Top Ten Best Black Singers

The Top Ten

1 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

I love him! He has died but he still lives in my heart!
he was amazing! The way he danced was just brilliant! He was my inspiration!

He was #1 in fame, charisma, best albums, best dance, you name it. No one has come along yet that can top him off. Name anyone you know, if possible, that could have stood next to Michael Jackson and be as good as he was for just 50 seconds. Anyone!

He is the best! He defied the saying once you go black you never go back and look at him he is pale white! That man could sing and dance his ass off on stage! - PePsMeX

He is the greatest entertainer ever.His impact is global and is still felt all over the universe. It doesn’t matter that he died no can take away his legacy.The king still sits on his throne in heaven. RIP MJ

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2 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 ...read more.

Whitney top of the angels in heaven singing there is no greater voice God knows how to send us angels of talent then he calls them back to heaven when they start to mess up... THEN HE WILL SEND DOWN ANOTHER ONE JUST WHEN YOU THOUGH YOU HEARD IT ALL HEAVEN IS FULL OF TALENT.. BUT DRUGS ALWAYS RUINS EVERYTHING TALENT AND DRUGS DON'T MIX... SOME HOW STARS WITH GREAT TALENT ALWAYS LOSE IT ALL TO A MAN MADE DRUG... TALENT IS NOT MAN MADE IS A GIFT FROM GOD... YOU ARE BORN WITH IT THEN YOU PERFECT IT. I AM SAD YOU ARE GONE MISS HOUSTON RIP BUT YOU ARE BACK WHERE YOU WERE SENT FROM SO IS NOT THAT BAD... IF EARTH WOULD HAD APPRECIATED YOU RIGHT, YOU STILL BE HERE' BUT SOME BAD PEOPLE FED YOU POISON. AND HEAVEN TOOK YOU BACK JUST LIKE M.J. aND THE REST OF ALL THE GREAT TALENT THAT GODS SENDS US FROM HEAVEN BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL AND POWERFUL BUT WE JUST GET CAUGHT UP IN THE HYPE AND I AM PR BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING, WE ARE ALL ONE THINK OF ALL THE TALENT THAT LIVES TODAY, WE MOST RECOGNIZED ...more

I can't believe Beyonce is above Whitney Houston. Compare their versions of the Star Spangled Banner, then anything of Beyonce to "I Will Always Love You". Thank you very much - insanedocumentarian

How on EARTH is Beyonce #2 laugh out loud. Like really, this is only a popularity vote, because Beyonce doesent even reach Whitney's toes.

She should be number 1 The Voice is only number 2 bull

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3 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L.

These people were the foundation of music, had it not been for them where would music be? And also these people like aretha, ella and gladys really have made the impact, I only have a simple question 4 you, which set of music had soul (listen to common-i use to love her)

Aretha Is the best. I am a singer and I learned from the best. She exemplifies feeling and control in her music. She is the truth. the the true soul singer. Without feeling you have nothing. all hail the queen!

She has been copied by every other females singer since she started her career. That's why she is the Queen and the others are her subjects. Long live the Queen Ms. Aretha!

When she bellows out those notes its like heaven

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4 Beyonce Beyonce Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from ...read more.

TRIPLE THREAT! QUEEN OF R&B! AWESOME VOICE! And the list goes on and on...

Probably one of the most humble artists in the industry to date. Beyoncé writes her songs and places her hooks and melodies. She is always present when it comes to the creation of her music, videos, performances, and documentaries. People may go on and on saying that she is fake, etc. But Beyonce is one of the most iconic and legendary voices and figures in the music industry, period, not just in the black community, but in the human race.

She is the best singer in the world she is awesome she does not have a bad mouth she is kid aportit and a very good person she does not do drugs or smoke and does not get got drank so you go go beyonce

Hell no, she sucks. She's not the best at all, and definitely not better than Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Donny Hathaway or Marvin Gaye. - DaWyteNight

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5 Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

Stevie wonder is the most prestigious black star ever for he's endowed with qualities rarely found despite his impairment. I consider him above the other four stars Michael jackson, bob marley, ray charles and jimmi Hendrix. improvisor, multilingual, cheerful and modest, there can't be a better singer in the whole world of black music? For me, he's the one, the only one.

