. Both are fantastic singers, with powerful, beautiful voices. It doesn't hurt that they both sing with phenomenal bands, and some of the best songs I've ever heard. (For the record, Breaking Benjamin is my favorite band, and Simone Simmons is my favorite singer of all time -- I don't see her on this list, though).

Hands down, my personal favorite of this list so far. I've gone out of my way to be a die-hard breaking benjamin fan. His songs are just epic. My favorite heavy songs are "I Will Not Bow" and "Had Enough", while Burnley is able to slow things down with "Forget It" and "Rain". He is incredibly, ridiculously underrated and tied for my fave singer of all time with Shaun Morgan.

His ability to go from hard rock, almost metal-ish, to an absolutely soft, crooning voice is unmatched.

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126 Ruki (the GazettE)

Ruki is awesome, he can sing any kind of music, he can transform his voice from distortion to clean, just like changing guitar effect.. Awesome

The god of vocal...
he has a typical voice,
he as well has a beautiful face but charismatic...
success for THE GAZETTE,

Death voice of the gazette! I think it's just about time for him to go to the top! Go Ruki!

Ruki has an amazing voice! The GazettE was my first J-rock band. Boy, it brings memories back... I hate it when I see comments such as "Gazerock is dead" etc, 'cause... Gazerock is NOT dead!

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127 Bing Crosby Bing Crosby Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world.

No one can top Bing Crosby as far as I'm concerned. He didn't even have to have music when he sang for it to be beautiful, that is a true God given gift. Even his whistle was beautiful. There has been no one born in this world today that could come close to sound like him and there never will.

I think Bing Crosby has the most beautiful voice of all time. I don't know how he could be so low a number as 168. Even his speaking voice was unique. You can judge someone unless you lived their life.

Bing holds the record for the most number of records sold and the longest to stay in the top charts. Elvis comes in a distant second.

The top selling singer of all time, and an oscar winner! Who can top that?

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128 Johnny Gill Johnny Gill
129 Rod Stewart Rod Stewart Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.

One of the most truly amazing and inspiring singer/writers ever, the most entertaining act you can witness today, and one who has changed and made possible many other performers. So varied and so good at everything he does, and keeping it that way throughout one of the best careers in the business. He is the ultimate rock and roll (not forgetting the many other styles he's mastered) legend.

Rod Stewart is the best! Always has been and always will be! I've grown up on him, started when I was 16 and I am 62 now! I've loved his hair, great clothes, his raspy voice, just everything about him! He's in my heart and soul forever! I love you Rod Stewart! I would also say his music got me through some hard times too! My last concert I was so excited I cried through 2 songs, I was so overwhelmed! What more can I say, Rod is magnificent!

Sir Rod Stewart, a man who has had a singing career since 1969 or so and is still going strong is at 135 on this list? A man who has managed to evolve and be something for everyone at some point in his career. Really?

Shhould be at number one by now... why isn't this voting moving loads are voting but it's not moving him up?

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130 Brian Johnson Brian Johnson Brian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Since 1980, he is the lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As of April 2016, Johnson is not participating in the remainder of the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing ...read more.

I went thru top 10 and I'm like. How isn't he here. But NO... He"s 229. You guys should check out back in black, thunderstruck, and TNT. The are all awesome

Who else has the devotion to sound like that. To sing as he does one must, gargle nails, chain smoke, drink gasoline, attach a clamp to their balls or breasts, drink molten metal, drink acid, etc.

the classic highway to hell is bon scott but brian johnson is still kick ass

This rank is not enough for brian

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131 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.

Drake is not even a singer, and he is even an awful rapper. Why is he here?

If there's one thing I know is that never listen to a Canadian rapper like Drake. He is the worst. He should just go back to Canada.

He is talented but very sexual especially with Nicki and her big everything especially the but

He is the best singer ever he is suppose to be the 1 popular singer

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132 Mark Hoppus Mark Hoppus Mark Allan Hoppus is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and television personality best known as the bassist and co-lead vocalist for the pop punk band Blink-182. Born in Ridgecrest, California, Hoppus spent his childhood moving back and forth between his mother and father's ...read more.

Being the bass player/co-vocalist of blink-182 and now +44 he has bought a nice reputation for himself. A decent bass player but unbelivable singer. Goes for clean, pure low notes (listen to Little Death by +44) to mind-boggling highs (listen to Chapter 13 by +44) He a singer any band would want.

