Best Deceased Singers

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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.

He was and always will be the king! RIP M.J.

He was OKAY but that doesn't mean he couldn't sing or dance!

He is and will always be amazing

The legend the king of pop has to be the best singer ever

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2 Michael Hutchence Michael Hutchence Michael Kelland John Hutchence (22 January 1960 – 22 November 1997) was an Australian musician and actor. He was a founding member, lead singer and lyricist of rock band INXS from 1977 until his death in 1997.

Multi million dollar voice, wonderful lyricist, and gave his all on stage. Should be in the top 10

Certainly one of a kind, and should be noted accordingly!

This legend should be at the top. Not only was he probably THE best frontman of a band but an awesome lyricist and beautiful soul. His down to earth Aussie persona endeared him to thousands and thousands of fans...still twenty years on after his passing.

What an amazing man

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3 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave ...read more.

And why isn't he number 1? Wait... No, Michael and Freddie both at least deserve first place. But, still, in my eyes, Freddie was the greatest.

He was amazing aha

This man had a voice of a million angels he deserves to be in a higher rank. And he had more top hits than Michael

An amazing vocal range and a most excellent musician...HE should have first place

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4 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

Never seen someone climb to fame so fast and die so young at 42. Elvis was really good

He is still the best

The biggest-selling solo act of all time by a mile.
True that The Beatles sold a little more than Elvis, but he has sold more than MJ, Queen, and everyone else on this list put together.

ELVIS WAS /IS THE KING...PERIOD!
MOST OF THE NAMES I SEE HERE CAN'T EVEN SING..LOUSY
VOICES..INCLUDING M. JACKSON!

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5 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

Best singer ever!

Unequivocally number one!

Absolute legend even covering Ben E. Kings Stand By Me sounded almost as great

4th?

6 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.

Best singer to step foot on planet earth rip Whitney Houston

Whitney is number 1 she was perfection

One of a kind of singer. Her voice could not be duplicated. So sad she is gone.

i love her

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7 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.

The epitome of class

Him and Dean martin are the best

Was, and will always be, "The Man"

My kindergarten graduation song was “the theme from New York, New York”

8 Layne Staley Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.

GOAT!

9 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

He's Black

hease cool

10 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

I really admired Amy; she could sing Rock, Ska, Blues, Jazz and Soul. Her Voice was extremely unique and I still miss her music two years on. A real loss to the music industry. - Britgirl

No one could have the passion as amy winehouse rip

Favourite singer of all time

Love you Amy 🖤Always remembered, never forgotten.

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The Newcomers

? Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.

The Contenders

11 Bon Scott Bon Scott Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.

He deserved to die

Mans not hot till he perishes

Mejor que Brian Johnson

12 Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. ...read more.
13 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

Bob Marley because he stood for justice for Jamaica perhaps all over the world! He sang because in trench town Jamaica there is a lot of violence not only there but all over the world when he got shot in his house he survived! 3 gun shots in the chest! Then the shooting got worse so he gave away a free concert his wife Rita Marley said Are you sure you want to do this? Bob says yes then he said I know that god protects me I got the full armor of God on. Then he died of melanoma sadly in the year 1981 but he still lives in our hearts. He jah pon our heads thxs Bob! I was born in Jamaica

His music was so peaceful and relaxing. He is the best reggae singer of all time. RIP Bob Marley ;'( - Catacorn

He was the best. He spoke truth. He was blessed, as is anyone who listens to his music and takes it to heart. Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our minds.

Best Reggae out there

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14 Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), known as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted eight months, as it abruptly ended when he died (aged 17) in ...read more.

Come on now... ahead of his time, some beautiful love songs, a voice that resonates...

15 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
16 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" .

Greatest voice

He should be #3 not 20 again these people are STUPUD as Heck

17 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

My favourite artist! While listening to David Bowie's songs you listen to so many different genres, it just makes me think about the great legacy he left behind. I hope so much that this legacy and the brilliant man who created it will live on in the minds of us and the generations after us as time passes.

My favourite singer of all time!