Bey and Aretha I understand, but Rihanna or Chris Brown (and i�'m 19, I should like them) being higher than him is ridiculous. All his songs are so uplifting, have so much music and Stevie can do absolutely anything with his voice. This is sad. - Ange014

Damn! Beyoncé and Rihanna are in the Top Ten but Stevie Wonder is only the 14th! He's the best before MJ so stop talking about Ne-Yo or Chris Brown!

Beyoncé above him is an insult to music - DaWyteNight

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6 Tina Turner Tina Turner Tina Turner, née Anna Mae Bullock, is a singer, dancer, actress and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards.

Tina Turner is a legend. when she covers a song she makes it her own. She has a great voice and energy.

She is an awesome woman! Strong willed. Great singer. I love all her songs! That woman can dance! Up in age, but still kickin' butt!

She brought a new style to music.

TINA IS JUST SO AMAZING

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7 Luther Vandross Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross has the strongest male vocals of any black male. Whitney Houston once said, "No one can hold a note like Luther can" Mhmm thats pretty much sums it up. Luther had the soul, the groove, the voice, and the passion... Luther for Life! rest in paradise brother

Luther's voice is just one in a million, gets you emotional. Beautiful voice and beautiful man!

Michael Jackson's voice is vastly overrated, there is no way he can have more emotions and sound better then Luther

Luther had the best make vocal ever, Michael Jackson and other couldn't touch him

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8 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian pop singer . Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning ...read more.

I LOVE her! shame on CHRIS BROWN! she has this voice which is sexy yet it can be serious and have fun. I love you

Hell no, she is not the best at all. She sucks. She should not be this high, she can't even sing! - DaWyteNight

She can sing and act. I love her in battleship.

She is the queen of music

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9 Teddy Pendergrass Teddy Pendergrass Theodore DeReese Pendergrass was an American singer–songwriter and composer. He first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before a successful solo career at the end of the decade.

Teddy during his Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and first solo years will probably never be topped when it comes to sheer power, sexiness and soul in my humble opinion his debut solo album is the best soul album of all time.

He was the tops, no doubt

Awesome sauce total soul and realism

Should be higher than beyonce! - DaWyteNight

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10 Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

Tupac was a legend along with everything he stood for. He had a good flow and lyrics that spoke to you

Tupac belongs in the top 5

Okay why the hell is 2pac #27 when he should be at least top ten jay z is not better than 2pac if you think he's is well your high

2Pac is amazing, but I believe this list is for singers. - DaWyteNight

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The Newcomers

? Merry Clayton

The Contenders

11 Gladys Knight Gladys Knight

The Empress of Soul is still great, better than all of her contemporaries, Aretha, Diana etc.

Gladys has never got her due. Should be for sure in top three, with Aretha and Ella

HI GLAD

12 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella.

She is the First lady of Music, she is just the best and a real Humble Lady.

Anybody wanting to learn how to become a vocalist should listen to The First Lady of Song.

How is she 8th she is better than Beyonce

What an awesome voice I am a newbie to hear music and still listening

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13 Chris Brown Chris Brown Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age. He is most well known for his physical assault towards the singer Rihanna in ...read more.

He is the best ever... I don't care what others were saying... Anyway it's their choice...
But it wasn't a nice thing to hate chris brown for what he had done to rihanna, hey! He's just nineteen on that time. He's still young, so, he can still change his attitude. You know, just forgive & forget.
I love chris brown...!

I love chris brown except that he is wit rihanna which is wrong but I just love him

He deserves the second position after Michael Jackson, he also dances like Michael Jackson and will be the Michael Jackson of present era...

Hell no he ain't the best at all - DaWyteNight

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14 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time .

I am sorry but no one come even close to Marvin, a true legend RIP, he had the best voice and his songs had a massage not just OH Ah or I will kill you Mother F
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My second best has to be Gil Scott Heron who his father was the first Black Soccer player at Celtic football club in Scotland, listen to Gil's songs such as the Bottle, Home Where the hatred is, New York is Killing me and The Revolution will not be Televised

Having rihanna and beyonce above him is just insulting! I guess 12 year olds vote the most on this list! - DaWyteNight

Marvin should be in the top three, definitely the best black male singer of all time.

Meghan Trainor ruined his name by writing that annoying Marvin Gaye song.

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15 Usher Usher Usher Terry Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Born in Dallas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee was where he lived until moving to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 12 where his mother put him in local singing competitions all over the city.