You'll know Mark Hoppus as the the singer of his primary band blink-182 and his side project 44. He has got lower baritone voice and a great vocal range, especially if you listen to 44, which is his best work to date. He plays bass too, and occasionally guitar. He is also pretty decent live.

a total legend on the bass and can sing well to you don't realise how hard it is untill you sing some of their songs

One of the most talented human beings

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133 Tim McIlrath Tim McIlrath Timothy James "Tim" McIlrath is an American punk rock musician. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of the American punk rock band Rise Against.

Rumour states that Tim McIlrath is the God of Punk Rock
Hey say his vocal chords themselves are made of lightning and imbued with the power to change the world when combined with his breath-taking, emotive and eternally significant lyrics.

Tim's mighty scream is a force to be reckoned with due to it's incredible ability to cast waves of fury upon those who don't care for the world we live in and support war or violence in any form. However, it also has an, arguably, more important element embedded within; the power to save lives.

I don't know why this guy is down here...
really? justin bieber? britney spears?
better than this guy?
what the hell do people nowadays are listening to?
and where the hell is dave grohl?
- myself123

I love how people vote singers who sound nothing like they do on albums when singing live. Tim sounds almost exactly the same, except for maybe a few adjustments on albums to make Rise Against songs sound perfect. Either way, needs to be much farther up on the list.

If people were not afraid to dive deeper into today's music scene than they'd find Rise Against and see how fantastic of a singer this guy is. Today's pop and rap artists are certainly not better or anywhere near as good as Tim is.

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134 Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.

Without Question, Without Hesitation, Without even a "Hint" of a second thought...
Karen Carpenter 'The One & Only! For all of the reasons stated by the numerous
Other Karen Carpenter fans & a few I'd like to add. Clarity, Joy, Presentation, this
Woman, this elegant human angel brought passion & joy & integrity to her craft.
Karen Carpenter Gets my vote over and over and over and over again. For the rest
Of time... My thoughts are like this: " the holy Father simply wanted a front row seat &
Wanted to spare her the ridiculousness which takes place daily ". This woman is so far
In front of whoever no. 2 might be its' very nearly NOT MEASUREABLE.
YES! Karen Carpenter Has given Joy, (unknowingly) support, confidence & many, many
MILLIONS of people a reason to smile & face the drudge again for another day.

MY VOTE FOR NOW... & FOREVER INTO ETERNITY is : KAREN CARPENTER

THE ONLY WAY THIS COULD EVER CHANGE IS IF... THE holy ...more

lol... this list is a joke! Karen Carpenter at #58?

My favorite vocalist, by far, is Karen Carpenter. Her voice has an inherent melancholy quality which makes it perfect for the Carpenters' many melancholy and sad songs. She had such a vulnerability in her voice that it makes me want to give her a comforting hug.

Nowhere will you find a voice as smooth and silky as hers. Some people say Barbra Streisand's voice is "like butter. " I believe that distinction belongs to Karen.

But Karen's voice possesses so many qualities and facets that I love. It is soothing and sweet, loving. And sometimes when she hits those super-low notes, it sends a chill up my spine to this day.

And sometimes when she is singing tenderly, her voice crackles, and again, you hear that vulnerability.

Some other adjectives I can use to describe her voice are warm, sincere, touching, loving, and soothing. It wraps you up like a fluffy blanket on a cold day. The emotion ...more - jonk0469

Karen had the most beautiful voice I have ever heard in my life time. Perfect pitch awesome vibrato and just sang effortless. She made you listen to the words with perfect phrasing and timming. Karen was not a belter and when you added a mic to that voice out came this flawless instrument, she knew her talent. No one can come close to that god given voice. Karen never made a mistake and it has been said she was incapable of singing off key. Amazing singer.

Love the simplicity of her songs and serenity of her voice

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135 Ann Wilson Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

Ann Wilson is the best female singer. When I heard about this list I thought: "What about Ann? " she should be "Alone" in this list. Besides I cast my vote for her "Straight On" and when you think about this list, you know now "Who will you run to" vote for because she's a Magic Woman's voice and I Never would think on someone else for this list. There's The Girl Ann, way to go... You made These Dreams sweeter with your voice!

Number 30.. No offense to anyone listed here but she was the 1st and still reigning QUEEN of Rock. If you like studio altered vocalist than vote for Madonna if you want a true legend with the voice of an goddess than vote for Ann. I have seen almost everyone perform in the last 40 years but the Only concert I go to every year is to see Heart and as soon as it is over I can't wait for the next concert.