He was a star

He�'s my idol

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18 Scott Weiland Scott Weiland Scott Richard Weiland was an American musician, singer and songwriter. During a career spanning three decades, Weiland was best known as the lead singer of the band Stone Temple Pilots from 1989 to 2002 and 2008 to 2013.

Nice Variety of Singing Ability.

Gran pérdida.

19 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 is the one who seldom Rapped about human desires. He rapped about the problems a society faces and the remedies of those poblems. He was a leader and a movement himself. He was A true great.

Rap is part of the problem. No thanks Tupac.

Greatest rapper ever

Top 3 rapper of all time

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20 J.P. Richardson
21 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. ...read more.

I don't support his action but I feel deeply for the troubled soul he had... not everyone is strong and they can't keep fighting but at least he wanted to inspire others to keep moving and fighting their inner battles! Rip Chester

Love you chester!

Such a powerful voice

legend

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22 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.
23 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.
24 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his ...read more.

One of the best rock stars, RIP. When I just discovered Nirvana a few years ago, my heart broke when I discovered that you died. - Catacorn

Umm... I've low-key been looking up, "Best men of all time, Best guy singers of all time, Then I looked up, Best dead singers of all time" Just to see his beautiful name on a list!

He was god of rock n roll music that's enough.

Should be higher

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25 Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.
26 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

My favorite...

27 George Michael George Michael Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known professionally as George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham!.

Loss of a true inspiration to a generation

He was incredible, should be number 1-5

Should Ben WAAYYY higher up the list </3

28 James Brown James Brown James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".

This guys music got me laid

29 Davy Jones Davy Jones

Best voice ever no one could do it better.R.I.P. davy Jones.

30 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of ...read more.

Why the hell is this guy not in the top tens I haven't even heard of most of these other guys so...why...the...! IS THIS OLD MUSIC LEGEND NOT IN THE TOP TENS

He is a LEGEND in country music. He should be on the top 10. So should his wife June Carter.

Hell no he should be in the top 20

31 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Christopher John "Chris" Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while ...read more.
32 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.
33 Lemmy Kilmister Lemmy Kilmister Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.
34 Luther Vandross Luther Vandross Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in-demand background vocalist for several different artists.
35 Levi Stubbs Levi Stubbs Levi Stubbs was an American baritone singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the R&B group the Four Tops, a band known for a variety of Motown hit records and other songs created in the 1960s and 1970s.
36 George Jones
37 Elliott Smith Elliott Smith
38 Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. Cohen died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82.

No Joke This Image Looks Like he's Adam Sandler - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

One of the greatest writers of all time

For me, one of the best

39 Christina Grimmie Christina Grimmie Christina Victoria Grimmie (March 12th 1994 - June 10th 2016), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64, was an American singer-songwriter known for participating in The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. She was shot dead during a meet-and-greet in Orlando, Florida, by fan ...read more.

She was so beautiful and had a great voice, she did not deserve to die. RIP - Absolite

40 Eva Cassidy Eva Cassidy
41 Jim Croce Jim Croce

Love this guys singing,

42 Brian Connolly
43 Paul Williams

Best baritone singer I have ever heard.

3 things about paul
- He was a vocal god
- He was a loyal god
- He never been a bad influence R.I.P

44 Roy Orbison Roy Orbison Roy Kelton Orbison, professionally known as Roy Orbison, nicknamed Big O, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and musician, mostly known for his complex voice and for hits such as, "Oh, Pretty Woman".
45 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.

Has to be one of the great voices

46 Glenn Frey Glenn Frey Glenn Lewis Frey was an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a founding member of the rock band Eagles.
47 Pantelis Pantelidis

WHAT A LEGEND

48 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.

True pioneer if rock n roll.

49 Eazy E Eazy E Eric Lynn Wright better known by his stage name "Eazy-E", was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. He is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. On March 26, 1995 Eazy-E dies from complications ...read more.
50 Shannon Hoon Shannon Hoon

Shannon has one of those voices that you can recognize immediately, very powerful. If you've only heard No Rain then you must listen to Blind Melon's other songs

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