Usher is super awesome and he knows Justin Bieber

I'm 57 yrs old and I think usher is should a great man. He love and respect his mother a father to his boy and have a beautiful smile. and no matter what he go though god his there for him he just have to go to that quiet place. I have a son his age mommy good job.

He is black I like him, that's is all

Usher rules! Especially that "More" song. - TheTMNTFan

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16 Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway Donny Edward Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul and gospel singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist.

Why is this amazing man not in the top 5 or at least the top 10? And to make it worse, he is under beyonce the pretentious mainstream artist, rihanna who can't sing, chris brown who objectifies women in most of his songs, and Usher, Ne-Yo and other good singers who are good but not as great as Donny was. R.I.P. - DaWyteNight

17 Ne-Yo Ne-Yo Shaffer Chimere Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor.

This guy should be the best love singer of all time. He can really inspire you. His songs are lyrical compare to other love singers nowadays. He is like "The Apprentice of Michael Jackson"

He is talented, smart looking and he is like a young handsome man! His voice flows like a melody without music. His classic rapping songs are always engraved in your hearts

He makes some of the greatest songs that will ever be made.

I love his songs

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18 Patti Labelle Patti Labelle Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur.

She is amazing, her voice is so powerful, and she can reach amazing high notes, its almost sobre natural!

19 Janet Jackson Janet Jackson Janet Jackson is a singer and dancer who is well known for her sexually graphic records, iconic performances, and slightly weak voice. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and videos.

Janet jackson is a idol. She should be on top without her there is no rihanna, pink or beyonce. Plus she is a jackson. Oh yea this is number one.

Janet Jackson is the legend and idol she can dance and sing and always was such a hit with her voice and moves. She needs to be number 2 because without her there ain't no beyonce.

JANET JACKSON IS THE BEST FEMALE POP STAR ON THIS PLANET MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE QUEEN AND ILL TELL YOU WHY... JANET IS THE QUEEN BECUASE EVERY SINGLE SON G, ALBUM AND FILM SHES DONE IS BRILLIANT FEATURING DIFFERENT STROKES AS A FILM GOOD TIMES POETIC JUSTICE, NUTTY PROFESSIOR, JANET, VELVET ROPE, CONTROL AND LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS MORE THIS IS WHY AND R@B, SOUL, FUNK, POP ARTIST IS ON THIS PLANET MICHAEL IS THE KING FOR PROBLEY THE SAME REASONS BUT EVEN BETTER HIS MUSIC IS BRILL THRILLER BEST SELLING ALBUM OF ALL TIME 65 MILLION COPIES WORLDWIDE AND BAD AND SO MANY OTHERS LONG LIVE THE KING AND ALSO CARRY ON MISS JACKSON CAUSE YR THE BEST FEMALE BY FAR EVEN BETTER THEN THAT MONSTER (MADONNA)

She is the reason why rihanna and beyonce are here beside whitney and mariah

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20 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read more.

I don't understand why this beautiful talent is not in the top 3 of this list. Her voice is beyond amazing. Her talent is equivalent to Whitney's and I know damn well that Mariah has way better vocals than Beyonce and Rihanna's combined! They wish they could sing like her. Besides Mimi's voice, she is also highly acclaimed song-writer; all of her hits are written by her. Mariah's music is a true work of art and it has inspire thousands of people to cultivate their own style of music similar to mariah's. She, Whitney, Michael, Prince, and Janet are the creators of today's contemporary music. Stevie Wonder needs to be on this list as well. I have nothing against Rihanna, Chris Brown, and Beyonce, I actually love them, but they are not true geniuses of music like what Michael, Whitney, Mariah, Prince, Janet, and Stevie Wonder are.

Mariah Carey is only 15% to 25% black, she looks and acts white to most.

She isn't black and her voice is annoying. The woman lacks soul. - RnBLover

Only 25% black - DaWyteNight

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21 Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.

Louis Armstrong should be number 1 there never has been nor will there ever be another one like him.

I love Louie Armstrong. I found out about him in my music class. I wish I'd knew earlier who he was. He's a great trumpet player and an awesome man.

One of the greats

Great voice with a lot of soull

22 Al Green Al Green

Just amazing and I was born to one of his songs

YES! Let's Stay Together

Hottest male R&B voice ever... even a simple pop song like "Sha La La (Make Me Happy)" turns into a love making, heart breaking emotional turmoil.