Madonna ranked higher than Dreamboat Annie. Ann Wilson is a rock star not a pop star. Madonna does not have a song that comes close to anything HEART has done. Have you people lost your minds. Were talking about the lead singer of one of the best rock bands of all time not a cheap pop star.

No Way... Just because she's a female rocker she gets no respect. She has the strongest voice out of anybody on this list, and while she was from a different style of music that didn't have to exploit her range, she is clearly a top 25 singer, at least top 10 in my opinion. Her rendition of LZ's Stairway to Heaven was breathtaking. Give Dreamboat Annie some love - esaoud

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136 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is an American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe". Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. ...read more.

This has to be a joke, have brains you dumb imbeciles who are obsessed with 2 things: butts and nudity.

Unlike most of these haters, I'm personally here to say she's actually very talented. My sister who listens to very talented singers like Adele and Kelly Clarkson even confirmed that Nicki Minaj is good, which is saying a lot. The only reason you people are hating on her is because of her songs "Stupid Hoe" and "Anaconda". Have you even seen her perform her song "Grand Piano" live? Have you also seen her do an acapella rap of her "Flawless" verse? She literally knows how to slay. Stop listening to those songs and listen to the good ones like the one I mentioned.

Okay, I think this list just threw in random people now as it ran out of ideas

Get out of here. She does not deserve to be next to Karen Carpenter nor above Agnetha Faltskog. Just get the crap out of here.

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137 Ashley Tisdale Ashley Tisdale Ashley Michelle Tisdale is an American actress, singer, and producer. During her childhood, she appeared in more than 100 TV advertisements and had roles in theatre and television shows.

Ashley is a great singer and actress. I also heard that she got married a while back. I wonder if she's still in contact with her cast mates from the High School Musical movie series.

Ashley is amazing and beautiful she is very talented and deserves to be higher

She's A Talented Successful Singer!

I love you, Ashley! - DynastiSugarPop

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138 John Cooper John Cooper John Landrum Cooper, professionally credited as John L. Cooper, is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He has been the lead vocalist, bassist and co-founder of the Grammy-nominated American Christian rock band Skillet since 1996.

If I'm not hallucinating I think he's below Justin Bieber. Why is he so low down here? He's the best singer ever!

Why on earth is he all the way down at 159? His music is awesome!

There's a lot of people who should be higher than Justin Bieber. WAY higher.

His voice is one of the best for rock music. He's a good lead vocalist. - LightningBlade

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139 Trey Songz Trey Songz

Music doesn't contain the greatest lyrics but singing is really good

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140 Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.

If you Listen to Tool & A Perfect Circle and read the lyrics and all you who are voting for others will realize that Maynard James Keenan has most likely made the greatest vocal contribution to the world's music library of all singers so far. His vocal range is vast, from soft light and sensitive to heavy all consuming passion. Delivering the sacred words of life through intelligent & thought provoking lyrics. There is always an undeniable wisdom & subtlety in the lyrics & their delivery.
The instrumentation is always very unique. The Rhythms are very pure & polished and resonate perfectly with the emotion of the songs.
There is always an underlying Intelligence in the songs that reveals itself as the song progresses. With sensitivity, Maynard sings in ways that are therapeutic to the soul. Tribal and primal. Something very special for mankind.

I hate sounding like a Tool fanboy, but the fact that Maynard is even on the same list as folks like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, let alone below them, is a symptom of what is wrong with modern culture. This guy is seriously talented and his ability to drag you through emotions with his style is pretty amazing.

Never got that feeling listening to "Toxic".

This list is a joke. There's no reason for Maynard to be any lower than the top 5. I don't even see Geoff Tate on the list. This is just ridiculous. Sure MJ had a great voice, but Elton John's was used more dynamically. Sure, some 80's rock singers had great ranges, but Maynard's is just as good if not better than most... Not only that, but he can use that range softly, loudly, and passionately.

I think I saw Chester Bennington up there. Are you guys serious? You think he can scream? Listen to Ticks and Leaches, Eulogy, and Grudge? He's got power and length and can easily transition into the softest voice in rock in an instant. This list is a Joke.

Anyone who thinks MJK isn't one of the top ten vocalists in the world doesn't know a thing about music.

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