23 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.

Yeah he should be top 10

No. - DaWyteNight

24 Jay-Z Jay-Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

Great singer

KING. <-(notice the full stop)

25 Queen Latifah Queen Latifah Dana Elaine Owens, known professionally by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedian, and talk show host.
26 Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill
27 Lisa Lopes Lisa Lopes Lisa Nicole Lopes better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, actress, and songwriter.

Cause she was hot

28 Joe

Chris brown, rihanna, beyonce and most of these people above him can't touch this man! When talking about the best, Joe needs to be in the top 10 or at least the top 20! He's stayed true to r&b for his whole career, beyonce, chris brown and rihanna are not r&b. - DaWyteNight

29 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

With no disrespect to the other artists on this list, Prince is in a league of his own, and his placement on this list is embarrassing for whoever wrote this list to have placed him in the 20s. It reveals a huge lack of knowledge on the part of the author. It makes the entire list lack credibility, There isn't a more talented artist, in the entire list, from his voice, to the range of instruments he plays, to his incredible and prolific writing and composing. He even had incredible business savvy, in producing and distributing his music, first negotiating for complete control over his songs and albums, as a teenager, in his first contract with Warner Brothers. Most don't realize the number of songs he wrote and let others sing, which ended up topping charts. Despite the list of incredible talent, here, Prince is incomparable -- even against
Michael Jackson who, while amazingly talented, wasn't half as prolific as Prince.

As much as I absolutely love MJ I feel Prince blows everyone on this list out of the water. His vocal range is crazy, his lyrics are thought provoking, his talent is undeniable and he is still creating and re-inventing himself all the time. Prince is by far the most inspirational artist I have ever seen. Have a blessed day. Jeremy.

Prince is just amazing. He rights his own songs, heplays about a billion instruments he's just awesome! - zibblewits

Should at least be in the top five.

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30 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer.
31 Anita Baker Anita Baker Anita Denise Baker is a retired American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late 1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker eventually released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which ...read more.

You guys have this lady too low on the list. Her voice is spectacular even without music

32 Johnny Gill Johnny Gill Johnny Gill started out as a solo artist in the 1980s, releasing two albums that didn't garner much attention. It was not until later, when Gill became a member of the r&b/pop group New Edition, that people started to take notice of his music and his talent. He went on to release his most successful ...read more.

He is very good singer just listen to growing can be a pain he killed it he should be in top 20

He's the other Luther Vandross, just listen to the song Boys to Men by New Edition

33 Barry White Barry White

Barry White's music is so smooth and powerful. It puts him at the top of his peers

His music is all about loving women. Very sexy music. It will put your lady in the mood!

A part of my life!

Great

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34 Brian McKnight Brian McKnight Brian McKnight, born June 5, 1969, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. He is one of the very few leggiero tenors in ...read more.

SMH. Why is this musical genius not in the top 10, or even the top 20? - DaWyteNight

35 Etta James Etta James Etta James was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.

At last is an amazingly good song

I love etta james one of the greatest jazz singers of all time.
RIP etta she did so much for the music industry and opend so many doors

She should be with Ella Fitzergareld they're good

36 Jeffrey Osborne Jeffrey Osborne Jeffrey Linton Osborne is an American musician, singer-songwriter, lyricist, and lead singer of the band LTD.

Jeffrey Osborne has a very strong, unique and powerful voice and he could sing all day if he needed to. - DaWyteNight

37 Jason Derulo Jason Derulo Jason Joel Desrouleaux, better known by his stage name Jason Derulo (an alternate spelling of his surname), is an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. He is best known for his singles such as "Whatcha Say", "Ridin' Solo", "In My Head", "What If", "Wiggle", "Talk Dirty", "Trumpets" and "Want To Want ...read more.

Totally the best! Don't Wanna Go Home, It Girl, In My Head... All the best songs I've EVER heard! I listen to his music everyday! And on his Future History album cover he looks AWESOME! Go Jason Derulo!

Amazing singer and dancer!

Love his songs like: Don't Wanna Go Home, In My Head, Watcha Say and Breathing!

38 Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

She has grown on me in the last couple of years.

Thank you for every thing!

Alicia keys is amazing and deserves to be up in the top 10 at least. I bet more than 3/4 of the people who voted are white.

Piano player and singer she is good

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39 Leona Lewis Leona Lewis Leona Louise Lewis is a British singer, songwriter and animal welfare campaigner. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington, London, England where she attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.

Leona was born with a gift: HER VOICE. She's just amazing and she deserves recognition from the public.

A genuine special lady. !

She is not black - DaWyteNight

40 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.

I agree that Nat King Cole should be among the Top Ten pop singers of all time.
His voice was as good as Sinatra's, his phrasing and style, just as cool.
But unlike Frank, Nat was a black man. In those days, America was utterly unable to love him the way they loved Sinatra. Later black women singers were allowed 'in' -- but it was still harder for a sexy male singer like Nat to break the racial barrier. Michael Jackson, that genius!, was able to catapult over racial 'labels'. Perhaps Michael was given a 'pass' also because of his apparent androgyny -- he was not sexually threatening. There was something 'sweet' about him. Nat King Cole, on the other hand, was a tall beautiful black man singing romantic ballads that made women swoon! He is UNFORGETABLE!

Nat King Cole broke through all barriers, before anyone else... And had perhaps the most memorable voice of all... He deserves to be in the top 5 for certain. His piano playing was superb.

Singer with a divine voice that's wraps your sole around like a warm blanket on on a cold winter night. You feel this guy not only singing his songs but it is almost as he is acting them like a stage actor.

Nat's voice was one of the best of all time. He should be No. 1. Every ballad was a love song for the ages, plus he was that rare person who could accompany himself on the piano as he sang, Any professional musician will tell you that is extremely diufficult, and he made it smooth as silk.

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41 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.
42 Wanya Morris

He should be number one. From a technical standpoint and pure skill he is unmatched... Other people can sound like Michael and whitney etc... No one can do what he does

This man should be number 2 after MJ. Obviously some people have never heard him sing live before, he's unbelievable... Trust me.

The best vocals with or without musiq - moses

Just... Come on guys.

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43 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

How can be Chuck Berry so low!? This guy just invented rock'n'roll! He inspired the greatest bands, like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. And he is also, according to me, one of the greatest guitarist on earth.

The father of rick and roll

44 Toni Braxton Toni Braxton Toni Michele Braxton was October 7th 1967 in Severn, Maryland the oldest of six siblings.She has sold 67 million records worldwide. She is been named the ''Queen of R&B'' and has one of the most distinctive voices of the late 20th century.

She is talented, beautiful, charming and so sexy! Her voice is unique and very recognizable. Her LIVE performances are stunning. Toni should be in the Top 10. That's for sure! - Irina2932

Toni is just unique in her own right, love her just being grown and keeping us sexy at 40

Toni has it all, I love her music and, we should be greatful, she almost quit singing

45 John Legend John Legend John Roger Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor.

I love his song All Of Me! I basically memorized the lyrics just from listening to it!

John legend I love all of me

46 Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.

She is the best, her voice is so soulful and she always puts her heart and soul into her music. Jennifer Hudson will always be my role model, I want to be her someday!

Amazing voice she should be top three! What is she doing at number 33! She is amazing with high notes. Love you Jennifer hudson

Way better than beyonce and it isn't close at all - DaWyteNight

47 James Brown James Brown

Amazing groove, amazing feel, revolutionized the music industry and was a great showman, really the King of Funk.
Get up offa that thing and dance till you feel better, Get up offa that thing and try to release that pressure!

Hep Me, Hep Me please, I'm down on my Knees, do the james Brown shuffle... Ha! Love it, Love IT,

Mans world. Need I say anything else?
He was a diva in every sense of the word, I hope his sould and his amazing songs will be remembered for many more years to come

48 Nina Simone Nina Simone Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.

I think she is one of the best musicians of all times, she ain't just a singer!
her wit, surprises every single show she has had... she a storyteller, an actress, a drama queen a diva! RIP

Its actually sad that she's so low on this list

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49 Phyllis Hyman

, Phyllis... even when she had to sing trash like "Riding The Tiger"... she turned it into something majestic. "You know how to love me... and I know that you do... spent my time in the streets every day"... best ad libbing of the disco era!

50 Johnny Mathis

The best natural voice

Far better than #41

One of my all time favorites. Smooth style, glowing voice

Wonderful voice

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